Bob Saget Has Died At 65
The universe has been extra cruel in the past ten days because we lost Betty White and Sir Sidney Poitier, and now we’ve lost Bob Saget. There goes a chunk at my already chipped-away childhood. Bob was only 65 years old.
TMZ says that Bob Saget died this morning at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, FL. The Sheriff’s Department and the fire department were called to the hotel at around 4 pm and Bob was found dead in his room. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the news. His cause of death isn’t known right now but there were no signs of foul play or drug use. Bob was in the middle of a stand-up tour and played Jacksonville last night. He posted this, now very sad, Instagram post after the show:
Bob Saget (born name: Robert Lane Saget) was born in Philadelphia. After graduating high school, Bob went to Temple University where he studied film. One of his student films won a Student Academy Award. Once he graduated from Temple University, Bob planned to go to graduate school at USC but dropped out and went straight into the business that is show!
Before Bob became America’s dad, he guest-starred on Bosom Buddies, The Greatest American Hero, and It’s A Living. Bob was a member of CBS’ The Morning Program in 1987 for a minute but left the show because he got the role of Danny Tanner on the wholesomely cheesy 80s jewel Full House. Bob played Danny Tanner on all 8 seasons of the show. Some of my favorite Full House moments are the ones between Danny and Kimmy Gibbler. Heaven is now a place where nobody calls Danny Tanner “Mr. T.” And how Danny Tanner’s cover of My Generation never went triple platinum is beyond me:
And my mind was blown as a grown-up when I learned that the man who played the square of squares on the squarest sitcom was a stand-up comedian with a mind so dirty that even Hazmat wouldn’t get near it. I couldn’t believe that Bob Saget’s mouth was actually able to produce curse words. One moment that is still burned into my brain is the one from The Aristocrats where America’s most wholesome dad tells the dirtiest joke in the world.
During Full House’s run, Bob became one of the kings of ABC because he hosted another hit show, America’s Funniest Home Videos. He hosted it from 1989 to 1997. After Full House ended in 1995, Bob went on to star in Raising Dad and later did the voice of older Ted Mosby on all 9 seasons of How I Met Your Mother. Bob was also in Quantum Leap, Joey, Entourage, Louie, Grandfathered, Shameless, Half Baked, Dumb and Dumberer, New York Minute, The Masked Singer, and of course the Full House revival Fuller House. And he hosted the game show 1 v. 100 and starred on Broadway as the Man in the Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone.
Bob is survived by his wife Kelly Rizzo and his three children, Aubrey, Jennifer, and Lara.
Rest in peace, Bob Saget. Oh, to be an angel fly on the wall when Bob and Betty and Allen see each other in heaven and Allen lets Bob know how he feels about that “Mile High Club” joke.