|Donald Jay "Don" RicklesMay 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017|
Don Rickles died of kidney failure today, at his home in Beverly Hills, California; he was 90 years old.
He intended to be a dramatic actor and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and then played bit parts on television. Frustrated by a lack of acting work, Rickles began performing stand-up comedy in clubs in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. He became known as an insult comedian when he responded to his hecklers. The audience enjoyed these insults more than his prepared material, so he incorporated them into his act.