Gilbert Gottfried

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Gilbert Gottfried
Gottfried at the 2020 GalaxyCon Richmond
Gilbert Jeremy Gottfried

(1955-02-28)February 28, 1955
DiedApril 12, 2022(2022-04-12) (aged 67)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Resting placeKensico Cemetery
  • Comedian
  • actor
Years active1970–2022
Dara Kravitz
(m. 2007)
RelativesArlene Gottfried (sister)
Comedy career
MediumStand-up, television, film, podcast
  • Religion
  • race relations
  • racism
  • popular culture
  • sex
  • cinema
  • celebrities

Gilbert Jeremy Gottfried (February 28, 1955 – April 12, 2022) was an American stand-up comedian and actor, best known for his exaggerated shrill voice, strong New York accent, and his edgy, often controversial, sense of humor.[1] His numerous roles in film and television included voicing Iago in Disney's Aladdin franchise, Mister Mxyzptlk in Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League Action, Digit LeBoid in PBS Kids' Cyberchase, Kraang and Subprime in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Aflac duck. He also played Mr. Peabody in the Problem Child franchise.

Gottfried hosted Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast (2014–2022), along with Frank Santopadre, which featured discussions of classic films and celebrity interviews, most often with veteran actors, comedians, musicians, and comedy writers. The documentary Gilbert (2017) explored his life and career; it won the Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2017 deadCENTER Film Festival.[2]

Early life[edit]

Gottfried was born Gilbert Jeremy Gottfried in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York City on February 28, 1955,[3] the son of hardware store owner Max Gottfried and homemaker Lillian Zimmerman. His father and grandfather ran the store, above which the family lived.[4] He was raised in a Jewish family, but later said of his unusual upbringing, "I ate pork. We weren't that aware of the holidays or anything like that, but were aware of being Jewish. It's like I kind of knew that even though I was never bar mitzvahed and we didn't follow the holidays, I knew that if the Nazis came back, I'd be in the same train coach with everyone else."[5] He was the younger brother of photographer Arlene Gottfried (1950–2017) and Karen Gottfried.[6]

From Coney Island, the family moved to Brooklyn's Crown Heights, followed by Borough Park.[7]


Gottfried's first routine on stage was at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village during one of its Hootenanny Night events when he was 15.[8] His two sisters Arlene and Karen accompanied him, having thought the performances he did for the family were good enough for the stage and encouraged him to try it out.[9] His early routines focused on impressions of old time actors and celebrities, including Boris Karloff and Humphrey Bogart.[7][10] From there, he worked the local comedy circuit and became known in the area as a "comedian's comedian,"[11] and started to perform edgier material when he became bored of his usual routines. One such incident occurred when Gottfried opened for Belinda Carlisle, which was attended by younger girls and their mothers: "I tried doing my regular act for about 5 minutes, then I just launched into the filthiest stuff I could think of. And the next day, I got a call from my agent saying, 'Everybody there loved you,' which is show business talk for, 'You're fired.'"[7]

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 for its sixth season.[12][13] Gottfried's persona during SNL sketches was very different from his later characterization: He rarely spoke in his trademark voice and never squinted. During his 12-episode stint, he was seldom used in sketches. Gottfried recalled that a low point was having to play a corpse in a sketch about a sports organist hired to play inappropriate music at a funeral. He did have one recurring character (Leo Waxman, husband to Denny Dillon's Pinky Waxman on the recurring talk show sketch, "What's It All About?") and two celebrity impersonations: David Stockman and Roman Polanski.[14]

Gottfried in 1991

From 1983 to 1984, Gottfried was a regular performer on Alan Thicke's short-lived show Thicke of the Night. In April 1987, he headlined a half-hour comedy special that aired as part of the Cinemax Comedy Experiment series. It was followed by the sitcom pilot Norman's Corner, co-written by Larry David prior to creating Seinfeld, which saw Gottfried as the titular character.[15] Gottfried played accountant Sidney Bernstein in the 1987 film Beverly Hills Cop II, in which he reunited with friend and fellow SNL alumnus Eddie Murphy.[16] Also in 1987, Gottfried made his debut appearance on The Howard Stern Show. He went on to make over 100 appearances on the radio show over the next 25 years.[15]

