Gilbert Gottfried, Entertainer and ‘Aladdin’ Star, Passes away at 67.
Gilbert Gottfried, the comedian, “Aladdin” star, and owner of the most recognizable voice in Hollywood, has died after combating a long illness, his family announced Tuesday.
He was 67. His publicist told the Washington Post that he died of myotonic dystrophy type 2, muscular dystrophy.
” We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness.
In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend, and father to his two young children.
Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert’s honor,” his family wrote on Twitter.
Many people in Hollywood, including comedians Jason Alexander, Dane Cook, and more, paid tribute to Gottfried after the shocking news of his death.
“Gilbert Gottfried was not funny,” wrote Cook. “He was a lovely guy, always friendly, and made many people happy.”
Gottfried was known for his crude humor, political incorrectness, and shrill voice, which helped give life to a variety of animated characters, such as Iago the parrot in Disney’s “Aladdin,” the robotic bird Digit in PBS Kids’ “Cyberchase” and the Aflac duck in commercials for the insurance company.
Gilbert Gottfried, Entertainer and ‘Aladdin’ Star, Passes away at 67
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 28, 1955, and started performing stand-up comedy at just 15. Gottfried had a short, 12-episode stint on “Saturday Night Live” during Season 6 in 1980, and he reunited with his “SNL” colleague Eddie Murphy on “Beverly Hills Cop II,” one of his first significant film roles.
Howard Stern frequently invited Gottfried on his radio show in the ’80s, where he impersonated people like Andrew “Dice” Clay, Groucho Marx, and Bela Lugosi as Dracula.
In the ’90s, Gottfried landed roles in films like the “Problem Child” movies, “Highway to Hell,” and “Looks Who’s Talking Too,” before landing his most recognizable voice role as Iago the parrot in 1992’s “Aladdin.
” Iago was the annoying, funny comic relief that accompanied the villain Jafar. Gottfried reprised the role in two direct-to-video sequels, a TV series, and the “Kingdom Hearts” video games.
His other major voice roles included Kraang Subprime in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Mr. Mxyzptlk in “Superman: The Animated Series,” Dr. Bender and his son Wendell in “The Fairly OddParents,” plus “SpongeBob Squarepants,” “The Ren & Stimpy Show,” “Duckman,” “Disney’s House of Mouse” and countless more.
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