King of Insult Comedy, Don Rickles has been at it for over five decades making people laugh. His first movie appearance was in 1958, in a little diddy starring Clark Gable, better known for his role two decades earlier in Gone with the Wind.
There are couple roles that Rickles has snuck into and by such you likely are familiar with his work. He played casino manager Billy Sherbert in Martin Scorcese's Casino, also he's the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise. This week's Streaming Sunday selection is a feature-length documentary by Animal House director John Landis all about Don Rickles' career.
In 1957 Rickles got his start after seeing Frank Sinatra's newest picture in which he totes a cannon across Europe in a Napoleonic-era film. Then unknown Rickles while at a L.A. nightclub, approached Sinatra and said "I just saw your movie, 'The Pride and the Passion,' and I want to tell you, the cannon's acting was great." Sinatra loved his ribbing so much he convinced other well-known Hollywood actors to see his act so they too can be picked apart. Shortly after Rickles was headlining in Vegas.
There are many stories just like these with well-known celebrities, television series' and movies crossing paths with the talents of Don Rickles. Please sit back and enjoy our Streaming Sunday offering of Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.