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Don Rickles, beloved voice of Mr. Potato Head, dies

Don Rickles, John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, rest in peace, Toy Story

Posted by Simoa • April 7, 2017

Don Rickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017)

Don Rickles, the famous and lovable “insult comic” has died at age 90. Although his career began in the 1950s, with supporting roles in films, he is primarily beloved by Pixar fans as Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story films. Rickles died of kidney failure, as reported by the LA Times.

Lee Unkrich shared his memories of Rickles, and noted with fondness the insults he received while they worked together.

A moving tribute by John Lasseter was also shared by Pixar earlier today.

Don Rickles truly was a member of the Pixar family. Just try to imagine the Toy Story films without the singular presence, wit, and directness of Mr. Potato Head. His impact on other comedians and actors can’t possibly be overstated. He will be dearly missed.

We want to extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this time.

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Daniel Gerson, RIP

Bob Peterson, Daniel Gerson, Pixar Employees, rest in peace

Posted by Simoa • February 8, 2016

Image via Variety/Disney

Sad news today coming out of Emeryville. Daniel Gerson, screenwriter on Pixar films Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, and the latest Inside Out died at his home this past Saturday. Gerson was 49, and Variety reports, lost a battle with brain cancer. Gerson also received writing credit on Disney’s Big Hero 6 and voiced the desk sergeant in that film. Fans of Pixar may also note with delight and sadness that he lent his voice to the hilarious pair Needleman and Smitty in Monsters, Inc.

Gerson graduated from Cornell University with an English degree and worked on NBC’s “Something So Right” as a staff writer following graduation. He’s survived by his wife and parents as well as two children.

No doubt Gerson’s death is keenly felt at Pixar and Disney. He played an integral role in bringing some of the greatest animated films to life.


Donations in memory of Daniel Gerson can be made here.

We want to extend our deepest condolences to the Gerson family during this difficult time.

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