Larry Rickles was a screenwriter and producer who won an Emmy Award for his work on a documentary about his father, the legendary comedian Don Rickles. He died on December 3, 2011, in Los Angeles, at the age of 41, of respiratory failure due to pneumonia. His death was a shock and a loss to his family, friends, and fans, who remembered him as a talented and kind-hearted person.
The Early Years: Growing Up with a Famous Father
Larry Rickles was born on May 12, 1970, in Los Angeles. He was the only son of Don Rickles and his wife Barbara. He had an older sister, Mindy, who is also an actress. He grew up in a musical and humorous family, and learned to play the piano and guitar. He also inherited his father’s wit and sense of humor.
Larry Rickles attended Beverly Hills High School, where he was a good student and a popular kid. He was interested in writing and filmmaking, and joined the school’s newspaper and film club. He also enjoyed sports, especially baseball and basketball. He graduated from high school in 1988, and went on to study at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The Career: Following His Passion for Writing and Producing
Larry Rickles started his career by working on various sitcoms as a production assistant and a script coordinator. He worked on shows such as The Nanny, The Drew Carey Show, and The Norm Show. He also wrote and produced several short films and web series, such as The Last Hand and The Rickles Project.
In 1996, he was accepted into the Warner Bros. Writers Workshop, a prestigious program that trains and mentors aspiring writers for television. The following year, he landed his first writing job on the CBS comedy series Murphy Brown, starring Candice Bergen. He wrote several episodes for the show, and received positive feedback for his work.
Larry Rickles’ most notable achievement was his work on the 2007 HBO documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, which he co-produced with his father and director John Landis. The documentary was a tribute to Don Rickles’ life and career, featuring interviews, clips, and home movies. The documentary was a critical and commercial success, and won two Emmy Awards in 2008: one for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special, and one for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for Don Rickles. Larry Rickles also received an Emmy Award for his work as a producer.
The Death: A Sudden and Tragic End
Larry Rickles died on December 3, 2011, in Los Angeles, at the age of 41. The cause of his death was respiratory failure due to pneumonia, a common complication of the flu. He had been sick for a few days, and his condition worsened rapidly. He was taken to the hospital, but it was too late to save him. He died surrounded by his family and friends.
Larry Rickles’ death was a shock and a loss to his family, friends, and fans, who mourned his passing and celebrated his life. His father, Don Rickles, was devastated by his son’s death, and said that he was his best friend and his pride and joy. His mother, Barbara, said that he was a wonderful son and a loving brother. His sister, Mindy, said that he was her hero and her best friend. His friends and colleagues said that he was a talented and generous person, who always made them laugh and smile.
Larry Rickles was buried at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles, next to his grandparents. His family asked that donations be made to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in his memory. He left behind a legacy of writing and producing, a testimony of love and humor, and a story of tragedy and loss. He died young, but he lived fully.