Gilbert Gottfried Biography – Gilbert Gottfried Wiki
Gilbert Gottfried was an American actor and stand-up comedian. His comedic career led to roles in “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Problem Child,” “Look Who’s Talking II,” “The Aristocrats” and other films. He was also the voice of the wisecracking parrot Iago in Disney’s iconic animated film “Aladdin.”
Gottfried had been performing his unique style of unfiltered stand-up comedy for over 50 years. He began on the stages of New York City at age of 15 and in the years to come became known as “the comedian’s comedian” because his live performances put aside political correctness while he delivers jokes that know no boundaries.
Within a few years Gilbert appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman”, “The Cosby Show” and for a short time as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live”. He also appeared on television programs like “Celebrity Wife Swap” and “Celebrity Apprentice”.
Gottfried’s work in television soon led to roles in film. Most notable was his scene as business manager Sidney Bernstein in the hit sequel “Beverly Hills Cop II,” for which the New York Daily News said, “Gilbert Gottfried steals the picture with a single scene.” On the big screen Gilbert also appeared in “Problem Child’, “Look Who’s Talking II” and “The Aristocrats” where Entertainment Weekly wrote that “out of the 101 comedians who appear on screen, no one is funnier – or more disgusting – than Gilbert Gottfried.”
After his stellar performance as the wise cracking parrot, IAGO, in the Disney classic “Aladdin,” Gottfried became one of the most recognizable voiceover talents, lending his voice to commercials, cartoons and films, including the PBS Series “Cyberchase.”
Gottfried made numerous memorable appearances on Comedy Central Roasts and the Comedy Central series, “The Burn with Jeff Ross” and “The Howard Stern Show”. Gottfried’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” reading (College Humor) received over 5 million views on YouTube.
More recently, in 2017, he was the subject of the documentary “Gilbert,” about his life. He also co-hosted a podcast, “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast!” on which he and Frank Santopadre interviewed Hollywood icons and legends.
Gilbert Gottfried Age
He was born Gilbert Jeremy Gottfried on February 28, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He died on April 12, 2022 in Manhattan, New York, NY. He was 67 years old.
Gilbert Gottfried Wife
Gilbert Gottfried was married to his wife Dara Kravitz Gottfried. Gottfried met Dara Kravitz at a Grammy Awards party in the late 1990s. They were married in 2007 and had two children together.
Gilbert Gottfried Children
Gilbert Gottfried Family
He was the son of Lillian Zimmerman and Max Gottfried. He had several siblings including Arlene Gottfried, a New York street photographer who died in 2017.
Gilbert Gottfried Death
Actor and comedian Gilbert Gottfried died on April 12, 2022, at the age of 67 following a long illness, the Gottfried family confirmed in a statement on his verified Twitter account.
“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” the Gottfried family said. “In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children. Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert’s honor.”
Actor Jason Alexander paid tribute to Gottfried on Twitter. He wrote: “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.”
In January 2022, Gottfried posted a heart-wrenching photo of himself with comedians Bob Saget and Louie Anderson shortly after Louie passed away. He wrote in the caption of the post: “This photo is very sad now. RIP Bob Saget and RIP Louie Anderson. Both good friends that will be missed.”
Both Saget and Anderson passed away in January 2022: Saget died of an accidental head injury while Anderson succumbed to complications from cancer.
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Gilbert Gottfried Cause of Death
Gottfried died from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, a disorder that affects the heart, according to a statement by his publicist and longtime friend Glenn Schwartz to the Associated Press.
Gilbert Gottfried Illness
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried succumbed to a heart abnormality called recurrent ventricular tachycardia, an arrhythmia caused by myotonic dystrophy type II, according to Glenn Schwartz, his longtime friend and publicist.
Myotonic dystrophy (DM) is a genetic disorder marked by progressive muscle wasting and weakness which predominantly affects the limbs and face but can create increasingly dire complications for respiratory, skeletal and cardiac muscles.
People with DM are at a higher risk of irregular heartbeat, including ventricular tachycardia, an arrhythmia in the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) that causes the heart to beat faster. A sustained sped-up rhythm can cause a fatal drop in blood pressure.
Gottfried’s heart condition has been publicly known for some time. On the cusp of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the comedian canceled a series of live appearances in Montana as his doctors reportedly advised that he refrain from flying during a viral outbreak due to his weakened heart.
Gilbert Gottfried Net Worth
What was actor Gilbert Gottfried’s net worth at the time of his death? He had an estimated net worth of $10 million.