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Iconic Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Dies At 67

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Gilbert Gottfried hosts “Amazing Colossal Show” on Comedy Greats at SiriusXM Studios on February 03, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Gilbert Gottfried was an iconic American stand-up comedian and actor who unfortunately passed away at the age of 67 on the 12th of April 2022. Throughout his life, he took part in many famous projects and has left a legacy behind, so in honour of Gilbert Gott, I have put together everything he has achieved in his lifetime, from ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ to ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Problem Child’. Read on to find out just how successful Gilbert Gottfried really became.

Gilbert Gottfried was famously known to showcase a comedian persona featuring an exaggerated shrill voice with a strong New York accent and emphasis on crude humour. He originally broke out as a comedy star when he joined ‘Saturday Night Live’ as a cast member in 1980; he also came back to make a special appearance in 1990 and 1998. Since then, Gilbert Gottfried featured in many films and TV shows, but it was always known that he was most loved on stage as a comedian.

He said, “I remember I made the long trek from Brooklyn to Manhattan. I was one of those kids watching a lot of TV, maybe too much. I started imitating different actors and comics that I saw and started thinking that’s what I wanted to do.”

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 14: Actor Gilbert Gottfried is photographed for Los Angeles Times on May 14, 2015 in New York City. PUBLISHED IMAGE. CREDIT MUST BE: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/Contour by Getty Images. (Photo by Carolyn Cole/Contour by Getty Images)

It just so happens that one of the most iconic Disney characters, the animated parrot Iago from ‘Aladdin’ (1992), was voiced by Gilbert Gottfried himself! Aside from this, he also had roles in the films ‘Problem Child’, ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’, and ‘The Aristocrats’. 

It was his comedy stand-up that put him in the spotlight though, including his regular guest appearance on Howard Stern’s radio show in the 1980s. He also took part in many episodes of well-known television series for all types of audiences, such as ‘Hannah Montana’, ‘The Cosby Show’, and more!

He said, “It’s funny now to think about it, but back then it was a big deal and respectable to say I did a part on one episode on The Cosby Show. I sort of conveniently forget to mention that to people now.”