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Overview (5)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA  (recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II)
Birth NameGilbert Jeremy Gottfried
Nickname America's Creepy Uncle
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

At the young age of 15, Gilbert Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City and, after a few short years, became known around town as "the comedian's comedian". After spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, producers of the legendary NBC late-night comedy show, Saturday Night Live (1975), became aware of Gottfried and, in 1980, hired him as a cast member. It wasn't until a few years later when his true notoriety would begin when MTV hired him for a series of improvised and hilarious promos for the newly formed channel. This led to several television appearances on The Cosby Show (1984) and [error].

Gottfried's work in television soon led to roles in film. Most notable was his improvised scene as business manager "Sidney Bernstein" in the hit sequel, Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), for which the New York Daily News said that "Gilbert Gottfried steals the picture with a single scene". Aside from his glowing reputation in comedy clubs, Gottfried began to gain a reputation as the king of quirky roles in both movies and television. He appeared in such movies as Problem Child (1990), Problem Child 2 (1991), Look Who's Talking Too (1990) and The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990). He was also the host of the very popular late night movie series, Up All Night (1989).

After his stellar performance as the wise cracking parrot Iago in the Disney classic, Aladdin (1992), Gottfried became one of the most recognizable voice-over talents. His signature voice can be heard in several commercials, cartoons and movies, including the frustrated duck in the AFLAC Insurance commercials. Gottfried also is the voice of Digit in the long- running PBS Series, Cyberchase (2002).

Gottfried has been a regular on the new Hollywood Squares (1998) and is a frequent guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) and Howard Stern on Demand (2005). Gottfried recently appeared in the hit comedy documentary, The Aristocrats (2005), with Entertainment Weekly saying that "out of the 101 comedians who appear on screen, no one is funnier - or more disgusting - than Gilbert Gottfried". "Gilbert Gottfried Dirty Jokes" was recently released on both DVD and CD, featuring 50 non-stop minutes of Gottfried telling the funniest and filthiest jokes, ever. The show was filmed live at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. Also featured on the DVD are some of the funniest bonus features ever, including wild stories, indignant ranting and celebrity impressions that will leave viewers crying for more. For this live performance, Gottfried puts aside political correctness and fires an onslaught of jokes that know no boundaries. At the end of the show, Gottfried tells what is known among comedians as the "Dirtiest Joke of All Time", which is also the basis for The Aristocrats (2005).

Gottfried is one of the most sought-after comedians, and regularly performs live to sold-out audiences across North America.

Gottfried died of ventricular tachycardia at the age of 67, leaving behind his wife, his two children and his sister Karen.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Honig

Family (3)

Spouse Dara Gottfried (3 February 2007 - 12 April 2022)  (his death)  (2 children)
Children Gottfried, Lily Aster
Gottfried, Max Aaron
Relatives Arlene Gottfried (sibling)

Trade Mark (3)

Loud, raspy shouting
Heavy Brooklyn accent

Trivia (26)

When doing standup, he used to keep his eyes squinted shut out of nervousness. This later became a trademark of his.
When Microsoft came out with XP and decided to discontinue Clippy, the paperclip office assistant, they did a series of online clips about Clippy's reaction to this. Gilbert provided Clippy's voice.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 189-190. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Once opened for a The Go-Go's concert. His R-rated act was not a big hit with the audience, the majority of which was made up of teenage girls. Even Gottfried was surprised he was booked that night. and joked about it on the Howard Stern radio show.
Part of a kind of club of celebrities who have portrayed puppets on Comedy Central's show Crank Yankers (2002).
Was the voice of the AFLAC (American Family Life Assurance Company) duck until he was fired after tweeting controversial jokes about the 2011 tsunami in Japan [March 14, 2011].
Although he has a notoriously raunchy, X-rated stand-up act, he is probably best known for his family-oriented roles as Iago the parrot in the Aladdin films and TV series and Mr. Peabody in the "Problem Child" films and TV series.
The character he created was originally named "Murray Abramowitz" and took the credit for Al Jolson's career, among others. He debuted the character on the stage at the Original Improvisation in New York City alongside fellow comedian Joe Piscopo.
Frequently names Iago as his favorite role.
Daughter, Lily Aster Gottfried born on June 12th, 2007.
Frequent guest on The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998), has had more appearances than any other celebrity.
Known for his impersonations of Bela Lugosi, Jerry Seinfeld, Artie Lange, an older Groucho Marx, Patrick Swayze and Andrew Dice Clay, two of which (Lugosi and Clay) have become the characters "Dracula Gottfried" and "Dice Gottfried".
Was considered for the role of Balki Bartokomous in Perfect Strangers (1986).
The only actor to appear in all three Problem Child (1990) films, as well as the accompanying animated series.
Son, Max Aaron Gottfried born on May 18th, 2009.
Lives in an apartment in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood.
Was a member of the "resident cast of zanies" on Alan Thicke's infamous talk show "Thicke of the Night" (1983). Though both he and Thicke found it to be an unpleasant, embarrassing experience, they remained friendly afterwards, appearing together on the sitcom "Hope & Gloria" (1995), the reality shows "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2012) and "Unbelievably Thicke" and on "Gottfried's Amazing Collosal Podcast".
Once bumped into Harrison Ford backstage at "The Tonight Show", who complimented his work in The Aristocrats (2005); Gottfried jokingly replied, "And you are?". Ford was not amused.
Peformed at Eric Trump's charity golf tournament for free in 2014.
Met his wife at a Grammy Awards party.
He is the son of Lillian and Max Gottfried. Brother of photographer Arlene Gottfried. His father was a Polish Jewish immigrant. His mother was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents.
Married for the first time at age 51.
His favorite actor is Lon Chaney Jr..
In 2015, Gilbert Gottfried for "USA Up All Night", was inducted into "The Official Horror Host Hall of Fame".
The documentary film "Gilbert" shows that he helped his older sister, photographer Arlene Gottfried, through chemotherapy. This is why he did not make any social media statement about her death.
In 2022, Gilbert Gottfried was inducted into the 2021 The Monster Kid Hall of Fame in the 20th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.

