Gilbert Gottfried Dies

“You never know what people will choose to be offended by.”

Gilbert Gottfried was born on February 28, 1955, in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. He started doing stand-up at age 15 and became known as a “comedian’s comedian”. In 1980, Gibert was hired for season 6 of Saturday Night Live. He was known for his shrilling voice, squinting eyes, crude humor, and being the hilarious voice of the  Aflac Duck in commercials. After sinking dramatically with some 9/11 humor he became the “too soon” comic.

His first TV movie appearance was in 1980, “The Further Adventures of Wally Brown”. It was 1987 when he would be in an episode of “The Cosby Show” and appear in the movie “Beverly Hill Cop II”.

If someone else is paying for it, food just tastes a lot better.

Gilbert Gottfried

In 1990, Gilbert played Nick Knack in two episodes of the “Superboy” TV series. He played Mr. Peabody in the 1991 movie “Problem Child 2” and was Oscar Brown on three episodes of “Night Court”.

1992 saw him in a couple of episodes of “A Different World” as Sargeant and voicing Iago in the movie Aladdin. He also voiced Jerry the Belly Button Elf on an episode of “The Ren & Stimpy Show” and Gus Baker on “Beavis and Butt-Head” in 1994.

Gottfried reprised his Iago role in the 1994 release of “Aladdin 2: The Return of Jafar” and appeared as Rene in the movie “Silk Degrees”. He also appeared that year in “Silk Stalkings” and “Problem Child”.

Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at times when laughter did not come easily. What a gift. I did not know him well but I loved what he shared with me. My best wishes and sympathy to his family.

Jason Alexander

In 1995 he played himself on an episode of “Married… with Children” and once again voiced Iago in episodes of Aladdin the TV series. He played Spanky’s Master in an episode of “Mad About You” and Lewis in three episodes of “Wings”.

Gilbert voiced Art de Salvo in 4 episodes of “Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man” (1995-1997). He also appeared in one episode of “The Weird Al Show” in 1997. He appeared in 13 episodes between 1980 and 1998 on “Saturday Night Live”. He played Clion in one episode of “Hercules” (1998), and voiced Gilbert on “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist”.

Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh so hard that day on set, I could barely do my job. A wholly original comic, and an equally kind and humble guy behind the scenes. He will be missed.

Seth MacFarlane

In 2000, he voiced The Troll in one episode of “Dilbert”, and voiced Patrick Swayze / Jerry Seinfeld on the animated TV series “Clerks”. Again he voiced Iago, this time on the 2001-2002 TV series “House of the Mouse”

In 2003 he played the role of a Stand-Up Comedian in an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, and Alan in one episode of “Becker”. He also voiced George Zucco on 3 episodes of “Crank Yankers”. In 2006 he played himself on “Greg The Bunny”.

[The] nerviest, funniest thing I had seen. I saw Gilbert perform in 1985 and when he entered to applause he said, ‘Thank you, thank you very much.’ He then continued to say ‘thank you’ repeatedly for 10 minutes. So sorry to lose this sweet and delightfully funny man.

Conan O’Brien

In 2008 Gilbert was in one episode of “Hannah Montana” as Barney Bittman and one episode of “Sesame Street” as Denny the Distracter. 2009/2010 found him in an episode of “30 Rock”, the movie “Jack and the Beanstalk” with Chevy Chase, and two episodes of “‘Til Death” as Tommy.

Between 2004 and 2011 he would appear 8 times as various characters on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. During this time he appeared in two episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as Leo Garber, and lent his voice to one episode of “Mad”.

I’m used to explaining to people why my jokes were funny.

Gilbert Gottfried

Gottfried appeared as Dudley in one episode of “Anger Management” (2014). In the same time period, he would voice Kraang Sub-Prime in 6 episodes of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. In 2016 he played himself in “The Comedian” starring Robert De Niro. He also played himself on two episodes of “The Jim Gaffigan Show”. Between 2007 and 2018 he lent his voice to a couple of episodes of the “Family Guy”.

In 2019 he played Uncle in the TV series “Critters: A New Binge” and voiced Sal on an episode of “SpongeBob SquarePants”, played Dr. Leland in the movie “The Truth About Santa Claus”, and played some character roles in three episodes of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

From 2002 to 2022 he voiced Digit and Widget on 82 episodes of “Cyberchase” – Three kids, Jackie, Matt, Inez, and their bird friend Digit, must save cyberspace from the evil Hacker with the use of strategy and math skills.

Back when Jerry Seinfeld was just another comedian hanging around the clubs, I’d imitate him to amuse myself and the other comics. The club owners would say, ‘What are you doing that for? Nobody knows him.’

Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert voiced Toaster for Pop-Tarts. They are a brand of toaster pastries produced and distributed by Kellogg’s since 1964. Pop-Tarts have a sweet filling sealed inside two layers of thin, rectangular pastry crust. Most varieties are also frosted.

He was the voice of the Aflac duck from 2000 to 2011. They are based in Columbus, Georgia, and are the largest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States. Struggling to come up with a good pitch they realized that Aflac sounded like a duck’s quack. Gilbert has also made commercials for MTV, Pepsi, Subway, Office XP: Voice of Clippy, Glad, Shoedini, Easterns Automotive Group commercials, and Eat24 (2015 Super Bowl commercial).

He also voiced Iago in four video games, “Disney’s Arcade Frenzy”, “Disney’s Aladdin in Nasira’s Revenge”, “Kingdom Hearts” and “Kingdom Hearts II”.

Gilbert voiced Mister Mxyzptlk[1] in the video games “Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham” and “Lego DC Super-Villains”. He also voiced Fred Fuchs in the video game “Angry Video Game Nerd 1 & 2 Deluxe”.

Gilbert died April 12, 2022, at age 67 after a long bout with type II myotonic dystrophy, a kind of muscular dystrophy. He is survived by his wife Dara Kravitz, whom he wed in 2007, children Lily Aster Gottfried, 14, and Max Aaron Gottfried, 12, and sister Karen.

  1. Mister Mxyzptlk, sometimes called Mxy, is a character who appears in DC Comics’ Superman comic books. He is usually presented as a trickster deity in the classical mythological sense. Mxyzptlk possesses reality-warping powers with which he enjoys tormenting Superman or making life difficult. His portrayal has varied, with him being an outright supervillain in some media, and an antihero in others.


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