Bob Saget was loved because he played the American common man
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The sudden death of comedian and TV sitcom star Bob Saget has saddened a generation of fans and followers – especially those drawn to the affable and gentle characters the Philadelphia-born actor has portrayed over the past four decades.
In a culture that seems to celebrate rudeness and rudeness, Saget’s fatherly role of “Danny Tanner” on “Full House” and his longtime gig as the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” has been decidedly and decisively G rated Although originally criticized by critics, “Full House” has grown in popularity, entering the top ten on shows in its fifth season.
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Saget’s career rise was familiar – an uneven and fortuitous journey marked by both failures and successes, including the loss of a coveted role that led to his big breakup.
“’Full House’ was an accident,” he recalls. “I was fired from CBS and asked to be in ‘Full House’.”
Originally wanting to pursue a career in medicine, Saget’s grades proved too difficult. Instead, he studied film at Temple University, where he won a Student Academy Award for a documentary based on a nephew of his who underwent facial reconstruction surgery.
After moving to Los Angeles after graduation, Saget enrolled in film school at the University of Southern California. But things did not go as planned. “I quit after a few days,” he recalls. “I was an arrogant, overweight 22-year-old man. Then I had a gangrenous appendix removed, I almost died, and I got over my arrogance or overweight.”
Saget then dabbled in stand-up comedy, where he was discovered and offered a job on CBS’s “The Morning Program” to provide humorous commentary. The opportunity was short lived and he was fired six months later.
“Affiliates were upset – I was considered too ‘hot’ for the morning, anything,” Saget joked.
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But then came the role of his life in “Full House” – a sympathetic widower dad living in San Francisco with his brother-in-law and best friend, raising his three daughters and facing the challenges of life as a single dad.
Saget endeared himself to America because he played the part of the common man – sometimes unhappy, but hopeful – loving his daughters and family and just trying to do his best during the times. trials and tribulations.
How American – and how familiar it is to most of us to do our best for the good of our families and loved ones. Sorrow comes to all – but life has yet to go on.
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Even as the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” Saget helped remind the country that the secret to happiness in life is to find humor in the absurd – and to enjoy the journey through all the mistakes. and the weaknesses of family life. We can take our responsibilities seriously, but it is the wise and happy person who can laugh at themselves at the same time.
Saget’s sudden death at the age of 65 is so shocking because for so many years it’s been associated with laughter – and there’s nothing funny about dying.
The death of the actor and comedian is a stark reminder that life is fragile and uncertain – and no one is promised for many years, let alone tomorrow. In this modern age, we tend to think that we know what tomorrow has in store for us, but we don’t even know what might happen to us tonight.
Just nine days before her death, as a tribute to her friend and beloved actress Betty White, Saget tweeted: “I don’t know what happens when we die, but if Betty says you can be with the love of your life, so I’ll gladly defer to Betty on this. “
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It’s not clear to me what and who Saget believed in, but I hope he found Heaven to be a “Full House” – but with plenty of room for him.
In the meantime, Saget’s shows will long outlive him in syndication, where he and his daughters will forever remain young – offering hope to those who have suffered loss and highlighting the joys and challenges of everyday family life.
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