The Life and Legacy of “America’s Dad”

On January 9th, 2022, American stand-up comedian; actor; and television host, Bob Saget, died at the Ritz Carlton Orlando Resort at the age of 65. His death shocked America to its core, as no one expected him to die so soon and so suddenly. Due to his relatively young age of death and lack of evidence proving any illness before his death, investigators considered foul play or drug use as possible causes of death, though neither proved to be true. His funeral took place five days later on January 14th, and he was buried at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, a Jewish Cemetery, in Hollywood Hills, California. His grave is near the graves of both of his parents and sister. To this day, it is unknown what the cause of death was. However, it’s important to focus on his contributions and achievements in his life moving on, rather than focusing on his sudden passing.

Robert Lane Saget was born on May 17, 1956, to a Jewish family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, Benjamin, was a supermarket executive and his mother, Rosalyn, was a hospital administrator. During his childhood, his family moved around a lot. Although he was born in Philadelphia, he spent his childhood in Norfolk, Virginia, and then his teenage years in Los Angeles, California. However, his family moved back to Philadelphia prior to his senior year, where he graduated from Abington Senior High School. Prior to college, Saget wanted to become a doctor when he got older, but he ultimately decided to pursue a film degree at Temple University.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1978, he intended to take graduate courses at the University of Southern California but dropped out after only a few days. He then spent the next nine years dabbling in a few jobs in the film and television industry until he landed the role of Danny Tanner in the sitcom, “Full House,” in 1987. This role catapulted Saget into nationwide fame, as the show remained highly successful until its conclusion in 1995. Simultaneously, he hosted the show, “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” (“AFV” for short) from 1989 to 1997. Unfortunately, “Full House” and “AFV” proved to be his most successful programs, as his future roles and hosting jobs weren’t nearly as successful.

In 1998, Saget directed his first feature film, “Dirty Work,” which was originally met with negative reviews and low box office ratings. However, it has become a cult favorite in recent years. He also starred in two sitcoms, “Raising Dad” and “Surviving Suburbia” in the 2000s, though neither managed to last more than one season. However, he served as the narrator of the future Ted Mosby in the sitcom, “How I Met Your Mother,” from 2005 to 2014, becoming his most successful television gig since “Full House.” He also made frequent television appearances during the last years of his life, such as hosting the game show “1 Vs. 100” from 2006 to 2008, appearing in the fourth season of “The Masked Singer” and making guest appearances on the sitcom “Fuller House,” the spinoff to “Full House” that aired from 2016 to 2020. The most prominent career path in his later years was his stand-up comedy, and he released three stand-up comedy specials with one being nominated for a Grammy.

Even though Bob Saget is gone, it doesn’t indicate that he is forgotten. People will remember him as the lovable Danny Tanner from “Full House” for decades to come, as the show has always been a favorite amongst family audiences. It’s also important to recognize how versatile he was in his career, as he dabbled in the careers of acting and stand-up comedy. Although many believe his life was cut short, the amount he was able to accomplish within his life is remarkable, and this teaches us that a long life isn’t always guaranteed, so it’s important to enjoy the time we have on Earth while we still can.