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Don Rickles is an American comedian and actor. A frequent guest on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Rickles has acted in comedic and dramatic roles, but is best known as an insult comic. However, unlike many insult comics who only find short-lived success, Rickles has enjoyed a sustained career in insult performance.
Rickles was born in the New York City borough of Queens to Jewish parents Etta (née Feldman) and Max Rickles. His father was an insurance salesman born in Russia. He grew up in the Jackson Heights area. After graduating from Newtown High School, he served in the U.S. Navy in World War II on the USS Cyrene as a S1/c. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Two years later he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and played occasional bit parts on television. Frustrated by a lack of acting work, he began doing stand-up comedy. He became known as an insult comedian by responding to hecklers. The audience liked these insults more than his prepared material, so he incorporated them into his act. When he began his career in the early 1950s, (he told Jay Leno April 15, 2009 on The Tonight Show) that he started calling ill-mannered members of the audience in burlesque houses a Hockey Puck. His style was similar to an older insult comic, Jack E. Leonard, though Rickles has denied that Leonard influenced his style.
In 1958, he made his film debut in a serious part in Run Silent, Run Deep starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster. Throughout the 1960s, he appeared frequently on television in sitcoms and dramatic series. Rickles guest-starred in Get Smart as "Sid" an old war-buddy of Max who comes to stay with him. The two-part team-up with Don Adams was a sensation well-received by the audience. In an episode of the 1960s drama series Run for Your Life, Rickles played a distressed comedian whose act culminates with him strangling a patron while imploring the patron to "Laugh!" He also appeared in the popular Beach Party film series. He recalled in his memoirs that at a White House dinner, Barbara Bush teased him about his decision to appear in those films. She asked, "Was your career really going that badly?" He also took a dramatic turn in the Roger Corman film X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes as a carnival barker out to exploit the protagonist.
As his career progressed, he made more and more appearances on television talk shows, first appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965. He became a frequent guest and even a guest host and would appear over 100 times on The Tonight Show during Carson's era. An early Carson-Rickles Tonight highlight took place in 1968 when, while two Japanese women treated Carson to a bath and massage by foot, Rickles walked onto the set. At one point, he decided to play massage therapist to the prone and towel-clad Carson. Rickles leaned over and wrapped his arms around Carson, ad-libbing, "I'm so lonely, Johnny!" Carson broke into hysterical laughter, got up, grabbed Rickles, and tossed the suit-clad comedian into the bathtub. Rickles also made frequent appearances on The Dean Martin Show and became a fixture on Martin's roast specials, which continued until 1984.
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