Gilbert Gottfried Biography
Gilbert Gottfried (Gilbert Jeremy Gottfried OR Gilbert Fagnitz Gottfried) is an American stand-up comedian, film and voice actor. His persona as a comedian emphasis on crude humor, insult comedy and features an exaggerated shrill voice. He has had numerous roles in film and television including voicing the parrot Iago in Disney’s Aladdin animated films and TV show, Digit in the children’s cartoon/educational math-based show Cyberchase since 2014.
Gilbert Gottfried began doing amateur stand-up in New York City when he was just 15 years old. Few years later he was being referred to as “the comedian’s comedian.”He was noticed by the Saturday Night Live producers and was hired as a cast member for season 6 in 1980. He also played the role of accountant Sidney Bernstein in the 1987 film Beverly Hills Cop II.
For its entire run from 1989 to 1998, Gilbert Gottfried was the host of the Saturday edition of USA Up All Night. Although not a regular, He also appeared in The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys although not on a regular basis. He also voiced the crazed dentist Dr. Bender and his son Wendell in The Fairly OddParents and the voice of Jerry the Belly Button Elf on Ren and Stimpy. He starred as a talking smoke detector, in 1996, in “Be Cool about Fire Safety,” a short fire safety video for younger audiences.
He has hosted a podcast, Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast, since the year 2014. The podcast features new episodes each week featuring discussions of classic movies and celebrity interviews, most often with veteran actors, comedians, musicians and comedy writers. He released Gilbert, a documentary film on Gilbert Gottfried’s life and career, in 2017.
Gilbert Gottfried Age | How Old Is Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States on 28th February. 1955. He is 64 years old as of 2019.
Gilbert Gottfried Height | How Tall Is Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried is 1.65 meters tall.
Gilbert Gottfried Net Worth | How Much Is Gilbert Gottfried Worth
Gilbert Gottfried has an approximated net worth of $6 million.
Gilbert Gottfried Family
Gilbert Gottfried is the son of Max Gottfried. Details about his mother remain unknown. He is brother to Arlene Gottfried who died in 2017. She was a street photographer who recorded scenes of ordinary daily life in some of the city’s less well-to-do neighborhoods. He also has another sister called Karen Gottfried.
Gilbert Gottfried Wife | Gilbert Gottfried Children | Gilbert Gottfried And Dara Kravitz
Gilbert Gottfried got married to his wife Dara Kravitz in the year 2007. Gilbert Gottfried and his wife Dara have two children together; daughter Lily Aster Gottfried and son Max Aaron Gottfried.
Gilbert Gottfried Movies and TV Shows | Gilbert Gottfried Filmography
Gilbert Gottfried TV Shows
|2018||The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time||Rand McDonald|
|2017||The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel||Strip Club MC|
|2017||Justice League Action||Mister Mxyztplk (voice)|
|2017||Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||Jared Kushner (voice)|
|2017||Sharknado 5: Global Swarming||Ron McDonald|
|2017||The Untitled Action Bronson Show||Himself|
|2016||Mighty Magiswords||Prohyas’ Stomach (voice)|
|2016||Sharknado: The 4th Awakens||Ron McDonald|
|2014–2016||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Kraang Subprime (voice)|
|2014-present||Akame Ga Kill Abridged||Generic Male Friend (voice)|
|2014||Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja||Ranginald Bagel (voice)|
|2014||The Celebrity Apprentice 7||Himself|
|2014||Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends||Himself|
|2014||Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas||Mr. Greenway (voice)|
|2014||Last Comic Standing||Himself|
|2014||Big Brother 16||Otev (voice)|
|2014||Newbridge Tourism Board Presents: We’re Newbridge, We’re Comin’ To Get Ya!||Himself|
|2013–2014||TruTV Presents: World’s Dumbest…||Himself|
|2013||Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off||Himself|
|2013||Celebrity Wife Swap||Himself|
|2013||MAD||Linkong, Father, Crash (voices)|
|2012||The Comedy Central Roast: Roseanne Barr||Himself|
|2012||The Burn with Jeff Ross||Himself|
|2011||The Comedy Central Roast: Donald Trump||Himself|
|2011||The Roast of Facebook|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Leo Gerber|
|2010||The Comedy Central Roast: David Hasselhoff||Himself|
|2010||Robotomy||Tickle Me Psycho (voice)|
|2009||The Comedy Central Roast: Joan Rivers||Himself|
|2009||Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy||Himself|
|2008||Hannah Montana||Barney Bitman|
|2008||VH1’s I Love the New Millennium|
|2008||The Comedy Central Roast: Bob Saget||Himself|
|2008||Back at the Barnyard||Barn Buddy (voice)|
|2008||Big & Small||Small (voice)|
|2008||Sesame Street||Denny the Distractor|
