Fast Facts

  • Served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Cyrene during World War II. 
  • Originally intended to become a serious actor, studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts; fellow classmates included Anne Bancroft, Grace Kelly and Jason Robards.
  • Received Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Recording in 1968 for Hello, Dummy! and 1969 for Don Rickles Speaks. 
  • His brand of insult comedy has earned him such nicknames as "The Merchant of Venom," "The Insultan" and "Mr. Warmth."
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000.
  • Voiced the role of Mr. Potato Head in Disney's Toy Story films.


  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Winner


  • Etta Rickles — Mother
  • Max Rickles — Father
  • Mindy Rickles — Daughter
  • Barbara Rickles — Wife
  • Larry Rickles — Son


  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, NY