Comedians and other Hollywood talent are paying tribute on social media to Gilbert Gottfried. The comedian’s family announced April 12 that he had died at age 67 following a long illness. Gottfried was known for his iconic shrill voice and beloved for his crude comedic style. His most famous screen role was voicing the parrot Iago in Disney’s “Aladdin.”
“Seinfeld” actor Jason Alexander wrote on Twitter, “Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at times when laughter did not come easily. What a gift. I did not know him well but I loved what he shared with me. My best wishes and sympathy to his family.”
Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at times when laughter did not come easily. What a gift. I did not know him well but I loved what he shared with me. My best wishes and sympathy to his family. #ripGilbertGottfried
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) April 12, 2022
“Gilbert Gottfried was never not funny,” added comedian Dane Cook. “He was a lovely guy, always friendly & made many people happy.”
Sending love to @RealGilbert’s wife Dara, his family & fans. Gilbert Gottfried was never not funny. He was a lovely guy, always friendly & made many people happy.
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) April 12, 2022
Gottfried’s family wrote in a statement, “We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness. In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children. Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert’s honor.”
Oscar winner Marlee Matlin wrote, “I am so sad to read about the passing of Gilbert Gottfried. Funny, politically incorrect but a softie on the inside.”
I am so sad to read about the passing of Gilbert Gottfried. Funny, politically incorrect but a softie on the inside. We met many times; he even pranked me on a plane, replacing my intepreter @655jack (they're like twins). Sending love to Dana & his children. RIP #gilbertgottfried pic.twitter.com/RcVbswcPBi
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) April 12, 2022
“Billions” co-creator and showrunner Brian Koppelman posted his own tribute, writing, “Gilbert Gottfried meant more to me than you probably know. I have talked about this on my podcast and on his, but when I was 14 I got to see him do stand up, and it changed me. His subversiveness and bravery were unparalleled. And he made you fall down laughing. This sucks.”
Gilbert Gottfried meant more to me than you probably know. I have talked about this on my podcast and on his, but when I was 14 I got to see him do stand up, and it changed me. His subversiveness and bravery were unparalleled. And he made you fall down laughing. This sucks.
— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) April 12, 2022
“Gilbert Gottfried was brilliantly talented, absolutely fearless and beloved by the comedy community and his loyal fans. There was no line he wouldn’t cross – as long as it was funny. From stand-up to television and film, from animated characters to podcast host, Gilbert put an indelible stamp on everything he did. We were thrilled to tour him through the National Comedy Center a few years ago and honored to preserve much of his work here in our museum,” wrote Journey Gunderson, executive director of the National Comedy Center.
Read more tributes to the late Gilbert Gottfried in the posts below.
He was a unique voice in comedy on so many levels. Unpredictable, one-of-a-kind, hilarious & irreplaceable! Thank you for the lifetime of laughs, sir.#RIP_GilbertGottfried 💔 https://t.co/5tUbQBdnn6
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) April 12, 2022
RIP Gilbert. Opening for Gilbert Gottfried at Carolines and Princeton Catch was one of the great thrills of my early stand up life. He could leave you gasping for breath…just indescribably unusually hilarious…Damn.
— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) April 12, 2022
Nobody was funnier than @RealGilbert on a roll. He could put you into convulsive hysterics. He was also the sweetest man. His podcast is a comedy treasure. What a terrible loss. Sending my condolences and love to Dara and his family. https://t.co/qdZQV1A6sC
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) April 12, 2022
This is a sad day. https://t.co/Ed7VbNPOTX
— Tiffany Haddish (@TiffanyHaddish) April 12, 2022
I guess all the great comedians are dying because no one‘s allowed to make jokes about anything any more #RIP Gilbert
— Jackie Hoffman (@JackieHoffman16) April 12, 2022
I can't believe this. Gilbert Gottfried is gone. Rest in peace funny man. ❤️🙏❤️ This picture with Bob Saget and Louie Anderson was only taken 3 months ago. Now he is in the Great Comedy Club in the beyond with all his friends. 😥 https://t.co/ZVJGbCHMAW
— Lydia Cornell (@LydiaCornell) April 12, 2022
Heartbroken to read about the passing of Gilbert Gottfried
A legendary voice of my childhood
Thank you @RealGilbert ❤️
Ive watched Aladdin 1,000,000 times pic.twitter.com/WT5yHsswQh
— “All Ego” Ethan Page (@OfficialEGO) April 12, 2022
Thank you Gilbert Gottfried for when you helped us troll an entire legion of Slipknot fans. One of the greatest comics and most iconic voices of all time. RIP you beautiful savage
— Loudwire (@Loudwire) April 12, 2022
Rip Gilbert Gottfried, a brilliant comedian and just the sweetest guy. We worked together on “Goosed.” Everybody adored him. https://t.co/r37FeFjxjo
— Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) April 12, 2022
I really love Gilbert Gottfried's comedy and documentary on his life and – I really wish God would stop taking all the people who make us laugh and happy. Way too young, way too soon.
Love and light to his family and loved ones.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) April 12, 2022
#GilbertGottfried was fearlessly funny! An icon! And still young! 💔 pic.twitter.com/S5B3vuzJ75
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) April 12, 2022
the funniest person I've ever known. There will never be another like him. RIP Gilbert Gottfried pic.twitter.com/pEAL8QR5pH
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) April 12, 2022
I made Gilbert Gottfried laugh hard once. I've carried that around as a private badge of honor for years.
As a child of the 80s, he was always one of my late night heroes. No matter what thing he did, he was always also the Up All Night guy to me.
He will ABSOLUTELY be missed.
— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) April 12, 2022
RIP Gilbert Gottfried
I’m so sorry we did not have that last dinner
You were delightful
— Treat Williams (@Rtreatwilliams) April 12, 2022
This is perfect television. RIP, GG. https://t.co/Gi331n3iw0
— Thomas Schnauz (@TomSchnauz) April 12, 2022