ORLANDO, Fla. — Actor and comedian Bob Saget was found dead on Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The beloved TV dad was 65 years old.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said that deputies arrived after hotel security found Saget unresponsive in his hotel room. Detectives said there were no signs of foul play or drug use. Saget was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the Tweet.
Saget was in the middle of a comedy tour. On Saturday night, he performed at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall near Jacksonville.
He tweeted after the show: “Loved tonight’s show @PV_ConcertHall in Jacksonville. Appreciated 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***. Check BobSaget.com for my dates in 2022.”
The actor and comedian was best known for playing Danny Tanner on “Full House” and later on “Fuller House.” He also hosted “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” among many other television and movie credits.
I had the rare opportunity to interview Mr. Saget on the phone back in February 2008. We spoke about his upcoming show at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor, Mich. These were his exact words about his time on “Full House”:
“It was interesting. I just had had my first child with my wife which was convenient. I had a show in New York called the Morning Program in 1986 I got the job. I was fired after five months and conveniently they had wanted me for the pilot of Full House. After I had got fired from the show, which was also a good career start for me, I got the Full House job and I was really excited.
“I was in a primetime sitcom and had just been fired and had a new baby and got to work with my good friend Dave Coulier who is of course from Detroit. I met him at a place called the Delta Lady when he was 17 and I was 22. John Stamos and I, we’re all like brothers. It was a very fun experience. It was kinda weird cause I was in a reverend comedian and here I was playing this clean-cut dust-busting straight man even though I didn’t look that straight cause I was wearing cardigan sweaters and living in San Francisco with two men.”
Saget was born in Philadelphia and moved to Lexington, Virginia at the age of two. He attended Rockbridge County High School then moved back to Philadelphia where he graduated from Abington Senior High School. His first intention was to become a doctor. Then, he changed his mind for a career in film.