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Don Rickles honored in New York

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 01:16

June 25 - Robert De Niro, Joan Rivers and others celebrate the life and career of actor and comedian Don Rickles. Lindsay Claiborn reports.

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Some of comedy's biggest stars came out to celebrate comedian Don Rickles as he was honored by the Friars Foundation with their Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy in New York on Monday (June 24). The ceremony went off like more of a roast with fellow standup Bob Newhart poking fun at Rickles' height. SOUNDBITE: Bob Newhart, saying (English): "A lot of people don't know this, but Don is taller than he appears on television." Even a usually serious Robert De Niro, showed off his funny side. SOUNDBITE: Robert De Niro, saying (English): "When I heard that Bob Newhart, Joan Rivers, Lewis Black, Freddie Roman, John Mayer, Bob Saget and everyone else was going to be here I thought amazing. That's a really impressive lineup for the Don Rickles memorial service." After all the ribbing the 87-year-old took to the stage to thank the organization and remind everyone why his nickname is "Mr. Warmth." SOUNDBITE: Don Rickles, saying (English): "This club means a lot. Support it whether it be for a benefit or what have you. Because it represents so many of our dear artists that are not with us anymore. And guys like me who come back here and say, 'my God, my picture is on the wall next to Jimmy Fallon.'" Rickles began his career in the 1950's as an actor and standup comedian and won an Emmy in 2008.

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Don Rickles honored in New York

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 01:16