Gottfried in 1999

Although not a regular, Gottfried appeared in The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys, as well as the voice of Jerry the Belly Button Elf in Ren and Stimpy. Three of his most prominent roles came in 1990, 1991, and 1992, when he was cast as the adoption agent Igor Peabody in Problem Child and Problem Child 2 and Iago in Aladdin. When asked how he prepared for the role of Iago, Gottfried joked, "I did the whole DeNiro thing. I moved to South America! I lived in the trees!" Gottfried reprised the role in The Return of Jafar, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, the television series and various related media, such as Kingdom Hearts and House of Mouse. However, the character was ultimately recast to Alan Tudyk for the 2019 remake. Gottfried also voiced Berkeley Beetle in the 1994 film Thumbelina. He was the host of the Saturday edition of USA Up All Night for its entire run from 1989 to 1998.[17][18]

He was a recurring guest star during the Tom Bergeron era of Hollywood Squares and became the center of attention in a bizarre episode that aired October 1, 1999. In this episode, the two contestants made nine consecutive incorrect guesses, six of which were to be game-deciding questions asked to Gottfried. As the only remaining square left, whoever captured him would have five squares and thus, win the game. Penn Jillette, who was a guest alongside Teller on the same episode, berated a contestant earlier for giving an incorrect guess by shouting, "You fool!". Gottfried himself began to use the phrase, with most of the other stars (including Bergeron himself) eventually joining in with every successive wrong guess, beginning with the second question he was asked. As a consequence, it took the episode's entire half hour to play only one game; however, he was eventually captured on the last possible question. Appropriately, the episode became known as the "You Fool!" episode.[19][20] Gottfried was temporarily fired from Hollywood Squares after this incident, returning about a month later.[9]

Gottfried provided the voice of the duck in the Aflac commercials, Digit in Cyberchase, Dr. Bender and his son Wendell in The Fairly OddParents, and Mister Mxyzptlk (pronounced "Mikz-yez-pit-lik") in Superman: The Animated Series. He reprised his role as Mister Mxyzptlk in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Justice League Action, and Lego DC Super-Villains. He also played a nasty wisecracking criminal genius named Nick Knack in two episodes of Superboy. He also co-wrote an issue of Superboy, which featured Nick Knack's origin. Gottfried made regular appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[21][22]

Gottfried at the Writers Guild of America East Solidarity Rally in November 2007

In 2004, Comedy Central featured Gottfried's stand-up material for Shorties Watchin' Shorties.[23] Gottfried was part of an online advertising campaign for Microsoft's Office XP software, showing (in a series of Flash-animated cartoons) that the Clippy office assistant would be removed. In 2006, Gottfried topped the Boston Phoenix's tongue-in-cheek list of the world's 100 Unsexiest Men. In April 2006, he performed with the University of Pennsylvania's Mask and Wig Club in their annual Intercollegiate Comedy Festival. Also in 2006, he made an appearance on the Let's Make a Deal portion of Gameshow Marathon (as a baby in a large high chair, he says "Hey Ricki, I think I need my diaper changed!"), and in the Dodge Viper in the big deal (where he tells the contestants "What were you thinking?!" because neither one picked it). He also guest-starred in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy as Santa Claus in the 1-hour Christmas special. He voiced Rick Platypus in an episode of My Gym Partner's a Monkey entitled "That Darn Platypus".[24][25]

