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Russell Brand in talks for Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile

According to Collider, Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) is in talks with Disney/Fox about joining the cast of the Agatha Christie adaptation Death on the Nile, director and star Kenneth Branagh’s follow-up to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express.

Should Brand close his deal, he’ll join a cast that includes Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Anette Benning (Captain Marvel), Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name) and Letitia Wright (Black Panther) as well as the returning Tom Bateman as Bouc and Branagh as Hercule Poirot.

Death on the Nile sees Poirot caught up in a murder mystery on board a luxurious cruise down the River Nile when a rich heiress is found dead, and the master detective sets out to solve the crime before the ship reaches the end of its journey. It was previously adapted for the big screen in 1978, with Peter Ustinov leading a
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Giveaway – Win Used Cars on Blu-ray

Eureka Entertainment will release Used Cars, Robert Zemeckis’ classic 80s screwball comedy starring Kurt Russell and Jack Warden, for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK as part of the Eureka Classics range from 12th August 2019, and we have three copies to give away!

A hilarious cult favourite from director Robert Zemeckis, Used Cars is a high-octane comic salute to the supersalesmen whose persuasive pitches transformed rattling wrecks into your dream car.

Kurt Russell is Rudy Russo, the top salesmen at the New Deal used car lot run by Luke Fuchs (Jack Warden). Caught up in a crazy feud between Luke and his brother Roy (also played by Warden) who runs the rival car lot across the street, Rudy must put his grifting skills into overdrive as the battle for sales supremacy escalates into all-out war!

Under-appreciated on release, Used Cars is now recognised as one of the funniest comedies of the 1980s.
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Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl Surge Gives New Life To Warren Beatty’s ‘Heaven Can Wait’

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Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl Surge Gives New Life To Warren Beatty’s ‘Heaven Can Wait’
Heaven only knows whether Jared Goff will lead the Los Angeles Rams to a historic victory in Super Bowl Liii this Sunday, but kickoff can’t get here quick enough for Hollywood legend Warren Beatty. “The phone keeps ringing,” Beatty said. “What’s been going on, well, it’s kind of ridiculous.”

The reason the phone keeps ringing? Heaven Can Wait, the 1978 celestial comedy hit that Beatty memorably produced, co-directed, co-wrote and starred in. Beatty portrays Rams quarterback Joe Pendleton, who dies before his destined time but, with some angelic assistance, returns to win the Super Bowl inhabiting the body of the team’s unflappable back-up, Tom Jarrett, who wears No. 16.

Goff is also known for playing without panic, he wears No. 16 and his first name sounds a lot like Jarrett — which may sound like skimpy stuff when it comes to cosmic coincidences, but it’s good enough to merit
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‘Shampoo’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

  • Nerdly
Stars: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Jack Warden, Lee Grant | Written by Robert Towne, Warren Beatty | Directed by Hal Ashby

Shampoo opens with the sounds of George (Warren Beatty) and Felicia (Lee Grant) having sex. It immediately establishes that hairdresser George is straight (his male colleagues at the salon are risible camp stereotypes), and it’s also an example of how this 1975 film fully embraces the newfound freedoms of filmmaking in that decade. The increasingly feeble Hays Code had been abandoned in the year Shampoo is set: 1968.

Something else that happened in 1968 was the inauguration of the infamous Richard Nixon, and this provides the backdrop for the bed-hopping antics in the foreground. Political satire and ‘70s sex comedy are hardly the most obvious bedfellows, and the result is predictably mixed.

It’s all about the characters, but let’s skim the story. George wants to start up a salon of his own,
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Film News Roundup: 1963 U.S. Naval Academy Football Team to Get Doc Treatment

  • Variety
In today’s film news roundup, a documentary about the 1963 Navy football team takes shape, “Never Heard” gets a release, Tim Tebow is backing “Run the Race,” “Death on the Nile” gets a 2020 release and Martin Scorsese is honored.

Documentary Set

Michael Meredith, son of the late Dallas Cowboy quarterback Don Meredith, has signed on to direct “The President’s Team,” a documentary about the 1963 U.S. Naval Academy football team, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, based on the 2009 book of the same title by Michael Connelly, follows the story of commitment and camaraderie among a team of young athletes attempting to revive a nation wrought with grief — 10 days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Kennedy, a Navy veteran, was scheduled to initiate the 1963 Army-Navy game with a coin toss. In the days following his assassination, with the status of the major event up in the air,
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Shampoo

Beverly Hills 1968 — Sunset Blvd., The Strip, The Bistro, the haze in the Hollywood Hills — where a lowly hairdresser-stud is locked in a crazy lifestyle free-fall while having the time of his life with four beautiful women. Warren Beatty puts a facet of his public personality on display as a world-class ladies’ man who just can’t keep things together.

