Gilbert Gottfried, Comedian & Voice Of Aladdin’s Iago, Dead At 67

Gilbert Gottfried, Comedian & Voice Of Aladdin's Iago, Dead At 67

Iconically voiced comedian Gilbert Godfried, known for voicing Iago in the Aladdin films, among countless other roles, passed away today at 67.

Beloved comedian Gilbert Gottfried died at the age of 67. Gottfried was renowned for his iconically shrill voice and reliance on crude humor, which he combined to great effect in his standup comedy act. The comedian is perhaps best known for playing the voice of Jafar’s parrot, Iago, in Disney’s 1992 animated hit, Aladdin. His voice was intrinsically tied to the role and cherished by audiences; he would go on to portray Iago in all subsequent sequels, the Aladdin TV series, Aladdin On Ice, and the first two Kingdom Hearts games. The 2019 live-action Aladdin remake was the first time Gottfried didn’t voice the character, which replaced him with Alan Tudyk.

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Gottfried lent his wonderfully brash vocal stylings to many animated projects over the years, including Robo-bird Digit LeBoid in PBS Kids’ Cyberchase and Kaang Subprime in Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Other projects include The Ren & Stimpy Show, The Fairly OddParents, Duckman, and many others. The comedian also lent his voice and appearance to several ad campaigns, such as a toaster for Pop-Tarts and Clippy for an Office XP commercial. He also played another iconic bird, voicing Alan the Duck in the Aflac commercials from 2000 to 2011. Gottfried’s body of work is at once extensive and recognizable.

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News of his passing was broken this afternoon, April 12, on the Gilbert Gottfried account by his family. His death is due to a long illness, unspecified at this time. In the new’s wake, an outpouring of tributes from fellow comedians, costars, and fans has followed. He’s survived by his wife, film producer Dara Kravitz, and their two children, Lily and Max. The touching statement from his family is below:

Gottfried was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 28, 1955. He lived with his family above a hardware store, which his father and grandfather owned and worked together. He began doing standup comedy at only 15-years old, becoming known around New York as “the comedian’s comedian.” Gottfried first broke into television with a twelve-episode stint as a cast member on Saturday Night Live in 1980. The ’80s and ’90s saw him working steadily on various projects and appearing with frequent impersonations of Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Groucho Marx on Howard Stern’s radio show.

One of his first major film roles saw him reteaming with former SNL colleague Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop II, playing the main villain’s neurotic accountant. This role inevitably led to his casting as adoption agent Igor Peabody in all three Problem Child movies. Eventually, Gottfried was added to the cast of Aladdin; the filmmakers loved him so much they reworked the originally British and more serious-minded bird to tailor to his voice and appearance. Gottfried also portrayed

A retrospective of Gottfried’s life and body of work was released in 2017 by documentarian Neil Berkeley, detailing many accounts of his influence on comedy and an accounting of his life. His many television appearances include the legal sitcom Night Court and The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World, as well as Living Single, Wings, Mad About You, and Married… with Children. But for particular generations, his fantastic work as Iago will forever cement Gottfried’s voice in their minds.

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Source: Gilbert Gottfried/Twitter

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