Gilbert Godfrey, The comedian, star of “Aladdin” and owner of one of Hollywood’s greatest voices, has died after a long illness, his family announced on Tuesday. He is 67 years old.
“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Godfrey after a long illness. Not only is Gilbert a great voice in comedy, but he is also a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children. Today is a sad day for all of us, but laugh as loud as you can for Gilbert’s honor, ”his family wrote on Twitter.
Many in Hollywood, including comedians Jason Alexander, Dan Cook and others Gottfried paid tribute to him after the shocking news of his death. “Gilbert Godfrey was never funny,” Cook wrote. “He’s a handsome guy, always friendly and pleasing to many.”
– Gilbert Gottfried (eRealGilbert) April 12, 2022
Godfrey is best known for his comedic and sharp voice, bringing to life many animated characters such as Iago Parrot in Disney’s “Aladdin”, robotic bird Digit in PBS Kids’ “Cyberchase” and Aflock Duck in commercials. To the insurance company.
He was born in Brooklyn, NY, February 28, 1955, and began doing stand-up comedy at the age of 15. In Season 6 of 1980, Godfrey did a short, 12-episode stint on “Saturday Night Live,” and he reunited. With his “SNL” colleague Eddie Murphy in one of his first major film roles in “Beverly Hills Cop II”. Howard Stern often invited Godfrey on his radio show in the 80’s, where he impersonated Andrew “Dice” Clay, Crusoe Marks and Bela Lucosi as Dracula.
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