On Thursday, April 13, images of Don Rickles were proudly displayed on digital marquees throughout Las Vegas to commemorate the entertainment icon. The legendary comedian was remembered as an influential and renowned entertainer that shaped the future of Las Vegas and cemented its status as the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”
Numerous resorts and businesses across Las Vegas commemorated Rickles, including:
ARIA Resort & Casino, Bally’s Las Vegas, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Circus Circus, Delano Las Vegas, Encore Las Vegas, Excalibur, Flamingo Hotel & Casino, Fremont Hotel and Casino, Fremont Street Experience, Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Harrah’s Hotel & Casino, Inspire Theatre, Luxor Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Miracle Mile Shops, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, New York-New York, Paris Hotel & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Plaza Hotel & Casino, SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Cromwell, The D Las Vegas, The Forum Shops at Caesars, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, The Orleans, The Palazzo Las Vegas, The Venetian Las Vegas, Treasure Island, Vdara Hotel & Spa, W Las Vegas and Wynn Las Vegas.
Also known as ‘Mr. Warmth,’ Rickles’ comedy career spanned more than 60 years, with more than 50 years spent entertaining Las Vegas visitors at various resorts. Since his first Las Vegas performance in 1959, Rickles’ raw humor and insult comedy entertained countless audiences over the years.
In the Rat Pack era, Rickles was associated with Frank Sinatra, owing much of his success to the Las Vegas entertainer.