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We have lost Betty White and Sidney Poitier this month. Now we have lost another person of popular interest: Bob Saget. We all knew him as Danny Tanner from “Full House” and as the original host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”
In his youth, Bob moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and met Larry Fine (The Three Stooges). His family decided to move back to Philadelphia so that Bob would finish high school. At his Honors English teacher’s suggestion, Saget abandoned his interest in becoming a doctor and went to films.
His first stint in the entertainment business was being a member of The Morning Program in 1987 for CBS. Shortly after that, he was cast in Full House. He was then cast as the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos in 1989 and worked on both shows simultaneously!
Bob directed the 1996 ABC TV movie For Hope, inspired by his sister Gay Saget who died from scleroderma. His first feature film as a director was Dirty Work starring Norm MacDonald and Artie Lang. He famously made a cameo as a crack addict in the comedy Half Baked starring Dave Chappelle.
Saget was also known for his stand-up comedy. I saw one of his specials on Hulu and I was laughing hard since his comedy was way beyond what his character Danny Tanner would be! Bob was a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. His efforts helped many people, including Regina Hall’s (Scary Movie) mother.
Many friends and people mourn Bob Saget’s departure. Comedians state that Saget was friendly as he was wonderful. Former co-stars John Stamos and Dave Coulier expressed their shock and grief at losing their friend.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Full House but it was there and most of the time I couldn’t avoid it. Saget did a great job at what he did. His comedy specials are a must-see for everyone (viewer beware). He really was America’s Favorite Dad. And he will definitely be missed.