Beloved actor and stand-up comedian Bob Saget, age 65, who got his start in the entertainment industry while he was growing up in Philadelphia, was found dead this past Sunday at a hotel room in Orlando, writes Jeff Gammage for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
According to police, there were no signs of foul play or drug use.
Philly-born Saget graduated from Abington High School and went on to attend and graduate from Temple University in 1978 where he studied film.
He first got involved in stand-up comedy in high school, and he said he found the experience of making people laugh so gratifying that he would take the train to New York to perform at open-mike nights at comedy clubs to work on his set.
After college, Saget moved to Los Angeles where he was the emcee at the Comedy Store for seven years working alongside comedians like David Letterman and Robin Williams.
Later, Saget was hired for one of his most well-known roles playing Danny Tanner on Full House in 1987, and as the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997.
He reclaimed the Full House dad role again for Netflix’s Fuller House in 2016, in addition to many roles over the years.
“Saget will always be remembered as one of Temple’s all-time funniest Owls,” Temple University said. “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 is survived by his wife, ex-wife, and three children.