He appeared as Peter's horse in an episode of Family Guy entitled "Boys Do Cry", in which Peter is enthused to learn that Gottfried is providing the voice of the horse. He also guest-starred in Hannah Montana as Barny Bittmen. In January 2009, Gottfried worked again with David Faustino for an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving.[26] In 2011, Gottfried appeared in the episode "Lost Traveller" on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Leo Gerber, a sarcastic computer professional working for the NYPD's Technical Assistance Response Unit, which producer Warren Leight said could become a recurring character.[27] Gottfried read a section from the hit book Fifty Shades of Grey in a June 2012 YouTube video, which was created with the aim of using his trademark voice to make fun of the book's graphic sexual content.[28]

In 2011, Gottfried published his only book Rubber Balls and Liquor.[15]

In 2013, he became a member of "Team Rachael" in the second season of Food Network's Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. In March that year, he appeared on ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap, in which he swapped wives with Alan Thicke.[29] He was also a commentator on truTV Presents: World's Dumbest....[30][31]

Gottfried in 2016

On May 28, 2014, Sideshow Network premiered Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast, an interview podcast where Gottfried and his co-host Frank Santopadre discussed classic films and talk to "Hollywood legends and behind-the-scenes talents" who shaped Gottfried's childhood and influenced his comedy.[32] His first guest was Dick Cavett.[33] His final guest was Brenda Vaccaro in a two part episode released on April 25 and May 2, 2022.[34] Gottfried would be hospitalized a few hours after the episode's recording.[35] Since Gottfried's death, the podcast continued by re-uploading older episodes in honor of his legacy.

Gottfried was the third contestant fired during the fourteenth season of the NBC reality show The Celebrity Apprentice. In 2016, he played the "Pig Man" in a comedy / fantasy film Abnormal Attraction.[36]

In 2017, he appeared as himself in Episodes, where a contestant on a fictional TV endurance game show is penalized with "48 hours of Gilbert Gottfried".[37]

On June 10, 2018, Gottfried appeared in a special segment of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver where, for UK viewers only, a segment about the UK's law restricting broadcast of debates from the Houses of Parliament was replaced by 5 minutes of him reading "3-star Yelp reviews" along with host John Oliver telling the audience "you brought this on yourself because of your stupid law." He returned on November 18, 2018, in the show's last episode of the year to read out extracts from the Brexit agreement, again for UK viewers only.[38] He had previously performed as "the real voice of Jared Kushner" in dubbed film clips on the show.[39][40]

On July 31, 2019, Gottfried appeared as a guest in episode 170 of the Angry Video Game Nerd.[41]

On January 10, 2022, he guest-starred as God in the penultimate episode of Smiling Friends[42] Season 1. On October 18, 2022, he appeared in the Somebody Feed Phil Season 6 episode "Croatia" in the "Joke for Max" segment on a video call with the show host Philip Rosenthal where he tells a few jokes in honour of Phil's late father Max. Released in the same month, The Paloni Show! Halloween Special includes a skit with Gottfried voicing an "apartment manager who doesn't want to deal with his tenants."[43][44][45]

In April 2023, he had a posthumous guest role on the second episode of Adult Swim's Royal Crackers as a "fixer" hired to dispose of a dead body. The episode ended with a dedicated message to Gottfried saying "Thank you, Gilbert" before the credits.

Style and legacy[edit]

Danny Gallagher of the Dallas Observer wrote that "Gottfried has one of the most original formulas in the history of comedy," adding, "You don't just laugh at the punchline when Gilbert Gottfried tells a joke. You laugh at the setup. You laugh at his comments about the joke. You even laugh at the segues between his jokes."[46] Eric Falwell wrote of his influence in The Atlantic: "Gottfried's work as a stand-up shaped many comics today, whether they would say as much or not. He was a figure who ... pushed stand-up to move beyond the realm of the merely observational and create space for the absurd."[47] In 2022, the Jewish Journal named him one of "The Top 10 Jewish Reality TV Stars of All Time."[48]

