Don Rickles Biography (1926-)

Full name, Donald Jay Rickles; born May 8, 1926, in New York, NY; son of Max(an insurance salesperson) and Etta (maiden name, Feldman) Rickles; married Barbara Sklar (a secretary), March 14, 1965; children: Mindy Beth, Lawrence Corey. Addresses: Office: Box 48559, Los Angeles, CA 90048.; Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2775.; Contact: c/o Eliot Weisman, Premier Artists Services, 1401 University Dr., Suite 305, Coral Springs, FL 33071; c/o Shefrin Group, 808 S. Ridgely Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036; 10249 Century Woods, Los Angeles, CA 90067-6312.

Comedian, actor
Birth Details
May 8, 1926
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • The Don Rickles Show, ABC, 1968-1969
  • Don Robinson, The Don Rickles Show, CBS, 1971-1972
  • Regular, Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast, NBC, 1974
  • Chief Petty Officer Otto Sharkey (title role), C.P.O. Sharkey, NBC, 1976-1978
  • Al Mitchell, Daddy Dearest, Fox, 1993
  • Voice of Captain Klegghorn, The Mighty Ducks (animated), 1996
  • Specials
  • A Last Laugh at the 60s, 1970
  • The Don Adams Special: Hooray for Hollywood, 1970
  • The Many Sides of Don Rickles, 1970
  • Don Rickles-Alive and Kicking, CBS, 1972
  • Host, A Couple of Dons, 1973
  • A Show Business Salute to Milton Berle, 1973
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1973
  • Host, Foul-Ups, Bleeps and Blunders, ABC, 1974
  • Jack Benny's Second Farewell Show, 1974
  • Rickles, 1975
  • The Don Rickles Show, CBS, 1975
  • The Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's World of Comedy, NBC, 1976
  • Joys (also known as Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope in "Joys,"),NBC, 1976
  • A Tribute to "Mr. Television," Milton Berle, 1978
  • The Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob!, NBC, 1978
  • George Burns' 100th Birthday Party, 1979
  • Sinatra--The First 40 Years, 1980
  • Ladies and Gentlemen ... Bob Newhart, Part II, 1981
  • The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day, 1981
  • George Burns Celebrates 80 Years in Show Business, 1983
  • Hollywood's Private Home Movies, 1983
  • Host, Foul-Ups, Bleeps and Blunders, 1984
  • The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, NBC, 1984
  • The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala, 1985
  • Bob Hope's All-Star Super Bowl Party (also known as Bob Hope Salutes the Super Bowl), NBC, 1986
  • George Burns' 90th Birthday Special, CBS, 1986
  • Rickles on the Loose, Showtime, 1986
  • Las Vegas: An All-Star 75th Anniversary, ABC, 1987
  • The Don Rickles Special, Showtime, 1988
  • The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills (also known as Beverly Hills 75th Diamond Jubilee), ABC, 1989
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: 28th Anniversary Special,NBC, 1990
  • The Horror Hall of Fame II, syndicated, 1991
  • Comic Relief V, HBO, 1992
  • Host, Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars VI, Showtime, 1992
  • The Return of TV's Censored Bloopers 2, NBC, 1993
  • Sinatra: 80 Years My Way, CBS, 1995
  • All-Star TV Censored Mega Bloopers, NBC, 1996
  • A Salute to Clint Eastwood (also known as The 24th American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Clint Eastwood), ABC, 1996
  • Hollywood Hockey Cup, Comedy Central, 1996
  • Comic Relief's 10th Anniversary, HBO, 1996
  • Voice of The Boss, Redux Riding Hood (animated short special), 1997
  • The American Film Institute: A Salute to Martin Scorsese (also known as The 25th American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute toMartin Scorsese), CBS, 1997
  • The Best of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts (archive footage), 1998
  • Movies
  • Jim Joy, For The Love of It, ABC, 1980
  • Jake Barber, Keaton's Cop, 1989
  • Episodic
  • "The Listener," Four Star Playhouse, CBS, 1956
  • "Mr. Dingle, the Strong," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1961
  • "Wagon to Fort Anderson," Wagon Train, NBC, 1961
  • "Professional Soldier," Hennessey, CBS, 1962
  • "Blood Money," Cain's Hundred, NBC, 1962
  • "Who Killed Harris Crown?," Burke's Law, ABC, 1963
  • Claude, "Halloween with the Addams Family," The Addams Family, ABC, 1964
  • Lyle Delp, "4.5," The Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1964
  • Lyle Delp, "The Alan Brady Show Goes to Jail," The Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1964
  • "Who Killed the Swinger on a Hook?," Burke's Law, ABC, 1964
  • Bald Eagle, "The Return of Bald Eagle," F Troop, ABC, 1965
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1965
  • Fred, "Jed's Temptation," The Beverly Hillbillies, CBS, 1965
  • "Who Killed the Fat Cat?," Burke's Law, ABC, 1965
  • Doc Havemeyer, "Dance with Me, Herman," The Munsters, CBS, 1965
  • Sergeant Jim Mason, "My Buddy, the War Hero," Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., 1965
