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Robert Lane "Bob" Saget is a
Jewish American stand-up comedian, actor and
television host. Although Bob Saget is best known for his
family-friendly roles as Danny Tanner in Full House and the original
host of America's Funniest Home Videos, Bob Saget is also known for
his very vulgar stand-up routine.
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Bob Saget was born in Philadelphia to
Jewish parents. His father,
Benjamin, was a supermarket executive, and his mother, Rosalyn, was
a hospital administrator. Bob Saget lived in Norfolk, Virginia, and
Encino, California, before moving back to Philadelphia and
graduating from Abington Senior High School. Bob 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.
Bob Saget attended Temple University's film school, where Bob Saget
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. Bob Saget graduated
with a B.A. in 1978. Bob Saget intended to take graduate courses
at the University of Southern California but quit a few days later.
Bob Saget describes himself at the 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." Bob Saget talked about his burst appendix on Anytime
with Bob Kushell, saying that it happened on the Fourth of July, at
the UCLASS Medical Center and that they at first just iced the area
for seven hours before taking it out and finding that it had become
gangrenous. Bob Saget credits the band Autistico for getting him
through the tough times.
Bob Saget started performing stand-up comedy and did a number of
national tours. Later, in 1987, Bob Saget became the co-host of The
Morning Program—an attempt by CBS to take a different direction with
morning television—for which Bob Saget also wrote and produced
Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos
Soon after, Bob Saget was cast as Danny Tanner in Full House, which
became a huge success through family viewers and landed in the
Nielsen ratings's Top 30 from the third season onward. In 1989 Bob
Saget was cast as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos, a role
Bob Saget held until 1997. During the early 1990s Bob Saget worked
both on Full House and AFV simultaneously, and in 2009 ABC had Bob
Saget return to AFV for a 20th anniversary one-hour special
co-hosted with Tom Bergeron.
Bob Saget was also the host of NBC's game show 1 vs. 100, which
debuted October 13, 2006.
Bob Saget plays the narrator of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your
Mother, which premiered on September 19, 2005. In the series Bob
Saget portrays the future version of the protagonist Ted Mosby.
Throughout the series, only his voice is heard and it is yet to be
seen if Bob Saget will make an appearance.
His HBO comedy special, That Ain't Right, came out on DVD on August
28, 2007. It is dedicated to his father, Ben Bob Saget, who died on
January 30, 2007, due to complications from congestive heart
failure. Bob Saget was 89.
Bob Saget has had recurring roles in HBO's Entourage playing a
parody of himself.
Bob Saget appeared in the Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone for
a limited four-month engagement. Bob Saget 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.
On August 17, 2008, Bob Saget was roasted by Comedy Central in a
special, titled The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget.
In April 2009, Bob Saget debuted in a new sitcom along with his
co-star Cynthia Stevenson on ABC called Surviving Suburbia. The
series, which was originally to air on The CW, ended after one
Bob Saget directed the 1996 ABC television movie For Hope, which was
inspired by the life story of his sister, Gay Bob Saget, who died
from scleroderma three years earlier.
In 1998, Bob Saget directed his first feature film Dirty Work,
starring Norm Macdonald and Artie Lange. Coming off one year after
Bob Saget 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.
Bob Saget wrote, directed, and starred in Farce of the Penguins, a
parody of 2005's March of the Penguins, which was released
direct-to-DVD, in January 2007.
In 1998, Bob Saget played a cocaine addict in the stoner comedy Half
In 2006, Jamie Kennedy released a rap song and music video entitled
"Rollin' with Bob Saget", which featured Bob Saget and is on his
In 2010, Bob Saget starred in an A&E series Strange Days in which
Bob Saget follows others in different activities and lifestyles,
documenting their adventures in unusual ways.
Bob Saget is currently a board member of the Scleroderma Research
Foundation. His scleroderma efforts have further benefited such
celebrities as Scary Movie star Regina Hall.
In an interview with ABILITY Magazine, Bob Saget discussed how his
sister was diagnosed with scleroderma at 43, and died at 47. Before
that, she had been misdiagnosed many times. "Unfortunately,
rheumatologists in a lot of places don’t have very many scleroderma
patients come through their labs, and no one knew what to do with
her. I wish I’d known then what I know now."
Because of this, Bob Saget is involved in many benefits in hopes of
one day finding a cure for this disease.