Personal Quotes (20)

The pressure on being a comedian is being funny, but I've given that up, so there is no pressure whatsoever.
[on his character from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)] I play a nerdy, well, yeah, I'm really playing someone nerdy. That's kind of like me saying "I'm playing someone Jewish".
[on Saturday Night Live (1975)] I was there right after the original cast left, and so back then it was like, "How dare they continue ["Saturday Night Live" (1975)] without the original cast of people?" Back then it would be like if in the middle of Beatlemania you just said, "Oh The Beatles are not John, Paul, George, and Ringo--it's Harry, Artie, Phil"--you know, it was an outrage. So before we even got on the air, they were already writing these articles: "Who the hell are these people?"
[on his controversial jokes] I have always felt comedy and tragedy are roommates. If you look up comedy and tragedy, you will find a very old picture of two masks. One mask is tragedy. It looks like it's crying. The other mask is comedy. It looks like it's laughing. Nowadays, we would say, "How tasteless and insensitive. A comedy mask is laughing at a tragedy mask."
In real life I'm a tall, blond Christian.
To the public Kim Kardashian is a much bigger name than Robert De Niro.
I only beat [my children] when I'm on crystal meth. I'm proud of that.
I would show up at a party for Al-Queda if you said there's going to be a dinner.
I love to go where it's a dark area. You never know what people will choose to be offended by.
Most people are hoping that they never find anyone like me.
[on his reluctance for about interviews] The public wants to know your bank account number, your Social Security and PIN code, too. I can't peek my head into a women's changing room and go, '"Well, I want to know, and I'm curious about this".
[on his firing from the voice of the Aflac duck] It gives me a sentimental feeling about the old lynch mobs. At least they were social.
[on his reaction to being passed over for a role in Dick Tracy (1990) for Dustin Hoffman] The only way our names would appear together in the same Hollywood conversation would be in the sentence, "I've seen Gilbert Gottfried's acting, and he's no Dustin Hoffman."
I became known in certain circles as the untalented guy with the irritating voice from the worst season of Saturday Night Live (1975). It's not exactly the best nickname in the world, and it's difficult to imagine it fitting on a T-shirt. This was just as well, I always thought, because it's nice to be known in certain circles, especially concentric ones.
I emailed Junior, the Problem Child from the Problem Child (1990) pictures, and he never emailed me back, which is the lowest insult you can get in this business . . . I don't know why he never answered, it can't be because he's busy!
[on Silk Degrees (1994)] I remember doing one of these low-budget, direct-to-video [action movies] and it had all these people like Marc Singer and Mark Hamill. I saw a trailer for it and because nobody in it was [a big star], if you've got Tom Cruise you say "TOM CRUISE IN . . . ", but here you've got to name everybody to help it add it up to one big star. So you see helicopters exploding and girls ripping their dresses open and in the midst of it, the announcer goes "MARK HAMMIL! MARC SINGER! GILBERT GOTTFRIED!"
I play Lincoln in [ A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) ] and I was perfect for that because a lot of people would like to shoot me.
I still wake up like I'm in a ["The Twilight Zone" (1959)] episode; where I go, "Where am I?" "Why, you're in The White House and it's 1803, Mr. President!" And it's like, "Huh? What?"
[on what his career would've been like had he not pursued comedy] I think, and I really seriously believe this, I think the job I would have are those jobs that Jerry Lewis would have in his movies. Like, "Jerome, watch my gas station while I go out to lunch!"
[on Jerry Lewis] The French were right about him all along.

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