Gottfried was known for speaking in an exaggerated loud and grating voice, which was not his natural speaking voice.[49] Mark Binneli of Rolling Stone described Gottfried as a "squinting, squawking mass of contradictions", noting his status as "one of America's filthiest stand-ups" while simultaneously being "one of the most successful voice-over artists in children's entertainment".[50] He was also known for joking about recent tragedies, prompting fellow comedian Bill Maher to dub him the "King of Too Soon".[51] In a July 2012 op-ed for CNN, he wrote, "I have always felt comedy and tragedy are roommates. If you look up comedy and tragedy, you will find a very old picture of two masks. One mask is tragedy. It looks like it's crying. The other mask is comedy. It looks like it's laughing. Nowadays, we would say, 'How tasteless and insensitive. A comedy mask is laughing at a tragedy mask.'"[52]


1991 Emmy Awards performance[edit]

At the 43rd Primetime Emmy Awards, Gottfried told a series of masturbation jokes in reference to Paul Reubens' arrest for masturbating in an adult theater.[53] Viewers in the Eastern time zone saw the entire set live, but Fox censored the broadcast for the West Coast delay.[54] Fox issued an apology, calling the jokes "irresponsible and insulting".[53] Gottfried said that producers stated he would not be invited back,[55] and Rolling Stone wrote that the monologue resulted in his blacklisting.[50]

9/11 joke and The Aristocrats[edit]

During his monologue at a Friars Club roast of Hugh Hefner three weeks after the September 11 attacks, Gottfried joked that he had intended to catch a plane but could not get a direct flight because "they said they have to stop at the Empire State Building first". This was one of the first public examples of 9/11 humor. Audience members responded with hisses and a cry of "too soon!". Realizing he had lost the audience "bigger than anybody has ever lost an audience",[56] Gottfried abandoned his prepared remarks and launched into the famous Aristocrats joke, which won back the audience.[57] Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza used Gottfried's monologue as a segment in their 2005 film The Aristocrats.[58]

Aflac firing[edit]

In March 2011, Gottfried tweeted 12 jokes about the earthquake disaster in Japan.[59] Aflac, which does 75% of its business in Japan, responded by dismissing Gottfried from voicing its mascot and announcing a casting call for his replacement, despite Gottfried later apologizing for his jokes.[60] He was replaced by Daniel McKeague (who did an impression of Gottfried) on April 26, 2011.[61]


Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast launched on June 1, 2014.[62] GGACP was a long-form interview podcast[63] and was hosted by not only Gottfried but his friend and professional comedy writer Frank Santopadre. Gottfried's wife Dara served as executive producer, and it was recorded weekly until his death in 2022, with re-uploads of older episodes continuing afterwards in honor of his legacy.[64]

Standard episodes ran about an hour in length and featured interviews with a variety of entertainers, writers, and directors, including Dick Cavett, Tippi Hedren, George Takei, Brenda Vaccaro (who ended up being his final guest), Bob Costas, Susie Essman, Dick Van Dyke, Alan Arkin, Phil Rosenthal, Lee Grant, and many more. Several guests made more than one appearance, but none more often than Mario Cantone. Cantone would annually help Gottfried and Santopadre celebrate the Christmas season with a mixture of songs, jokes, and cheer.

Its title, Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast, is a reference to the 1957 black-and-white science fiction film The Amazing Colossal Man, directed by Bert I. Gordon.[65] Gottfried's chaotic comedic riffing and Santopadre's earnest interviewing offered the show a style all its own.[64]

Starting in 2015, the podcast featured shorter mini-episodes around half an hour in length on more specific topics like particular character actors, films, or songs.[64][66] The mini-episodes were later rebranded as Amazing Colossal Obsessions.

