Very few stand-up comedians came close to Gilbert Gottfried's rapid-fire deliveries that held audiences in a vice-like grip of equal parts laughter and horror. The squinty-eyed, raspy-voiced performer first gained attention on the New York comedy scene before making the leap into television and film. Starting with his improvised scene as a kooky accountant in the smash comedy "Beverly Hills Cop II" (1987), Gottfried became a favorite to play annoying, wisecracking characters on television shows and in feature films like "Problem Child" (1990) or the animated classic, Disney's "Aladdin" (1992), in which he stole scenes left and right as an obnoxious parrot. While some viewers remembered him for his family-friendly projects, Gottfried never abandoned the risqué, over-the-top stand-up comedy that made him a star, especially when he assailed celebrities during infamous New York Friar's Club roasts. It was the same unflinchingly funny, uncensored jokes that often landed Gottfried in hot water and cost him lucrative endorsement deals, yet served as a reminder of the unpredictability that can only emerge from truly original performers.