Activists and politicians, rabbis and community leaders, comedians and fundraisers — these are the people we lost in 2017.
Don Rickles, who has died at the age of 90, rose from humble Jewish origins to become America’s premier insult comic. For better and worse, his legacy endures.
In honor of Rickles’s almost-relentless preference for humor, remember his life through seven of his greatest comedic moments.
Don Rickles, the master insult comic who created laughs with ridicule and sarcasm in a decades-long career that earned him the sarcastic nickname Mr. Warmth, died on Thursday at his Los Angeles home from kidney failure, his publicist said.
Fifty-five years ago today, union activist and thespian Philip Loeb checked himself into the Taft Hotel in Midtown Manhattan under a false name and took a fatal dose of sleeping pills. Targeted by the insidious blacklist, Loeb could no longer find work in his beloved acting profession and had reached rock bottom.