On HBO’s “Entourage,” Saget played a version of himself, mocking his clean-cut image. That all-American-dad persona diverged wildly from Saget’s reputation on the stand-up comedy circuit, where he was known for dark, off-color humor. “Bob Saget knew his way around a dirty joke,” says Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos. Actor Henry Winkler writes of the comedian’s death, “Oh are you going to make God blush.”
When Saget was asked which on-screen persona he was more like in real life, he replied “neither.” Acting roles are merely “two-dimensional” characters, he added.
Saget, who is survived by his wife and three children, was a longtime advocate for scleroderma research. His sister died of the autoimmune disease at age 47. In 1996, Saget directed the TV movie “For Hope” in honor of his sister, donating some proceeds to the Scleroderma Research Foundation.