Personal life[edit]

In 1992, Gottfried suffered from appendicitis and was rushed to a hospital for emergency surgery; the treatment was successful.[8]

In late 1997, he met Dara Kravitz at a Grammy Awards party. On September 3, 2007, they were married and had a daughter, born June 12, 2007, and a son, born May 18, 2009, named after Gottfried's parents.[67] He was a longtime resident of the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.[68]

Gottfried was known for his frugality; he often walked instead of using public transportation because he did not want to pay the fares. In another incident, illustrator Drew Friedman recalled that Gottfried would visit his apartment unannounced in the late 1980s to watch films on his VCR because he did not want to buy one of his own.[15]


On April 12, 2022, at 2:35 p.m. ET, Gottfried died at a Manhattan hospital of recurrent ventricular tachycardia, complicated by type II myotonic dystrophy, which he had privately suffered with for many years.[69][70][71]

A funeral was held for Gottfried on April 14 in Westchester County, New York. Celebrities who attended the funeral were Jeff Ross (who gave Gottfried's eulogy), Colin Quinn, Susie Essman, Mario Cantone, Dave Attell, and Paul Shaffer, as well as Bob Saget's wife Kelly Rizzo and their three daughters. Notably absent was Whoopi Goldberg, who sent a gift in honor of Gottfried. Sarah Silverman had planned on sitting shiva with a slew of Gottfried's friends and family. Ross stated, "The shiva tonight will be a star-studded event and the funeral was just absolutely perfect. Gilbert would have loved it. I saw so many great comics there paying their respects." He added, "It was cathartic, but there was also a sense of relief. As I said at the funeral, Gilbert had been sick, he was tired, and he had perfect timing. He knew it was his time to get off the stage." Ross continued, "50 years in show business, 50 years! He went on stage as a teenager and he never stopped. He was supposed to do a show last week. This man has been making people laugh for half a century. What a mitzvah. What a mission in life. What a purpose to have in this world. Think about how many laughs he must have gotten from every person at every show, live and on TV and in the movies. How many laughs is that? A million? A billion?". He also stated it was very heartwarming to see Saget's daughters at the service and that Aaron Lee and Jordan Rubin (who had helped Gottfried write the Comedy Central roasts) wanted to pay their respects.[72]

He was buried in the Sharon Gardens section of Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York, with the epitaph on his gravestone reading, "Too Soon". This is a reference to his style of telling jokes, as well as his death.[73]

Posthumous honors[edit]

Gottfried was scheduled to appear as a special guest at the Ebertfest film festival to discuss the documentary film about him entitled Gilbert.[74][75] Ebertfest announced it would dedicate its 2022 event to the memories of Gottfried and Sidney Poitier.[76] Gottfried was also posthumously inducted into the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards' Monster Kid Hall of Fame.[77]

Justice League: Cosmic Chaos is dedicated to Gottfried's memory as he was to reprise his role as Mister Mxyzptlk; Dana Snyder recorded the part in his place.[78]

Also in the same year, Ron Pardo took over Gottfried's voice role as Digit in Cyberchase; the role of Iago was voiced by Barrett Leddy in Lego Disney Princess: The Castle Quest and by Piotr Michael in Once Upon a Studio. Fans have since petitioned to have Gottfried remain in both roles through archive recordings. Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match is dedicated to Gottfried, where he voiced David Doubdly in a posthumous credit.


Year Artist Title Role Label Formats
1986 Zee Make My Day (With Your Love Tonight) "tough guy vocals" Warlock Records 12" single
1992 Bob & Tom We Three Kings featured on "Censored" Big Mouth Creative Services CD, cassette
1995 various Magical Selections from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Disney's Aladdin performer on "I'm Looking Out for Me" & "Forget About Love" (duet with Liz Callaway) Walt Disney Records CD, cassette
2005 Gilbert Gottfried Dirty Jokes n/a Image Entertainment[79] CD/DVD
2021 The Balls Project A Momentary Lapse of Balls guest vocals on "Learning to Shit" n/a digital

