What was Gilbert Gottfried’s Net Worth?
Gilbert Gottfried was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and voice artist who died with an estimated net worth of $8 million. He was best known for his roles in the Disney animated films “Aladdin,” the PBS Kids Go! Show “Cyber chase,” “Problem Child,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” among others. For decades, he was a popular stand-up comedian who also lent his famously shrill voice to a number of video games and commercials. Gilbert was one of Cameo’s most popular and highest-paid celebrities in recent years.
Gilbert On February 28, 1955, Jeremy Gottfried was born in Brooklyn, New York. His mother, Lillian (née Zimmerman), was a stay-at-home mom, and his father, Max Gottfried, co-owned a hardware store with his father. Actually, the family lived above the hardware store. Gottfried began performing amateur stand-up comedy around New York City when he was 15 years old.
He was noticed by producers of “Saturday Night Live” in 1980, when the show was undergoing changes with new staff and new comedians, after doing comedy around New York City for a while and establishing a reputation for himself as “the comedian’s comedian.”
He was cast as a member of Season 6’s cast. However, he received very little airtime and rarely appeared in sketches during his 12 episodes on the show. On the talk show sketch “What’s It All About?” he played the character Leo Waxman, and he impersonated David A. Stockman and the controversial director Roman Polanski.
Unfortunately for Gottfried, his single season on “Saturday Night Live” was a huge flop. His appearances were few and far between, and he and the show parted ways at the end of the year. Soon after leaving “Saturday Night Live,” Gottfried landed a big break when the newly launched MTV network hired him to do a series of improvised promos.
The short spots were a huge hit for the fledgling network and helped get Gottfried on the network’s young audience’s radar. His next big break came from Bill Cosby, who saw the MTV commercials and asked Gottfried to audition for a role on his NBC sitcom, “The Cosby Show.” Gottfried appeared on the hit show several times over the next few years. Furthermore, Gottfried, who had made screeching and squinting his trademark by this point, appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman,” “Hollywood Squares,” “The Howard Stern Show,” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on a regular basis. He also hosted his own late-night movie show, “USA Up All Night,” for several years.
Several times during his career, the sometimes-obnoxious Gottfried drew criticism, such as when he made less-than-humanitarian jokes about the 9/11 attacks on New York City and the Japanese earthquake disaster.
Gilbert was one of the most popular and highest paid celebrities on Cameo. Gilbert made several million dollars a year by personalizing thousands of Cameos. Brian Baumgartner was the only celebrity who appeared to be more popular and earn more money (Kevin from “The Office”). Gilbert recorded over 12,000 messages for fans during his time on Cameo.
Gottfried met Dara Kravitz at a Grammy Awards party in the late 1990s. They married in 2007 and have two children: Lily, a daughter, and Max, a son. The family lived in Manhattan, in the Chelsea neighborhood.
Kravitz married Gottfried in 2007. According to The New York Times, they first met at a Grammy Awards party at Tavern on the Green. Kravitz says Gottfried “picked it up and put it on his plate” after he dropped food on the table.
“I looked at him and wondered, ‘Who is this guy?'” Kravitz elaborated. “He appeared depressed, lonely, and infantile,” I thought. For a long time, the couple kept their relationship a secret because neither of them revealed much personal information about themselves to the public.
Gilbert died on April 12, 2022, at the age of 67.
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