All about Don Rickles’ wife


• Barbara Rickles is an American actress and the wife of the late Don Rickles.
• Born in Philadelphia, she grew up with two step-siblings.
• Barbara and Don married in 1964 and had two children, Mindy and Larry.
• Don was a famous comedian, actor and voice actor, most notably playing the role of ‘Mr. Potato Head’ in the “Toy Story” franchise.
• Don passed away in 2017 and Barbara currently lives in the US with her daughter and grandchildren.



Who is Barbara Rickles?

Barbara Sklar is probably best known as the better half of the iconic and best-loved comedian and comedic actor, the late Don Rickles. She is an American actress who is also known for her short acting career, as well as her almost lifelong celebrity marriage.

Barbara’s way of keeping her personal information limited makes it difficult to get to know her well. However, she built a career in the entertainment industry along with Don Rickles and has been in the limelight for many years as a popular celebrity husband.

Barbara Rickles was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, date unknown but believed to be early 1940s. Her nationality is American. She grew up with two step-siblings.

Early life

The information related to her early life is not exposed to the outside world as she likes to keep her personal information confidential.


She has worked in various industries in her life including actress or guest celebrity and producer.

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

She has also appeared as a guest in some TV shows and movies, such as ‘Mr. Warmth: 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 had a chance to meet him. It is said that Barbara didn’t understand Don’s sense of humor, which made him fall for her.

Barbara and Don Rickles

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

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

Both of her children made careers in the entertainment industry. Larry started working as a producer and screenwriter, including projects such as ‘Murphy Brown’ and ‘Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project”.

Larry’s work on his father’s documentary “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project” earned him a Primetime Emmy in 2008.

Sadly, Larry died of pneumonia on December 3, 2011 at the age of 41; this was one of the most difficult stages in Barbara and Don Rickles’ lives.

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 appearances in films such as “Tales from the Crypt (1989)” and “Daddy Dearest (1993)” and “Dealin’ with Idiots (2013)”.

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

Barbara’s husband – Don Rickles

Don Rickles is a legendary personality in America’s comedy niche. He was born on May 8, 1926 in New York City, USA. He graduated from Newtown High School in 1944, and served in the United States Navy during World War II. Later, when he wanted to pursue an acting career, he joined The ‘American Academy Of Dramatic Arts’ but struggled to find acting work, so he started working as a stand-up comedian in clubs in New York, Miami and Los Angeles .

He has a different style of doing comedy – people started calling it Insult Comedy, and enjoyed his unique way of doing things, so Don became famous in the clubs of different areas, and millions were fans of his comedy. Rickles also adopted several 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 got in his way.

He starred in a number of movies and TV shows. Some of his acting skills were showcased in movies 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 movie franchise called ‘Toy Story’. His voice and way of talking have been loved by billions of people around the world.

Unfortunately, Don Rickles passed away on April 6, 2017 at the age of 90 due to his 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 pain. She currently lives in the US with her daughter and grandchildren.