Don Rickles made a living as a wise guy, insult comic, but his posh, secluded Malibu beach house is no insult. The impeccably styled abode has hit the market for $8 million, even though Rickles has only been dead for a week. Talk about estate planning.
Rickles, who died at 90 on Apr. 6, definitely has some crackerjack estate lawyers.
His wife of 52 years, Barbara Rickles, is obviously intent on downsizing. Rickles built the Beach house in 1968 three years after their marriage.
At the time, he was starring in “The Don Rickles Show,” on ABC and was already an established star.
Not bad for a Jewish kid who grew up in Queens, the son of Lithuanian and Austrian immigrant parents.
He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts after serving in World War II, with an eye on becoming an actor.
When work was scarce, he moonlighted as a stand-up comic. His put-downs of hecklers proved to be more popular than his bits, and his career as an insult comic was born.
Rickles who became known as the “Merchant of Venom” and the “King of Insult Comics,” worked continuously almost until the day he died.
“The bell rings and you come out and fight. My energy comes alive. And I still enjoy it,” he once said in an interview.
The comedian may have been pure kitsch, but he had refined taste, reflect in his beach house. Although built in the 1960s, it has an open, California-style floor plan that is widely popular today.
The house is situated in an exclusive enclave known as Point Dume, once described as a “barren-topped promontory jutting out into the Pacific Ocean at the end of Santa Monica Bay.”
It was first developed in the 1930s and is now peppered with posh beach houses.
Because of its private beach, the community has been home over the years to such celebrities as Johnny Carson, Robert Duvall, Cher, Dick Clark, Rob Lowe and Julie Andrews.
Rickles’ 3,421-square-foot house is surrounded by just over an acre of tropical landscaping, highlighted by gardens, an expansive pool and a lighted tennis court.
Features include wide-plank hardwood floors, large windows that stream sunlight across the rooms, a fireplace in the living room, ocean views, outdoor deck with barbecue, an office and an ensuite guest/staff quarters.
The property is gated and the house is barely visible down a long driveway. Although the home is only “ocean view,” it has deeded rights to the private Little Dume Beach.
There are 4 bedroom and 5.5 baths. The lower level contains the owner’s suite with 2-separate spa-like bathrooms and dressing closets and two additional en-suite bedrooms.
Chris Cortazzo has the listing, priced at $7.995 million.
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|Inside Don Rickles Malibu Beach House (Click Photos to Enlarge!)|