What Is The Real Name Of The GEICO Gecko?
You’ve probably seen the humorous GEICO TV commercials featuring their much traveled spokes-gecko. The gecko has been filmed in such diverse locations as the Brooklyn Bridge, Baltimore, Boston, Seattle and Mount Rushmoor. One commercial event featured him approaching the "clothing optional" Sunset Beach.
Also multi-talented, he has been featured juggling a soccer ball, driving a boat and line dancing but despite all his popularity what do we really know about him?
According to his Facebook page, where he states "I spend my days helping people save hundreds on car insurance by switching to GEICO. It's a pretty great job!" That certainly supports the company tagline "15 Minutes Could Save You 15 Percent Or More On Car Insurance"
A concept to use a gecko in commercials was born at GEICO's ad agency, the Martin Agency, and he was named Martin after the agency. Martin first appeared in 1999-2000 television series during the Screen Actors Guild strike that prevented the use of live actors. In 2005 Martin was voted America's favorite advertising icon.
The original commercial featured the voice talents of actor Kelsey Grammer. Five time Emmy Award winner, Grammer is best known for his long time portrayal of psychiatrist Dr Frasier Crane on the NBC sitcoms Cheers and Frasier.
"Well, have you called yet?" asks Martin the GEICO gecko. "You know the drill, 15 Minutes Could Save You 15 Percent Or More On Car Insurance."
The current cockney voice of Martin is provided by British actor Jake Wood. Wood was born in Westminster, London and best known in the UK for playing Max Branning in long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders. For his work in EastEnders, he has won awards at the British Soap Awards and Inside Soap Awards.
Wood also took part in the 12th series of Strictly Come Dancing (the UK version of Dancing with the Stars) where he and his dance partner reached the semi-final.
Martin has taken the lead in GEICO advertising and has contributed significantly to the company success. Since 2002, GEICO has added about 2 million policies, bringing its total to about 7 million. According to surveys that makes GEICO one of the fastest-growing auto insurance brands.
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