Don Rickles

Trump Taj Mahal presents Don Rickles in the Arena on Saturday, July 20, 2013. Show time is at 8 pm. Ticket prices are $69, $49 & $29. Tickets can be obtained by either calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420 or on line at

One of the most respected talents in entertainment, Rickles, known affectionately as “Mr. Warmth,” got his start in the night clubs. In 1958, Rickles made his film debut in Run Silent Run Deep and afterward, starred in films like X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, The Rat Race, Enter Laughing, Kelly's Heroes, and Casino. He is well known to younger generations for his work most recently in the Toy Story franchise as the voice of the grouchy Mr. Potato Head character. In 1973, Rickles became a regular on Dean Martin's celebrity roasts, appearing frequently for the next decade, and paying tribute to friends like Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, and even served as Roastmaster for Dean Martin himself. Rickles became an in-demand guest star not only for TV sitcoms, but also dramatic series. He starred in a number of network series, including C.P.O Sharkey. After memorable appearances starting in the 1960s with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show,” to this day, Rickles continues to be a much sought after guest on the talk show circuit frequently appearing on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” 

In 2000, Rickles was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2008, he earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for his appearance in the documentary, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, which also won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Last year, Rickles received the “Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence” at the annual Comedy Awards. A prolific entertainer, Rickles also had two best-selling comedy albums and two books which also made the best-seller charts. 

Rickles continues to be very active on the stand-up comedy scene, and is still a popular performer in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and other venues around the country. He has no plans to retire. In a recent interview he said, “I’m in good health. I’m working better than I ever have. The audiences are great. Why should I retire? I’m like a fighter. The bell rings and you come out and fight. My energy comes alive. And, I still enjoy it.” 

Rickles’ style is never mean-spirited and it’s all just part of the act. In reality, most know him to be quite genial and pleasant. It has been said that being “insulted” by Rickles is like “wearing a badge of honor.” He’s known for saying the word “anyway” following most of his comedic insults. This is widely regarded as one of Rickles’ classic comedic tactics that contribute to his impeccable sense of timing.