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Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried (born February 28, 1955) is an American actor, voice actor and stand-up comedian best known for his trademark comedic persona of speaking in a loud, grating tone of voice and squinting. He has played numerous roles in film and television, perhaps most notably voicing the parrot Iago in Disney's Aladdin (1992), and co-starred in the Problem Child movies. He is also known for voicing Digit in the children's cartoon/educational math-based show Cyberchase, and the Aflac Duck until 2011. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1955, Gottfried is the youngest of three children. At age fifteen, Gilbert Gottfried began doing amateur stand-up in New York City and, after a few years, became known around New York as "the comedian's comedian." In 1980, Saturday Night Live was being retooled with a new staff and new comedians; the producers noticed Gottfried and hired him as a cast member. During the 1980–1981 season, Gottfried's persona in SNL sketches was very different from his later characterization: he rarely (if ever) spoke in his trademark screeching, obnoxious voice and never squinted. During his 12-episode stint, he was given very little airtime and seldom used in sketches.

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Ray Rice -- THE JOKES BEGIN ... Gilbert Gottfried Zings NFL Star

Ray Rice
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Too soon? Apparently not ... according to Gilbert Gottfried who finally decided to put Ray Rice in the comedy crosshairs. "Obviously Ray Rice misunderstood me when I said 'She's hot, you… READ MORE >

Gilbert Gottfried -- My Favorite Robin Williams Moment Was ...

Gilbert Gottfried
My Favorite Robin Williams Moment Was ...

Gilbert Gottfried has a favorite Robin Williams comedic moment that involves Nazis, Jews and the Holocaust. We didn't know this ... but Gilbert tells us he and Robin never saw… READ MORE >

- 102 days ago
Gilbert Gottfried -- I Would Totally Do Elmo

Gilbert Gottfried
I Would Totally ... Do Elmo

Gilbert Gottfried wants Elmo!! Or to rephrase less creepily ... he wants to be Elmo's voice -- so, he dropped an audition on us, along with some jokes you'll never hear on "Sesame Street!"Check… READ MORE >

- 726 days ago
New Aflac Voice -- Wanna Hear Me Quack?!

New Aflac Voice
Wanna Hear Me Quack?!

The dude who replaced Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of the Aflac duck is already living like a mega-star -- with appointments all over NYC today ... but Daniel McKeague wasn't too busy to give us… READ MORE >

- 1308 days ago
Aflac Duck Gets A 36-Year-Old Male Voice

Aflac Duck
Gets A 36-Year-Old Male Voice

After weeks of silence, the Aflac Duck has a brand new voice -- courtesy of a 36-year-old dad from Minnesota. The insurance company announced the new voice will be provided by a dude named Daniel… READ MORE >

- 1308 days ago
The Aflac Duck -- Silent But Violent

The Aflac Duck
Silent But Violent

With Gilbert Gottfried fired for his tsunami jokes ... the people at Aflac found a clever way to keep their famous duck alive while they hunt for the replacement voice ... and it's the oldest… READ MORE >

- 1343 days ago
Gilbert Gottfried -- The COMICS Have My Back!

Gilbert Gottfried
The COMICS Have My Back!

He might not have corporate support -- but tsunami-jokester Gilbert Gottfried is PROUD that some of the funniest people on the planet have rushed to his defense when Aflac gave him the chop.… READ MORE >

- 1348 days ago
Gilbert Gottfried -- Sorry About the Tsunami Jokes

Gilbert Gottfried
Sorry About the Tsunami Jokes

Gilbert Gottfried is eating his incredibly tasteless words -- in fact, the comic just took to Twitter to make a public apology after mocking the victims of the tsunami in Japan ... writing, "I… READ MORE >

- 1350 days ago
Howard Stern -- Aflac Had 'No Reason' to Fire Gilbert

Howard Stern
Aflac Had 'No Reason' to Fire Gilbert

Howard Stern is lashing out at Aflac for firing Gilbert Gottfried -- the voice behind their famous duck mascot -- claiming the comic's tasteless Japanese tsunami jokes were just Gilbert being… READ MORE >

- 1350 days ago

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