  • Newton Munroe, "The Luck of Newton Munroe," The Andy Griffith Show, CBS, 1965
  • "Russian Roulette," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater, NBC, 1966
  • "In Search of April," Run for Your Life, NBC, 1966
  • Asmodeus, "The Night of the Druid's Blood," The Wild, Wild West, CBS, 1966
  • Norbett Wiley, "The Kidnapper," Gilligan's Island, CBS, 1966
  • "Lucy the Fight Manager," The Lucille Ball Show, CBS, 1967
  • "Murder at NBC," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater, NBC, 1967
  • "Night Train to Madrid," I Spy, NBC, 1967
  • Kiski, "My Master, the Weakling," I Dream of Jeannie, NBC, 1967
  • "Down with Willy Hatch," Run for Your Life, NBC, 1967
  • Sid Krimm, "The Little Black Book: Part 1," Get Smart, NBC, 1968
  • "Premier Episode," It's Happening, 1968
  • Dummy, "To Sire with Love: Parts 1 & 2," Get Smart, NBC, 1969
  • "Show Business Is No Business," The Mothers-in-Law, NBC, 1969
  • Don Adams' Screen Test, 1974
  • Fight announcer, "Once a Thief," Sanford and Son, 1974
  • Hi, I'm Glen Campbell, 1976
  • "The Happy State of Depression," Medical Center, CBS, 1976
  • Guest host, The Big Show, NBC, 1980
  • Al Snyder, "Death of a Lodger," Archie Bunker's Place, CBS, 1982
  • Guest host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, SNL, and Saturday Night), NBC, 1984
  • Himself, "Disaster at Buzz Creek," George Burns Comedy Week, CBS,1985
  • Max, "Nell and the Kid," Gimme a Break, NBC, 1986
  • Don Prince, "The Nice Man Cometh," Newhart, CBS, 1989
  • Mr. Ingles (ventriloquist), "The Ventriloquist's Dummy," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1990
  • Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind, Comedy Central, 1991
  • Harold Schwann, "Ex Marks the Spot," Hunter, 1991
  • Himself, "Artie and Angie and Hank and Hercules," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1997
  • Dr. Dick Sloane, "Big Baby," The Single Guy, NBC, 1997
  • Leonard, secretary number 90, "Dial and Substance, Murphy Brown, CBS, 1998
  • "Monty Hall: Let's Make a Deal," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Also appeared in The Kraft Music Hall, NBC; Laugh-In, NBC;and The Merv Griffin Show, NBC, syndicated, and CBS.
  • Pilots
  • Kibbe Hates Fitch, CBS, 1965
  • Make Room for Granddaddy, CBS, 1969
  • Film Appearances
  • Petty Officer First Class Ruby, Run Silent, Run Deep, United Artists, 1958
  • The Rabbit Trap, United Artists, 1959
  • Nellie, The Rat Race, Paramount, 1960
  • Crane, X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (also known as Man with the X-Ray Eyes and X), American International Pictures, 1963
  • "Big Bang" the Martian, Pajama Party (also known as The Maid and the Martian), American International Pictures, 1964
  • Jack Fanny, Muscle Beach Party, American International Pictures, 1964
  • Big Drag, Bikini Beach, American International Pictures, 1964
  • Big Drop, Beach Blanket Bingo, American International Pictures, 1965
  • Harry Hamburger, Enter Laughing, Columbia, 1967
  • Harry Drinkwater, The Money Jungle (also known as The Billion Dollar Caper and The Silken Trap), Commonwealth, 1968
  • Willie, Where It's At, United Artists, 1969
  • Staff Sergeant Crapgame, Kelly's Heroes (also known as The Warriors), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970
  • Emmanuel Bergman, Innocent Blood (also known as A French Vampire in America), Warner Bros., 1992
  • Voice of Mr. Potato Head, Toy Story (animated), Buena Vista, 1995
  • Billy Sherbert, Casino, Universal, 1995
  • Voice of Cornwall, Quest for Camelot (animated; also known as The Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot) Warner Bros., 1998
  • Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (documentary), Northern Arts, 1998
  • Hamilton, Dirty Work, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1998
  • Voice of Mr. Potato Head, Toy Story 2 (animated), Buena Vista, 1999
  • Stage Appearances
  • Felix, The Odd Couple, Ahmanson Theatre Center, Los Angeles, 1967
  • Appeared in The Don Rickles Show, Mill Run Theatre, Chicago, IL; also appeared at Oakdale Music Theatre, O'Keefe Center, Canada; and at the Westbury Music Fair, Melodyland, and the Shady Grove Music Fair.
  • Nightclub Appearances
  • Appeared as headliner at Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, NV; Riviera Hotel, LasVegas; Resorts International, Atlantic City, NJ; and Harrah's Clubs, Reno, NV, and Lake Tahoe, NV.
  • Albums
  • Hello, Dummy!, Warner Bros., 1968
  • Don Rickles Speaks!, Warner Bros., 1969
  • Videos
  • Don Rickles: Buy This Tape, You Hockey Puck, 1975
  • Mr. Wilson, Dennis the Menace Strikes Again (also known as Dennis the Menance 2), Warner Bros., 1998
  • Video Games
  • Voice of Mr. Potato Head, Toy Story, 1996

Further Reference


    • Time, August 7, 1995, p. 77
    • The Hockey Puck--The Ultimate Don Rickles Web Experience,, May 22, 2002

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