Gilbert Gottfried

Gottfried in 2008, Joe Seer /

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 stand-up 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 –


Curious about ethnicity

16 Responses

  1. neiltennant says:

    as a child i loved this guy

    especially in PROBLEM CHILD

  2. neiltennant says:

    he looks like an Arab

  3. andrew says:

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

  4. blackfricand me says:

    Jewish is a religion not a race

    • anonymous says:

      ummm it’s actually both…lol.

      • iz says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

          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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