Inside Bob Saget's Life – The 'Full House' Dad Who Overcame Four Family Losses
Bob Saget eschews the word "celebrity," claiming to be just a comedian, actor, and director for almost five decades. However, most who watched his shows are unaware of the personal costs he had to suffer at the expense of making people laugh.
The actor first got his big break on the series "Full House." Saget played the role of Danny Tanner, the wholesome, lovable father of three daughters just trying to raise them right. With life often imitating art, Saget is the father of three girls in real life, too.
What almost nobody knew at the time was that he had been through not one but four tragedies in his life. Ultimately, it was his unfailing humor that helped him cope with the painful losses.
SAGET'S FAMILY TRAGEDIES
Growing up, Saget's parents endured the pain of losing their twin babies at birth, his siblings Robert and Faith. As anyone in that position knows, losing children affects the whole family, even if the other siblings had no real connection with the babies. He coped through humor, telling CBS:
"It's hard to make gallows humor out of something, which is what we always fall back on, which was what my dad instilled upon me. Make people feel better during this horrible time."
LOSING ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER
Saget had to endure the loss of another sibling when his sister Andi died from a brain aneurysm at the young age of 34. His other sister, Gay, also developed a skin condition known as Scleroderma. It is a long-lasting disease that affects not only one's skin but connective tissues and even internal organs.
Years later, he made a television movie called "For Hope" to raise awareness on Scleroderma. Having already lost three siblings, Saget's support for her battle was unwavering.
Unfortunately, Gay passed away in 1994 at 47. Saget is currently a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation, joining them after her tragic passing.
HIS SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS
In 1987, the actor helped the foundation launch the "Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine" fundraiser. Through the years, it has become one of the foundation's primary sources of funding, with which he has already raised around $45 million towards research.
For the general public, however, his contribution would be putting smiles on people's faces through his shows. "Full House," his most famed American sitcom, was responsible for raising a generation as it aired from 1987 to 1995.
HIS LIFE AS AN ACTOR
Saget is multi-faceted as a comedian, director, and television personality. Still, many fans don't know that his first love is stand-up comedy, where he is considered anything but "wholesome."
Doing comedy for more than four decades, Saget told CBS that his act could lean towards the blue, saying:
"I'm a little bipolar in my work, because I'm doing stand-up again and I feel a need to perform now more than I ever have."
SAGET'S RECENT MARRIAGE
In 2018, Saget married Kelly Rizzo in a ceremony in Santa Monica, California. Rizzo, born in 1979, is 23 years younger than the actor.
Despite their age gap, the couple is extremely happy together. In fact, while he believed he wouldn't be in a relationship ever again, he's happy to have found Rizzo after a mutual friend introduced them back in 2015.
Saget was previously married to Sherri Kramer for 15 years. Together, they share three grown daughters who all love their stepmother.
While the "Fuller House" actor takes pride in his career, raising his children is the most rewarding thing he's done. He is a proud dad to Aubrey, an artist who graduated from New York University, Lara, also an artist from Barnard College and Columbia University, and Jennifer, who has kept a low profile as his youngest daughter.
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