Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Some of Don Rickles' Most Scathing Insults

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Some of Don Rickles' Most Scathing Insults

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Don Rickles, who died Thursday at age 90, was legendary for his onstage insults even though he was a nice guy in real life. Here are some of the comic's most scathing barbs.

At a tribute to Clint Eastwood * "Clint, I'm sorry, but I just gotta say what's on everybody's mind here tonight: You're a terrible actor."

On Robert De Niro, while shooting "Casino" * "They warned me what a serious guy De Niro is. They warned me not to make jokes. So the third day of shooting, I looked him straight in the face and told him: 'I can't work with you. You can't act.' The guy fell on the floor. He didn't stop laughing for 18 weeks."

To Frank Sinatra, while performing at a club in 1957 * "Make yourself at home, Frank. Hit somebody."

To Johnny Carson, during his first appearance on "The Tonight Show" in 1965 * "That's it, laugh it up. You're making $50 million a year and your poor parents are back in Nebraska eating locusts for dinner."

To Mr. T on the "Merv Griffin Show" * "I gotta tell you, with all the nonsense and all the jokes, I want to tell you from the bottom of my heart: Merv Griffin told me he never liked you. …

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