Who is Gabriel Iglesias?

Gabriel Iglesias is a  famous comedian who goes by the stage nickname Fluffy. His favorite standup special is I’m Not Fat… I’m Fluffy and Hot & Fluffy. His latest standup comedy special, The Comedy Event, is said to be revealed this year.

Gabriel is of Mexican heritage and has a very diverse audience. He often jokes about race relations and avoids any edgy humor. In addition, he was also in Modern Family, Magic Mike, Key & Peele, Narcos, etc.

Gabriel Iglesias is also in The Fluffy Movie, in which he talks about his vast weight, his diabetic problems, and mental health. In addition, Gabriel was a guest in designer Tan France’s show “Dressing Funny.”

Gabriel Iglesias
Gabriel Iglesias Biography

He has appeared in many films and TV shows. For instance, he was on shows like All That, Family Guy, Narcos, Modern Family, The Masked Singer, etc.

Quick facts

Full nameGabriel Jesús Iglesias
NicknameFluffy
BirthdayJuly 15, 1976
Age 46 years old
Sun signCancer
Traits
Positive: Nurturing, committed, and protective

Negative: Complicated, secretive, and possessive
BirthplaceSan Diego, California, U.S.A.
Currently residingWhittier, California, U.S.A.
NationalityAmerican
EducationWoodrow Wilson High School
FatherJesús Iglesias
MotherEsther P. Mendez 
SiblingsEsther Iglesias (Sister)
The rest of the four siblings’ names are unknown.
Marital statusSingle
Awards
The key to El Paso City in Texas.
Beacon of H.O.P.E Award
Net worthUSD 40 million
Social mediaInstagram
Twitter
Facebook

Interesting facts of Gabriel Iglesias

  • A single mother raised Gabriel.
  • He loved performing in front of his class during his high school days.
  • In the early days of his career, he performed standup gigs for free.
  • He has Type II diabetes.
  • Gabriel says that he has a slow metabolism.
  • He lost over 100 pounds to reduce any health risks.
  • He credits his honesty as a significant part of his success.
  • Gabriel suffered from depression and alcoholism.
  • He is very fond of dogs.
  • He has his own Netflix show called Mr. Iglesias.
  • Gabriel has five older siblings.
  • Gabriel has worked as a voice actor for more than eighteen movies and TV series.
  • He had his food show called Break Even.
  • He has his collection of Volkswagen buses.
  • Gabriel received the key to El Paso city in 2012.
  • The name of Gabriel’s first Netflix special is  One Show Fits All.

Gabriel Iglesias early life and childhood

Gabriel Iglesias was born on July 15, 1976. Moreover, Gabriel was born in San Diego, California, U.S.

He is the youngest child of Jesús Iglesias and Esther P. Mendez. He has five older siblings. But after Gabriel’s birth, his father walked out of the family forever.

Gabriel Iglesias

His single mother then raised Gabriel. His heritage is Mexican. He grew up all over the places like Riverside, Baldwin Park, Corona, etc., before finally settling down in Long Beach, California.

Gabriel Iglesias relationships

Parents

Gabriel’s father is Jesús Iglesias and his mother is Esther P. Mendez. Gabriel’s father walked out from his family and never came back. Esther then raised her six children all on her own.

Gabriel Iglesias was very close to his mother. In addition, it was a massive loss for him when his mother died on May 1, 2012. She was seventy-seven years old. Her remains are in Los Angeles, California.

Siblings

Gabriel is the youngest of six children in the Iglesias family. However, the names of his five older siblings are not known. 

However, Gabriel once posted a picture of him with his sister, brother-in-law, and niece. He revealed that his sister’s name is Esther, just like his mom’s. The name of his brother-in-law is Gordy, and his niece is Andrea.

Gabriel Iglesias Girlfriend

Gabriel used to date Claudia Valdez. They dated from 2012 when they met on a movie set. The couple made their first public appearance as a couple in the ‘A Wish for Animal Benefit’ event.

Both of them even moved on to live together. Gabriel adopted Claudia’s son and lived like a family. Unfortunately, the couple got separated in July 2020. However, they did not state their reason.

As of now, Gabriel is single. Moreover, he has also never been married.

Gabriel Iglesias Children

Gabriel Iglesias doesn’t have any child of his own. However, he did adopt and took care of his ex-girlfriend’s son.

The son’s name is Frankie who was born in 1998. Unfortunately, there isn’t more information about him. But while his mother Claudia was dating the comedian, all three of them used to live together. The comedian has also shared few pictures of him and Frankie on his social media account.

Since Gabriel has such a good bond with Frankie, many people assumed Frankie to be his actual son. However, this isn’t true.

Frankie may not be Gabriel’s biological father, but Gabriel took care of him as his own. Even after Gabriel’s split with Claudia, Frankie and Gabriel remain still close.

His health issues

Because of his heavy weight, Gabriel had to through a lot. Moreover, he made a movie about this part of his life and explained it in The Fluffy Movie.

