Rickles' impact on the comedy and entertainment industry was certainly felt as celebrities have been posting tributes to the late comedian since learning of his death. Here's a look at what the stars are sharing in remembrance of Rickles:
Bob and Ginnie Newhart: "He was called 'The Merchant of Venom,' but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring and most sensitive human beings we have ever known. We are devastated and our world will never be the same. We were totally unprepared for this."
Martin Scorsese: "Don Rickles was a giant, a legend… and I can hear his voice now, skewering me for being so lofty. I had the honor of working with him on my picture Casino. He was a professional. He kept me doubled over with laughter every day on the set - yet he was a complete pro. We became friends over the years and I had the honor of being roasted by him more than once - sometimes when I didn’t expect it. He just started showing up at places and insulting me. Experiencing Don, and tuning into his mind, I witnessed the evolution of his comedy. It was like listening to a great jazz musician wail. Nobody else did what he did. He made comedy into an art form. And like all geniuses, comic or otherwise, he’s irreplaceable. He was much loved. I’m really missing this man."
Jim Carrey: "Don once begged me for a couple of bucks then told me to twist myself into a pretzel. Ego slayer! Comic Everest! Spank you, Mr Rickles."
Tim Allen: "Don Rickles is one of the biggest reasons I am a comic today. I feel bad, mostly for everyone in Heaven who will now learn first hand from the sharpest wits ever, what it's like to be Rickled."
Carol Channing: "He was an original, with a unique flair for comedy that was all his own. He will be missed."
Suzanne Somers: "I came into the nightclub business at the tail end of the golden era of the Rat Pack. I got to know them all, and in the last couple of decades, Alan and I became great friends with Don and his wife, Barbara. They came to our house for dinners, we went to his birthday party every year. I’ve sung to him, sat on his lap , let him make fun of me and it was all fun and a privilege. I feel blessed to have had him as a friend and both Alan and I will miss him forever. Now he is with my other great friends, Merv Griffin, Frank, Sammy. RIP dear Don. Such a loss to us all."
Rich Little: "Having done 24 Dean Martin roasts, I know without a doubt that Don Rickles was the greatest comedian of all time. There were few, if any, that were quicker than Don. He didn't think of the next line he would use, he was already thinking of the line after that. There were many times on the roast that I literally fell out of my chair laughing. In private life, Don was a very nice man. There will never be another man like him."