American stand-up comedian and Hollywood actor Don Rickles has died, aged 90.
The actor and funny-man died in the early hours of Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles as a result of kidney failure, confirmed to Mirror Online by his publicist Paul Shefrin.
The Toy Story star – who voiced the character Mr. Potato Head – passed away with his wife of 52 years, Barbara, at his side. He would have turned 91 on May 8.
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Rickles gives Friars Club speech in typically acerbic style
Don was born in New York City, May 8, 1926, to Max and Etta Rickles. He grew up in the Jackson Heights area of New York.
Originally starting off on the club circuit, he became friends with Frank Sinatra, who subsequently supported him as the entertainer rose to prominences in Las Vegas.
From there he moved in TV and films work, with the comedian making his Big Screen debut in 1958’s Run Silent, Run Deep with Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster.
Following on from his work in the movies he went on to become a much-beloved regular on The Tonight Show hosted by Johnny Carson back in 1965, and subsequently on The Dean Martin Show.
However, younger audiences will know the late actor and comedian for his role in the blockbuster Toy Story films, which have delighted families across the globe since 1995.
Lending his signature vocals to the ill-tempered and oft much-maligned Mr. Potato Head in the film trilogy, the actor found himself a whole new audience in his later life.