Beloved comedian and Hollywood legend Don Rickles passed away on April 6 from kidney failure. He was almost 90 years old. Millions of fan mourned his passing, along with his wife Barbara and their daughter Mindy.
To honor the memory of Rickles, here are a few things you might not know about this hilarious and extraordinary American icon:
1. He Dared To Take On Frank Sinatra…And Made A BFF As A Result
Don Rickles built his career by ribbing celebrities and insulting politicians. There was no one he was afraid to tackle…not even Frank Sinatra, who was famously not a fan of being made fun of. One day, during one of Rickles’ performances, Sinatra happened to walk in. Seeing the popular crooner, Rickles had this to say: “Come on in, Frank. Make yourself at home—hit somebody.” It was a jab at Sinatra’s well-known temper. The audience held their breath. How would the sensitive Sinatra react? He roared with laughter. And so a lifelong friendship began. Check out this famous clip of Don Rickles surprising his buddy Sinatra on “The Johnny Carson Show”: