He's the Merchant of Venom, the King of the Insult -- a comedian whose acid tongue makes audiences squirm. Don Rickles is never without a quick-witted barb. His insult comedy makes fun of all people and walks of life.
The comedian, whose earliest ambition was to become a dramatic actor, got his start in the boroughs of Manhattan. His early acts mixed stand-up with his impressions of famous actors of the day, which included Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and Cary Grant.
It was one fateful night, however, that Rickles, who was performing in a strip club, unleashed all his frustrations at a group of rowdy sailors leaving a string of insults in his wake. The crowd ate it up and Rickles had found his niche.
With a wide variety of TV appearances on popular shows including "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Dean Martin Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," "Late Show with David Letterman," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," among many others, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in addition to various other accolades, Rickles has become a household name across America.
Throughout his career Rickles has released two comedy albums/DVDs, "Hello Dummy!" and "Don Rickles Speaks!," and continues to perform as a stand-up comedian, amusing audiences with his signature biting wit. His remarks are offensive, but the end result is always laughter from the crowd.