Thursday, April 6, 2017

Don Rickles, RIP -- April 7, 2017
I was sad to learn of the passing of Mr Warmth, Don Rickles.  He enlisted in the Navy straight out of high school in 1944 and served on a PT boat tender, USS Cyrene (AGP-13).  After he was discharged in 1946, he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  He couldn't find much work, so he started to perform stand up comedy.  People enjoyed his put-downs of hecklers, so he became an insult comic.

His dramatic training came in handy when he began to get supporting parts in movies.
Appropriately for a Navy man, his first movie was Run Silent, Run Deep with Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster.  Good movie.
I remember when he starred in the television series CPO Sharkey.  Also appropriate for a Navy man.
 He made new generations of fans as Mr Potato Head in Toy Story and its plethora of sequels. 

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