Bob Saget death: life and career of Full House actor as he dies at 65, and how did Olsen twins pay tribute?

Bob Saget is best known for his role in TV show Full House (Photo: Leon Bennett/Getty Images)Bob Saget is best known for his role in TV show Full House (Photo: Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
Bob Saget is best known for his role in TV show Full House (Photo: Leon Bennett/Getty Images) | Getty Images

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The comedian’s cause of death has not yet been established

Comedian and Full House star Bob Saget has died aged 65, his family have confirmed in a statement.

Saget was discovered unresponsive in a hotel room in Florida and pronounced dead at the scene by authorities.

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Following the news of his death, Hollywood stars like Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Full House co-star John Stamos paid their respects to the comic on Twitter.

Who was Bob Saget - and what TV shows was he in?

Saget was an American comedian, actor and TV host, who was born in Philadelphia on 17 May 1956.

After leaving high school in 1975, Saget attended Temple University’s film school and, after earning an award of merit for his black and white film Through Adam’s Eyes, Saget graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1978.

Saget then went on to be cast as Danny Tanner in Full House, one of his best known roles to date, alongside the likes of John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Lori Loughlin. Full House ran from 1987 to 1995, broadcasting eight seasons and 192 episodes altogether.

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In 1996, Saget directed the made for TV film For Hope, which was inspired by the life of his sister, Gay, who had died from scleroderma.

The comedian has passed away at the age of 65 (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival)The comedian has passed away at the age of 65 (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival)
The comedian has passed away at the age of 65 (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival) | Getty Images for Tribeca Festiva

Saget was also a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. In an interview with Ability Magazine, Saget talked about how his sister had been diagnosed with scleroderma at the age of 43, before she passed away at 47.

He said: “Before [she died], 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.”

Fans of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother will know Saget as the voice of future Ted, and the narrator of the show, which ran for nine seasons from 2005 to 2014.

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Other notable roles from Saget’s career include Raising Dad, 1 vs 100, That Ain’t Right, Surviving Suburbia, Strange Days and Entourage, where he played a parody of himself.

He reprised his role as Danny Tanner in the Full House sequel series Fuller House, from 2016 to 2020.

Last year, Saget also launched his podcast called Bob Saget’ Here For You.

What he married - and did he have children?

Saget had been married to Sherri Kramer from 1982 until they divorced in 1997. He married Kelly Rizzo in 2018.

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Rizzo is best known for her food and travel show Eat Travel Rock, and the two met after Saget DMed her on Instagram. Rizzo shared their love story in a viral TikTok video.

Bob Saget and wife Kelly Rizzo (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Wheelhouse)Bob Saget and wife Kelly Rizzo (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Wheelhouse)
Bob Saget and wife Kelly Rizzo (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Wheelhouse) | Getty Images for Wheelhouse

In the clip she said: “[Saget] said, “Hey, want to come to a show of mine and then go out for some burgers and lobsters?” and I was like, “Okay, we could be friends”.

“And then I was like, “Oh no, I kind of like him”. And then we got married. And now it’s been five years, and, yes, our house is very clean.”

Saget had three children with Kramer, Aubrey, Lara Melanie and Jennifer Belle.

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When did he die?

According to a statement from officers at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Saget died on Sunday 9 January, at the age of 65.

No cause of death has been released yet.

Bob Saget had just began his 2022 stand up tour prior to his death  (Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)Bob Saget had just began his 2022 stand up tour prior to his death  (Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
Bob Saget had just began his 2022 stand up tour prior to his death (Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images) | Getty Images

After responding to a report of an unresponsive man at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, police identified that the man was Saget, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the force, no signs of foul play were found.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said: “Earlier today, deputies were called to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, for a call about an unresponsive man in a hotel room.

“The man was identified as Robert Saget and pronounced deceased on scene.

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“Detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case.”

Saget had just kicked off his 2022 stand up tour and, on the same day of his death, had tweeted about his excitement at returning to performing.

He wrote: “Loved tonight’s show @PV_ConcertHall in Jacksonville. Appreciative audience. Thanks again to @RealTimWilkins for opening. I had no idea I did a 2 hr set tonight. I’m happily addicted to this s**t. Check out BobSaget.com for my dates in 2022.”

Saget’s family said in a statement: “We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today.

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“He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter.”

Tributes for Bob Saget

Following the news of his death, the stars of Hollywood took to Twitter to express their shock and sadness.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who shared the role of Saget’s youngest daughter on Full House said in a statement: “Bob was the most loving, compassionate and generous man. We are deeply saddened that he is no longer with us but know that he will continue to be by our side and to guide us as gracefully as he always has.

“We are thinking of his daughters, wife and family and are sending our condolences.”

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Bob Saget starred together on Full House (Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images)Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Bob Saget starred together on Full House (Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Bob Saget starred together on Full House (Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images) | Getty Images

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