|2008||The View||Horny the Dwarf|
|2008||The Weird Al Show||Himself|
|2007||The Emperor’s New School||Additional voices|
|2007||Family Guy||Peter’s Horse (voice)|
|2007||My Gym Partner’s a Monkey||Rick Platypus (voice)|
|2005||Billy and Mandy Save Christmas||Santa Claus (voice)|
|2004||Home Movies||Tonko the Parrot (voice)|
|2004||The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||Various sketches|
|2004||VH1’s Celebrity Paranormal Project and I Love Toys|
|2004||Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments||Himself|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Comic|
|2002–present||Cyberchase||Digit, Widget (voices)|
|2002||Son of the Beach||Noccus Johnstein|
|2002||Celebrity Deathmatch||Himself (voice)|
|2001–2005||The Fairly OddParents||Dr. Bender / Wendel (voices)|
|2001–2003||Disney’s House of Mouse||Iago the Parrot (voice)|
|2000||Clerks: The Animated Series||Jerry Seinfeld, Patrick Swayze(voices)|
|1999||Dilbert||Accounting Troll (voice)|
|1999||Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist||Himself|
|1999||Timon & Pumbaa||The Woodpecker (voice)|
|1997||Bear in the Big Blue House||Large Possum (voice)|
|1996–2000||Superman: The Animated Series||Mister Mxyzptlk (voice)|
|1996||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Roy|
|1996||In the House||Mr. Comstock|
|1996||Adventures from the Book of Virtues||Additional voices|
|1996||Escape From It’s a Wonderful Life||Angry man on porch|
|1995–1996||Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat||Additional Characters (voice)|
|1995||Married… with Children||Himself|
|1995||Adventures in Wonderland||Mike McNasty|
|1995||Bump in the Night||Stink Bug (voice)|
|1995||Aladdin on Ice||Iago the Parrot (voice)|
|1994–1997||Duckman||Art DeSalvo (voice)|
|1994–1995||Aladdin||Iago the Parrot (voice)|
|1994||Living Single||Larry Friedlander|
|1994||Beavis and Butthead||Gus Baker (voice)|
|1994||The Ren & Stimpy Show||Jerry the Bellybutton Elf / Adonis (voice)|
|1993||Problem Child||Mr. Peabody|
|1991||Night Court||Oscar Brown|
|1987||The Cosby Show||Mr. Babcock|
|1983–1984||Thicke of the Night||Various characters|
|1980–1981||Saturday Night Live||Various characters|
Gilbert Gottfried Movies
|2017||80s Creature House||Grim Reaper|
|2017||Animal Crackers||Mario Zucchini (voice)|
|2016||The Comedian’s Guide to Survival||Himself|
|2016||Abnormal Attraction||Pig Man|
|2016||Unbelievable!!!!||Major LeGrande Bushe|
|2016||Gender Bender||Dr. Montalto|
|2016||The Comedian||Trevor Friedmann|
|2016||Hospital Arrest||Jerome Carter|
|2014||A Million Ways to Die in the West||Abraham Lincoln|
|2013||Beecher Baby Bouncer||Himself|
|2011||Miss December||The Police Officer|
|2009||The Lindabury Story||Himself|
|2009||Jack and the Beanstalk||Grayson the Goose|
|2008||Gilbert Gottfried: Dirty Jokes||Himself|
|2007||Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams||Iago the Parrot (voice)|
|2006||Farce of the Penguins||“I’m Freezing My Nuts Off” Penguin (voice)|
|2004||The Amazing Floydini||Magic Store owner|
|2004||Back by Midnight||Security Guard|
|2004||Funky Monkey||Dr. Spleen|
|2004||Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events||Duck|
|2002||Mickey’s House of Villains||Iago the Parrot (voice)|
|1998||Dr. Dolittle||Compulsive Dog (voice)|
|1997||Def Jam’s How to Be a Player||Tony the Doorman|
|1996||Aladdin and the King of Thieves||Iago the Parrot (voice)|
|1996||Escape from It’s a Wonderful Life||Angry man on porch|
|1996||Be Cool About Fire Safety||Seymour Smoke|
|1995||The Magic Gift of the Snowman||Charlatan (voice)|
|1995||Problem Child 3: Junior in Love||Dr. Peabody|
|1994||House Party 3||Luggage Clerk|
|1994||Thumbelina||Berkeley Beetle (Mr. Beetle) (voice)|
|1994||The Return of Jafar||Iago the Parrot (voice)|
|1994||Saved By The Bell: Wedding In Las Vegas||Burt Banner|
|1992||Aladdin||Iago the Parrot (voice)|
|1991||Problem Child 2||Mr. Peabody|
|1991||Horror Hall of Fame 2||Boris|
|1991||Highway to Hell||Hitler|
|1990||The Adventures of Ford Fairlane||Johnny Crunch|
|1990||Problem Child||Mr. Peabody|
|1990||Look Who’s Talking Too||Joey, The Baby Gym Instructor|
|1989||Never on Tuesday||Lucky Larry Lupin|
|1988||Hot to Trot||Dentist|
|1988||Katy and the Katerpillar Kids||X (voice, English version)|
|1987||Beverly Hills Cop II||Sidney Bernstein|
|1985||Bad Medicine||Tony Sandoval|
|1984||The House of God||Paramedic|
Gilbert Gottfried Interview
Q: Congratulations, Gilbert Gottfried. The documentary is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Gilbert Gottfried: Which is incredible because they generally hate most stuff. The reviews have put me in shock. When the filmmaker Neil Berkeley came to me and said he was going to do a documentary on me I thought it was a horrible idea. When he showed me the finished cut I thought, “Oh, God, I can’t watch this,” and yet I see nothing but great reviews on it.
