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Robert Lane "Bob" Saget (born May 17, 1956) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, television host, and filmmaker. Although he is best known for his past roles in the family-oriented shows Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos, Saget is known outside of television for his starkly blue stand-up routine. He most recently starred in the ABC sitcom Surviving Suburbia.

Early life and career

Saget was born in Philadelphiamarker. His father, Benjamin, was a supermarket executive and his mother, Rosalyn, was a hospital administrator. Saget lived in Norfolk, Virginiamarker and Encino, Californiamarker before moving back to Philadelphiamarker and graduating from Abington Senior High Schoolmarker. 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 enrolled at Temple Universitymarker's film school, where he created Through Adam's Eyes, a black-and-white film about a boy who received reconstructive facial surgery. In 1978, the film was honored with an award of merit in the Student Academy Awards. Saget enrolled in graduate school at the University of Southern Californiamarker but quit a few days later. Saget describes himself at the time in an article by Glenn Esterly in the, Saturday Evening Post, "I was a cocky, overweight twenty-two-year-old. Then I had a gangrenous appendix taken out, almost killed myself, 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 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.

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, where he also wrote and produced content for the show.

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, which also became a smash hit. During the early 1990s, Saget was quite busy with his career, doing both Full House and AFV simultaneously. In 1995, Full House ended its run after eight years (due to increasing production costs), and Saget continued to host AFV, despite his desire to move on. In 1997, his contract finally expired, and he left the show. His former Full House cast were present at his last episode. Saget will return to AFHV for a special 20th anniversary special on November 29, 2009 with current AFHV host Tom Bergeron.

Continued career

Saget was also host of NBC's game show 1 vs. 100, which debuted October 13, 2006 , and the uncredited narrator of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, that premiered on September 19, 2005.

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 Broadwaymarker musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone," for a limited four-month engagement. He played, "Man in Chair," while Jonathon 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.

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.

Other works

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. Saget is currently a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation.

In 1998 Saget played a coke-head in the stoner-comedy classic 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.

Saget wrote, directed, and stars in Farce of the Penguins, a parody of 2005's March of the Penguins, that was released direct-to-DVD, in January 2007.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
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 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
uncredited'
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
uncredited
2000 Becoming Dick Bob TV film
uncredited
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 Jessica's Dad
2004 Huff Butch Episode: "Flashpants"
2005 Listen Up Mitch Coach Potato
Madagascar Zoo Animal Voice
2005-present How I Met Your Mother Narrator TV series
2006 Farce of the Penguins Carl Voice
Direct-to-video
Also writer, director and producer

Casper's Scare School Dash Voice
TV film
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Glenn Cheales Episode: "Choreographed"
2007 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"
2009 Surviving Suburbia Steve Patterson 13 episodes


References

  1. Photo Coverage: Bob Saget Receives Sardi's Portrait (BroadwayWorld.com)
  2. ABC Announces New Sitcom "Surviving Suburbia"


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