About Don Rickles’ Wife Barbara Rickles (Net Worth, Career)

Barbara Rickles
Profession Actress
Husband Don Rickles

Barbara Rickles is a celebrity wife of Don Rickles. Her story has been really fascinating. Aside from her fame as a wife of a celebrity, Barbara herself has a career in the entertainment line.

Barbara has been described as a really great celebrity wife and perhaps the couple was the longest-lasting one too. The relationship between the two was one of a kind and Barbara was praised by the media for holding the relationship down for that long.

The pair remained together for 50 years of marriage. Unfortunately, Don passed away after their 52nd anniversary. Still, being together for 50 years itself is a quite big thing. Barbara says that the time she had with her husband will always be close to her heart.


Barbara Rickles has actually managed to keep her birth date, birthday and information about her previous life a complete secret. Even after all these years, we are still searching for more information about her.

We don’t know much about her life. This includes trivial things like her age, parents, siblings, or where she went to school.

We are not completely oblivious though. We do know that she comes from Philadelphia and She is an American citizen.

She got married to Don Rickles later in life and followed his footstep by establishing a good enough career in acting.


Barbara Rickles has been featured in a few TV shows over the years. Her acting career has been only okay. She has appeared with her late husband in different shows such as  Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Don’s documentary and Mr. Warmth: The Rickles Project.

Before getting married to Don though, Barbara carried out some Administrative works as well. This lasted for more than three decades in fact. She worked as the personal assistant of her late husband’s agent. Quite a story, right?

Prior to getting married to Don Rickles, Barbara carried out some administrative works which lasted for over three decades including working as the personal assistant of her late husband’s agent.

Talking about her ex-husband’s career Don Rickles achieved incredible success in his show business. The career spanned over six decades.

Don made appearances in many TV shows like The Rat Race, The Money Jungle, Redux Riding Hood and more. He played the famous role of Mr. Potato Head in the animated series Toy Story. In addition, Rickles had charm and the ability to cater to a wide audience.

He is considered to be the best insult comic in the world. In fact, he is considered to be the Best Insult comic ever. He was won many awards and accolades such as Fairs Club Lifetime Achievement Award, The Johnny Carson Award, Primetime Emmy Award, among others.

Barbara Rickles Net Worth

While we don’t really have an exact estimate about Barbara’s worth, we do know exactly how much Don was worth. Don Rickles was worth around 30 million before his death. Barbara inherited all the assets so, her net worth is also in the same range.

Don Rickles

The late American actor, stand-up comedian, and producer Donald Jay Rickles mostly known by the name Don Rickles was born on May 8, 1926, in Queens, New York, United States to a Jewish family. As he was growing up he went to Newton High School from where he graduated in 1944.

After his high school graduation he joined the United States Navy and participated in World War II as a first-class seaman, he was honored for his role and was later discharged in 1946. He began to develop an interest in acting so two years after he was discharged, he went to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After that, he was seen in few television shows but he wanted more than small roles. Even after struggling hard, he could not get himself a good role or work as an actor so frustrated, he started doing stand-up comedies in various clubs in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami. He used to insult his audiences so people started calling him an insult comedian. Many even believe that his method was similar to Jack E. Leonard but he refused to get influenced by him.

His Career

Around the 1950s Rickles was working in a club in Miami, Florida where he met singer and actor Frank Sinatra and both shared words, Sinatra suggested other influencers and celebrities to see or attend Rickles’ show in short Sinatra helped Rickles become famous. He did really great as a stand-up comedian as in 1968 his live comedy album Hello, Dummy! Was listed at number 54 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

In 1970 he had a role in Kelly’s Heroes as Crapgame which was noticeable and he also had a show called “The Don Rickles Show” similarly he was seen in various other television series like C.P.O. Sharkey and Hollywood Square and in the early 1980s he started to perform along with Steve Lawrence in concerts in Las Vegas and in 1985 Frank Sinatra demanded that Rickles be allowed to perform at Ronald Reagan’s second inaugural ball as Frank was asked to perform there. In 2000 he was seen in The Unit, in an episode called “Sub Conscious.” He is also the voice actor behind the popular animated movie Toy Story where he voiced Mr. Potato Head.

In his lifetime he has been awarded with numerous awards like the Primetime Emmy Award, Hollywood Walk of Fame, TV Land Award, The Comedy Awards, New York Friars Club. Rickles never thought of retiring as in 2014 he said “Why should I retire when I am in good health, I am working better than I ever have, and my audiences are great? Like a fighter, I come out and fight when the bell rings. I still enjoy it, and my energy comes alive.” in an interview, and just like he said, he frequently toured across the United States until his death.

Rickles’ Death

He was 90 years old when he died on On April 6, 2017, of kidney failure. He was buried in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery. He was about to record his voice in the movie Toy Story 4 but he died before recording any dialogues but Josh Cooley asked for his family’s permission and used Rickles’ unused recordings for the movie and the movie was dedicated to his memory as well.

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