Dave Coulier

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Dave Coulier
Coulier in 2010
Born David Alan Coulier
(1959-09-21) September 21, 1959 (age 57)
St. Clair Shores, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, impressionist, TV host
Years active 1979–present
  • Jayne Modean (m. 1990; div. 1992)
    Melissa Bring (m. 2014)
Children 1
Website davecoulier.tv

David Alan "Dave" Coulier (born September 21, 1959)[1] is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, impressionist and television host. He became known in the late 1980s and the early 1990s for playing Joey Gladstone on the ABC sitcom Full House.

Early life[edit]

David Alan Coulier was born to Dave & Arlen Coulier in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, on September 21, 1959.[1] His mother's side of the family is from Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada and his paternal grandmother was a Jewish immigrant from Germany.[2] He got his start in stand-up comedy in high school by impersonating his principal and other staff over his high school's PA system. He graduated in 1977 from Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, Michigan, where he was a member of the varsity hockey team, playing defense alongside future NHL player John Blum. He briefly attended the University of Michigan but dropped out after his freshman year to pursue comedy.[citation needed]


Coulier met future Full House co-star Bob Saget through the Los Angeles comedy circuit. The two became good friends and Coulier briefly lived with Saget and his then-wife Sherri on their couch in the early 1980s as he struggled getting his career started.

He was initially cast as a player for Saturday Night Live for the 1986 season. However, right before the season started, casting changes were made and he was left off the show. It was said that many of the producers felt he was too similar in humor style to Dana Carvey, who was also joining the show in 1986, and that was why the change was made.

Coulier has done extensive voice work for shows including Extreme Ghostbusters, The Real Ghostbusters and Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters (taking over the character of Peter Venkman after Lorenzo Music's departure from the role), Muppet Babies after Howie Mandel left (Baby Animal, Baby Bunsen, Bean Bunny and Uncle Statler and Waldorf, even a pre-teen Janice for one episode), Scooby and Scrappy-Doo, The Jetsons, Rude Dog and the Dweebs, and Detention. From 1984 to 1985, he was also the host of a comedy series on Nickelodeon known as Out of Control.

Coulier is known for playing Joey Gladstone on the ABC sitcom Full House.[3] He stayed on the show from 1987 until its cancellation in 1995. He was famous for doing voices and impersonations. In addition to Full House, Coulier appeared on George and Leo and Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher. He has also hosted America's Funniest People (first with Arleen Sorkin and later with Tawny Kitaen) and Opportunity Knocks. Additionally, he was also a voice actor in Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose, and has voiced Felix the Cat on a few occasions. He also put out a solo album called Cut It Out, a self-proclaimed tribute to "tank tops and short shorts."

In addition to his voice work, Coulier has also taken a few acting parts appearing in the Disney Channel Original Movie's The Thirteenth Year and The Even Stevens Movie (where he had a cameo as a reality show host), as well as the Nickelodeon original movie Shredderman Rules and he wrote and starred in an unaired pilot for FX called Whispers and Balls.

He also founded his own children's entertainment company F3 Entertainment, in 2000. In 2003, Coulier appeared on season three of The Surreal Life. In 2006, he appeared on the TV reality show Skating with Celebrities on FOX, where he was paired with Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan. They were eliminated in episode four.

Currently he is a member of Duck's Breath Mystery Theater touring comedy troupe (which he claims is clean comedy but 'not quite as creepy' as Full House) as well as host of the series Animal Kidding. His work on Robot Chicken is probably his most "adult" to date, voicing off-color situations, like Popeye savagely beating Wimpy over a debt.

On June 2, 2008, Chikara, professional wrestling promotion based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, announced that Coulier was elected by the Chikara Board of Directors as the new commissioner of the company, a position that he will hold for the following two years until the next election (taking place on May 25, 2010). Coulier is the successor to former Commissioner and fellow Full House cast member Bob Saget.

In 2009, Coulier provided the voice for Bob McKenzie on the Canadian animated series Bob & Doug, based on the SCTV characters Bob and Doug McKenzie. Coulier became the first person other than Rick Moranis to portray the character, as Moranis (who serves as executive producer) was not interested in resuming the part. Coulier says he understands that longtime fans might be skeptical of his take on the role, but he couldn't help jumping at the chance to portray one of his favorite comic characters. "It's huge shoes to fill, stepping into Rick Moranis' shoes. It's such an established, great character and I guess the only thing I have going for me is that it kind of sounds alike and that half of my family is from Canada." His mother's family is from Bathurst, New Brunswick.[4]

After a brief stint in reality TV with The Surreal Life and Skating with Celebrities, Coulier continued to make regular television appearances as the host of shows like America's Funniest People and America's Most Talented Kid. He continues to tour the U.S. and Canada as a stand-up comedian.

