Gilbert Gottfried

by ethnic on March 16, 2011

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 28, 1955

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Gilbert Gottfried is an American comedian and actor. His stand-up material often includes racial relations and religion.

Gilbert is the son of Lillian (Zimmerman) and Max Gottfried. His father was a Polish Jewish immigrant. His mother was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. His sister was New York Street photographer Arlene Gottfried.

Gilbert is married to Dara Kravitz, with whom he has two children. Dara is also Jewish.

Gilbert’s maternal grandparents were Charles Zimmerman and Minnie. Minnie was born in Odessa.

Sources: Interviews about Gilbert’s Jewish upbringing –

Information about Gilbert’s family history (mentioning Gilbert’s sister, Arlene) –

Genealogy of Gilbert Gottfried (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Gilbert’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Gilbert’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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neiltennant May 30, 2018 at 12:58 pm

as a child i loved this guy

especially in PROBLEM CHILD

neiltennant December 24, 2017 at 3:55 am

he looks like an Arab

andrew September 3, 2016 at 6:55 pm

He looks VERY North African. I’ve never seen an Ashkenazi with this look.

Hill May 28, 2017 at 5:51 pm

NORTH African? I’m guessing you’ve never seen one. They have much bigger noses. He looks mixed with black and European.

andrew May 29, 2017 at 6:21 am

Dear Hill, I use to see loads of North African people everyday, mostly Moroccans. I think Gottfried looks more Algerian/Tunisian, though. Does he look mixed with black and European to you? North Africans have some Sub-Sarahan African admixture after all.

follers May 29, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Why North African? People usually see him as part Asian, like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Roseanne, Danielle Harris, or Ezra Miller.

andrew May 30, 2017 at 5:27 am

part Asian…really??

neiltennant December 24, 2017 at 3:56 am

yes thats true he looks indeed very North African

blackfricand me March 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Jewish is a religion not a race

anonymous March 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

ummm it’s actually both…lol.

iz March 22, 2011 at 1:17 am

Yeah, actually it’s an ethnicity and a religion. It can’t be a race. White, black, and brown skinned people all comprise the Jewish ethnicity.

Robert March 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm

There are several subgroups of Jews with different culture and traditions:

Ashkenazic: Descendants of Jews from France, Germany and Eastern Europe

Sephardic: Descendants of Jews from Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Middle East

Mizrachi: Descendants of Jews from North Africa and the Middle East

Other subgroups are Yemenite, Ethiopian and Oriental

zuzanna March 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

damn….. I hate when somebody is writing something like you “EASTERN EUROPE” – this part of Europe isn’t the same so call these countries by name, ok?! Like Poland, Ukraine, Latvia and many many more…

inkognito March 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Then it don’t give races because people never look like the same! Not even if they’re from same “race”

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