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UPDATE: Las Vegas Strip headliner Terry Fator remembers Don Rickles

Posted at 11:30 AM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 03:18:35-04

UPDATE 12:10 AM APRIL 7: Legendary comedian Don Rickles’ career spanned 50 years -- leaving a lasting impression on generations of comedians, including Mirage headliner Terry Fator.
“Don Rickles was such a huge influence on anyone who's in comedy from my generation down,” said Fator.
Fator saw Rickles perform at The Orleans just before his 90th birthday and he was still a pro.

Rickles was known for a unique brand of insult comedy.
“I think that the way he pulled off being an insult comedian was the fact that he was a really nice guy in real life,” Fator said. “Longevity is about having a heart that people can identify with and fall in love with.”
Rickles was such a huge part of the Las Vegas entertainment scene for so many years. It was only fitting that he was honored at the Fremont Street Experience with a special video tribute on the Viva Vision screen.
Rickles was featured on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts at the original MGM, which is now Bally's.
“You know, he owned this city for a long time,” Fator said.
For even longer, people will remember the biting wit, the good natured jabs, and all of the laughter.
“He was a giant in the world of comedy," Fator said. “And it’s sad to watch that generation passing away now. It's something really sad to see them leave us."


The legendary comedian Don Rickles, who was known for his insult humor, has died at the age of 90, according to multiple media sources.

He died in his Los Angeles home on Thursday morning.

Rickles was performing in a Miami Beach nightclub when he met Frank Sinatra.

Sinatra nicknamed him "Bullethead" and encouraged other celebrities to see his act. He also helped Rickles become a headliner in Las Vegas, performing in almost every major hotel and casino.

He also performed with Steve Lawrence in the early 1980s in Las Vegas and the duo co-hosted "Foul-Ups, Bleeps & Blunders," which was an imitation of TV's "Bloopers & Practical Jokes" in 1983.

Rickles was known for poking fun at people, regardless of the color of their skin or their profession. One of his nicknames was "Mr. Warmth."

Another big fan was Johnny Carson and Rickles became a frequent guest and guest host, appearing more than 100 times on "The Tonight Show."

He also had a substantial role in the 1995 movie "Casino" and voiced the character of Mr. Potato Head in the original "Toy Story" movie and the 2nd and 3rd sequels.

The Viva Vision canopy at the Fremont Street Experience will display a special tribute to Rickles once every hour after the regularly planned shows beginning with the 8 p.m. show and ending with the midnight show.