American stand-up comedian Gilbert Gottfried is known for his vulgar jokes. His trademark loud, raspy voice has earned him numerous voice over jobs – from Digit in Cyberchase to Iago in Disney’s Aladdin and every other Disney film that includes the character.
Gottfried acts occasionally and is the host of his very own podcast titled Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast. “Gilbert” (2017) the documentary detailing his real life revealed a lot of things about Gottfried including the fact that he isn’t as insensitive as he sounds in his many jokes. Here is a look at his career so far as well as his personal life.
Gilbert Gottfried Bio (Age and other Background Details)
Gottfried was born on February 28, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He was born into a Jewish family but has revealed that his family wasn’t so serious about religion and that he never got to have a bar mitzvah. Gottfried has always been a funny man. By the time he was 15 years old, he decided to start minting from his joke-telling skills by performing in bars and shows around New York City.
A decade later, Gottfried began appearing on TV, making his debut as one of the new cast members on the 6th season of Saturday Night Live in 1980. Around that same time, he was picked up by the newly created MTV channel to perform improvs that were used to promote the channel. Anime makers were quick to recognize Gottfried’s unique raspy voice and the voice-over gigs began to pour in. This also led to acting gigs. Some of Gottfried’s earliest films include; Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Problem Child (1990) and its sequel.
As a voice actor, he scored the voice role of Iago the Parrot in Disney’s Aladdin (1992). He has since voiced the character in subsequent Disney films, TV series and video games that include the character. He has been identified as one of the most successful voice over actors in children entertainment.
While staying active in Hollywood, Gottfried continued to perform stand-up across the nation and became known for his crude jokes. His jokes have made him a subject of controversy a couple times, including during the infamous Hugh Hefner roast when he joked about the 9/11 attacks. While the joke wasn’t well received by the audience, Gottfried staged an immediate comeback by telling the Aristocrats joke.
His next controversial joke about a natural disaster didn’t go down so well as it cost him an advertisement gig. Gilbert joked about the Japan earthquake in March 2011 and as a result, American insurance company Aflac fired him from his voice role as Aflac duck in their commercial. Gilbert had voiced the duck mascot since 2000. Aflac operated about 75% of her business in Japan.
His Wife and Kids
Gilbert Gottfried is a married man and has been since 2007 when he tied the knot with a certain Dara Kravitz. The couple met each other for the first time in the late 1990s at a Grammys party. At the time, Kravitz was in the music industry.
Wondering what Gottfried was doing at a Grammys party? Nope, he wasn’t there to tell jokes, he just went because he knew there would be free food, a fact he revealed in a telephone interview with JTA. The interview also brought to light another fact about Gottfried being a very thrifty man.
Gottfried and Kravitz started talking and soon struck a connection, and the rest is history.
In his self-titled documentary, fellow comics spoke about Gottfried’s relationship with his wife crediting the latter for helping to transform Gottfried into the nice guy he is today.
The couple shares two kids together, including daughter Lily Aster Gottfried (born on June 12th, 2007) and son Max born on May 18th, 2009. The family lives a middle-class lifestyle in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan.
Height and Other Quick Facts You Need To Know
Standing at 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m) tall, Gilbert Gottfried can be described as a man with an average height.
Gilbert’s voice in real life is very regular as opposed to the raspy voice that made him popular.
He lost his sister Arlene Gottfried to cancer in August 2017. She was a celebrated street photographer.
Gottfried did his now-trademark squinting during his early stand-up days as a way of overcoming nervousness.