Geographic Connection to Pennsylvania: Abington, Montgomery County
Director and actor Bob Saget is best known for his eight years on TV's Full House.
Bob Saget was born on May 17, 1956, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Throughout his career he has been a comedian, an actor, a director, and a writer. He grew up in Virginia but returned to the Philadelphia area when he attended Temple University's Film School. He is best known for his role as Danny Tanner on the television series Full House. He is also well-known for his job as host of the ABC show America's Funniest Home Videos.
Robert Lane Saget was born on May 17, 1956, to Dolly and Benjamin M. Saget in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the age of two, Saget and his family moved to Lexington, Virginia, where he spent the majority of his childhood. He attended Rockbridge County High School before moving back to the Philadelphia area and graduated from Abington Senior High School.
He enrolled at Temple University's Film School, and he made a student movie titled Through Adam's Eyes (1977), a black and white film about a boy who received reconstructive surgery. The film was honored an award of merit at the 1977 Student Academy Awards. Saget enrolled in the University of California's film program, but soon quit when he was offered stage time at a local comedy club. The filmmaker-turned-comedian began touring comedy clubs and college campuses, performing a lewd and raunchy comedy routine. After one performance in Buffalo, New York, he met his manager Brad Grey, who began booking him more prominent gigs including The Merv Griffin Show. Saget was noticed by comedian Rodney Dangerfield and was invited to perform on his 9th Annual Young Comedians Special on HBO. From there Saget's stand-up career took off, landing him a job on The Morning Program on CBS in 1987.
Following his departure from The Morning Program, he was hired to play Danny Tanner on the television series Full House. Saget played the widowed father of three girls in a house he shared with his brother-in-law and his best childhood friend. He remained on this show from 1987 to 1995. During this time, he was hired by ABC to host America's Funniest Home Videos, a program where Saget provided amusing commentary to amateur video clips. He continued hosting the show until a year after the ending of Full House. Saget then began concentrating more on writing and directing. In 1996, he directed an ABC movie titled For Hope. The film was a tribute to his sister who died from the auto-immune disease scleroderma three years earlier. Saget and his wife Sherri, whom he had married in 1982, were divorced in 1997. The couple had three children together. Following the ending of the film For Hope, he returned to his comedy career and gained an entirely new audience, mostly collegiate age males, due to his crude and vulgar style of comedy. He also made the occasional guest spot on television, usually as himself, on shows such as Entourage (HBO).
In 2006, he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in The Farce of the Penguins, an R-rated comedy/documentary/love story released to DVD in 2007. He has recently hosted the NBC game show 1 vs. 100 (2006). Saget also served as narrator for the CBS comedy series, How I Met Your Mother. He began a run on Broadway in 2007 as 'Man in Chair' in the hit Tony Award Winning musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. In 2008, "The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget" premiered, which had the best ratings of the night aside from the Olympics. In 2010, in connection with The Arts and Entertainment Network, Saget produced episodes of "Strange Days with Bob Saget," which was a comedy documentary series where he explored various unusual American subcultures. For instance, he went to summer camp with fourteen year olds in one episode and experience national backyard wrestling in another.
Saget continues to act, direct, produce, and write to this day. Currently, he is on a stand-up tour, traveling around the United States.
The Morning Program. CBS, 1986-1987. Co-host.
Full House. ABC, 1987-1995 (as "Danny Tanner").
America's Funniest Home Videos. ABC, 1990-1997. Host/Writer.
HBO Special: That Ain't Right. 2006.
Half Baked. Dir. Tamra Davis. Universal, 1998 (cameo appearance).
The Aristocrats. Thinkfilm, 2005 (appeared as himself).
Farce of the Penguins ThinkFilm, 2007 (multiple character voices).