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Don Rickles Height, Weight, Age, Net Worth, Wife

Don Rickles Quick Info
Height 5 ft 6 in
Weight 80 kg
Date of Birth May 8, 1926
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Date of Death April 6, 2017

Don Rickles was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and voice artist who gained acclaim with his insult comedy. Also, he was cast in several films including Toy StoryToy Story 2Toy Story 3Toy Story 4, The Rabbit Trap, X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes, The Rat Race, Muscle Beach Party, Pajama Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, The Money Jungle, Enter LaughingCasinoWhere It’s At, Dennis the Menace Strikes Again, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, and Hawaiian Vacation.

Born Name

Donald Jay Rickles

Nick Names

Don, Mr. Warmth, The Merchant of Venom, Glass Head

Don Rickles in 1973
Don Rickles in 1973 (Joseph Scandore-management / eBay / Public Domain)


He was born on May 8, 1926.


On April 6, 2017, Don Rickles died of kidney failure at the age of 90 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Resting Place

Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States

Sun Sign


Born Place

Queens, New York City, New York, United States


He resided in Los Angeles, California, United States.





Don Rickles studied at Newtown High School and graduated in 1944. Afterward, he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.


Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Voice Artist


  • Father – Max Rickles (1896–1952)
  • Mother – Etta Rickles (née Feldman; 1898–1984)
  • Others – Joseph Richter/Rickles (Paternal Grandfather), Frances Savage (Paternal Grandmother), Harry Feldman (Maternal Grandfather), Clara Landsberg (Maternal Grandmother), Ethan Mann (Grandson), Harrison Mann (Grandson)


Stand-up, Film, Television, Books


Observational Comedy, Insult Comedy, Black Comedy, Cringe Comedy, Shock Humor, Satire


American Culture, Racism, Self-deprecation, Everyday Life, Religion, Current Events

Net Worth

According to, he had a net worth of $30 Million.



Don Rickles and Louise Sorel
Don Rickles and Louise Sorel (studio staff / eBay / Public Domain)


5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm


80 kg or 176.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Don Rickles dated –

  1. Barbara Sklar (1965-2017) – He got married to Barbara Sklar on March 14, 1965. He met her through his agent when he was 38 years old and fell for her when she failed to get his sense of humor. They were blessed with 2 children – a daughter named Mindy Rickles and a son named Larry Rickles (May 12, 1970 – December 3, 2011). Larry was 41 years old when he died of pneumonia. Barbara and Don Rickles remained together until his death in 2017. On March 14, 2021, Barbara passed away from non-Hodgkin lymphoma exactly 56 years after the couple married.

Race / Ethnicity


Don Rickles was of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

Hair Color

Salt and Pepper

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Stocky frame
  • Good-natured insulting of the audience and society in general

Brand Endorsements

Don Rickles was cast in TV commercials for –

  • Right Guard deodorant (1974)
  • Diet 7 Up (with Lynda Carter) (1979)
  • Anso V Worry-Free Carpet (1987)
  • Bud Light beer (1997)
  • Fidelity Investments (1998)
  • Glad Drawstrings trash bags (2002)
  • American Stroke Association (2005)
  • Snickers candy bars (with Joe Pesci) (2011)



Don Rickles (Left) and Lorne Greene
Don Rickles (Left) and Lorne Greene (TV station / eBay / Public Domain)

Don Rickles Facts

  1. He spent his childhood years growing up in Jackson Heights, a neighborhood in the northwestern part of the borough of Queens in New York City.
  2. Following his graduation from Newtown High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy. During World War II, he served on the motor torpedo boat tender USS Cyrene as a seaman first class and was later honorably discharged in 1946
  3. Don Rickles initially wanted to become an actor but he faced a lack of opportunities in the field so he started performing comedy in clubs in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.
  4. He used to call ill-mannered members of the audience “hockey pucks”.
  5. He was nicknamed “Mr. Warmth” by Johnny Carson.
  6. Despite being a “lifelong” Democrat, Don Rickles performed at the inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush along with his friend Frank Sinatra.
  7. He once credited Milton Berle’s comedy style as his inspiration during an interview on Larry King Live.
  8. He was best friends with comedian and actor Bob Newhart and the duo often vacationed together along with their wives, who also shared a close bond.
  9. On October 17, 2000, Rickles was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Featured Image by Joseph Scandore-management / eBay / Public Domain

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