Shampoo

Blu-ray

The Criterion Collection 947

1975 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 110 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date October 18, 2018 / 39.95

Starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Lee Grant, Jack Warden, Tony Bill, George Furth, Jay Robinson, Carrie Fisher, George Furth, Luana Anders.

Cinematography László Kovács

Production Designer Richard Sylbert

Art Direction W. Stewart Campbell

Film Editor Robert C. Jones

Original Music Paul Simon

Written by Robert Towne and Warren Beatty

Produced by Warren Beatty

Directed by Hal Ashby

Mr. Pettis, banker: “What kind of references do you have?”

George Roundy: “I do Barbara Rush.
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Review: "Shampoo" (1975) Starring Warren Beatty; Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

  • CinemaRetro
By Brian Greene

Shampoo (1975) is a movie that can leave a viewer unsure as to what they just watched. Was it merely a vanity project for Producer/Co-Screenwriter/lead actor Warren Beatty, who plays a babe magnet L.A. hairdresser who juggles his three main girlfriends while haplessly attempting to go into business for himself? Beatty portrays George Roundy, a flashy dressing, motorcycle riding lothario who deftly manipulates the hearts and sexual appetites of the beautiful women who constantly want to throw themselves at him and his hair dryer. Or is it a social satire, a la The Graduate, that exposes the flaws in American life by showing us the sexual/romantic dysfunction in the homes of the upper crust? One of Beatty’s character’s love interests is the wife (Lee Grant) of the business tycoon (Jack Warden) he hopes will finance his would-be new spa. Is it a
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Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer Join Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Death on the Nile’

Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer have joined the cast of 20th Century Fox's Death on the Nile, Kenneth Branagh's sequel to last year's hit whodunit Murder on the Orient Express, Collider has confirmed. Branagh has been busy assembling a new A-list ensemble for his adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel, which like Orient Express, was previously adapted for the big screen in the '70s with Peter Ustinov starring alongside Mia Farrow, Bette Davis, George Kennedy, Angela Lansbury, Maggie Smith and Jack Warden, among others. Branagh will return as Hercule Poirot, who is called to investigate a …
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Armie Hammer Joins Gal Gadot in ‘Death on the Nile’ Remake

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Armie Hammer Joins Gal Gadot in ‘Death on the Nile’ Remake
Armie Hammer has joined Gal Gadot in Fox’s “Death on the Nile,” a follow-up to last year’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

The studio has hired “Orient Express” director Kenneth Branagh and screenwriter Michael Green to return for “Death on the Nile.” Branagh will reprise his role of the mustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

Production on “Death on the Nile” is expected to begin in mid-2019, so it’s doubtful that the movie will arrive in theaters on its current release date of Dec. 20, 2019. It’s not yet clear which roles Hammer and Gadot will play.

Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express” grossed more than $350 million worldwide, 43 years after the first “Orient Express.” Agatha Christie first published “Death on the Nile” in 1937, three years after her “Murder on the Orient Express” was published.

Death on the Nile” places Poirot on a vacation in Egypt in the 1930s,
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Gal Gadot Joins Kenneth Branagh in Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile

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Gal Gadot Joins Kenneth Branagh in Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile
Last year, Kenneth Branagh directed a feature film adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie mystery novel, Murder on the Orient Express. Branagh himself took on the lead role of Hercule Poirot, a detective investigating a murder which occurs on a moving European train. Supporting Branagh in the cast were some key players in Hollywood, including Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, and Johnny Depp. The film wound up earning $351 million against a $55 million budget, and Branagh quickly took an interest in replicating that success with a sequel.

