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Don Rickles

Highest Rated:   100% Toy Story 2 (1999)
Lowest Rated:   14% Zookeeper (2011)
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Believe it or don't: comedian Don Rickles--the "Merchant of Venom," "The Caliph of Calumny," "Mister Warmth"--was once a dedicated student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. As a movie-struck kid, Rickles aspired to share the Big Screen with such idols as Clark Gable and James Cagney. He got his wish in his first film, 1958's Run Silent Run Deep, wherein Gable topped the cast. Rickles went on to receive critical plaudits for his villainous performance in 1960's The Rat Race, and also popped up with regularity on such TV series as The Thin Man and The Twilight Zone. But truly good roles for a short, baldpated young character actor were relatively few and far between. During a long period between acting assignments, Rickles decided to work up a nightclub act. He began as a traditional stand-up comic, but when annoyed by hecklers, he instinctively insulted the insulters back as a defense mechanism. Audiences laughed harder at his impromptu insults than his prepared material, and thus the dye was cast for Rickle's show-business future. The story goes that, upon spotting Frank Sinatra in one of his audiences, Rickles impulsively cried out "Come right in, Frank. Make yourself at home. Hit somebody." The normally combative Sinatra exploded with laughter, and from that point on Rickles was "in." While the bulk of his fame and fortune rested upon his nightclub work, Rickles still kept a hand in acting, playing guest spots on TV programs like F Troop, The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Spy and Run for Your Life (he was particularly good in the last-named series as a washed-up comedian facing a statutory rape charge). As his own vitriolic "self" (though rumors persist that Rickles is a pussycat off-camera), he convulsed the stars of such variety series as The Dean Martin Show and The Andy Williams Show. When Dean Martin altered his series to a "roast" format in the early 1970s, Rickles could always be counted upon for a steady stream of hilarious invectives; conversely, he took it as well as he dished it out when the Friar's Club elected him Entertainer of the Year in 1974. The one sore spot in Rickles' latter-day career was his failure to sustain a weekly TV series. The 1968 variety outing The Don Rickles Show was axed after thirteen weeks, while a 1972 sitcom of the same name barely survived the season. He had better luck as star of the 1976 comedy series C.P.O. Sharkey, which lasted two years; but in 1993, Daddy Dearest, which co-starred Rickles with "neurotic" comedian Richard Lewis, was on and off in only two months. In comparison, Rickles has done quite well in films, with choice secondary roles in such productions as Where It's At?, Kelly's Heroes (1970) and several of the "Beach Party" frivolities. In 1995, after several years away from films, Don Rickles resurfaced with a solid supporting part in Martin Scorsese's Casino, and as the voice of a singularly abrasive Mr. Potato Head in the animated Toy Story. He had a brief but memorable cameo in the comedy Dirty Work, and was the subject of his own documentary, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. He returned to voice Mr. Potato Head in two Toy Story sequels as well as a number of Pixar shorts, and he gave voice to one of the animals in the Kevin James vehicle Zookeeper. Rickles died in 2017, at age 90.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Toy Story 4
  • Mr. Potato Head
2019
93% Toy Story of Terror!
  • Mr. Potato Head
2013
No Score Yet Small Fry
  • Mr. Potato Head
2011
14% Zookeeper
  • Frog
$80.4M 2011
No Score Yet Hawaiian Vacation
  • Mr. Potato Head
2011
99% Toy Story 3
  • Mr. Potato Head
$415M 2010
91% Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work
  • Actor
$3M 2010
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
  • Actor
2008
79% The Aristocrats
  • Actor
$6.2M 2005
No Score Yet The Wool Cap
  • Ira
2004
No Score Yet Goodnight, We Love You: The Life and Legend of Phyllis Diller
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Let Me In - I Hear Laughter: A Tribute to the Friars Club
  • Actor
2000
100% Toy Story 2
  • Mr. Potato Head
1999
17% Dirty Work
  • Hamilton
1998
35% Quest For Camelot
  • Cornwall
1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Dennis the Menace Strikes Again
  • Mr. Wilson
1997
100% Toy Story
  • Mr. Potato Head
1995
80% Casino
  • Billy Sherbert
1995
41% Innocent Blood
  • Bergman
1992
No Score Yet Keaton's Cop
  • Jake
1990
No Score Yet Two Top Bananas
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet For the Love of It
  • Actor
1980
80% Kelly's Heroes
  • SSgt. Crapgame
1970
No Score Yet Where It's At
  • Willie
1969
50% Enter Laughing
  • Harry Hamburger
1967
80% Beach Blanket Bingo
  • Big Drop
1965
33% Pajama Party
  • Big Bang The Martian
1964
No Score Yet Bikini Beach
  • Big Drag
1964
No Score Yet Muscle Beach Party
  • Jack Fanny
1964
87% 'X'---The Man With the X-Ray Eyes
  • Crane
1963
No Score Yet The Rat Race
  • Nellie
1960
No Score Yet The Rabbit Trap
  • Mike O'Halloran
1959
100% Run Silent, Run Deep
  • Ruby
1958

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Bobby
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Unit
2006-2009
  • Himself
  • 2007
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1984
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Bettor
  • 1961
  • 1960

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