Robert Lane Saget
May 17, 1956
|Died||January 9, 2022 (aged 65)|
Orange County, Florida, U.S.
|Resting place||Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Education||Temple University (BA)|
Robert Lane Saget (May 17, 1956 – January 9, 2022) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and television host. His acting roles included Danny Tanner on the ABC sitcom Full House (1987–1995) and its Netflix sequel Fuller House (2016–2020), and the voice of narrator Ted Mosby on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014). From 1989 to 1997, he was the original host of America's Funniest Home Videos.
Saget was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 17, 1956, to a Jewish family. His father, Benjamin (1917–2007), was a supermarket executive, and his mother, Rosalyn "Dolly" (1925–2014), was a hospital administrator. Early in his life, Saget's family moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where he briefly attended Lake Taylor High. Due to a lack of family in Virginia, Saget had his bar mitzvah in Philadelphia when he turned 13. Saget's family moved from Virginia to the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he met Larry Fine of The Three Stooges and heard various stories from Fine. The family would then move back to Philadelphia prior to his senior year with Saget graduating from Abington Senior High School. Saget originally intended to become a doctor, but his Honors English teacher, Elaine Zimmerman, saw his creative potential and urged him to seek a career in films.
Saget attended Temple University's film school, where he created Through Adam's Eyes, a black-and-white film about a boy who received reconstructive facial surgery, and was honored with an award of merit in the Student Academy Awards. While attending Temple, Saget made trips via train to The Improv and to Catch a Rising Star in New York City where he would play "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" while using a water bottle to make the guitar appear to weep. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1978. Saget intended to take graduate courses at the University of Southern California but quit after only a few days. Saget described himself at that time in an article by Glenn Esterly in the 1990 Saturday Evening Post: "I was a cocky, overweight twenty-two-year-old. Then I had a gangrenous appendix taken out, almost died, and I got over being cocky or overweight." Saget talked about his burst appendix on Anytime with Bob Kushell and said that it happened on the Fourth of July, at the UCLA Medical Center, and that they iced the area for seven hours before taking it out and finding that it had become gangrenous.
Following a short stint as a member of CBS' The Morning Program in early 1987, Saget was cast as Danny Tanner in Full House, which became a success with family viewers, and landed in the Nielsen ratings' Top 30 beginning with season three. In 1989, Saget began as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos, a role he held until 1997. During the early 1990s, Saget worked on both Full House and AFV simultaneously. In 2009, he returned to AFV for the 20th-anniversary one-hour special co-hosted with Tom Bergeron.
In 1998, he directed his first feature film, Dirty Work, starring Norm Macdonald and Artie Lange. Released one year after he left his long-running role as host of America's Funniest Home Videos, the film received broadly negative reviews from critics and earned low box office returns. However, it has since become a cult favorite, due partially to Artie Lange's later popularity on The Howard Stern Show where the film is sometimes mentioned, often in unflattering terms.
In 2001, Saget took on another widowed dad role, starring on Raising Dad on The WB. It co-starred Kat Dennings, Brie Larson, and Jerry Adler and lasted only one season, from October 5, 2001, to May 10, 2002.
His HBO comedy special, That Ain't Right, came out on DVD on August 28, 2007. It is dedicated to his father, Ben Saget, who died at age 89 on January 30, 2007, due to complications from congestive heart failure.
2005 also saw him be part of "Rollin' with Saget", a song by Jamie Kennedy and Stuart Stone, about a night out with him that shows off his raunchier behaviors. Saget even does vocals on the track. The video appeared on the MTV series Blowin' Up, and he would come to use it as a pseudo-theme song on his stand-up tours and website.
Saget appeared in the Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone for a limited four-month engagement. He played "Man in Chair" while Jonathan Crombie, who normally played the character on Broadway, was with the national tour of the musical. On January 4, 2008, Saget's caricature was unveiled at Sardi's Restaurant.
In April 2009, he debuted in a new sitcom along with his co-star Cynthia Stevenson on ABC called Surviving Suburbia. The series, which was originally slated to air on The CW, ended after one abbreviated season.
In 2014, his book Dirty Daddy was released, in which he writes about his career, comedy influences, and experiences with life and death. He embarked on a small tour in support of the book, including the Pemberton Music Festival, where he introduced Snoop Dogg prior to performing his own set. In the same year, he toured Australia for the first time, with a stand-up show called Bob Saget Live: The Dirty Daddy Tour. The show was performed in the major cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth.
In 2019, he was announced as host of ABC's Videos After Dark. Saget also hosted the game show Nashville Squares on CMT, and made his first of three appearances as a panelist on To Tell the Truth.
Saget was a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. His scleroderma efforts benefited such celebrities as Scary Movie star Regina Hall. In an interview with Ability Magazine, Saget discussed how his sister was diagnosed with scleroderma at 43 and died at 47. She had previously been misdiagnosed numerous times.
On January 9, 2022, Saget was staying at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, located south of Orlando, Florida, near Williamsburg. He was in the midst of a stand-up tour and had performed in Ponte Vedra Beach the previous evening. Saget was found unresponsive in his room by hotel staff at around 4 p.m. Eastern standard time (EST). He had missed his scheduled check-out time, and family members had grown concerned after being unable to contact him. Emergency responders pronounced him dead at the scene; he was 65. No cause of death was immediately announced, but foul play and drug use were ruled out by the sheriff and the medical examiner. News of Saget's death broke during a broadcast of America's Funniest Home Videos in the Eastern and Central Time Zones, and ABC interrupted the program to announce it.