In the movie, Gabriel is the heaviest he had ever been. He weighed 445 pounds. He was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. Gabriel’s doctor gave him the sad news that Gabriel had only two years to live.

Gabriel Iglesias

Type II diabetes is a severe disease where a body has a high level of sugar. Unfortunately, this is a long-term disease. If not treated properly, the immune, nervous, and circulatory of the body would be completely weak. The treatment is, of course, insulin doses.

It came as a shock to him and made him reevaluate the way he had been living. As a result, according to Gabriel, he began to change his lifestyle and eating habit.

Gabriel says that he has a slow metabolism which results in the storing of fat in his body. He also decided to have bariatric surgery. But due to his tour, he missed his chance.

Alternatively, he had to weight lift, do some yoga, and have a balanced diet. It was tough for him. But fortunately enough, he was able to lose more than 100 pounds.

On the other hand, Gabriel began to suffer from depression as well as alcohol abuse. In addition, he revealed that he even faced burnout due to his tour schedule.

On July 15, 2021, Gabriel informed his fans that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. He said that he had had a body chill and body aches the symptoms. Gabriel has also lost his tasting and smelling sense.  

However, Gabriel is all set out to improve his health once more. He promised his fans to get the negative COVID-19 test results and return to touring. I hope he gets well soon.

Also, read about another famous standup comedian Loni Love’s career and lifestyle.

Gabriel Iglesias career

Before Gabriel became a comedian and earned his nickname Fluffy, he used to work at a cell company. Moreover, it was a good job. He used to work full time, and the pay was good as well.

But Gabriel wasn’t happy; it wasn’t what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. But, on the other hand, he was interested in Comdey. So he gave up his old job in 1997.

Gabriel went from restaurants to bars. He even performed for free. He only needed an audience to entertain. And his fans grew.

Since he had no source of income and he was performing for free, he had to sell his car. In addition, even his house got evicted in the end. But this didn’t stop Gabriel from achieving his dream.

Soon after, Gabriel got his break in 2000. He was cast in a Nickelodeon show called All That. The other actor who starred alongside him was Nick Cannon and Amanda Bynes.

In 2006, Gabriel Iglesias took part in a reality show called Last Comic Standing. He got to the top eight. Unfortunately, he smuggled a phone into the show, which wasn’t allowed. Unfortunately, Gabriel was later disqualified.

He began working as a Voice actor in 2007. First, he voiced a Mexican Family in the show The Family Guy, which is very impressive. He later went on to voice many characters of many animated movies. Some of the movies are Coco, The Book of Life, Ugly Dolls, Space Jam: A New Legacy, etc.

Gabriel also began to work as an actor. He appeared in many movies and TV series. He was in the Modern Family, Narcos, Magic Mike, Key & Peele, etc.

Gabriel has done many standups, and his works for I’m Not Fat… I’m Fluffy, and Hot & Fluffy was well received. His latest Netflix special called ‘The Comedy Event’ is said to be out soon.

Gabriel Iglesias Films:

YearMovie TitleRole
2002Entre vivos y plebeyosPiarta
2004Days of SantiagoCoquero
2012Magic MikeTobias
2013PlanesNed & Zed
2014The Book of LifePepe Rodríguez
2017Smurfs: The Lost VillageJokey Smurf
2018Show DogsSprinkles
2019UglyDollsBabo
2021Space Jam: A New LegacySpeedy Gonzales

His Television shows:

YearTV ShowsRole
2000All ThatHimself/ Various Characters
2002My Wife and KidsNabu
2006Last Comic StandingHimself
2007Family GuyMexican No. 5
2013Key & PeeleHimself
2017NarcosDominican Gangster
2018Modern FamilyJorge

Awards and nominations

In 2012, Gabriel Iglesias was nominated for ALMA Awards for his comedic act. The year 2012 had more surprises for Gabriel. He was awarded the key to El Paso city. Moreover, he also received the Beacon of H.O.P.E Award from an organization called Operation H.O.P.E.

Fluffy

Furthermore, Gabriel got nominated for Imagen Award in 2018 & 2021 for Best Actor. He earned this nomination due to his role in Mr. Iglesias.

Gabriel Iglesias Net worth

Gabriel is not only a comedian but also an actor. In addition, he has his TV show and food show. It certainly had earned him good money. Altogether, Gabriel is now worth USD 40 million in total. 

The comedian currently owns a house in Whittier, California. Gabriel had bought the house ages ago in 2006. As per the information, the house cost him about USD 1.6 million.

Gabriel has a warehouse where he collects his cars. He is obsessed with Volkswagen buses, and the whole collection is worth almost USD 3 million.

Gabriel Iglesias Social media

Gabriel Iglesias is very active on social media and uses it as a medium to connect to his fans. He has one million followers on Twitter. He is also entirely involved with his Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Gabriel Iglesias Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fluffyguy/

Gabriel Iglesias Twitter: https://twitter.com/fluffyguy/

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/GabrielIglesias/

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