With Kenneth Branagh returning to direct, 20th Century Fox has been moving forward with the official follow-up film, Death on the Nile. Also based on an Agatha Christie novel, the screenplay is written by Michael Green, who also penned Murder on the Orient Express. The plot will follow Poirot on a new mystery-solving adventure, this time on a luxurious cruise ship set on the Nile River.
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Robert Wise movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘West Side Story,’ ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘The Sand Pebbles’

  • Gold Derby
Robert Wise movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘West Side Story,’ ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘The Sand Pebbles’
Robert Wise would’ve celebrated his 104th birthday on September 10. Although you won’t often hear his name mentioned among auteur theorists, the four-time Oscar winner amassed an impressive filmography in his lifetime. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Wise cut his teeth as a film editor, most notably working on Orson Welles‘ landmark film “Citizen Kane” (1941), for which he received an Oscar nomination. He made his directorial debut with “The Curse of the Cat People” (1944), the first of many successful collaborations with low-budget horror producer Val Lewton.

Throughout his career, Wise excelled at a number of genres, including science fiction (“The Day the Earth Stood Still”), film noir (“Odds Against Tomorrow”), horror (“The Haunting”), war (“The Desert Rats”), comedy (“Two for the Seesaw”), and drama (“Executive Suite”). Rather than imposing his own directorial fingerprint on each film,
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Fox is Developing a Sequel to Murder On The Orient Express Called Death On The Nile

It's been revealed that Twentieth Century Fox is developing a sequel to Murder on the Orient Express and that sequel will be based on Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile. The studio has haired Orient Express screenwriter Michael Green to write the script for the film.

Director Kenneth Branagh is expected to return to helm the film and he will reprise his role of detective Hercule Poirot. I actually really enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express and I'm happy to hear that we will be getting another film in the franchise.

Death on the Nile was published in 1937, and the plot "places Poirot on a vacation in Egypt, discovering a murder on the Nile River as a result of a love triangle gone bad." I'm sure that the studio will once again bring together an all-star cast for the film.

This novel was previously adapted in 1978 and it had
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Kenneth Branagh to Return in Murder on the Orient Express Sequel

Kenneth Branagh to Return in Murder on the Orient Express Sequel
20th Century Fox is moving forward with a sequel to the Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express, entitled Death On the Nile. The studio is bringing back Murder on the Orient Express writer Michael Green to pen the script. While there is no deal in place as of yet for filmmaker/star Kenneth Branagh, he is expected to return to the director's chair, while also coming back to star as detective Hercule Poirot. Whether Poirot's epic mustache also returns remains to be seen, but that seems likely as well.

Death on the Nile was first published in 1937, three years after Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express was published. The story finds Hercule Poirot on vacation in Cairo, Egypt, where he becomes entangled in a deadly love triangle. While Poirot is the only character from Murder on the Orient Express to cross over, the story features the same
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The Top Five Jack Warden Movie Roles of His Career

Jack Warden did a lot of things before he became an actor. He was expelled from school for fighting, and eventually he became a welterweight boxer but never managed to make much with his fists. Eventually he became a bouncer, a deckhand on a tugboat, and then joined the Navy. After tiring of that he went over to the Army, where he would eventually shatter his leg during a training exercise and be laid up for a period of time. He eventually got the idea that he would become an actor and from that point on the rest is history.

The Top Five Jack Warden Movie Roles of His Career
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Review: Woody Allen's "September" (1987) Starring Mia Farrow; Twilight Time Blu-ray Release

  • CinemaRetro
“Love And Angst”

By Raymond Benson

Woody Allen came off an incredible run of five superior films released between 1983 and 1987 (Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Radio Days) and then delivered one of his occasional “serious” pictures (without his presence as an actor) in late ’87 that was so dire that it only grossed approximately $500,000 in its initial run.

Basically a six-character “play” that takes many cues from the works of Anton Chekhov, September is set in a Vermont country house where depressed Lane (Mia Farrow) is recovering from a suicide attempt. Her best friend Stephanie (Dianne Wiest) is there for moral support. Lane is in love with tenant/writer Peter (Sam Waterston), and neighbor/teacher Howard (Denholm Elliott) is in love with Lane. She doesn’t share Howard’s affections, but Peter, however, is in love with Stephanie. Coming to visit into
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Flickering Myth Film Class: How To Do An Ensemble Film

In the latest instalment of Flickering Myth’s film class, Tom Jolliffe looks at how to pull off an ensemble film…

The art in pulling off the ensemble film. It’s a tricking balance. In the vast majority of cinema you may be limited to one or two clearly defined protagonists with a cast of supporting artists. On occasions though, a writer wants to create an ensemble piece. It may have one particular character who dominates the screen a little more than the others, but you could have four or more characters who share screen near equally.

