Dave Coulier Biography

Television Actor, Actor (1959–)
Dave Coulier is a comedic actor who played Joey Gladstone on the long-running TV sitcom Full House.


With the beginnings of a voice-over career in place, David Coulier began to focus on acting work and in 1984 was cast in Nickelodeon's Out of Control, a faux late-night show for kids. The wacky program lasted less than a season, but the show became a cult favorite. In 1987, he was cast as Joey Gladstone, Bob Saget's crazy best-friend, on the series Full House, the role for which he is best known.

Early Life

Comedian and actor Dave Coulier was born on September 21, 1959, in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, as the middle child of five. Coulier informally began his career at a young age, doing impressions of neighbors and friends. He cites both grandmothers as strong comedic influences. His parents, an interior decorator and a foreman at Chrysler, disapproved of his comic leanings, and considered him a mischief-maker.

In 1973, Coulier began attending Notre Dame High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Harper Woods, Michigan. The avid hockey player capitalized on his mimicry skills, and performed perfect impressions of various teachers—and even his principal—over the school's public address system. Coulier feared he'd be punished, but was instead rewarded for his talent.

Paired with close friend and fellow humorist Mark Cendrowski, the duo was encouraged to write and perform comedic sketches, and became responsible for the school's morning announcements. Soon, Coulier expanded his stomping grounds, and put together sketch comedy shows for Notre Dame's all-girls sister school. He also began performing stand up at Detroit's Comedy Castle; comedian Tim Allen worked at the venue, and the two aspiring stars struck up a friendship.

Early Career

Two years after his 1977 graduation, Coulier moved to Los Angeles to pursue stand-up comedy in earnest. At 19, he became a regular performer at the Comedy Store and decided to make a voice-over demo. Writing, producing and voicing his own material, he sent the reel to Hanna Barbera Studios, and was hired within the week.

With the beginnings of a voice-over career in place, Coulier began to focus on acting work. After landing a part in Cheech and Chong's Things Are Tough All Over, he began earning character roles on shows like Newhart and performing stand up on A&E's Evening at the Improv. In 1984, Coulier was cast in Nickelodeon's Out of Control, a faux, late-night show for kids. The wacky program lasted less than a season, but the show—and Coulier's signature catchphrase, "Cut it out"—became a cult favorite.

'Full House'

In 1987, Coulier appeared on The Tonight Show, and landed several voice-over roles on the animated series, Muppet Babies. Most notably, he was cast as Joey Gladstone, Bob Saget's crazy best-friend-cum-comedian on the series Full House.

As Full House enjoyed nationwide popularity, Coulier became a voice-over artist on the animated The Real Ghost Busters. In 1990, he was also cast as the host of ABC's America's Funniest People, a home-video show featuring silly and outrageous video clips, as well as Coulier's own sketches. That same year, Coulier met actress Jayne Modean on the set of Full House; Modean played an older version of the character Michelle in a fantasy flash-forward. The couple quickly married, and their son, Luc, was born on November 14; they divorced two years later. Not long after their split, Coulier dated up-and-coming singer Alanis Morissette.

Later Roles

After the 1995 cancellation of Full House, Coulier continued to act in bit parts on series like CBS's George and Leo (1997) and host kid-friendly shows like Animal Planet's Animal Kidding (2003). He even ventured into reality television, with stints on The Surreal Life (2004) and Skating With Celebrities (2006), and his voice can be heard on numerous animated series, including Adult Swim's Robot Chicken (2005) and Bob & Doug (2009).

Coulier is proud of his "clean," family-appropriate humor, and founded a multimedia organization called The Clean Guys of Comedy. Ironically, he recently admitted that he might be the inspiration behind Alanis Morissette's contemptuous single, "You Oughta Know." He continues to be an avid hockey player, and is a member of the Celebrity All-Stars team.

Personal Life

Dave Coulier married photographer and producer Melissa Bring on July 2, 2014 in Montana. Several Full House cast members were present to celebrate the nuptials including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, Andrea Barber and Bob Saget.

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