Robert Lane "Bob" Saget (born May 17, 1956) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and television host. Although he is best known for his family-friendly roles as Danny Tanner in Full House and the original host of America's Funniest Home Videos, Saget is also known for his very vulgar stand-up routine. From 2005-2014, he provided the voice of the future Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother.
Saget was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a Jewish family. His father, Benjamin, was a supermarket executive, and his mother, Rosalyn, was a hospital administrator. Saget lived in Norfolk, Virginia and in Encino, California, before moving back to Philadelphia and graduating from Abington Senior High School. 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 attended Temple University's film school, where he created Through Adam's Eyes, a black-and-white film about a boy who received reconstructive facial surgery, and was honored with an award of merit in the Student Academy Awards. His friends called him "Sags". He graduated with a B.A. in 1978. Saget intended to take graduate courses at the University of Southern California but quit a few days later. Saget describes himself at the time in an article by Glenn Esterly in the 1990 Saturday Evening Post: "I was a cocky, overweight twenty-two-year-old. Then I had a gangrenous appendix taken out, almost died, 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 UCLA 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.
Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos:
Following a short stint as a member of CBS' The Morning Program in early 1987, 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, a role he held until 1997. During the early 1990s Saget worked both on Full House and AFV simultaneously, and in 2009 returned to AFV for a 20th anniversary one-hour special co-hosted with Tom Bergeron.
Saget was host of NBC's game show 1 vs. 100 from 2006 to 2008.
He plays the narrator of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, which premiered on September 19, 2005. In the series he portrays the future version of the protagonist Ted Mosby. Throughout the series, only his voice is heard; by the time of the series finale, Josh Radnor (who plays present-day Ted Mosby) has taken over the narration.
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 Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone for a limited four-month engagement. He played "Man in Chair" while Jonathan 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. The series, which was originally to air on The CW, ended after one abbreviated season.
In November 2013, it was announced that Saget will be touring Australia for the first time, in May 2014, with an adults-only stand-up show called Bob Saget Live: The Dirty Daddy Tour. The show will take in the major cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
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.
In 1998, Saget directed his first feature film Dirty Work, starring Norm Macdonald and Artie Lange. Coming off one year after he left his long-running role as host of America's Funniest Home Videos, the film received broadly negative reviews from critics, and earned low box office returns. However, it has since become a cult favorite, due partially to Artie Lange's later popularity on The Howard Stern Show where the film is sometimes mentioned, often in unflattering terms.
Saget wrote, directed, and starred in Farce of the Penguins, a parody of 2005's March of the Penguins, which was released direct-to-DVD, in January 2007.
In 1998, Saget made a cameo appearance as a cocaine addict in the stoner comedy 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.
In 2010, Saget starred in an A&E series Strange Days in which he follows others in different activities and lifestyles, documenting their adventures in unusual ways.
Saget is currently a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. His scleroderma efforts have further benefited such celebrities as Scary Movies star Regina Hall.
In an interview with Ability Magazine, Saget discussed how his sister was diagnosed with scleroderma at 43, and died at 47. Before that, she had been misdiagnosed many times. "Unfortunately, rheumatologists in a lot of places don't have very many scleroderma patients come through their labs, and no one knew what to do with her. I wish I'd known then what I know now."
Because of this, Saget is involved in many fundraising benefits, towards finding a cure for this disease.
"Nobody knew about the disease at that time. Rosie O'Donnell, Ellen DeGeneres, and myself all got involved in the benefit, but this was 25 years ago, and none of us had any real television life to speak of. Sharon Monsky, who founded the Scleroderma Research Foundation, organized that benefit."
"There's also a Scleroderma Foundation, and we're separate from them, but one of the Scleroderma Foundation board heads is also on the Scleroderma Research Foundation board. We're all basically trying to cure the same thing. Our organization has raised $25 million for research. Our chairman, Luke Evnin, is an amazing man, and lives up in San Francisco with his wife, Deann Wright. They're both brilliant scientists and doctors. Dana Delany's on the board, Caryn Zucker, Kristen Baker Bellamy, who lost her mother to scleroderma, and is married to Bill Bellamy. Robin Williams worked our first benefit. A number of celebrities sign on, which helps to give the disease a higher profile. As you may know, Regina, a significant number of the people who get scleroderma are African-American."
Voice of Wurlitzer
Voice; also writer
Full High Moon
New Love, American Style
For Goodness Sake
Meet Wally Sparks
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
New York Minute
Bob the Comic
Episode: "The Show Must Go On"
The Greatest American Hero
Episode: "Wizards and Warlocks"
It's a Living
Episode: "The Doctor Danny Show"
Daniel 'Danny' Tanner
America's Funniest Home Videos
Also guest-hosted 1 episode in 2009
Episode: Guest Day"
Macklyn "Mack" MacKay
Episode: "Stand Up - April 30, 1959"
To Grandmother's House We Go
Win-O-Lotto Lottery Host
Father and Scout
Movie; also executive producer
Movie (uncredited); also director
The Norm Show
Episode: "Norm vs. Schoolin'"; also director
Episode: "Coach Potato"
How I Met Your Mother
Ted Mosby (in 2030)
Series; voice only (uncredited)
1 vs. 100
Casper's Scare School
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Farce of the Penguins
Direct-to-video; also writer, director and producer
That Ain't Right
The Life & Times of Tim
Episode: "Mugger/Cin City"; voice
The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget
Strange Days with Bob Saget
Law & Order: LA
Episode: "Van Nuys"
That's What I'm Talking About
Special; also writer and producer
Super Fun Night
Mr. Porter Warner
Episode: "Cookie Prom"