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By Anonym 13 Sep

Don Rickles

I'm very shy so I became very outgoing to protect my shyness.

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Don Rickles

I don't get into politics. I know [Donald] Trump, but I don't follow that. That's just an aside for him when he has nothing else to say. He never involved me in any of that stuff.

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Don Rickles

Alan King, a comedian I adored, was considered society, and I was considered the Jewish kid from the neighborhood.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Don Rickles

My father wasn't much for show business. He was an insurance man - very well-liked, very warm. He had a lot of friends.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Don Rickles

Whatever you do to gain success, you have to hang in there and hope good things happen. Always think positive.

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Don Rickles

I have my own gym. When you do jokes and they sell, you get a gym.

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Don Rickles

I still think funny, and people young and old still come and see me. That's flattering. The day comes that they stop coming, then I'll know that it's time to retire to the Jewish ranch.

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Don Rickles

I don't really tell a joke per se, I build up an attitude and it becomes a joke.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Don Rickles

When I got out of high school, I wanted to be an actor but was getting a lot of rejections. I was getting rejected by life. My mother, God rest her soul, told me not to quit.

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Don Rickles

My health, thank God, has kept my brain alive.

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Don Rickles

When I first went to Vegas, there were just high-rollers and gamblers and the wise guys treated you great.

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Don Rickles

Regis Philbin is very successful in his own right. We have a new thing where he have chairs and we sit and talk to each other about my career and his career. It works pretty well if I do say so.

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Don Rickles

I'm not a big one for jokes. I can't tell a joke, believe it or not. If you gave me a thousand bucks and said, "Don, get up at a party and tell a joke," I'm the worst.

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Don Rickles

Eddie Fisher married to Elizabeth Taylor is like me trying to wash the Empire State Building with a bar of soap.

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Don Rickles

You lose your energy, you lose that excitement and it gets the audience up.

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Don Rickles

I've never been able to tell jokes. In the beginning of my career I did impressions and jokes like any other comedian, but I was never very successful because I did it poorly. So I started to talk to the audience and started talking about the atmosphere around me and started to become angry, not in a mean-spirited way, but in a fun way - and my attitude developed from there.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Don Rickles

I'd like to think my performance is today. I never try to - it's so, as you know, watching me, I have a beginning, middle and ending. But every night the show changes and I relate to an audience and I relate to the young people.

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Don Rickles

In the old days, that was my ad-lib for hecklers in the joints I worked. It stuck with me. I hardly say it now, say, to fans, even though people do send me hockey pucks.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Don Rickles

The thing I love about Vegas is that it's a melting pot. It's like working Ellis Island.

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Don Rickles

I've never had guys sit me down and say this is what you've got to do. It's my personality that makes me one of a kind, and I believe that.

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Don Rickles

To me, the stand up part in my life is great. I know I can do that. When I get an acting chance, I'm really thrilled.

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Don Rickles

I'm always watching films. The Academy pretty much sends me every film that's ever been done. I enjoy watching them, especially with the people I know.

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Don Rickles

I have to have energy because I have a lot of expenses. A couple of cars, couple of dogs and a big estate.

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Don Rickles

When you talk about George Burns you're talking about a living legend . . . well, a legend, anyhow.

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Don Rickles

Hell, do I remember the first joke? I was never a jokester.

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Don Rickles

Frank Sinatra enjoyed my humor, so I could say almost anything to him. I mean, within reason.

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Don Rickles

I've never gambled a dime. Never, in all my years in Vegas.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Don Rickles

When someone says to me, do you do stand-up I say absolutely not. I like to think of it as a theatrical performance. With me the show changes maybe five to ten percent every night. Of course, whatever I see in front of me and sometimes I get on a little run about it and it changes the show. And my delivery is such that people who have seen me many times say Gee, I never heard that before. Actually, they have, but I might have changed it around.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Don Rickles

I was always the guy - out of insecurities, I was always making fun, even as a kid.

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Don Rickles

To my knowledge, I was the first guy really to do what I do. And then later on different comedians started trying doing it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Don Rickles

When you do see me, you'll get the idea from when you see me that it's all off the top of my head. A lot of it is a beginning, middle and the end. But it's different every night. I have a lot of jokes in my back pocket I've said over the years.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Don Rickles

Sex is great, but when you get to be my age, you've got to pace it a little bit. Otherwise you get tired.

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Don Rickles

Struggling is hard because you never know what's at the end of the tunnel.

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Don Rickles

I would describe myself as a guy that's very normal but has the tendency to rib people, but never in a mean-spirited way.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Don Rickles

I think they [Martin Scorsese, Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra] liked my honesty. My personality. For that, they always treated me great. I, in turn, treated them great. No secret about it. My being who I am - that is that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Don Rickles

I can sit all day in a comfortable chair and watch ball games, but I don't need a blanket.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Don Rickles

Al Capone's my uncle. The old days were a lot different. The Latin Casino was the big time. When I got there I figured that I was doing pretty good, because remember, I started in nothing but after hours joints. I can't even name them now, but that's how I got noticed.

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Don Rickles

In the 45 years I've worked in casinos, I dreamed of being honored by an organization like the American Gaming Association, especially since I don't even have a hunting license.

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Don Rickles

I grew up in an Orthodox family, as I grew older, I became Conservative and that's how it ended up. But I've developed that Jewish feel to my act from my surroundings and my family.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Don Rickles

It's very sweet to have people say nice things about you, and I always accept that.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Don Rickles

Who am I to judge is what I say. I'm 90 years old, for crying out loud, and I don't sit in any chariot.

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Don Rickles

Showbiz is great if you're successful.

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Don Rickles

Show business is my life. When I was a kid I sold insurance, but nobody laughed.

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Don Rickles

I do situations and make fun of authority and life.

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Don Rickles

I've got an accountant who's been with me forty years. If he makes a mistake, he dies.

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Don Rickles

My father when walked into a room, you could tell that everybody loved him. They really did. He was quite a man. My mother was more into the show biz atmosphere than he was.

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Don Rickles

I don't care if the average guy on the street really knows what I'm like, as long as he knows I'm not really a mean, vicious guy. My friends and family know what I'm really like. That's what's important.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Don Rickles

What I do is, I make fun of people and I make fun of myself and things around us and exaggerate things. And I'm never mean-spirited. See, the word insult means some guy who's a real unkind human being. But I don't do that, because otherwise I wouldn't be headlining all these years, thank god, and all these people showing up to see me.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Don Rickles

They always use the word 'insult' with me, but I don't hurt anybody. I wouldn't be sitting here if I did. I make fun of everybody and exaggerate all our insecurities.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Don Rickles

I always say that comedians and actors were all kind of shy when they were young. I was very, believe it or not, kind of embarrassed as a child. But my mother was a very strong lady and she was the one that kept it going when I thought it would be over for me as a performer. She was always my inspiration and she was a big influence on me.