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Born in 1956 in Philadelphia, Bob Saget has worked as a sitcom star, a TV host, and a stand-up
comedian. Starting in 1987, after a short stint on The Morning Program, Saget played one of TV’s
nicest, albeit wimpiest, dads on the sitcom Full House. Saget took on another show in 1990, becoming
the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, and the two programs cemented Saget’s status as TV
Actor, comedian, writer, director, producer. Born on May 17, 1956, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In
his long career in the entertainment industry, Bob Saget has worked as a sitcom star, a television host,
and a stand-up comedian. His comic skills emerged at an early age, winning kisses from girls in
kindergarten for making them laugh. Around the age of 9, Saget started making movies with a Super 8
camera. Initially, Saget wanted to go into medicine. But his grades were lackluster and got even worse
when the family moved from Philadelphia to Encino, California, while he was a teenager. He returned
to Philadelphia for his senior year of high school. At Temple University, Saget pursued his love of film.
He made a short documentary, Through Adam’s Eyes, about a boy who undergoes surgery to correct
a genetic defect. Well received, the film earned Saget a Student Academy Award in 1978. After
graduating from Temple in 1978, Saget went to the prestigious film school at the University of
Southern California, but he did not last long. “I quit after a couple of days. I was a cocky, overweight
22 year-old. Then I had a gangrenous appendix taken out, almost died, and I got over being cocky or
overweight,” Saget told the Saturday Evening Post in 1990.
Staying in Los Angeles, Saget started channeling his natural comic talents into a stand-up routine. He
spent years on the comic club circuit, developing an act based on free association and his own unique
commentary. Along the way, Saget befriended fellow comedians Gary Shandling and Dave Coulier.
He was driven to succeed, once describing himself as a “triple-A personality.” Still Saget did manage
to have a personal life, marrying attorney Sherri Kramer in 1983. The couple had dated since high
school. While on the road, Saget met Brad Grey who became his manager. He eventually landed
some small roles in television and film, but his big break came as part of a news show. In 1987, Saget
was joined CBS’s The Morning Program to add some humor to the show, which was co-hosted by
Mariette Hartley and Rolland Smith. The gig proved to be short-lived. “The affiliates were upset—I was
considered too ‘hot’ for the morning, whatever that is,” Saget once said.
After six months, Saget was let go from The Morning Program. His next project would prove to be his
greatest success. As Danny Tanner, a widowed father of three on Full House, Saget played one of
television’s nicest, albeit wimpiest, dads. The premise of the show was that his brother-in-law Jesse
(John Stamos) and his friend Joey (Dave Coulier) move in with his family. His eldest daughter, D. J.,
was played by Candace Cameron. Jodie Sweetin played middle child Stephanie while the role of baby
Michele Tanner was shared by twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. While critics weren’t thrilled with
the show, audiences loved it. The series reached the top 20 soon after it premiered on ABC in the fall
of 1987. With cute kids and a lot of domestic humor, it was a natural fit for the network’s Friday night
line-up of family entertainment.
Not one to take the easy road, Saget took on another show in 1990, becoming the host of America’s
Funniest Home Videos. It was an early reality show of sorts, with viewers sending in their humorous
video clips to win a cash prize. As the host, Saget provided the transitions between the clips as well as
his own comical commentary. The show was an instant ratings hit, climbing to the top 10 in matter of
weeks after January 1990 debut. Saget continued this frenetic pace until Full House was cancelled in
1995. After Full House, he was anxious to prove that he was more to him than the G-rated TV dad had
portrayed for so long. Saget returned to stand up and his edgy, foul-mouthed material. Saget also took
on a project close to his heart, directing the 1996 television movie, For Hope, which starred Dana
Delany as a woman who suffers from scleroderma, an autoimmune disease. Saget’s own sister, Gay,
had died from the disease in 1994. On television, Saget remained the humorous, but mild manner host
of America’s Funniest Home Videos for two more years, signing off in 1997. Saget went through some more changes that year, separating from his wife Sherri after nearly fifteen years of marriage. The
couple had three daughters together. Despite his desire to break away from his sitcom past, Saget
took the leading role in Raising Dad in 2001. The short-lived comedy series featured Saget as the
widowed father of two teenage girls. This time around, however, he played Matt Stewart, a popular
English teacher—a hipper, funnier character than Danny Tanner. It received some lukewarm reviews
and was canceled after its first season. In 2005, movie goers got to see the raunchier side of Saget in
The Aristocrats, a documentary about a famous dirty joke. He also became the narrator for the sitcom
How I Met Your Mother that same year. Poking fun at him, Saget also made a hilarious guest
appearance on the HBO comedy series Entourage, portraying himself as a dope-smoking divorced
man with a fondness for prostitutes.
Saget then went on to write, produce, and provide some of the voices for the nature documentary
spoof Farce of the Penguins (2006). Other vocal contributors included Dane Cook, Dave Coulier,
Jason Alexander, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christina Applegate. Returning to television, Saget became
the host of the prime time game show, 1 vs 100. For the HBO cable network, Saget created his own
stand-up special Bob Saget: That Ain’t Right in 2007. Also around this time, he made his Broadway
debut in The Drowsy Chaperone. In 2009, Saget returned to television with the family sitcom Surviving
Suburbia. He played a husband and father of two on the series.
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