Tributes Pour In For ‘Toy Story’ Voice Actor Don Rickles Following Death
The world of comedy is mourning the loss of US comedian Don Rickles.
From voicing the iconic Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story, as well as starring in sitcom C.P.O. Starkey, Rickles has certainly left his mark on the industry.
Tributes are pouring in for the star, who passed away due to kidney failure at his L.A. home yesterday, aged 90.
Tom Hanks, who has worked with Rickles on the Toy Story franchise, expressed on Twitter,
A God died today. Don Rickles, we did not want to ever lose you. Never. Hanx.
Fellow comedian, Dave Attell, also paid tribute to the star on Twitter, saying,
Another sad loss in the comedy world. Don was a hero of mine. He was fast, loose & never quit.
Jimmy Kimmel took time out of his chat show to remember the actor, consequently getting emotional in his speech.
Opening his 12 minute tribute, Kimmel said,
I’m going to cry, I’m already crying. I know it sounds crazy to say he was too young, but he was, because he was youthful and funny and sharp and generous. I was fortunate enough to not only have to not only have him on this show as my guest but also to become close to him.
The fourth instalment of Toy Story is due for release in 2019, and Rickles was going to reprise his role as Mr Potato Head.
Pixar are yet to comment on whether or not the iconic comedian has recorded his lines.
Filmmaker and comedian, Mel Brooks, also wrote this touching tribute,
Don Rickles. One of the bravest, funniest, and sweetest guys that ever performed. A dear pal that we will all sorely miss.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) April 6, 2017
In an interview last year with The Hollywood Reporter, Don put his long-standing career down to his supportive fans.
What keeps me going is that young people still want to see me, which is flattering and great.
Watch Kimmel’s moving tribute below: