I liked Don Rickles. Maybe it’s because he said things I could never say. Don always said he was descendant of Jack E. Leonard. I believe him.
He was best friends with Bob Newhart. In fact Don and his wife would often vacation with Bob and his. He was also a close friend with Don Adams.
Can you imagine these three comedy giants in the same room together? My gut hurts just thinking about it.
When Rickles first appeared, I remember my Father took a dislike to him. Apparently, early on, he would actually slap people when insulting them. My Dad thought this unnecessary and disrespectful. Obviously, he soon removed these assaults from his act.
I remember seeing outtakes of he and Don Adams (probably from a Get Smart episode) wherein they are both chained by their wrists to a wall. They look at each other and keep busting up, uncontrollably! Must have taken 20 takes.
His son Larry pre-deceased him. I know something about those feelings.
(from the L.A. Times obit) In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made to the Larry Rickles Endowment Fund at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
As with so many ‘mean’ folks on camera, he was obviously a gentle soul in Life.
He was 90.
R.I.P. Hockey Puck!