I think they [Martin Scorsese, Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra] liked my honesty. My personality. For that, they always treated me great. I, in turn, treated them great. No secret about it. My being who I am - that is that.

— Don Rickles

Most Powerful Johnny Carson quotations

Carson is an old family name, though my grandma used to watch Johnny all the time and was crazy about him.

In 1980, when I graduated from high school, my goal was to be on 'The Tonight Show' with Johnny Carson at least once before our ten-year class reunion. Our class reunion was in June of 1990, and I was on 'The Tonight Show' in April 1990, so I made it by a few months.

There's only one critic whose opinion I really value, in the final analysis: Johnny Carson. I have never needed any entourage standing around bolstering my ego. I'm secure. I know exactly who and what I am. I don't need to be told. I make no apologies for being the way I am.

According to Johnny Carson, I was the guy who Marlon sent out to do all the dirty work.

I cried when I heard Johnny Carson died.

Johnny Carson started the jokes about me and Marlin in his monologues.

I always thought Johnny Carson was just brilliant, and I used to watch him and all the comics that would be on the show every night - and I'd dream about it being me.

I've always been a fan of a Johnny Carson because he was so great with an audience and not afraid of self-deprecating humor.

As a kid, I always wanted to be Carol Burnett or Johnny Carson. I love to chat and entertain.

He was a very private person, but then, you know, he belonged to the whole United States. The United States thought they owned Johnny Carson.

It's funny, I remember doing the Johnny Carson show, and, uh, I couldn't afford my rent.

I was on the Johnny Carson show, I believe 114 or 104 times.

And aside from those times on the air, I never spoke to him. I never met him.

I still have the shirt I wore my first time on Johnny Carson's show.

Only now I use it as a tablecloth at dinner parties. It was very blousy.

I got my style from a lot of different people, even my style of reading, even Johnny Carson inspired me.

I can be on the Tonight Show, but not with Johnny [Carson].

He uses my name in his monologue all the time.

I did standup while still working for Johnny Carson in the mid-'60s, thus gaining the advantage of at least getting laughs from him about how I hadn't the night before.

I signed contracts when I didn't know what that meant.

I thought I'd get residuals off of the shows I've been on: History Channel, Discovery, Dateline, Johnny Carson, etc. It's the only regret I have in life. If I got residuals, I wouldn't be shucking oysters now, though I do love my job.

I've learned from my dealings with Johnny Carson that no matter what kind of friendship you think you have with people you're working with, when the chips are down, it's all about business.

Johnny Carson is a comedian who is seen every night in millions of bedrooms all over America...and that's why his last wife left him.

The 'Tonight Show' didn't seem like an actual job that you could have.

All you remember is you watched Johnny Carson, and you never thought he would retire.

The man I adored, and miss him terribly, was Johnny Carson.

By a twist of fate rather than anything approaching journalistic enterprise, I did the last major interview with Johnny Carson.

Magic is the oldest part of the show business profession.

It can now be used as a forward-thinking tool to build a child's confidence. It has been an amazing part in many entertainers' lives, including Steve Martin and the late Johnny Carson.

Privately I think that I'm not really somebody who has a network television show. Celebrities are other people - Johnny Carson and Sylvester Stallone. I'm just a kid trying to make a living is the way I feel.

I remember meeting the likes of Johnny Carson and Jimmy Stewart for the first time and being completely starstruck.

Out all of these zillions of letters, one of the first ones that came was, as it turned out from Johnny Carson within the last five or six weeks of his life. I had worked with him. He lost a son who had worked for me.

There really is no Johnny Carson anymore. There is no one place a comedian can appear and explode.