Don Rickles dead at 90

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DON Rickles, legendary U.S. comedian, has died at the age of 90 at his home in Los Angeles. The famous comedian died today at his house at Los Angeles from kidney failure as the publicist Paul Shefrin announced.

The late-night host recalled some of his favorite moments of Rickles, like his jokes about Frank Sinatra and Johnny Carson, getting to know him and his wife, Barbara, and Kimmel's own interview with the comedian on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2006.

"He looks at me and says 'I thought you couldn't go to dinner!' And he hammered me, and heckled me, and complained, 'You're having dinner with him instead of me!' until I finally just got up and moved over to his table".

"I know it sounds insane to say he was too young", Kimmel added, "but he was because he was youthful, and amusing, and sharp and generous". It would also be in the late 1960's where he became a fixture on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Take it from friend and fan Jerry Seinfeld: "To be insulted by Don is a badge of honor", he said during a 2014 tribute on Spike TV.

"Is that your wife?" he would ask a man, who, once he said yes would see Rickles nod and say, "Oh well, keep your chin up".

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To his great disappointment, Rickles was never able to transfer his success to a long-running weekly situation comedy.

Don Rickles, left, pretends to strangle fellow comedian Red Buttons prior to an Annual Stag Roast in Los Angeles.

Rickles patented a confrontational style that stand-up performers still emulate, but one that kept him on the right side of trouble.

Billy Crystal tweeted simply: "A giant loss". Rickles was born in New York City on May 8, 1926, to Max and Etta Rickles, according to an official biography from the comedian's spokesperson.

But did any of them top his voice performance as crabby, aggrieved Mr. Potato Head in the animated "Toy Story" movies? But he could feel that this career had no future for him so he enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Etta Rickles had befriended Frank Sinatra's mother, Dolly, and persuaded her to encourage her son to check out Don Rickles' act.

Rickles' funeral service will be private, a statement announcing his death said.

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