Coulier is reprising his role as Joey Gladstone for the Full House spin-off Fuller House.[5]

Comedic style[edit]

Coulier's stand-up routine is centered on his ability to mimic celebrities and cartoon characters, a talent that has given him a second career in voice acting. Many of Coulier's bits involve putting well-known characters into unexpected situations. Coulier has also been known to include harmonica playing in his act. Coulier's material is largely family-friendly, a position he has extended to his youth-oriented comedy website, cleanguys.TV.

In April 2008, Coulier was featured on the Clean Guys of Comedy Tour, a family-friendly comedy group. The tour includes Ryan Hamilton from Last Comic Standing and Kivi Rogers.

Personal life[edit]

In the early 1990s, Coulier was married for two years to Jayne Modean. They have one son, named Luc Coulier, born in 1990.[6] Having divorced, he started dating Alanis Morissette, but they broke up shortly before she recorded her album, Jagged Little Pill.[7] He is widely believed to be the subject of You Oughta Know. In 2005, Coulier began dating photographer and producer Melissa Bring.[8] They married on July 2, 2014 in Montana.[9]

Coulier is a private pilot who owns and flies a Beechcraft B35. His first general aviation flight was at the age of five in Michigan. He earned his pilot's license at the same airport later in 1979 and is now instrument rated. In 2012, he did more flight training in a Cirrus SR20 to "keep current".[10] He is part of the Hat in the Ring Society to support the AOPA foundation, an organization that promotes safe flying.[11]

Coulier is an ice hockey fan, and participates in charity events with the Detroit Red Wings. He is also an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and has played in a few celebrity softball games alongside fellow Tigers fan Tom Selleck.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1979: Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Additional Voices
1982: Things Are Tough All Over Man with Tongue in Restaurant
1984: Out of Control Dave / HazHa 8 episodes
1984: Detroit Comedy Jam Himself in a live audience venue doing a stand-up comedy set
1985: The Jetsons (new version of the 1962 TV series) voice
1986–91: Muppet Babies Animal / Bean Bunny / Bunsen (voice)
1987–91: The Real Ghostbusters Peter Venkman (voice) Originally Lorenzo Music
1987–95: Full House Joey Gladstone Main role
1989: It's Garry Shandling's Show Garry's Voice Box Episode: "Garry Acts Like a Moron"
1990: America's Funniest People Host
1995: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman The Real Anonymous Episode: "Chip Off the Old Clark"
1996: World's Funniest Videos Host
1999: The Thirteenth Year Whit Griffin TV movie
2000: To Tell the Truth 1 episode
2003: The Even Stevens Movie Lance LeBow TV movie
2003: America's Most Talented Kid Host
2003–04: The Surreal Life Himself 20 episodes
2006: Skating With Celebrities 3 episodes
2006: Farce of the Penguins There's No Snow Penguin Direct-to-DVD voice
2007: Shredderman Rules! Dad TV movie
2007: The GradeSchool Game Host
2007: The Family Holiday Donald "Doc" Holiday Direct-to-DVD
2009: Bob & Doug Bob McKenzie (voice) 4 episodes
2011–15: China, IL Ronald Reagan / Aquarium Boss / Kally's Dad / Jackie Lather (voice) 4 episodes
2013: How I Met Your Mother Himself episode: "P.S. I Love You"
2015: Grandfathered A Therapy Patient cameo appearance
2016: Fuller House Joey Gladstone recurring role


  1. ^ a b "Dave Coulier". TVGuide.com. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ Pollak, Kevin; Coulier, Dave (2010-01-10). Kevin Pollak Chat Show. Interview with Kevin Pollak. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Cheryl (October 7, 2009). "Coulier on ABC's Full House". pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  4. ^ "TELUS, news, headlines, stories, breaking, entertainment, music, movies". Beta.mytelus.com. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  5. ^ Whitney Friedlander (May 7, 2015). "'Full House' Reboot: Dave Coulier Joins 'Fuller House' on Netflix". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.people.com/article/dave-coulier-wedding-inside-melissa-bring-john-stamos
  7. ^ "Alanis Morissette marries rapper boyfriend". CBC News. June 7, 2010. 
  8. ^ Billups, Andrea; Nahas, Aili (June 11, 2014). "Full House's Dave Coulier Is Engaged to Melissa Bring". People. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ Blumm, K.C.; Dyball, Rennie (July 2, 2014). "Dave Coulier of Full House Is Married!". People. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "AOPA Summit - 10 Questions for Dave Coulier". 
  11. ^ "Uncle Joey is a pilot". Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Q&A: Detroit celebrity and Red Wings' fan, Dave Coulier '77 (NDHS)" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-03-26. 

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