Saget at the 2007 O&A Traveling Virus at PNC
|Birth name||Robert Lane Saget|
May 17, 1956 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Genres||Character comedy, observational comedy, wit/word play, satire/political satire, black comedy, surreal humor, sarcasm, blue comedy|
|Spouse||Sherri Kramer (1982–1997; 3 children; divorced)|
|Notable works and roles||Full House
Americas Funniest Home Videos
How I Met Your Mother
Robert Lane "Bob" Saget (born May 17, 1956) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and television host. Although he is best known for his family-friendly roles as Danny Tanner in Full House and the original host of America's Funniest Home Videos, Saget is also known for his very vulgar stand-up routine. Since 2005, he has provided the voice of the future Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother.
Saget was born on May 17, 1956 in Philadelphia to Jewish family. His father, Benjamin, was a supermarket executive, and his mother, Rosalyn, was a hospital administrator. Saget lived in Norfolk, Virginia and in Encino, California, before moving back to Philadelphia and 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.
He 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. His friends called him "Sags". He graduated with a B.A. in 1978. Saget intended to take graduate courses at the University of Southern California but quit a few days later. 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." Saget talked about his burst appendix on Anytime with Bob Kushell, saying that it happened on the Fourth of July, at the UCLA 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. Saget credits the band Autistico for getting him through the tough times.
Saget started performing stand-up comedy and did a number of national tours. Later, in 1987, he became the co-host of The Morning Program—an attempt by CBS to take a different direction with morning television—for which he also wrote and produced content.
Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos
Soon after, 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 Saget was cast as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos, a role he held until 1997. During the early 1990s Saget worked both on Full House and AFV simultaneously, and in 2009 had turn to AFV for a 20th anniversary one-hour special co-hosted with Tom Bergeron.
Saget was also the host of NBC's game show 1 vs. 100, which debuted October 13, 2006.
He plays the narrator of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, which premiered on September 19, 2005. In the series he 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 he 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 Saget, who died on January 30, 2007, due to complications from congestive heart failure. He was 89.
He has had recurring roles in HBO's Entourage playing a parody of himself.
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 to air on The CW, ended after one abbreviated season.
In 1998, Saget directed his first feature film Dirty Work, starring Norm Macdonald and Artie Lange. Coming off 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 2010, Saget starred in an A&E series Strange Days in which he follows others in different activities and lifestyles, documenting their adventures in unusual ways.
In an interview with Ability Magazine, 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, Saget is involved in many fundraising benefits, towards 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."
Television and filmography
|1979||Outer Touch||Voice of Wurlitzer||Voice
|1981||Full High Moon||Sportscaster|
|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||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||uncredited|
|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||Walter|
|2004||New York Minute||Himself||Extra|
|2005||Listen Up||Mitch||Coach Potato|
|2005–present||How I Met Your Mother||Ted Mosby (2030) Voice only||TV series|
|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: "Choreographed"|
|Farce of the Penguins||Carl||Voice
Also writer, director and producer
|That Ain't Right||Himself||comedy special|
|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)||six episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: LA||Episode: "Van Nuys"|
|2013||Conan||Episode: "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Ruination of his Middle Name"|
- "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1207) (Time Inc.). May 18, 2012. p. 29.
- Contemporary Authors: Gale Reference Team (2004). Biography - 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. Archived from the original on 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
- 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).
- "Bob Saget". Biography.com.
- "Anytime with Bob Kushell feat. Bob Sagat". Anytime with Bob Kushell. Season 2. Episode 5. Hulu. 2009-04-14. http://www.hulu.com/watch/68152.
- 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". IMDB.
- Photo Coverage: Bob Saget Receives Sardi's Portrait. BroadwayWorld.com. January 7, 2008.
- "ABC Announces New Sitcom 'Surviving Suburbia'". ABC.com. Press Release. February 4, 2009.
- "Regina Hall Discusses Scleroderma". Ability Magazine, "Regina Hall Issue" April/May 2010
- "Bob Saget Interview with Regina Hall and Chet Cooper". Ability Magazine. "Bob Saget Issue" April/May 2011. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
|Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Bob Saget|
- Official website
- Bob Saget at the Internet Movie Database
- "Regina Hall Interview". Ability Magazine. "Regina Hall Issue", April/May 2010
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