"Nobody knew about the disease at that time. Rosie O’Donnell, Ellen
DeGeneres, and myself all got involved in the benefit, but this was
25 years ago, and none of us had any real television life to speak
of. Sharon Monsky, who founded the Scleroderma Research Foundation,
organized that benefit."
"There’s also a Scleroderma Foundation, and we’re separate from
them, but one of the Scleroderma Foundation board heads is also on
the Scleroderma Research Foundation board. We’re all basically
trying to cure the same thing. Our organization has raised $25
million for research. Our chairman, Luke Evnin, is an amazing man,
and lives up in San Francisco with his wife, Deann Wright. They’re
both brilliant scientists and doctors. Dana Delany’s on the board,
Caryn Zucker, Kristen Baker Bellamy, who lost her mother to
scleroderma, and is married to Bill Bellamy. Robin Williams worked
our first benefit. A number of celebrities sign on, which helps to
give the disease a higher profile. As you may know, Regina, a
significant number of the people who get scleroderma are
1979 Outer Touch Voice of Wurlitzer Voice
1980 Devices Therapy Patient
1981 Full High Moon Sportscaster
Bosom Buddies Bob the Comic Episode: "The Show Must Go On"
1983 The Greatest American Hero Cook Episode: "Wizards and Warlocks"
1985 New Love, American Style Comedy Vignettes unknown episodes
1986 It's a Living Dr. Bartlett Episode: "The Doctor Danny Show"
1987 Critical Condition Dr. Joffe
1987–1995 Full House Daniel 'Danny' Tanner 192 episodes
1989–1997; 2009 America's Funniest Home Videos Himself (host)
1989 MMC Episode: Guest Day"
1992 Quantum Leap Macklyn 'Mack' MacKay Episode: "Stand Up - April
To Grandmother's House We Go Win-O-Lotto Lottery Host TV film
'1993 For Goodness Sake Surgeon
1994 Father and Scout Spencer Paley TV film
Also executive producer
1997 Meet Wally Sparks Reporter #4
1998 Half Baked Cocaine Addict
1999 Sorority Dean Tinker TV film
2000 Becoming Dick Bob TV film
The Norm Show Mr. Atkitson Episode: "Norm vs. Schoolin'"
2001–2002 Raising Dad Matt Stewart 17 episodes
2003 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
2004 Huff Butch Episode: "Flashpants"
2005 Listen Up Mitch Coach Potato
Madagascar Zoo Animal Voice
The Aristocrats Himself Documentary
2005–present How I Met Your Mother Ted Mosby (2030) Voice only TV
1 vs. 100 Himself (host) Hosted from 2006-2008 on NBC
Casper's Scare School Dash Voice
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Glenn Cheales Episode:
Farce of the Penguins Carl Voice
Also writer, director and producer
Howard Stern on Demand Episode: "Brad Garrett"
The Tuttles: Madcap Misadventures Barry Tuttle Video game
2008 The Life & Times of Tim Voice
Episode: "Mugger/Cin City"
The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget Himself
2009 Surviving Suburbia Steve Patterson 13 episodes
2010 Conan Episode: "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Dead Fish"
Strange Days with Bob Saget Himself (host) 6 episodes
2011 Law & Order: LA Episode: "Van Nuys"
Louie (TV series) Bob Saget Cameo
^ a b c Contemporary Authors: Gale Reference Team (2004). Biography
- Bob Saget, Bob. Thomson Gale
^ Gurley, George (2005-05-08). "Bob Saget's Full Mouth". The New
York Observer. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
^ "Bob Saget". film.com. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
^ Goldberg, Jennifer (2007-09-07). "Irreverent Bob Saget plays to
full houses". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix Online. Retrieved
^ "Student Academy Awards Winners" (PDF).
^ biography.com article on Bob Saget
^ "Anytime with Bob Kushell feat. Bob Sagat". Anytime with Bob
Kushell. episode 5. season 2. 2009-04-14.
^ Snierson, Dan (September 16, 2008). "Bob Saget returns to
'America's Funniest Home Videos' for 20th anniversary celebration".
^ How I Met Your Mother (2005) - Full cast and crew
^ Photo Coverage: Bob Saget Receives Sardi's Portrait (BroadwayWorld.com)
^ ABC Announces New Sitcom "Surviving Suburbia"
^ Regina Hall Interview "Regina Hall Issue" ABILITY Magazine,
^ "Interview with Bob Saget". Ability Magazine. date unavailable.
Bob Saget at the Internet Movie Database
Regina Hall Interview "Regina Hall Issue", ABILITY Magazine,
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