Thursday, February 28, 2008

Feb 28: "Aflac!"

On this day in 1955, stand-up comedian/actor Gilbert Gottfried was born in Brooklyn, New York. Known for his distinctive squeaky, grating voice he has played numerous roles in film & TV (and is currently the voice of the duck in the AFLAC commercials).
Gottfried is best known to Disney fans as the voice of Iago the parrot from the 1992 animated feature Aladdin. Iago is Jafar's sarcastic foul-mouthed parrot. Like many Disney characters, Iago has made recurring appearances on Disney's House of Mouse and in the Kingdom Hearts series. Gottfried also supplies the voice of Iago for Walt Disney World's The Enchanted Tiki Room and Mickey's PhilharMagic.
His Disney voice credits also include an episode each of The Emperor's New School and Hercules. Gottfried has even shot an episode of Disney Channel's Hanna Montana in which he plays a harsh music critic (scheduled to debut March 21, 2008).

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