BiographyAll About Don Rickles' Wife

All About Don Rickles’ Wife


Who is Barbara Rickles?

Barbara Sklar is probably best known as the better half of iconic and most beloved comedian and comic actor, the late Don Rickles. She is an American actress who is also known for her short acting career, as well as her near-permanent celebrity marriage.

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The way Barbara keeps her personal information private makes it difficult to get to know her up close. However, she carved out a career in the entertainment industry, along with Don Rickles, and stayed in the spotlight for many years as a popular celebrity wife.

Barbara Rickles was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, date unknown but believed to be in the early 1940s. Her nationality is American. She was raised with two half-siblings.

Early life

Information about her youth is not exposed to the outside world, as she likes to keep her personal information private.


She has worked in different sectors of her life, including guest actress or celebrity and producer.

Prior to her marriage to Don Rickles, she did administrative work, including as an assistant to Don Rickles’ agent.

She has also appeared as a guest on some TV shows and movies, such as “Mr. Chaleur: The Don Rickles Project (2007)”, “This Is Your Life (1971)” and “George Burns Celebrates 80 Years in show business (1983).

Marriage and children

While working as an assistant to Don Rickles’ agent, she was lucky enough to meet him. It is said that Barbara failed to get the sense of humor from Don that makes him fall in love with her.

Barbara and Don Rickles

Slowly they developed a bond, and finally on March 14, 1964, they bonded for what became a lifetime.

After two years of marriage, Don and Barbara were blessed with a daughter, Mindy Rickles, and in 1970 they welcomed their son whom they named Larry.

His two children have made careers in the entertainment industry. Larry began working as a producer and screenwriter, including on projects such as “Murphy Brown” and “Mr. Heat: The Don Rickles Project.”

For Larry’s work on his father’s documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, he received a Primetime Emmy in 2008.

Sadly, Larry died of pneumonia on December 3, 2011 at the age of 41. it was one of the most difficult phases in the life of Barbara and Don Rickles.

On the other hand, Mindy Rickles followed her father’s path as a comedian and also worked as an actress. Mindy is known for her performances in films such as “Tales from the Crypt (1989)” and “Daddy Dearest (1993)”, and “Dealin’ with Idiots (2013)”.

Mindy married famous jazz musician Ed Mann, and they are blessed with two sons, Harrison and Ethan.

Husband of Barbara – Don Rickles

Don Rickles is a legendary personality in the American comedy niche. He was born on May 8, 1926 in New York, United States. He enrolled in Newtown High School in 1944, then during World War II he served in the United States Navy. Later, wanting to pursue an acting career, he joined the “American Academy of Dramatic Arts”, but found it difficult to find an acting job, so he started working as a stand-up comedian in clubs in New York, Miami and Los Angeles.

He has a different style of comedy – people started calling him Insult comedy and liked his unique way of doing it, so Don became famous in clubs in several regions and millions of people were fans of his comedy . Rickles has also adopted various nicknames, such as ‘The Merchant of Venom’ and ‘Mr. Heat’.

In 1958, he made his film debut in “Run Silent, Run Deep”, and from that moment on he didn’t have to look back, because success was on his way.

He has starred in a number of movies and TV shows. Some of his acting skills have been demonstrated in films such as ‘The Rat Race’, ‘The Money Jungle’, ‘Redux Riding Hood’ and ‘Kelly’s Heroes’.

Don Rickles is also a voice of ‘Mr. Potato Head’ in the animated film franchise titled ‘Toy Story’. His voice and way of speaking were loved by billions of people around the world.

Sadly, Don Rickles passed away on April 6, 2017 at the age of 90 from kidney failure, just a month after celebrating his 52nd wedding anniversary.

After Don Rickles’ death, Barbara remembers his caring nature and says that time and memories will heal all the pain. Currently, she lives with her daughter and grandchildren in the United States.

Eric Patrick
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