Robert Saget

Bob Saget, from Philadelphia, was an American actor, stand-up comedian, and TV host best known for his role as the doting father Danny Tanner on the smash hit sitcom Full House.

Bob Saget at an event for How I Met Your Mother (2005)
Philadelphia-born actor, comedian, and TV host Bob Saget was a cultural icon in his native United States. His most famous role was as Danny Tanner, the family patriarch, on "Full House" (1987–1995). On the show's sequel, 2016-2020's "Fuller House," he reprised his role. From its inception in 1989 until it ended in 1997, Saget presided over the popular clip show America's Funniest Home Videos. In the popular sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (2005-2014), Saget lent his voice to the role of the narrator, an older version of the show's protagonist Ted Mosby. Saget was born into a Jewish family in Philadelphia in 1956. Rosalyn "Dolly" Saget, a hospital administrator, and Benjamin Saget, a supermarket executive, were his parents. A member of the Saget family relocating to Norfolk, VA. Bob was raised in the Conservative Jewish community of Norfolk, specifically at Temple Israel. Reportedly he was a troublemaker in school. Saget attended high school in Los Angeles for a while and there he met the legendary comedian Larry Fine (1902-1975). In his senior year, he enrolled at a high school in Philadelphia. Saget's English teacher Elaine Zimmerman helped steer him away from medicine and toward a career in filmmaking. Saget went to the "Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts" at Temple University in Philadelphia for his undergraduate degree. At the Student Academy Awards, one of his films was recognized for its excellence. In 1978, he received his Bachelor of Arts from college. Even while still in college, he was already making appearances at local comedy clubs. Saget planned to enroll in graduate school at USC in 1978. His health prevented him from continuing, and he dropped out. His self-esteem took a serious hit after he nearly died from a gangrenous appendix. Later, he made the decision to shed some pounds in the hopes of bettering his health by doing so. Saget spent the ensuing decade after college mostly performing as a comedian. In both movies and TV shows, he played supporting roles. Back in 1987, Saget was a part of the cast of the ill-fated documentary series The Morning Program, performing comedic skits. It was a variety show that featured "news, entertainment, and comedy," but it was canceled due to low ratings. The role of widowed dad Danny Tanner on the hit sitcom "Full House" (1987–1995) was Saget's big break in the industry. Danny's three young daughters were the focus of the show, which followed his and his friends' efforts to raise the girls. Despite low ratings in its debut season, the show was able to draw in families because of its honest depiction of parenting challenges. Among Nielsen's top 30 shows by its third season. For its eight seasons and 192 episodes, "The Bob Saget Show" made Saget a household name. The rising cost of making the show led to its cancellation. Even after the series finale, it maintained a high viewership. Saget became the host of "America's Funniest Home Videos" in 1989. The show aired viewer-submitted home movies that were meant to be funny, and they often focused on physical comedy, pranks, or the peculiar antics of kids and animals. Though the show was well-received by its audience, Saget grew increasingly bored with its formula. After his original show contract expired in 1997, Saget had no intention of renewing it. Saget helmed the dramatic 1996 TV movie For Hope. Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease with no known cure, and the film depicted the struggles of a woman who is dying from the disease. According to biographers, Saget was motivated by the story of his sister Gay Saget, who died of scleroderma. The film's opening weekend performance was very successful. Saget helmed the comedy "Dirty Work" in 1998. In it, two brothers offer their services as professional assassins for a price, but they're harboring a personal grudge against a man who betrayed them in a business deal. The film's reputation as a "gag-fest" contributed to its poor performance at the box office, but its cult following persisted. Saget played the lead role of Matt Stewart on the sitcom "Raising Dad" for two seasons (2001 and 2002). The series followed the lives of the Stewart family as widower Matt raised his two daughters and began working as a history teacher at his eldest daughter's high school. The show's concept was very similar to that of "Full House," but it was still a flop with viewers. Only one season was broadcast. Starting in 2005, Saget played the role of narrator on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014). The series' premise was that a middle-aged Ted Mosby would tell his son and daughter the stories of his life and the lives of his closest friends. The show implied over and over that Ted was a dishonest narrator who changed or omitted details from his tales. There were a total of 208 episodes spread across 9 seasons of the show's popularity. 'Farce of the Penguins,' a comedy film directed by Saget and released in 2007, is a parody. A long-form spoof of the documentary March of the Penguins (2005), this film had its penguin protagonists talking about their romantic relationships. Numerous well-known actors at the time provided their voices for it, including several of Saget's former "Full House" castmates. The comedy series "Surviving Suburbia" starred Saget as Steve Patterson in 2009. The premise of the show was that a suburban family has trouble adjusting to their new surroundings, and that this extends to their relationships with each other and their neighbors. Due to poor ratings, the show was cancelled after only one season. With the release of "Dirty Daddy" in 2014, Saget shared his life story with the world. In 2016, a spin-off called "Fuller House" premiered as a continuation of the "Full House" franchise. A couple of Danny Tanner's daughters and some of Danny's grandchildren were featured. Saget appeared in 15 episodes as Danny, a recurring character. Five seasons of the sequel show aired. Saget's final starring role on a comedy series However, he kept hosting shows on TV on a regular basis.

Saget did a stand-up tour of Florida in January of 2022. Saget's body was found on January 9 at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, just south of Orlando, Florida. His age was given as 65. An accidental blow to the back of his head, most likely from a fall, was determined by the autopsy to be the cause of death. His death had occurred peacefully during his nap. Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery is where he was laid to rest, close to the plots of his parents and sister. To recognize Saget's long service on the board of the nonprofit organization Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF), mourners have been donating in his name. Saget may be gone, but the legacy he left behind as an actor and director in a number of blockbuster films and TV series will ensure that he is never forgotten.

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