Actor and comedian Bob Saget, best known as the star of television’s “Full House,” was found dead Sunday in a hotel room in the Orlando, Florida, area, authorities said. He was 65.
Deputies had responded to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, based on a report that someone was unresponsive, the office said.
“Detectives have found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case,” the sheriff’s office said, adding that the medical examiner would determine the cause of death.
Saget was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office tweeted.
Saget had three scheduled Florida stops in this month on his “I Don’t Do Negative” tour, including one Friday in Orlando. He described the performance on Twitter as “an all new show of standup and music.”
He was beloved as a comedian’s comedian, a rare Hollywood talent who could portray a wholesome father in prime time and still maintain a stand-up presence by exploring sometimes dark and epithet-laden humor.
He has been credited with one of the dirtiest versions of what’s been billed as the world’s dirtiest joke, as told in the 2005 documentary “The Aristocrats.”
In a clip of his “That’s What I’m Talking About” standup performance in Seattle in 2013, he spoke about his father, who he said told raunchy, inappropriate jokes to him in public. He described a childhood response to his dad: “I’m 11.”
Saget’s official bio describes his television successes “Full House,” which ran from 1987 to 1995, and “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” which hired him as its original host in 1989, as “two of the most family-friendly shows network TV has ever produced.”
As the widowed father Danny Tanner on “Full House” he portrayed a radio personality with three daughters whose wife and high school sweetheart had died in a car collision with a drunken driver.
He reprised the role on “Fuller House” beginning in 2016.
Yet his status as a Hollywood insider who might appear to be comfortable in the smoke-filled rooms of after-hours gamblers and A-list gallants persisted until that side of him became his public face in the 2000s, about the time he appeared in “The Aristocrats.”
That sleazier persona was immortalized on HBO’s show about the male side of the industry, “Entourage,” on which he played “himself,” according to his bio.
A&E aired a series, “Strange Days With Bob Saget,” in 2010. His bio billed it as “an exploration of unusual subcultures in America.”
He was hardly seen as a big-screen star, yet he put in plenty of work there, too. He was working on two film projects when he died and was scheduled to be included in a documentary about comedian Martin Mull, another talent who has explored his raunchy-wholesome dichotomy.
His films, including “Critical Condition” (1997) and “New York Minute” (2004), have grossed more than $50 million at the box office. He also performed on Broadway, in “The Drowsy Chaperone” (2007) and “Hand to God” (2015).
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Saget began making Super 8 films as a teenager. His family moved to Los Angeles during those years, and he started doing stand-up at 17.
Saget attended Temple University in Philadelphia, where he made a film that won a student Academy Award in 1978. In 2013 he hosted the 40th Student Academy Awards.
Early in his career he met television producer and super agent Brad Grey and got a break performing on “The Merv Griffin Show.” Saget landed his first film role in “Full Moon High” in 1981
He was married to food and travel writer Kelly Rizzo. He was married once before that, to Sherri Kramer, with whom he shared three daughters: Aubrey, 34, Lara, 32, and Jennifer, 29.
Saget had noted the parallels to his “Full House” role as the father of three girls.
Family members issued a statement Sunday that read, in part: “We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today. He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter.”
The title of Saget’s memoir, “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy,” listed as a New York Times humor bestseller in September 2014, seemed to describe his own persona.
Hollywood luminaries and comedians were quick to lament Saget’s death Sunday. Fellow “Full House” actor John Stamos, who played brother-in-law Uncle Jesse, tweeted: “I am broken. I am gutted. I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby.”
Candace Cameron Bure, who played D.J., the oldest daughter on “Full House,” also spoke about Saget’s character.
“Bob was one of the best humans beings I’ve ever known in my life,” Bure, who portrayed D.J. Tanner, tweeted. “I loved him so much.”
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who shared the role of the youngest Fuller daughter, Michelle, on “Full House,” tweeted that, “Bob was the most loving, compassionate and generous man. We are deeply saddened that he is no longer with us but know that he will continue to be by our side to guide us as gracefully as he always has. We are thinking of his daughters, wife and family and are sending our condolences.”
Norman Lear, one of television’s most influential creators, tweeted: “Bob Saget was as lovely a human as he was funny. And to my mind, he was hilarious. We were close friends and I could not have loved him more.”
Fellow comedian and actor Jim Carrey remembered Saget as a “beautiful” person.
“He had a big, big heart and a wonderfully warped comic mind,” Carrey said in a tweet, sharing a photo of himself with Saget. “He gave the world a lot of joy and lived his life for goodness’ sake.”
Billy Crystal called Saget “one of the funniest and sweetest people I have ever known,” adding, “My love to his beautiful family.”
Comedian Margaret Cho tweeted: “It doesn’t seem real to me yet, I just saw him last week and it’s hard to even imagine him not being here. He was the best.”
Comedian Dane Cook said he had just spoken with Saget “a couple of days ago” and was “stunned beyond belief” by the news of his death.
“We just had the most beautiful podcast chat over the holidays,” he said. “I loved him. I can not believe this.”
“Everyone loved him in the community. EVERYONE,” comedian and actor Ken Jeong wrote.
“Really good guy like everyone says & if you did even a small favor for him he would be so grateful and appreciative even it wasn’t much,” the “Hangover” star wrote. “In tears typing this, he was that genuine and the world should know that. Love you @bobsaget.”
In the last tweet he posted, Saget had expressed gratitude for his fans, thanking an “appreciative audience” at a show he did on Saturday at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Jacksonville.
“I had no idea I did a 2 hr set tonight,” he wrote, adding that he was “happily addicted” to his work.