Featured recordings[edit]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 The House of God Paramedic
1985 Bad Medicine Tony Sandoval
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II[80] Sidney Bernstein
1988 Hot to Trot Dentist
1989 Never on Tuesday Lucky Larry Lupin
1990 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Johnny Crunch Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
Seriously...Phil Collins Roger
Problem Child Mr. Peabody Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
Look Who's Talking Too Joey, The Baby Gym Instructor
1991 Problem Child 2 Mr. Peabody
Horror Hall of Fame 2 Boris
Highway to Hell Hitler
1992 Aladdin Iago Voice[81]
1994 House Party 3 Luggage Clerk
Thumbelina Berkeley Beetle Voice[81]
The Return of Jafar Iago Voice, direct-to-video
Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas Burt Banner
Double Dragon Walter
1995 Problem Child 3: Junior in Love Dr. Peabody
1996 Aladdin and the King of Thieves Iago Voice, direct-to-video
Be Cool about Fire Safety! Seemore Smoke Voice[81]
Escape from It's a Wonderful Life Angry man on porch
1997 Meet Wally Sparks Mr. Harry Karp
Def Jam's How to Be a Player Tony the Doorman
1998 Dr. Dolittle Compulsive Dog Voice[81]
1999 Goosed Alan Levy
2001 Longshot Mr. Chadwick
2002 Mickey's House of Villains Iago Voice, direct-to-video
2004 The Amazing Floydini Magic Store Owner
Back by Midnight Security Guard
Funky Monkey Dr. Spleen
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Duck Voice, uncredited
2005 The Aristocrats Himself
2006 Farce of the Penguins "I'm Freezing My Nuts Off" Penguin Voice
2007 Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams Iago Voice, direct-to-video[81]
2008 Gilbert Gottfried: Dirty Jokes Himself
2009 The Lindabury Story
Jack and the Beanstalk Grayson the Goose
2011 Miss December The Police Officer
2013 Beecher Baby Bouncer Himself Short
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Abraham Lincoln
2016 The Comedian's Guide to Survival Himself
Director's Cut Superintendent
Unbelievable!!!!! Major LeGrande Bushe
Gender Bender Dr. Montalto
Life, Animated Himself
The Comedian
Hospital Arrest Jerome Carter
2017 Gilbert Himself
80s Creature House Grim Reaper
Animal Crackers Mario Zucchini Voice
2018 Abnormal Attraction Pig Man[36]
Boy Band Mort Voice
The Last Sharknado: It's About Time Rand McDonald
2019 Super Gidget Infestor Voice, short
2020 A Wrestling Christmas Miracle Rice
The Truth About Santa Claus Dr. Leland
2023 Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match David Doubldy Voice; Direct-to-Video; posthumous release (final film role); dedicated in memory[82]
2024 Shrek 2 Retold Announcer Voice; posthumous release [83]


