Inside the life of ‘Gilbert Gottfried’ and His Best Movies and TV Shows

Gilbert Jeremy Gottfried, a well-known voice specialist, and actor, died at 67. Gottfried’s legendary voice and gusty humour led him to a great deal of work and fame, the most recognizable among them was his voice of the Parrot Iago in Aladdin, which he later referred to as his “all-time favourite job.”

His family announced his death after a long illness through Twitter, “In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend, and father to his two young children,” the statement said. “Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert’s honour.” Taking along all the love of his friends, family, and fans, the iconic figure in the world of comedians died of a heart abnormality called ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type 2.

An iconic voice died after a long illness

A peek into Gilbert Gottfried’s past life

Gilbert Gottfried, the comic’s comic, was born on February 28, 1955, in the money island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. He lived with his family, above the store run by his father, Max Gilbert, and his grandfather. Gilberts’s mother, Lillian, was a homemaker. He was the youngest among his siblings; his sister Karen and his sister Arlene Gottfried (photographer).

Personal life of Gilbert

Gottfried married his love, Dara Kravitz, whom he met at a Grammy Awards party. The couple tied the knot in 2007 and were blessed with a son named Max and a daughter named Lily. The screechy voice (Gilbert Gottfried) suffered from a burst appendix in ,1992 and fortunately, he survived. Interestingly, Gilbert apart from his shrill voice was also known for his scrolling and saving nature; he often preferred walking above public transportation to save the fare.

Gilbert Gottfried’s wife and children

Everything you need to know about Gilbert Gottfried’s career

Talking about the legendary voice and his startup, Gilbert opened his doors of fame at the age of 15 when he performed on his first stage at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village. He first started focusing on the impressions of old-time actors and celebrities and later was known as a “comedian’s comedian” in the area of the local comedy circuit. Gilbert climbed the stairs of success in 1980 with one of his early TV works, “Saturday Night Live”.

His commendable work in SNL opened many opportunities for him, including several acting roles. His great voice and acting skills caught the eye when he played the voice of Iago in the famous animated movie “Aladdin” and its sequels “The Return Of Jaffar” and “Aladdin and the King of Thieves.” In addition to this Gilbert achieved success in one of his first important movies “Beverly Hills Cop II” which grossed up to $300 million.

Gilbert Gottfried- A legendary voice artist and actor

Adding to his list of flair, Gilbert made his appearance in several animated series versions; in “superman” as Mr Mxyzptlk, in the animated children’s series, “Cyberchase” as Digit and in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” as Kraang sub-prime. He also showcased his talent in commercials like, “MTV”, “Subway”, “Pepsi” and many more.

Furthermore, in 2011 Gottfried published his only book, Rubber balls and Liquor. Walking through the oath of success, Gilbert in 2016 played the ‘Pig Man’ in the comedy-fantasy film Abnormal Attraction. In 2017-2018, Gilbert did most of his appreciated works which include, a comedy movie titled “80’s creature house”, a comedy-drama series titled “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, comedy series titled “Episodes,” and he also made a self-titled documentary “Gilbert”.

His voice-acting roles include a comedy titled “Boy Band”, an animated comedy-fantasy movie titled “Animal Crackers”, a reality show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”, and here the list continues.

 Digging more into Gottfried’s bundle of Talent

Gilbert Gottfried’s Most Popular TV Shows:

1. Family Guy (2007)

Family Guy- Gilbert Gottfried

Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth Macfarlane. The following series comprises twenty seasons with a total of three hindered and eighty-nine episodes. Gilbert voiced ‘horse’ in the episode “Boys do cry” and also voiced ‘dog whistle’ in the episode “Big trouble in little Quahog”.

2. CSI: Crime scene investigation (2003)

In the twentieth episode of season three of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Last laugh, Gilbert played the role of a stand-up comedian. CSI is an American procedural forensics crime drama television series with a total of fifteen seasons and three hundred and thirty-seven episodes.

3. Married…. with children (1995)

An American television sitcom created by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt. It is the longest-lasting live-action sitcom on fox and the first series to be broadcast in the primetime slot of the then-new fourth network. Our very talented Gilbert Gottfried played the role of himself in the following sitcom.

4. Saturday Night Live (1975)

An American late-night stand-up comedy and variety show that comprises 47 seasons and a total of 930 episodes. The show is created by Lorne Michaels. In 1980 while the was being retooled with new staff and comedians, Gottfried got hired as a cast member for season 6.

5. Aladdin (1992)

Voice of Iago in Aladdin- Gilbert Gottfried

 An action, adventure and fantasy-based American television series, developed by the Tad States and Alan Zaslove, and produced by Walt Disney television animation. Gilbert voiced the character of Iago in 86 episodes. He came to be recognized after that.

Gilbert Gottfried’s Most Popular Movies:

1. Aladdin and the king of thieves (1996)

A sequel to Aladdin, “Aladdin and the king of thieves.” As Gilbert never got any lead role opportunity, he still got his hands on the major parts of films and television shows. Getting most of his fame from “Aladdin,” Gilbert played a crucial role in its sequels and voiced ‘Iago’ where he got paired off with Cassim, Aladdin’s long-lost father.

2. Problem child (1990)

Gilbert Gottfried as Mr. Peabody

Did you know that Gilbert, because of his voice, never got an opportunity of a leading role; instead, he just played supporting roles? One of the closest roles to the lead actor he performed is of Dr. Igor Peabody in the “problem child.” He was the only actor to appear in all three movies and was later replaced by Michael Oliver in the third one.

3. Bad Medicine (1985)

A very light-hearted, fun comedy film in which we can see a ludicrous representation of Latin culture by our very own Gilbert Gottfried as Alan Arkin. Too strange to know, but Gilbert has performed several Latino characters despite being non-Latino.

4. Funky Monkey (2004)

Written by Lance Kinsey and Peter Nelson, Funky Monkey is a comedy film in which Gilbert played the role of Dr. Spleen, where he experimented on Flick, the boss of the protagonist. Gilbert can be seen performing this small role with full dedication.

5. Gilbert (2017)

In his documentary film, directed by Neil Berkely, Gilbert discusses his life and the controversies he faced. He was often opposed because of his raw voice, but this documentary gave him a new face and fame because he displayed his comic skills and admired his shrill voice. Despite all the controversies, he stood with his original voice and became successful.

Everybody loves Gilbert

With his talent, Gilbert has won many’s hearts; his extraordinary sense of humour and trademark screeching voice has been a gift to the entertainment industry. His authentic style and mind-blowing skills are loved by his family and friends and almost everyone who got a chance to admire them. Not just love, but Gilbert has achieved milestones in his career; he didn’t achieve many awards but has undoubtedly made his name in the entertainment industry.