Bob Saget, comedian who played Danny Tanner in “Full House”, dies at 65

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Bob Saget, the comedian and stand-up actor known as Danny Tanner on “Full House” and host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos”, was found dead in Florida on Sunday. He was 65 years old.

His death was confirmed by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, which said Mr. Saget was found unconscious in a hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, in Grande Lakes. The cause of death was not known, but the sheriff’s office said there was no sign of foul play or drug use.

Mr. Saget, who was on tour, performed at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Saturday night in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Southeast of Jacksonville.

In one tweet early Sunday, Mr. Saget thanked the “grateful audience”.

“I didn’t know I did a 2 hour set tonight,” he said. “I’m addicted to this again. “

On “Full House”, Mr. Saget played a widowed father who shared his house with his three daughters, his brother-in-law and his best friend. The show, which aired from 1987 to 1995, propelled Mr. Saget and his co-stars, including John Stamos, Lori Loughlin and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, into the realm of household names.

Robert Lane Saget was born on May 17, 1956 in Philadelphia. He graduated from Temple University in 1978 before making his way into comedy clubs. Contrary to his impeccable image on “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” Mr. Saget reveled in the scorching, swear-laden stand-up routines.

At Temple he studied cinema, and the year of his graduation he received a student Academy Award for the documentary merit of his film “Through Adam’s Eyes”, on one of his nephews who had undergone reconstructive facial surgery.

But even then he was already pursuing comedy. He said The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2016 that at 17, he won a local radio competition by singing a song about bondage, and that while he spent most of his time shooting movies in Temple, he would also go to the campus of the ‘University of Pennsylvania to improvise.

After graduating, Mr. Saget moved to Los Angeles and quickly established himself as a constant presence at the Comedy Store. “I lived in this room for seven years,” he told comedian Marc Maron’s show. Podcast in 2010.

“I made jokes and a few stories, but most of them were just plain stupid, silly,” he recalls. He said he was drawn to jokes with foul language and anatomy because he was not supposed to speak that way in his youth. “I stayed like a kid who just talked about nonsense,” he said.

He added, unmoved and perhaps sincere, “I don’t curse for the sake of swearing – it’s the truth.”

After a brief stint on a CBS show, “The Morning Program”, Mr. Saget appeared in a 1987 Richard Pryor film, “Critical Condition”. He was then offered the role of “Full House”. He then joked with Mr. Maron, “My joke is, ‘Ask me for my favorite episode. “”

“What is your favorite episode? Mr. Maron played the game.

“The last one,” said M. Saget. Almost immediately, he added, “I’m the luckiest guy.”

Mr. Saget became the first host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” in 1989, and although most of his comments matched the character he played in “Full House” – funny voices and puns that make moan – his biting mind has sometimes slipped. in.

In a statement Sunday evening, the Saget family declared themselves “devastated” to confirm his death.

“He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughs,” the family said.

Survivors include his wife, Kelly Rizzo, and three daughters from a previous marriage, Aubrey Saget, Lara Melanie Saget and Jennifer Belle Saget.

In a tweet posted on Sunday night, Mr Stamos, who played Jesse Katsopolis on “Full House”, said he was “broken” and “gutted”.

“I am in complete and utter shock,” he said. “I’ll never have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby.

After the end of “Full House”, Mr. Saget directed a TV movie, “For hope”, Which fictionalized the story of how his sister, Gay, fell ill and died of systemic sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that can lead to hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues. (He later became a board member from the Scleroderma Research Foundation.)

He also directed a comedy starring Norm Macdonald and Artie Lange, “Dirty Work,” which was widely criticized when it was released in 1998.

Returning to the comedy circuit and making fun of his healthy televised alter ego, Mr. Saget has developed a cult following as a comedian capable of unleashing torrents of scatological material. In 2010, he hosted a documentary series, “Strange Days With Bob Saget”, in which he spent time with professional wrestlers, bikers, Bigfoot hunters and others.

On “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in 2017, Mr. Saget recalled how Don Rickles, a longtime friend of his and Mr. Stamos, describe the act of M. Saget. “He comes out like a Jewish Clark Kent,” Mr. Saget said, recalling Mr. Rickles. He then demonstrated how his friend allegedly broke into a song about a dog and a monkey, repeatedly using a verb that was censored on network television.

But Mr. Saget never completely gave up on his father-in-law character: he voiced the narrator of “How I Met Your Mother,” an older, wiser version of the series’ protagonist, Ted Mosby.

“My first thought was, why can’t he do it? Or how many cigarettes and alcohol must you have to look like me? »Mr. Saget said Larry King in 2014, referring to Josh Radnor, the actor who played Ted. But, he added, “I did it immediately because I read it. It was a love letter; it was a relationship show.

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