How do you do it right? Well firstly, whether you have four characters, six, ten, or whatever, the most important element is to have clearly definable characters. You could call them archetypes certainly, but it is important to ensure that ‘character one’ is different from the rest. If you craft one character who
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’12 Angry Men’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

  • Nerdly
Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, E. G. Marshall, Martin Balsam, Ed Begley, Jack Warden | Written by Reginald Rose | Directed by Sidney Lumet

It’s the hottest day of the year and a dozen men – not universally perturbed at this point – are put in a room and asked to consider the guilt of a young man accused of killing his father. It’s premeditated murder in the first degree and the sentence is death. The jury takes their first vote and it’s unanimous. Almost.

Juror #8 (Henry Fonda) is the sole dissenting voice. It’s not that he believes the kid did not do it; he’s just not sure. Over the next 90 real-time minutes, #8 will test his doubts against the others, to understand whether or not those doubts are reasonable.

12 Angry Men began life as a teleplay. Written by Reginald Rose (inspired by his own experiences as a juror
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Goldie Hawn Retrospective to Screen at the Quad Cinema in NYC

Goldie Hawn in “Private Benjamin

The upcoming mother-daughter comedy “Snatched” marks Goldie Hawn’s first film since 2002’s “The Banger Sisters.” To celebrate the end of Hawn’s 15-year sabbatical, the Quad will hold a retrospective of the Oscar winner’s films, a press release announced.

The Golden Goldies retrospective will see beloved Hawn films like “Private Benjamin,” “Swing Shift,” “Death Becomes Her,” and “The First Wives Club” screen on 35mm.

“No Hollywood actress in recent memory has come closer than Goldie Hawn to capturing the ebullience and whip-smart comic timing of the great screen comediennes of the ’30s and ’40s, a modern Joan Blondell or Carole Lombard,” the release states. “Though she won an Academy Award for one of her first roles (in 1969’s ‘Cactus Flower’), critics have tended to underestimate the depths of [Hawn’s] talent. The forthcoming film ‘Snatched’ marks her long-awaited return to the screen after a 15-year absence, and we’re celebrating the occasion with a greatest-hits retrospective, a veritable masterclass in the delicate art of cinematic comedy.”

It’s great that Hawn’s contributions to cinema are being recognized. However, while researching the Golden Goldies films as well as Hawn’s entire filmography, we noticed the actress has never worked with a female film director. From what we can tell, she has only collaborated with a woman director once, on a 2013 episode of the kids show “Phineas and Ferb.” Sue Perrotto co-directed the ep.

This is disappointing, but not a complete surprise. Last year Cosmopolitan published a story detailing how many big-name actors have never worked with a woman film director. Among them are Sean Connery, Sylvester Stallone, Ben Stiller, Matt Damon, Tom Cruise, and Tobey Maguire. And to be fair to them and Hawn, there are plenty of actresses who have never appeared in a woman-helmed film. Shailene Woodley, for example, has not appeared in a feature film directed by a woman

Still. We wish both male and female power players would follow Jessica Chastain’s lead. “I’m looking to work with a female filmmaker every year,” she told Variety. “That’s my goal. They’re not given the same opportunities so if I have any influence in choosing a film or a script or finding a director I’m absolutely going to make a difference. That doesn’t mean I’m excluding men — it means I need some balance in my life.”

And she’s achieving it; Chastain has worked with female directors like Kathryn Bigelow, Liv Ullmann, and Susanna White. Her most recent collaboration with a woman director is Niki Caro’s “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”

The Golden Goldies retrospective will be May 6–11 at the Quad in New York City. The featured films and their synopses are below, courtesy of Quad Cinema.

“Death Becomes Her”

Robert Zemeckis, 1992, 104m, U.S., 35mm

Sun May 7 & Mon May 8

When glamorous narcissist Meryl Streep steals her fiancé Bruce Willis, Hawn finds revenge in an elixir of youth (and immortality) supplied by a seductively devilish Isabella Rossellini. Rivalry escalates to murder as Hawn and Streep battle it out in the land of the undead in this cult black comedy about all-consuming vanity.

The First Wives Club

Hugh Wilson, 1996, U.S., 103m, 35mm

Mon May 8

Spite never sleeps in this gleefully vindictive comedy about getting even and the bonds of sisterhood. Hawn stars opposite Bette Midler and Diane Keaton as a once-acclaimed actress plagued by ageism and out for revenge against her ex-husband and his perky new muse. But acrimony eventually gives way to a new sense of liberation, culminating in an ever-endearing rendition of Lesley Gore’s anthem of female independence.