Several of Saget's Full House costars released statements of tribute after his death. John Stamos said that he was "broken" and "gutted". Candace Cameron Bure called him "one of the best human beings". Dave Coulier said his heart is broken and referred to Saget as his "forever brother". Andrea Barber said, "he had the biggest heart of anyone in Hollywood". Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen released a joint statement saying "Bob was the most loving, compassionate and generous man", and said they were deeply saddened by his death. Jodie Sweetin said, "There aren't enough words to express what I'm feeling today. Nor are they big enough to capture even a slice of who he was." Lori Loughlin said, "Words cannot begin to express how devastated I am. Bob was more than my friend, he was my family. I will miss his kind heart and quick wit. Thank you for a lifetime of wonderful memories and laughter. I love you Bobby."
Saget has been honored with donations and offers to help the charity Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF) whose board of directors Saget served on since 2003. In a statement made by the foundation’s executive director on January 13, 2022, the foundation has received donations from more than 1,500 donors from all over the world, totaling over $90,000. Additionally, a donation of $1.5 million was awarded to the charity by one of its board members in the form of a grant, which will match every donation made in honor of Saget.
|1977||Through Adam's Eyes||Documentary short, writer/director|
Student Academy Award – Documentary Merit
|1979||Spaced Out||Wurlitzer||Uncredited voice role in US-version|
|1981||Full Moon High||Sportscaster|||
|1987||Critical Condition||Dr. Joffe|||
|1993||For Goodness Sake||Surgeon|||
|1997||Meet Wally Sparks||Reporter #4|||
|1998||Half Baked||Cocaine addict||Uncredited|
|2003||Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd||Walter Matthews|||
|2004||New York Minute||Himself||Cameo (no lines)|
|2005||Madagascar||Zoo Animal (voice)|||
|2007||Farce of the Penguins||Carl (voice)||Direct-to-video; also writer, director, and producer|
|2015||I Am Chris Farley||Himself||Documentary|
|2016||A Stand Up Guy||Mel|||
|2018||Benjamin||Ed||Also director and executive producer|
|TBA||Killing Daniel||Post-production; posthumous release|
|1981||Bosom Buddies||Bob the Comic||Episode: "The Show Must Go On"|
|1983||The Greatest American Hero||Rook||Episode: "Wizards and Warlocks"|
|1985||New Love, American Style||Various||4 episodes|
|1986||It's a Living||Dr. Bartlett||Episode: "The Doctor Danny Show"|
|1987–1995||Full House||Danny Tanner||192 episodes|
|1989–1997||America's Funniest Home Videos||Himself/Host||191 episodes, guest-hosted 2 episode in 2009 and in 2019; cameo in 2015|
|1989||The All-New Mickey Mouse Club||Danny Tanner||Episode: "Guest Day"|
|1992||Quantum Leap||Macklyn "Mack" MacKay||Episode: "Stand Up – April 30, 1959"|
|1992||To Grandmother's House We Go||Win-O-Lotto Lottery Host||Movie; uncredited|
|1994||Father and Scout||Spencer Paley||Movie; also executive producer|
|1995||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||Episode: "Bob Saget/TLC"|
|1996||For Hope||Movie; director and executive producer|
|2000||Becoming Dick||Bob||Movie (uncredited); also director|
|2000||The Norm Show||Mr. Atkitson||Episode: "Norm vs. Schoolin'"; also director|
|2001–2002||Raising Dad||Matt Stewart||22 episodes|
|2004||Joey||Himself||Episode: "Joey and the Road Trip"|
|2005||Listen Up||Mitch||Episode: "Coach Potato"|
|2005–2014||How I Met Your Mother||Ted Mosby (in 2030)||208 episodes; Voice-over narration|
|2006–2008||1 vs. 100||Himself/Host||Game show (28 episodes)|
|2006||Casper's Scare School||Dash (voice)||Movie; voice role|
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Glenn Cheales||Episode: "Choreographed"|
|2007||That Ain't Right||Himself||Special|
|2008||The Life & Times of Tim||Party Marty||Episode: "Mugger/Cin City"; voice role|
|2008||The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget||Himself||Special|
|2009||Surviving Suburbia||Steve Patterson||13 episodes|
|2010||Strange Days with Bob Saget||Himself/Host||6 episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: LA||Adam Brennan||Episode: "Van Nuys"|
|2011||Louie||Himself||Episode: "Oh Louie/Tickets"|
|2013||That's What I'm Talking About||Himself|
|2014||Super Fun Night||Mr. Porter Warner||Episode: "Cookie Prom"|
Episode: "The Sat Pack"
|2016||Robot Chicken||Mike O'Malley, Galactus, Cable Guy (voices)||Episode: "The Unnamed One"|
|2016–2020||Fuller House||Danny Tanner||Recurring role; 15 episodes|
|2017||Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special||Himself||Variety special|
|2017||Nightcap||Himself||Episode: "Bringing Up Baby"|
|2018||The Good Cop||Richie Knight||Episode: "Did the TV Star Do It?"|
|2018||Shameless||Father D'Amico||Episode: "Face It, You're Gorgeous"|
|2019||Videos After Dark||Himself/Host||2 episodes|
|2019||Historical Roasts||Abraham Lincoln||Episode: "Abraham Lincoln"|
|2019||Nashville Squares||Himself/Host||10 episodes|
|2019–2021||To Tell the Truth||Himself||3 episodes|
|2020||The Masked Singer||Squiggly Monster||Eliminated after second appearance|
|2021||Nickelodeon's Unfiltered||Himself||Episode: "Dreaming of an Awful Waffle!"|
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The Orange County Sheriff's Office tells us, 'We have no information on cause of death, and detectives have found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case.'
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