'Don Rickles was a comic genius, and here at Pixar we were honored to also call him a friend'

By Nick Romano
April 07, 2017 at 01:02 PM EDT
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Don Rickles touched many lives, including his family at Pixar. Following Rickles’ death on Thursday, Toy Story director John Lasseter has paid tribute to the voice of Mr. Potato Head.

“Don Rickles was a comic genius, and here at Pixar we were honored to also call him a friend,” a statement written by Lasseter and posted online by Pixar reads. “The wit, personality, and incredible timing he brought to Mr. Potato Head lit up the character and made him an essential part of the Toy Story ensemble. Even though Mr. Potato Head’s facial features fell off in every Toy Story movie his heart never left him — that was because of Don. We will miss him tremendously.”

Rickles, known for his insult comedy, died in Los Angeles from kidney failure at the age of 90. His voice acting costars Tom Hanks (Woody) and Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear) were among the celebrities honoring the legend after the news broke. “A God died today,” Hanks tweeted. “Don Rickles, we did not want to ever lose you. Never. Hanx.”

“Don Rickles is one of the biggest reasons I am a comic today,” Allen wrote in a statement. “I feel bad, mostly for everyone in Heaven who will now learn first hand from the sharpest wits ever, what it’s like to be Rickled.”

Rickles voiced Mr. Potato Head in all three Toy Story films and the television shorts, including Toy Story of Terror and Toy Story That Time Forgot. Pixar pushed back the release of Toy Story 4 to June 21, 2019.

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