Year Title Role Notes
1980–1981 Saturday Night Live[80] Various characters Cast member; 12 episodes
1983–1984 Thicke of the Night
1987 The Cosby Show Mr. Babcock Episode: "Say Hello to a Good Buy"
1989–1998 USA Up All Night Saturday night host
1990 Superboy Nick Knack 2 episodes
1991 Night Court Oscar Brown
1993–1995 Bonkers Two-Bits Voice, 2 episodes
1993–1994 Bobby's World Karate Sensei, Mad Scientist
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Various skits
1993 Problem Child Mr. Peabody Voice
1994 Living Single Larry Friedlander
The Ren & Stimpy Show Jerry the Bellybutton Elf / Adonis Voice
1994–1995 Aladdin Iago Voice, main role, 83 episodes
Wings Lewis Guest role; 3 episodes
1994–1997 Duckman Art DeSalvo Voice, 4 episodes
1995 Married... with Children Himself Episode: "Ship Happens"
Adventures in Wonderland Mike McNasty Episode: "Pie Noon"
The Parent 'Hood Pizza Manager Episode: "Pizza Man"
Mad About You Spanky's Master Episode: "The Couple"
Bump in the Night Stink Bug Voice
Aladdin on Ice Iago Voice, television film
1996 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Roy Episode: "The Tale of Station 109.1"
In the House Mr. Comstock
Escape From It's a Wonderful Life Angry Man on Porch
1996–1997 Dexter's Laboratory Mr. Pickles Voice, 3 episodes
1997–1998 Superman: The Animated Series Mister Mxyzptlk Voice, 2 episodes[81]
1997 Muppets Tonight Himself episode 207
The Weird Al Show
1998 Cosby Cellmate Episode: "Fifteen Minutes of Fame"
Noddy Jack Frost Episode: "Jack Frost is Coming to Town"[84]
Big Bag Muchachos the Hamster In the Troubles the Cat segments
Saturday Night Live Napoleon Bonaparte Voice, episode: "Steve Buscemi/Third Eye Blind"
1998-1999 Hercules Minister Cleon Voice, episode: "Hercules and the Assassin"
1998–2004 Hollywood Squares Himself Regular
1999 Dilbert Accounting Troll Voice, episode: "Hunger"
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Himself 2 episodes[81]
Timon & Pumbaa The Woodpecker Voice, episode: "Mozam-Beaked"
2000 Clerks: The Animated Series Jerry Seinfeld, Patrick Swayze Voice, 2 episodes
2001–2002 The Fairly OddParents Dr. Bender, Wendell Voice, 3 episodes
2001–2003 House of Mouse Iago Voice, 7 episodes
2002–2022 Cyberchase Digit, Widget Voice, main role[81]

Daytime Emmy [Nominee]
Outstanding New Approaches – Daytime Children's
Daytime Emmy Awards 2007