Overboard

Garry Marshall, 1987, U.S., 106m, 35mm

Wed May 10

Wertmüller’s “Swept Away” reimagined as big studio farce, with Hawn’s shrill heiress mistreating blue-collar carpenter Kurt Russell, who then proceeds to enact romantic revenge after she’s afflicted with amnesia. Despite the retrograde sexual politics, the chemistry is palpable and the comic timing immaculate.

Private Benjamin

Howard Zieff, 1980, U.S., 109m, 35mm

Wed May 6 & Thur May 11

After husband Albert Brooks dies on their wedding night, spoiled rich girl Hawn is convinced by military recruiter Harry Dean Stanton to join the U.S. Army, where she comes up against a tough-as-nails C.O. Eileen Brennan. Both Hawn and Brennan were nominated for Academy Awards in this beloved box-office hit.

Seems Like Old Times

Jay Sandrich, 1980, USA, 100m, 35mm

Tue May 10 & Thu May 11

Hawn hits her comedic stride in this irresistible Neil Simon farce as a characteristically zany public defender torn between district attorney husband Charles Grodin and her ex, Chevy Chase, a writer charged with bank robbery. Things escalate towards a fever pitch when she decides to represent him in court.

Shampoo

Hal Ashby, 1975, U.S., 110m, Dcp

Mon May 8 & Wed May 11

The dream team of Ashby, screenwriter Robert Towne, and actor-producer Warren Beatty set their biting farce and undisputed ’70s classic on the eve of Nixon’s 1968 electoral landslide, with over-sexed, in-demand, and increasingly vexed hairdresser Beatty juggling frustrated girlfriend Hawn, taxing client Lee Grant, ex-girlfriend Julie Christie, and potential business partner Jack Warden as America lurches to the right.

The Sugarland Express

Steven Spielberg, 1974, U.S., 110m, 35mm

Sat May 6 & Mon May 8

After losing their baby son to the state, small-time crooks Hawn and William Atherton snatch him right back and go on the run, with seemingly every law enforcement officer in Texas in hot pursuit. Spielberg’s first feature refines the technical mastery of Duel, but Hawn’s performance as an exasperated, manically determined mother gives this picture a more resonant pathos.

Swing Shift

Jonathan Demme, 1984, U.S., 100m, 35mm

Sun May 7 & Thur May 10

When hubby Ed Harris ships off to fight WWII, housewife Hawn finds herself via a factory job — and a fling with hunky trumpet player Kurt Russell. Despite her contentious relationship with her director, Hawn displays her greatest emotional range here, and Demme’s deft touch for humanist comedy shines through. Featuring Christine Lahti, Fred Ward, and Holly Hunter.

Goldie Hawn Retrospective to Screen at the Quad Cinema in NYC was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Don Rickles Remembered as Hollywood Mourns the Loss of a Comedy Genius

Don Rickles Remembered as Hollywood Mourns the Loss of a Comedy Genius
Earlier today, we reportedly the sad news that Hollywood has lost another legend, with comedian Don Rickles passing away at the age of 90. His publicist confirmed that the iconic insult comic passed in his Los Angeles home, from kidney failure. As word of his passing spread, Hollywood icons left and right paid tribute to the late comedian through social media, to honor this late legend.

While most sent out their tributes through Twitter, others released lengthier tributes elsewhere. Rolling Stone caught up with Gilbert Gottfried, who summed up the the late comedian's legacy with a heartfelt statement that explained why Rickles will go down in history as one of the best comedians ever. Here's what Gilbert Gottfried had to say.

"Don Rickles was never politically correct, and he would never apologize for any of it. He was totally unapologetic about his comedy. So I admired that and looked at him
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Don Rickles, Legendary Comedian, Passes Away at 90

Don Rickles, Legendary Comedian, Passes Away at 90
The Hollywood community is in morning once again, with another iconic performer passing away. Don Rickles, the legendary insult comedian and actor, died at the age of 90, in his Los Angeles home. The actor/comedian's publicist, Paul Shefrin, confirmed that his client had succumbed to kidney failure earlier today.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the funeral services will be private, and that donations can be made in the late comedian's name to his son's organization, the Larry Rickles Endowment Fund at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Don Rickles was born May 8, 1926 in New York City, raised in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens. He graduated from Newtown High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, after which, he returned home and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Don Rickles got his start in the entertainment business by performing as a stand-up comedian for several years.
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