Gilbert Gottfried, a renowned stand-up comedian and actor known for his coarse humour and raw, scorched voice, has passed away. He was 67.
Gottfried’s publicist and lifelong friend Glenn Schwartz said in a statement that the actor passed away from a rare genetic muscle disease that can result in a dangerously abnormal heartbeat.
“In addition to having the most recognisable voice in comedy, Gilbert was a great father to his two young children, brother, and friend. Despite the fact that today is a sad day for all of us, continue to laugh as loud as you can in Gilbert’s memory “His family made a statement that was tweeted out.
Gottfried was a fiercely independent and purposefully bizarre comedian’s comedian who could kill a room with his jokes or clear it with anti-comedy.
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Stand Up Comedian
“Stand-up comedian Colin Quinn said on Twitter that the first comic he saw would perform, and all the other comics would gather in the room to watch.
His early appearances on MTV and his brief time on the cast of Saturday Night Live in the 1980s helped him gain widespread recognition. Gottfried frequently provided voices for children’s television shows and motion pictures, perhaps best known for his portrayal of the parrot Iago in Disney’s Aladdin.
Early in the movie, Gottfried’s character said in a scratchy voice as he shed feathers, “Look at me, I’m so pissed off that I’m moulting.”
He is best known to the younger generation as Digit the bird’s voice on PBS Kids’ Cyberchase.
Groucho Marx, Bela Lugosi, and Andrew “Dice” Clay were among the obscure and vintage impressions that Gottfried enjoyed performing for as long as he could profit from them. He frequently performed those voices as a guest on the Howard Stern show, which led dozens of listeners to call in and implore Stern to boot him from the show.
At the Comedy Store in Hollywood, where he first worked, the managers would have him perform a Jerry Seinfeld impression at the end of the night to evict any lingering customers.
His Early Stand Up Career
Particularly adored by his fellow comedians and performers, Gottfried. In his early stand-up career, Jon Stewart cited performing as Gottfried’s opening act as one of the greatest thrills. Indescribably unusually funny, Stewart tweeted, “He could leave you gasping for breath.””
“Actress Marlee Matlin expressed her sadness over Gilbert Gottfried’s passing on Twitter. Funny, controversial, and soft on the inside. We frequently crossed paths, and once he even replaced my interpreter on a flight as a joke. (Gottfried resembled Matlin’s American Sign Language interpreter Jack Jason remarkably well.)
Questioned by The Associated Press
After Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on Oscar night last month, Gottfried was questioned by The Associated Press. Although he took the attack seriously and warned that it might endanger other comedians, he couldn’t help but crack jokes. Prior to going on stage, he only had to worry about wearing a mask, he claimed. I’m now concerned about donning a football helmet. If Will Smith reads this, please don’t attend my shows, he later added.
Several adored comedians have already passed away this year, including Louie Anderson and Bob Saget.
This photo is very sad now, Gottfried tweeted alongside a photo of the three men in January. RIP Loue Anderson and RIP Bob Saget. Both were excellent friends who will be missed.
The son of a hardware store owner and a stay-at-home mother, Gottfried was born in Brooklyn. At age 15, he started performing amateur standup. When he was cast alongside Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live in 1980, he believed he had finally found his big break. But he didn’t get much to do on the show. Later, he recalled that acting as the corpse in a sketch about a funeral was a low point. He would appear in 12 episodes total.
But he would carve out a career for himself, appearing in MTV skits and on talk shows where he was both adored and despised.
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He appeared in the movies Problem Child and Beverly Hills Cop II, and from 1989 to 1998, he hosted USA Up All Night, which featured bad movies.
He also frequently voiced characters on Ren and Stimpy “The Fairly OddParents and a number of Aladdin spin-offs.