Legendary comedian Don Rickles has died at 90

Jason Guerrasio
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Don Rickles, the legendary comedian who hung out with the Rat Pack and was one of the classic insult comics over his six-decade career, has died at age 90, according to multiple reports.

He died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure.

Known for most of his career on the Las Vegas nightclub circuit, he will be better known to younger people as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the Pixar "Toy Story" movies.

On TV, he was a fixture on the late-night talk shows with his brand of harsh punch lines. He also had his own talk show, "The Don Rickles Show," in the early 1970s.

His movie roles ranged from the Clint Eastwood 1970 war movie, "Kelly's Heroes," to Martin Scorsese's classic "Casino."

Developing his tough-guy act he learned from growing up in Manhattan in the 1940s and 1950s, Rickles got his start appearing on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.

He then quickly became a headliner in Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and Reno, Nevada, often finding himself in the midst of Frank Sinatra's famed Rat Pack, which included Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

Rickles showed up often on TV in guest-starring roles, from "Get Smart" to, most recently, "Hot in Cleveland."

But he will remain beloved for his stand-up comedy and for shooting insults at anyone who happened to come in his crosshairs. (In fact, getting insulted by Rickles was considered a badge of honor.)

You can catch that spirit in the "Dean Martin Celebrity Roast." Rickles busted the chops of all the legends in the room.

Here's a video of Rickles roasting Sinatra:

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