2002 Bear in the Big Blue House Large Possum Voice, episode: "Welcome to Woodland Valley Part 2"
Son of the Beach Noccus Johnstein 2 episodes
Celebrity Deathmatch Himself Voice, episode: "Gottfried in the Arena"
2003 Becker Alan
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Comic Episode: "Last Laugh"
2004 Home Movies Tonto the Parrot Episode: "Honkey Magoo"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Various sketches 8 episodes
Celebrity Paranormal Project
I Love Toys
Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments Himself Part I: 100-81
2005 Billy and Mandy Save Christmas Santa Claus Voice, television film[81]
2007 The Emperor's New School Additional voices Episode: "Emperor's New Musical"
My Gym Partner's a Monkey Rick Platypus Voice, episode: "That Darn Platypus"
2007, 2018, 2023 Family Guy Gilbert Gottfried Horse, Dog Whistle, Himself Voice, 3 episodes
2008 Hannah Montana Barney Bitman Episode: "(We're So Sorry) Uncle Earl"
I Love the New Millennium 4 episodes
Comedy Central Roast: Bob Saget Himself
The Replacements Voice, episode: "A Buzzwork Orange"
Back at the Barnyard Barn Buddy Voice, episode: "Barn Buddy"[81]
Sesame Street Denny the Distractor Episode: "Hurry Up, You're Running Out of Time"
The View Horny the Dwarf Episode: "Joy's Month in ReView"
SeeMore's Playhouse Himself Episode: "Marching Orders"
Pyramid Celebrity Guest
2009 Star-ving "Gilbert's Kid"
Comedy Central Roast: Joan Rivers Himself
Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy
2010 'Til Death Tommy Guest starred
Robotomy Tickle Me Psycho Voice, episode: "The Playdate"
Comedy Central Roast: David Hasselhoff Himself
2011 Comedy Central Roast: Donald Trump
Roast of Facebook Twitter
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Leo Gerber 2 episodes
2012 Comedy Central Roast: Roseanne Barr Himself
The Burn with Jeff Ross
2013–2014 TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest...
2013 Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off
Celebrity Wife Swap Episode: "Gilbert Gottfried/Alan Thicke"
Mad Linkong, Father, Crash Voice
2014 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Ranginald Bagel Voice, episode: "Bring Me the Head of Ranginald Bagel"
The Celebrity Apprentice 7 Himself
Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas Mr. Greenway Voice, television film[81]
Last Comic Standing Himself
Big Brother 16 Otev Voice
Newbridge Tourism Board Presents:
We're Newbridge, We're Comin' To Get Ya!
Anger Management Dudley Guest starred
2014–2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kraang Subprime Voice, 6 episodes[81]
2016 Mighty Magiswords Prohyas' Stomach Voice, episode: "Gut Feelings"[81]
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Ron McDonald Television film
2017–2019 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Jared Kushner / Himself 4 episodes
2017 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Strip Club MC Episode: "Pilot"
Justice League Action Mister Mxyztplk Voice, 3 episodes[81]
Sharknado 5: Global Swarming Ron McDonald Television film
Episodes Himself Season 5, Episode 1
Cash Cab
The Untitled Action Bronson Show Season 1, Episode 7
2018 Crashing Episode: "The Atheist"
The Last Sharknado: It's About Time Rand McDonald Television film
The Tom and Jerry Show Genie Voice, episode: "Meanie Genie"[81]
Arrested Development ShoeDini Advertiser Voice, episode: "Sinking Feelings"
Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross & Dave Attell Himself
Jay Leno's Garage Episode: "In Harm's Way"
2019 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Himself/Redaction/Samantha/Lord Sexy 3 episodes
Critters: A New Binge Uncle 5 episodes
Historical Roasts Adolf Hitler Episode: "Anne Frank"
SpongeBob SquarePants Himself (cameo)
Episode: "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout"
Voice, Episode: "The Hankering"
Teen Titans Go! Coal Miner Voice, episode: "Christmas Crusaders"[81]
2020 Karate Tortoise Rat Bastard Episode: "Legend of the Shelled Vigilante"
2021 Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years Shecky Voice, episode: "Wise Kraken"
Pyramid Celebrity Guest
2022 Smiling Friends God Voice, episode: "Charlie Dies and Doesn't Come Back"
The Paloni Show! Halloween Special! Gott F. Reed Voice, posthumous release
Somebody Feed Phil Himself Episode: "Croatia", posthumous release
Paradise PD Voice, episode: "Diddy's Home", posthumous release
2023 Royal Crackers The Fixer Voice, episode: "Theo's Comeback Tour", posthumous release; dedicated in memory
The Patrick Star Show Shecky Voice, episode: "Get Off My Lawnie", posthumous release

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1999 Disney's Arcade Frenzy Iago
2001 Disney's Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge
2002 Kingdom Hearts
2006 Kingdom Hearts II
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (provides new dialogue in Re:Coded HD version only)
2014 Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Mister Mxyzptlk[81]
2018 Lego DC Super-Villains
2020 Angry Video Game Nerd 1 & 2 Deluxe Fred Fuchs
2024 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Wrath of the Mutant Kraang Sub-prime; posthumous release


Year Title Role Notes
2012 CollegeHumor Himself Episode: "Gilbert Gottfried Reads 50 Shades of Grey"[28]
2017 Hello From the Magic Tavern Cockroach Clown (voice) Episode: "Dark Lord's Birthday Party"[85]
2019 The Adventures of Nick Himself Episode: "Love Just Got Fried"
2019 Angry Video Game Nerd Fred Fuchs Episode: "Life of Black Tiger"
2020–2022 The Adventures of Autism Cat Hindaril Episodes: "I’VE GOT MY EYE ON YOU" and “MY HORSE HAS MALFUNCTIONED”
2021 SicCooper Himself Episode: "We Purchased Another Small Sega Master System Collection + More!"[86]
2023 Danny's House Episode: "Danny Brown Shocks Gilbert Gottfried With His Dreams", posthumous release



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