Remembering Bob Saget


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Born on May 17th, 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bob Saget was a TV personality, actor, and a sensation in the comedic world with his stand-up comedy. His love for comedy, however, initiated its formation in his childhood when he noticed that his comedic acts made others laugh. That portion in his life would be the beginning of his success, even if he did not know it. 


As he grew older, Saget had other intentions with his life. He wanted to pursue medicine, but his grades depicted another story. His grades were not the strongest, and they would dwindle when he moved from Philadelphia to Encino, California in his teenage days. He was not away for long because he would return to Philadelphia for his senior year in high school.


Once university life presented itself, Saget attended Temple University. His love for film skyrocketed during university, and he made a short documentary, Through Adam’s Eyes, that was about a boy who underwent surgery to “correct a genetic defect.” That short documentary earned him a Student Academy Award. 


After graduating from Temple University, Saget went to the University of Southern California to enhance his skills in film. However, he did not commit towards the University of Southern California for long. 


In 1990, Saget told the Saturday Evening Post, “I quit after a couple of days. I was a cocky, overweight 22 year-old. Then I had a gangrenous appendix taken out, almost died, and I got over being cocky or overweight.” 


After his recovery, Saget resided in Los Angeles. That is where he decided to follow the road of comedy by doing stand-up routinely. For various years, his comedic ways shone through the comic club circuit, consisting of acts that garnered him his individuality with his commentary. Eventually, Saget met comedians Gary Shandling and Dave Coulier, and they were a muse in letting Saget know that he could make it in the comedic world. 


As Saget once said to describe his personality, it was a “triple-A personality.”


Amidst his blooming career, Saget married Sherri Kramer, his companionship since high school, in 1982. They would experience the wave of being parents for the first time in 1987 when they welcomed their daughter Aubrey Saget. Kramer and Saget would end up having two more daughters together. 


That same year, however, Saget joined The Morning Program, but his time on the program did not last long because six months later would be the beginning of a perpetual knowing. Saget earned the role of Danny Tanner on Full House, gaining him millions of viewers from home that sympathized with his character, a widowed father of three daughters. Audiences loved the plot of brother-in-law Jesse (John Stamos) and his friend Joey (Dave Coulier) moving in with Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) to support him with his daughters D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and Michelle Tanner (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen). 


In 1989, Saget became the first host of America’s Funniest Home Videos. There, he would showcase viewers humorous videos, many that consisted of people getting hurt in odd or ridiculous ways. He was not merely a host because his comedic sayings would arise on airing. 


Soon after Full House premiered in the fall of 1987, the show was ranked amongst the top 20. The show was sensational on ABC because people never turned off their television screens once an episode aired, but there is always an ending to a beginning. After eight seasons of laughter, tears, and smiles, Full House ended its airing journey in 1995. People had to say goodbye to the Tanners and envision what their outcomes would be. It was a saddening moment, but the door had to close. 


Saget also said goodbye to America’s Funniest Home Videos shortly after to direct a television movie named For Hope. The television movie was about how Saget’s sister, Gay Saget, had become sick and passed away from systemic scleroderma, an “autoimmune disease that can lead to hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues.” 


Saget wanted to do more in terms of helping those with systemic scleroderma. With the research funded at Johns Hopkins, Stanford and UCSF, there have been new medicines and therapies developed to help those struggling with systemic scleroderma. He was passionate about the Scleroderma Research Foundation, a research group that devotes its entirety in finding a cure for systemic scleroderma or helping prevent the disease from entering dire stages. 


In an essay written in 2016, Saget said, “I will spend the rest of my life dedicated to helping our amazing Board of Directors at the incredible Scleroderma Research Foundation to work with the best medical minds as we fund a cure. We are still at the stage where we need attention and much more funding.”


Saget used humor to cope with the passing of his sister and to help others suffering. With the help of his friends, Saget raised more than $26 million for the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Saget was driven by wanting no one else to suffer like his sister did. 


Saget said, “For me, it’s an homage to her. And somehow telling her that her life had a real purpose. I have a lot to live up to. I feel like, to really do her justice, is to really make huge strides in the next decade or two and to really help these sweet, innocent victims with this disease.”


Within the frame Saget wrote his essay about his sister in 2016, Full House opened its doors again. On a spin-off show named Fuller House, the original cast of Full House returned on Netflix. Audiences that grew up with Full House endured nostalgia when watching Fuller House, and there was at least closure for audiences to know the life the Tanners pursued or had to endure. Fuller House ended in 2020 after five seasons, and even if that ending was as saddening to the one of Full House, the good news is that the show is on Netflix to enjoy. Full House can be found on HBO, so there is no more waiting for an episode to air on television as it did in the late 80s and early 90s because episodes can be watched at any time without the dread of commercials. 


Amidst his Tanner family, Saget met a new companionship. After divorcing Sherri Kramer in 1997, Saget did not remarry until 2018. His wife became Kelly Rizzo, and they remained married until Saget’s death on January 10th, 2022. 


Saget was found dead in his Orlando, Florida hotel room. It was unknown as to what his cause of death was, but according to a recent statement of Saget’s family, Saget died from head trauma. 


The statement said, “The authorities have determined that Bob passed from head trauma. They have concluded that he accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it and went to sleep. No drugs or alcohol were involved.”


In a post on Instagram the day before his death, Saget had just finished his show in Jacksonville. He was doing stand-up comedy again with a positive outlook of what he wanted his future to look like. That is the heart-wrenching portion because his death was not due to any health issues as many suspected. 


In his last Instagram post, Saget said, “I’m back in comedy like I was when I was 26. I guess I’m finding my new voice and loving every moment of it.”


Saget’s Tanner family gathered together to remember him. In an Instagram message by his beloved co-stars, the Tanner family said, “Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family. And now we grieve as a family. Bob made us laugh until we cried. Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob. He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls and a friend to all of us. Bob, we love you dearly. We ask in Bob’s honor, hug the people you love. No one gave better hugs than Bob.”  


It has been one month since Saget’s passing, and many around the world continue to mourn his death. He looked forward to the future, and even if that future did not fulfill its yearning, remembering the humorous and loving person that he was will make that future fulfill itself.