Bob Saget, the stand-up comedian and actor best known for his role as Danny Tanner in the television programme “Full House” and as the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” was found dead at his home in Florida on Sunday. He had reached the age of 65.
A statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Mr. Saget’s death, which said that he was discovered comatose in a hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. There was no indication of foul play or drug usage, according to the Sheriff’s Office, which claimed there were no indicators of drug use or foul play.
At the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, southeast of Jacksonville, Mr. Saget gave a performance on Saturday night. He was on tour at the time.
Mr. Saget starred as a widower father on the hit television show “Full House,” where he lived with his three children, his brother-in-law, and his closest friend. From 1987 until 1995, Mr. Saget and his co-stars, who included John Stamos, Lori Loughlin, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and others, rose to the status of household celebrities as a result of the programme.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Temple University in 1978 before making his way into the world of comedy clubs. As a contrast to his squeaky-clean persona on shows like “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” Mr. Saget thrived in bawdy, profanity-laced stand-up performances on the Late Show with David Letterman.
When he was at Temple University, he majored in cinema and graduated in the same year that he was awarded a student Academy Award for documentary excellence for his film “Through Adam’s Eyes,” which was about a nephew of his who had had face reconstruction surgery.
Following graduation, Mr. Saget relocated to Los Angeles, where he immediately established himself as a regular fixture at the Comedy Store. “I stayed in that room for seven years,” he said in a 2010 interview with comedian Marc Maron’s podcast.
In his own words, “I did jokes and some tales, but the vast majority of them were simply foolish, nasty silly.” He said that he was attracted to jokes that included filthy language and anatomy since he was raised in a household where it was considered inappropriate to speak in such a manner.
Following a short appearance on the CBS morning programme “The Morning Program,” Mr. Saget starred in the 1987 film “Critical Condition,” directed by Richard Pryor. Later, he was given the role on the television show “Full House.” Later, he shared a joke with Mr. Maron, saying, “My joke is, ‘Ask me what my favourite episode is.'”
By making a comeback to the comedy circuit and making fun of his innocent television alter persona, Mr. Saget gained a following as someone who could unleash rivers of scatological stuff on the audience. His documentary series “Strange Days With Bob Saget,” which aired in 2010, included interviews with professional wrestlers, motorcyclists, Bigfoot hunters, and other interesting people.
In 2017, when appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Mr. Saget recalled how Don Rickles, a longtime friend of his and Mr. Stamos’s, would characterise Mr. Saget’s comedy routine. He comes off as a “Jewish Clark Kent,” according to Mr. Saget, who remembered Mr. Rickles stating this. He then illustrated how his buddy would burst into a song about a dog and a monkey, in which he used a word that was previously forbidden on network television on many occasions.
Mr. Saget, on the other hand, never quite abandoned his family-man persona: he appeared as the narrator of the television programme “How I Met Your Mother,” an older, wiser version of the show’s protagonist, Ted Mosby.