Q: So you were able to sit through the whole thing?
Gilbert Gottfried: Yeah, I’ve seen it maybe four times already. Each time I tend to cringe. It’s a little too personal.
Q: Do you feel that way when you watch films you’ve been in or your standup performances?
Gilbert Gottfried: I’m totally fine watching myself if I’m popping up in a sitcom or movie as Nick the Plumber. That’s fine, but to see me as me…after all these years of seeing myself and hearing myself it felt like the first time you see yourself in a home movie or hear your voice recorded. You go, “No, no, that doesn’t look like me. That’s not the way I sound.”
Q: This film covers a lot of personal moments in your life from you falling in love with your wife, to having children, to losing family members. Other than just cringing at yourself, what is going on with you emotionally when you’re watching?
Gilbert Gottfried: Oh, a lot. There was nothing held back, which makes some parts more painful than others, but also a more honest and better documentary because of it. It deals with my relationship with my father, losing family members, all of that. It makes it even worse when you go, “Okay, I know where this is going and I know what happens here.”
Q: I was reading an interview with Neil where he said that he was approached by Dara (Gilbert’s wife) and that you didn’t really know the documentary was going to happen. It seems like he just showed up and started filming hoping to get some stuff and then seven months later he had this finished product.
Gilbert Gottfried: Yeah. My thought is that if you’re having a documentary you should be dead for 20 years first or you built a thousand hospitals and schools in some starving third world country. He said, “I’ve always dreamt of doing a Gilbert Gottfried documentary,” and I said to him, “You should set your dreams a lot higher.” He started following me around.
Q: Were there any moments where it was getting so personal that you wanted to stop?
Gilbert Gottfried: No. That’s a funny thing. I figured if we’re going to do this we had to do it all the way. You just have to bite your lip and go through with it. There’s this great back and forth thing going on where you will see me do the most disgusting, poor taste bits and it’s intercut with me with my kids. It shows a full person.
Q: That reminds me of the scene where you’re at the fundraiser for children’s cancer research. The families are all going up onstage, telling their deeply moving personal stories, and then you go up to do a set that includes a joke about a little boy pointing out his mom’s cunt.
Gilbert Gottfried: [laughing] Yeah, I do intellectual comedy. It’s stuff you really have to sit down and think about. But that showed something. If you do a bad taste joke on TV or on Twitter, people on the internet go, “Let’s form a lynch mob.” But in actuality, tragedy and comedy are roommates. Wherever tragedy is, comedy is looking over its shoulder and sticking its tongue out. In the case of Saint Jude’s Hospital, they desperately wanted a release. I was scared to go on because I thought it was suicide, but they desperately wanted something to laugh about and have a good time with or else they’ll just go crazy.
Q: “Desperately wanting a release” speaks well to the scene at the roast where shortly after 9/11 you did a joke about the attacks. Now 9/11 jokes have pretty much lost their shock value, but at the time it was viewed as too soon. Your natural reaction after that joke flopped was to immediately go into one of the most obscene jokes you could possibly think of. It worked because you got the audience back on your side.
Gilbert Gottfried: It was an amazing moment. I lost them as bad as you could lose any crowd ever. Then I go into The Aristocrats. To me it proved terrorist attack = bad taste, incest and bestiality = good taste.
Q: Do you think there is an art to poor taste comedy? We cited two examples where lowbrow humor was exactly what was needed in the moment.
Gilbert Gottfried: It’s tough because sometimes I hear myself talking when I’m being interviewed, and I hate to sometimes philosophize too much about comedy and be serious about comedy because ultimately, putting your hand in your armpit and lifting your arm up and down and making fart noises is comedy. So when you talk about yourself like, “Oh, I’m an artist. I make these fart noises and I’m helping society…”
Q: Well, do you feel like you’ve given something to society?
Gilbert Gottfried: I hope so. Every now and then someone will come over to me and thank me saying that they have a brother, sister, father, mother, or child who they remember fondly as fans of mine. That’s one of those moments where you go, “Oh, God, I’ve indirectly done something really good.” In the documentary Life Animated an autistic child learns to communicate with his father by watching Disney films. The father started imitating my voice while wearing a puppet of my character Iago the parrot. It shows that I can do great things as long as I’m not directly involved. It’s when I’m directly involved that everything goes wrong.
Q: You dropped out of high school to pursue comedy. Did you ever go back and finish school or college?
Gilbert Gottfried: No, I never went back, but what I would love is…every now and then they give these honorary college diplomas. Bill Cosby had a bunch of those. I think all of them may have been taken back. I would love to go, “My math and reading are still terrible, but look, I graduated from Harvard!”
Q: Your podcast has been a big hit. How long have you been doing it?
Gilbert Gottfried: Oh, God, I think over two years. I originally wanted to call the podcast The Before It’s Too Late Show.