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Tom Hanks leads tributes to Toy Story star and comedian Don Rickles, who has died aged 90

The legendary comic voiced Mr Potato Head and was hailed by Hanks as "a God”

Published: Friday, 7th April 2017 at 8:47 am

Don Rickles – the US comedian and voice of Mr Potato Head in Toy Story – has died at the age of 90.


Rickles passed away at his home in Los Angeles due to kidney failure, confirmed his publicist Paul Shefrin.

The legendary New York-born comic had a career spanning 60 years and was famous for his “mockery humour”, having put down Ronald Reagan, Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra to name a few. His sharp tongue earned him the sarcastic nickname “Mr Warmth”.

Rickles made a name for himself headlining casinos in Las Vegas and appearing on shows like The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

He also voiced the beloved character of Mr Potato Head in the Toy Story films and featured in many other movies including Kelly's Heroes with Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese's Casino and The Rat Race with Tony Curtis.

Rickles' Toy Story co-star Tom Hanks called Rickles "a God”, while Billy Crystal, Samuel L Jackson, and Barbara Streisand were among others to pay tribute.


Rickles is survived by wife Barbara, daughter Mindy Mann and two grandchildren.


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