Monday, January 10, 2022

REPORT: Comedian Bob Saget, Star of 'Full House,' Dead at 65

Source: 6 ABC

Published: January 10, 2022

By: 6abc Digital Staff

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Actor and comedian Bob Saget was found dead at the age of 65 at a hotel room in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

The famed television personality was born in Philadelphia on May 17, 1956, to Benjamin, a supermarket executive, and Rosalyn, who worked in hospital administration.

The Philadelphia native was best known for playing the widowed father of three Danny Tanner on ABC's "Full House" from 1987 to 1995.

He was raised in Norfolk, Virginia, then moved to Encino, California, before returning back to the Philadelphia area.

He graduated Abington Senior High School in 1975. He was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1991.

Saget credited his teachers including Mrs. Elaine Zimmerman for his success:

"When I got to [Abington], I had to make up two years of English in one, . . . Mrs. Zimmerman took me as a solo effort in her honors class and would meet with me a few times a week to discuss books she'd asked me to read. Anything by Steinbeck, Kipling, Hemingway I read, and we'd have lengthy discussions about them. Moby Dick and The Scarlet Letter I took rainchecks on.

There went my A, but she was so giving as a teacher and as a person, I can say that she is one of the greatest influences in my life so far. I used to show her Super 8mm movies I'd made and bore her with my 'creative' writing and she wound up suggesting I not go to college as a pre-med student, but study to become a comedy filmmaker. That's dangerous advice for a teacher to give a student. She even wrote in my yearbook, 'To the next Groucho-Fellini.' I haven't yet reached those goals she had helped me realize for myself, but I'm working on it."

After graduating high school, Saget attended Temple University.

Saget was a 1978 alumnus of what is now the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication.

The university released this statement on the actor's death:

"Temple University is saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Saget, a deeply loyal alumnus and member of the University community. A legendary comic and star of hit shows such as "Full House" and "America's Funniest Home Videos," Saget will always be remembered as one of Temple's all-time funniest Owls. His work touched the lives of many and brought smiles to families across the globe. While Saget will be deeply missed, his legacy and overall impact on the entertainment industry will continue to be felt for years to come."

Saget was best known for his role as beloved father Danny Tanner on the ABC sitcom "Full House" and its Netflix sequel "Fuller House."

He also hosted "America's Funniest Home Videos" from 1989 to 1997.

Deputies in Orange County, Florida, were called Sunday about an "unresponsive man" in a hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando and found Saget dead, according to a sheriff's statement on Twitter. Detectives found "no signs of foul play or drug use in this case."

"Earlier today, deputies were called to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes for a call about an unresponsive man in a hotel room," a tweet from the Orange County Sheriff's Office read. "The man was identified as Robert Saget & pronounced deceased on scene. Detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case."

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