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Bob Saget
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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.[1]

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Early life

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.[2][3][4] 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.[1]

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.[5] 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."[6] 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.[7]

Career

Early career

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 content.[citation needed]
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.[8]

Continued career

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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] The series, which was originally to air on The CW, ended after one abbreviated season.

Directing career

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.[1]

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.

Other works

In 1998, Bob Saget played a cocaine addict in the stoner comedy Half Baked.

In 2006, Jamie Kennedy released a rap song and music video entitled "Rollin' with Bob Saget", which featured Bob Saget and is on his website.

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.

Charity work

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.[12]

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 African-American." [13]

Television and filmography

1979 Outer Touch Voice of Wurlitzer Voice
Also writer
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 30, 1959"
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
Also director
The Norm Show Mr. Atkitson Episode: "Norm vs. Schoolin'"
Also director
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 series
2006
1 vs. 100 Himself (host) Hosted from 2006-2008 on NBC
Casper's Scare School Dash Voice
TV film
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Glenn Cheales Episode: "Choreographed"
2007
Farce of the Penguins Carl Voice
Direct-to-video
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

References

^ 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 2008-11-17.
^ "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". Entertainment Weekly.
^ 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, April/May 2010
^ "Interview with Bob Saget". Ability Magazine. date unavailable. Retrieved 2012-04-02.

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Official website
Bob Saget at the Internet Movie Database
Regina Hall Interview "Regina Hall Issue", ABILITY Magazine, April/May 2010

 


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