Bob Saget

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Bob Saget
Bob Saget.jpg
Saget at the 2007 O&A Traveling Virus at PNC
Birth name Robert Lane Saget
Born (1956-05-17) May 17, 1956 (age 57)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Medium Television, stand-up
Genres Character comedy, observational comedy, wit/word play, satire/political satire, black comedy, surreal humor, sarcasm, blue comedy
Notable works and roles Danny Tanner on Full House
Americas Funniest Home Videos
How I Met Your Mother
Website www.bobsaget.com

Robert Lane "Bob" Saget (born May 17, 1956)[1] 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.[2] From 2005-2014, he provided the voice of the future Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother.

Early life[edit]

Saget was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a 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.[3][4][5] 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.[2]

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.[6] 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."[7] 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. [8]

Career[edit]

Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos[edit]

Following a short stint as a member of CBS' The Morning Program in early 1987, 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 returned to AFV for a 20th anniversary one-hour special co-hosted with Tom Bergeron.[9]

Continued career[edit]

Saget was host of NBC's game show 1 vs. 100 from 2006 to 2008.

He plays the narrator of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, which premiered on September 19, 2005.[10] In the series he portrays the future version of the protagonist Ted Mosby. Throughout the series, only his voice is heard; by the time of the series finale, Josh Radnor (who plays present-day Ted Mosby) has taken over the narration.

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.[11]

On August 17, 2008, Saget was roasted by Comedy Central in a special, titled The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget.

In April 2009, he debuted in a new sitcom along with his co-star Cynthia Stevenson on ABC called Surviving Suburbia.[12] The series, which was originally to air on The CW, ended after one abbreviated season.

In November 2013, it was announced that Saget will be touring Australia for the first time, in May 2014, with an adults-only stand-up show called Bob Saget Live: The Dirty Daddy Tour. The show will take in the major cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.[13]

Directing career[edit]

Saget directed the 1996 ABC television movie For Hope, which was inspired by the life story of his sister, Gay Saget, who died from scleroderma three years earlier.[2]

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.

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[edit]

In 1998, Saget made a cameo appearance as a cocaine addict in the stoner comedy Half Baked.

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

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 2014, his book 'Dirty Daddy' was released, in which Saget writes about his career, comedy influences and experiences with life and death.

Charity work[edit]

Saget is currently a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. His scleroderma efforts have further benefited such celebrities as Scary Movies star Regina Hall.[14]

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."[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Outer Touch Voice of Wurlitzer Voice; also writer
1980 Devices Therapy Patient
1981 Full High Moon Sportscaster
1985 New Love, American Style Comedy Vignettes
1987 Critical Condition Dr. Joffe
1993 For Goodness Sake Surgeon
1997 Meet Wally Sparks Reporter #4
1998 Half Baked Cocaine Addict Uncredited
1998 Dirty Work Director
2003 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Walter Matthews
2004 New York Minute Himself Extra
2005 The Aristocrats Himself Documentary

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Bosom Buddies Bob the Comic Episode: "The Show Must Go On"
1983 The Greatest American Hero Rook Episode: "Wizards and Warlocks"
1986 It's a Living Dr. Bartlett Episode: "The Doctor Danny Show"
1987–95 Full House Daniel 'Danny' Tanner 192 episodes
1989–97 America's Funniest Home Videos Himself/host Also guest-hosted 1 episode in 2009
1989 MMC Episode: Guest Day"
1992 Quantum Leap Macklyn "Mack" MacKay Episode: "Stand Up – April 30, 1959"
1992 To Grandmother's House We Go Win-O-Lotto Lottery Host Movie; uncredited
1994 Father and Scout Spencer Paley Movie; also executive producer
1999 Sorority Dean Tinker Movie; uncredited
2000 Becoming Dick Bob Movie (uncredited); also director
2000 The Norm Show Mr. Atkitson Episode: "Norm vs. Schoolin'"; also director
2001–02 Raising Dad Matt Stewart 22 episodes
2004 Huff Butch Episode: "Flashpants"
2005 Listen Up Mitch Episode: "Coach Potato"
2005 Madagascar Zoo Animal Voice
2005-10 Entourage Himself 4 Episodes
2005–14 How I Met Your Mother Ted Mosby (in 2030) Series; voice only (uncredited)
2006–08 1 vs. 100 Himself/host Game show
2006 Casper's Scare School Dash Movie; voice
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Glenn Cheales Episode: "Choreographed"
2007 Farce of the Penguins Carl (voice) Direct-to-video; also writer, director and producer
2007 That Ain't Right Himself Special
2008 The Life & Times of Tim Episode: "Mugger/Cin City"; voice
2008 The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget Himself Special
2009 Surviving Suburbia Steve Patterson 13 episodes
2010 Strange Days with Bob Saget Himself/host 6 episodes
2011 Law & Order: LA Adam Brennan Episode: "Van Nuys"
2011 Louie Himself Cameo
2013 That's What I'm Talking About Himself Special; also writer and producer
2014 Super Fun Night Mr. Porter Warner Episode: "Cookie Prom"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1207) (Time Inc.). May 18, 2012. p. 29. 
  2. ^ a b c Contemporary Authors: Gale Reference Team (2004). Biography - Saget, Bob. Thomson Gale. 
  3. ^ Gurley, George (2005-05-08). "Bob Saget's Full Mouth". The New York Observer. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  4. ^ "Bob Saget". film.com. Archived from the original on 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Jennifer (2007-09-07). "Irreverent Bob Saget plays to full houses". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix Online. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  6. ^ "Student Academy Awards Winners" (PDF). 
  7. ^ "Bob Saget". Biography.com.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ Snierson, Dan (September 16, 2008). "Bob Saget returns to 'America's Funniest Home Videos' for 20th anniversary celebration". Entertainment Weekly. 
  10. ^ "How I Met Your Mother (2005) - Full cast and crew". IMDB.
  11. ^ Photo Coverage: Bob Saget Receives Sardi's Portrait. BroadwayWorld.com. January 7, 2008.
  12. ^ "ABC Announces New Sitcom 'Surviving Suburbia'". ABC.com. Press Release. February 4, 2009.
  13. ^ "Bob Saget heading to Australia". Yahoo7 TV. November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Regina Hall Discusses Scleroderma". Ability Magazine, "Regina Hall Issue" April/May 2010
  15. ^ "Bob Saget Interview with Regina Hall and Chet Cooper". Ability Magazine. "Bob Saget Issue" April/May 2011. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 

External links[edit]

Media offices
First Host of America's Funniest Home Videos
1989–1997
Succeeded by
Daisy Fuentes & John Fugelsang
Host of 1 vs. 100
2006–2008
Succeeded by
Carrie Ann Inaba