Bob Saget, beloved TV dad of ‘Full House,’ dead at 65

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bob Saget, actor-comedian known for his role as beloved single father Danny Tanner on the sitcom “Full House” and as the sarcastic host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” has passed away while he was standing. tower. He was 65 years old.

Deputies in Orange County, Florida were called on Sunday about an “unconscious man” in a hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando and found Saget dead, according to a statement from the sheriff on Twitter. Detectives found “no signs of foul play or drug use in this case.”

Saget was in Florida as part of his “I Don’t Do Negative Comedy Tour”. After warm receptions from the public at his concerts Friday in Orlando and Saturday at the resort town of Ponte Vedra Beach, he celebrated online.

“I’m back in comedy like I was when I was 26. Guess I’m finding my new voice and loving every moment,” he posted on Instagram on Saturday.

Other comedians and friends praised Saget not only for his wit, but his kindness.

“I’m broke. I’m drained. I’m in complete and utter shock. I’ll never have another friend like him,” wrote John Stamos, who starred with Saget on “Full House.” “I love you so much Bobby.”

“I have no words. Bob was one of the best human beings I have ever known in my life. I loved him so much,” said Candace Cameron Bure, who played Saget’s daughter in ” Full house”.

“In an often ruthless business, he was historically not only hilarious, but most of all one of the nicest human beings I have ever met in my career,” actor Richard Lewis wrote on Twitter.

In a statement on Sunday, members of Saget’s family said they were “devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob has passed away today … Although we are asking for confidentiality at this time, we invite you to join us in remembering the love and laughter Bob brought to the world. “

Saget the stand-up showed its backhand with what became a much talked about cameo in the 2005 documentary “The Aristocrats” – in which 100 comics riffed on the world’s dirtiest joke – which revealed its meaning notoriously dirty humor.

Steamy comedy hadn’t been a part of her longtime TV shows. He hosted the family series “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and played the spotlessly clean widower and father to three young girls on “Full House,” the ABC sitcom that also made The Twins famous. ‘Olsen Mary-Kate and Ashley on her debut in 1987.

“Bob was the most loving, compassionate and generous man. We are deeply saddened that he is no longer with us, but know that he will continue to be by our side to guide us as graciously as he always has, ”the Olsens said in a joint statement.

The show’s popularity hasn’t deterred critics, with some calling it cheesy and others deeming it unreal. Saget, as lovable and funny in an interview as he was on television screens, took to the brickbats in stride.

“’Full House’ was a kind of loving show that was obviously over the top. He had his heightened reality, a brilliant Willy Wonka quality, ”he told The Associated Press in an interview in 2001.

That year, Saget made another pass playing a widowed father with alluring children in the short-lived sitcom “Raising Dad”.

He said he found himself repeatedly answering questions about his habit of playing sitcom widowers and had a ready answer: “(Kevin) Costner makes three, four baseball movies and it’s good. This is my reason for being.

Saget was born in Philadelphia on May 17, 1956, to Benjamin, an executive in a supermarket, and Rosalyn, who worked in hospital administration. He graduated from Temple University and briefly enrolled at the University of Southern California to study film.

He left college but stayed in Los Angeles and moved on to stand-up comedy, which led to small roles in television and film before achieving success with “Full House.” He also appeared in some episodes of the 2016-20 ‘Fuller House’ sitcom sequel and was heard as a narrator on ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ which ran for nine seasons on CBS.

“Bob Saget was the wiser ‘me’ for nine years in How I Met Your Mother,” actor Josh Radnor tweeted. “He was the nicest, loveliest, funniest, most supportive man. The easiest person to meet. A mensch among lies.

In appearances in the black comedy “Entourage” in Hollywood, Saget played a warped character named Bob Saget who was rude but, unlike the man himself, was a misogynist and worse.

In early 2020, Saget was preparing the start of his comedy tour when the pandemic put it on hold. He turned his energies to a podcast, “Bob Saget’s Here For You,” which gave fans an open mic to comment and ask questions.

He has focused on directing occasionally over the years, most notably on HBO’s “The Mind of the Married Man” and the Norm Macdonald film “Dirty Work” and has appeared on Broadway in “Hand to God” and in ” The Drowsy Chaperone “.

He received accolades as producer-director of the 1996 TV movie “For Hope,” loosely based on his late sister, Gay’s battle with scleroderma, a tissue disease, and called for increased federal funding support. of research.

He recalled his sister in a January 2020 article, noting that she had died aged 47 and would have been 73 that month.

Saget had daughters Aubrey, Lara and Jennifer with his first wife Sherri Kramer before divorcing in 1997. He married Kelly Rizzo in 2018.

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AP writers Lindsey Bahr and Beth Harris contributed to this report.

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