As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.
This time out: My Favourite…. Don Rickles (1926-2017) Film
Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a former sports handicapper turned casino executive, for a trophy wife over a gambling empire.
Sometimes you don’t need the biggest role to make an impact. It’s the memorable support cast, the walk on part, the character with the memorable lines that you remember. Well in that case, Casino was a true stand out for Don Rickles. A man with a lot of experience of Vegas (he worked there as a comic and was a honorary Rat Pack member), Rickles played casino manager Billy Sherbert a savvy, smart veteran of the gambling industry who could easily pick out the untrustworthy. Starring alongside Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci, Rickles earned rave reviews for this role which took up just minutes of screen time but was memorable enough to introduce a new generation to his work and comedy.
See also: Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3