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Daniel Ernest Tanner (born 1957, portrayed by Bob Saget, John Posey in the unaired pilot), one of the show's four main protagonists, is left with three young daughters to raise after his wife, Pam, dies from a car accident caused by a drunk driver. At the beginning of the series, he works as a sportscaster for Channel 8 News. He is chosen (in season two) to be a co-host for the station's new morning talk show, Wake Up, San Francisco, with Rebecca Donaldson. While Rebecca is on maternity leave, Danny ends up falling in love with her co-host replacement, Vicky Larson. The two of them begin dating and later become engaged. However, Vicky ended up getting her dream job of anchoring network news in New York, but a long distance relationship didn't work for either of them, so they break up. Much of the humor surrounding Danny's character comes from his obsession with cleaning and cleanliness. Danny can often be found cleaning for cleaning's sake, sometimes even cleaning his cleaning products. As a matter of fact, "spring cleaning" is his Christmas. His quirkiness and generally "unhip dad" personality are also targets for humor. He is, however, a skilled pool and dart player and guitarist. Like most other characters, he generally cannot stand Kimmy Gibbler.

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