Gilbert Gottfried

American stand-up comedian (1955–2022)

Gilbert Jeremy Gottfried (February 28, 1955 – April 12, 2022) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and comedian. He was the voice of Iago in the Aladdin animated franchise. He also voiced Digit in the PBS educational animated series Cyberchase. He was originally the voice of the Aflac Duck,[2] but he was dismissed on March 14, 2011 and he was replaced by Daniel McKeague on April 26, 2011.[3]

Gilbert Gottfried
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Gottfried in 2020
Gilbert Jeremy Gottfried

(1955-02-28)February 28, 1955[1]
DiedApril 12, 2022(2022-04-12) (aged 67)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Years active1970–2022
Dara Kravitz (m. 2007)
RelativesArlene Gottfried (sister)
Comedy career
MediumStand-up, film, television
GenresSatire, crude humor, blue comedy, improvisational comedy, black comedy, insult comedy
Subject(s)Religion, race relations, racism, pop culture, sex
Notable works and rolesSaturday Night Live
Comedy Central Roasts
Host of USA Up All Night
Igor Peabody in Problem Child, Problem Child 2 and Problem Child 3
Iago in Aladdin
Digit in Cyberchase
Aflac Duck in the Aflac commercials
Host of Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast

Early lifeEdit

Gottfried was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York on February 28, 1955, the youngest of 3 children.[4][5]


On April 12, 2022, Gottfried died in Manhattan at the age of 67 of ventricular tachycardia caused by type II myotonic dystrophy.[6][7][8]


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  2. "The AFLAC Duck Selected as One of America's Favorite Icons from
  3. Peterson, Kim (2011-04-26). "Aflac duck gets Minnesota accent?". MSN Money. Archived from the original on 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2011-04-26.
  4. "Gilbert Gottfried: Biography, Latest News & Videos".
  5. "Gilbert Gottfried Biography". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
  6. "Gilbert Gottfried, iconic comedian, dies at 67 after long illness". NBC News. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  7. "Gilbert Gottfried Dies: Beloved Comedian and Voice Icon Was 67". Indie Wire. April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  8. "Gilbert Gottfied Dead at 67". TMZ. April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022.

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