Comedian and actor Dave Coulier was born on September 21, 1959, in St. Clair Lakes, 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.
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.