Feb. 28th, 1955
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Gilbert Gottfried's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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 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" and "Late Night with David Letterman."
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," 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," "Problem Child II," "Look Who's Talking II" and "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane." He was also the host of the very popular late night movie series "USA Up All Night."
After his stellar performance as the wise cracking parrot, IAGO, in the Disney classic "Aladdin," 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."
Gottfried has been a regular on the new "Hollywood Squares" and is a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "The Howard Stern Show." Gottfried recently appeared in the hit comedy documentary "The Aristocrats," 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."
Gottfried is one of the most sought-after comedians, and regularly performs live to sold-out audiences across North America.
- Frequently names Iago as his favorite role.
- 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.
- Once opened for a 'The Go-Gos' (qv) concert. His R-rated act was not a big hit with the audience, the majority of the audience being made up of teenage girls. Even Gottfried was surprised he was booked that night. Gilbert joked about this on the Howard Stern radio show.
- He is part of a sort club of celebrities who have portrayed puppets on Comedy Central's show _"Crank Yankers" (2002)_ (qv).
- Was considered for the role of Balki Bartokomous in _"Perfect Strangers" (1986)_ (qv).
- Son, Max Aaron Gottfried born on May 18th, 2009.
- Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 189-190. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
- When doing standup, he used to keep his eyes squinted shut out of nervousness. This later became a trademark of his.