Don Rickles dead at 90

American stand-up comedian and Hollywood actor Don Rickles has died, aged 90.

The actor and funny-man died in the early hours of Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles as a result of kidney failure, confirmed to Mirror Online by his publicist Paul Shefrin.

The Toy Story star – who voiced the character Mr. Potato Head – passed away with his wife of 52 years, Barbara, at his side. He would have turned 91 on May 8.

American stand-up comedian and Hollywood actor Don Rickles has died, aged 90 (Photo: Rex Features)

Don was born in New York City, May 8, 1926, to Max and Etta Rickles. He grew up in the Jackson Heights area of New York.

Originally starting off on the club circuit, he became friends with Frank Sinatra, who subsequently supported him as the entertainer rose to prominences in Las Vegas.

From there he moved in TV and films work, with the comedian making his Big Screen debut in 1958’s Run Silent, Run Deep with Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster.

 

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