Don Rickles, who voiced the character 'Mr. Potato Head" in the Pixar "Toy Story" film series speaks at ceremonies honoring John Lasseter, November 1, 2011.
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Rickles, who would have been 91 on May 8, suffered kidney failure Thursday morning at his home, said Paul Shefrin, his longtime publicist and friend.No one was exempt from Rickles' insults.Rickles patented a confrontational style that stand-up performers still emulate, but one that kept him on the right side of trouble.Rickles shocked his audiences without social commentary or self-criticism. Rickles' many friends returned the wisecracks.Rickles' films ranged from comedies to dramas and included "Run Silent, Run Deep," "The Rat Race," "Kelly's Heroes" and Martin Scorsese's "Casino".Rickles set out to be a serious actor, enrolling in New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
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