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Gilbert Gottfried



Few actors are more polarizing in the responses they elicit than the eternally obnoxious, terminally whiny Gilbert Gottfried. Those who have heard his voice are not likely to soon forget his shrill, fingernails-on-the-chalkboard delivery; and those who have seen him are no doubt familiar with his squinty-eyed persona and overly dramatic mannerisms.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1955, Gottfried was the youngest of three children and began to refine his unique comic persona (a persona Gottfried describes as being "somewhere between Pat Boone and Jeffrey Dahmer") at the age of 15. Quickly gaining a reputation as a talented comic who was often considered an acquired taste, Gilbert toured as a stand-up comic until he gained his first taste of national exposure on the otherwise forgettable 1980-1981 season of Saturday Night Live. A period of transition in the long-running comedy series, given that producer and founder Lorne Michaels had recently departed along with the talented cast, Gottfried's involvement was short-lived as Michaels soon returned to revive the series with a new cast and writers. Moving on, as a member of the cast of Alan Thicke's equally disastrous late-night effort Thicke of the Night in 1983, Gottfried would soon turn to bit parts in films before helming his own latenight schlock-a-thon, USA Up All Night.

The replacement for perennial cult favorite Night Flight, USA Up All Night specialized in airing the worst of the worst, constantly scraping the cinematic drivel from the bottom of the barrel, with Gottfried at the helm as its gleefully annoying host. Continuing to work in film and television while serving as master of the B's, Gottfried appeared frequently on the small screen in Duckman and at the movies in Problem Child (and its sequels) before kicking off a successful turn in animated character voices with his role as Iago the Parrot in Disney's Aladdin (1992).

A frequent guest of Hollywood Squares and The Howard Stern Show, Gottfried's vigorous vocal chords lend themselves to an amusing variety of impressions, as well. Inspired by Universal monster films of the 1930s, Gottfried is well known for his spot-on Dracula impression (interchangeable with his Pope impersonation), and many others that he frequently incorporates into his stand-up act.



He maintained his reputation as one of the funniest, and often most offensive, stand-up comics of his generation, never bothering to commit to a film career, but taking parts here and there, very often in animated projects. He had a long run as the voice of the Aflac duck in a series of commercials for the insurance company, and he made a memorable impression in the 2005 documentary The Aristocrats where his infamous telling of the title joke at a Friar's Club Roast stands as arguably its definitive rendition.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
55% Can We Take a Joke?
  • Actor
2016
93% Life, Animated
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Director's Cut
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Animal Crackers
  • Mario Zucchini
2016
100% The Last Laugh
  • Actor
2016
89% Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas
  • Mr. Greenway
2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Abraham Lincoln
2014
No Score Yet Theodore Bikel: In The Shoes Of Sholom Aleichem
  • Actor
2014
67% When Jews Were Funny
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Miss December
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Grayson
2009
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Hysterical Psycho
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Lost & Found: SNL in the 80s
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Farce of the Penguins
  • Freezing Penguin
2007
No Score Yet The Last Request
  • Bum
2006
No Score Yet Gilbert Gottfried: Dirty Jokes
  • Actor
2005
79% The Aristocrats
  • Actor
2005
72% Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Duck
2004
No Score Yet Funky Monkey
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Bitter Jester
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Mickey's House of Villains
  • Iago
2002
No Score Yet Back by Midnight
  • Security Guard
2002
43% Dr. Dolittle
  • Compulsive Dog
1998
No Score Yet Kids Are Punny
  • Actor
1998
14% How to Be a Player
  • Tony the Doorman
1997
14% Meet Wally Sparks
  • Mr. Harry Karp
1997
27% Aladdin and the King of Thieves
  • Iago
1995
No Score Yet Problem Child 3: Junior in Love
  • Dr. Peabody
1995
No Score Yet Silk Degrees
  • Rene
1994
27% The Return of Jafar
  • Iago
1994
25% Thumbelina
  • Mr. Beetle
1994
0% House Party 3
  • Luggage Clerk
1994
94% Aladdin
  • Iago
1992
7% Problem Child 2
  • Peabody
1991
No Score Yet Highway to Hell
  • Hitler
1991
17% Look Who's Talking, Too
  • Joey
1990
4% Problem Child
  • Peabody
1990
29% The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
  • Johnny Crunch
1990
0% Hot to Trot
  • Dentist
1988
No Score Yet Never on Tuesday
  • Lucky Larry Lupin (uncredited)
1988
No Score Yet Dot and the Whale
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Bad Medicine
  • Tony Sandoval
1985
No Score Yet Frank Chindamo's Shorts
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet 'Til Death
2006-2010
  • Tommy Campbell Tommy
No Score Yet Cyberchase
2002-2015
  • Voice
  • Digit
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Leo Gerber
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004
  • Reality cast member
  • Appearing
  • Actor
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Last Comic Standing
2003-2015
  • Judge
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
21% Anger Management
2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet MAD
2010-2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet Celebrity Wife Swap
2012-2015
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Burn With Jeff Ross
2012-2013
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
  • Actor

Quotes from Gilbert Gottfried's Characters