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Also Known As: David Michael Hasselholff Died:
Born: July 17, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Profession: actor, producer, singer, director

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It was presumably safe to say that few actors enjoyed a career as successful, tumultuous and just plain odd as that of David Hasselhoff. The star of three phenomenally popular television series - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS, 1973- ), "Knight Rider" (NBC, 1982-86) and "Baywatch" (NBC/syndicated, 1989-2001) - Hasselhoff was adored by millions of fans around the world - particularly in Germany - yet endured an equal amount of derision for participating in these very same shows, especially in his home country. Pundits also targeted him for his European fan base, his dodgy music career, and broad acting style, yet Hasselhoff seemed to shrug off the brickbats with almost supernatural good cheer. Eventually, the dichotomous nature of his career ushered him into that curious twilight zone of celebrity reserved for those performers who was famous for being famous - and he worked that angle with remarkable fervor, even to the point of parodying himself in films, television shows and commercials to prove that he was in on the joke. Not even a much-publicized problem with alcohol and a failed marriage could dim his particular star power.

It was presumably safe to say that few actors enjoyed a career as successful, tumultuous and just plain odd as that of David Hasselhoff. The star of three phenomenally popular television series - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS, 1973- ), "Knight Rider" (NBC, 1982-86) and "Baywatch" (NBC/syndicated, 1989-2001) - Hasselhoff was adored by millions of fans around the world - particularly in Germany - yet endured an equal amount of derision for participating in these very same shows, especially in his home country. Pundits also targeted him for his European fan base, his dodgy music career, and broad acting style, yet Hasselhoff seemed to shrug off the brickbats with almost supernatural good cheer. Eventually, the dichotomous nature of his career ushered him into that curious twilight zone of celebrity reserved for those performers who was famous for being famous - and he worked that angle with remarkable fervor, even to the point of parodying himself in films, television shows and commercials to prove that he was in on the joke. Not even a much-publicized problem with alcohol and a failed marriage could dim his particular star power.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Piranha 3DD (2012)
3.
 Hop (2011)
4.
 Anaconda 3 (2008)
5.
6.
 CLICK (2006) Cast (In Negotiations)
7.
 Dirty Shame, A (2004)
8.
 Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) German Coach
9.
10.
 Baywatch Hawaiian Wedding (2003) Mitch Buchanan
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Milestones close milestones

1975:
Made TV debut playing Dr. William 'Snapper' Foster on the CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless"
1976:
Feature acting debut, "Revenge of the Cheerleaders"
1979:
Cast in the role of Simon in the Italian film "Starcrash"
1980:
Starred on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Semi-Tough"
1982:
Delivered breakthrough role as Michael Knight on the NBC action series "Knight Rider"
1989:
Returned to TV to star in the original incarnation of "Baywatch" (NBC)
1989:
Produced first film, "W. B. Blue and the Bean"; also co-starred
1990:
Released first album in Germany, <i>Looking For Freedom</i>
1990:
Performed the single "Looking For Freedom" on the Berlin Wall on New Year's Eve
1991:
Released second album in Europe, <i>Crazy for You</i>
1991:
Executive produced and starred in the revived syndicated version of "Baywatch"; left series in 1999, but stayed on as a producer
1993:
Signed multi-million dollar deal with BMG/Ariola for a worldwide recording contract
1995:
Produced and starred in "Baywatch Nights," a spin-off of the popular syndicated series
1995:
Released the album <i>Miracle of Love</i> in the U.S.
1996:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January)
1998:
Sang a duet with Filipina singer Regine Velasquez, which was used as the main theme for his movie "Legacy"
1999:
Made directorial debut with an episode of "Baywatch"
2000:
Made Broadway debut assuming the title roles in the musical "Jekyll and Hyde"
2003:
Re-teamed with the cast of "Baywatch" for the TV-movie "Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding"
2004:
Cast as the German Coach in the comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"
2004:
Cast in the role of Billy Flynn in the London stage production of "Chicago"
2006:
Played Adam Sandler's boss in the comedy "Click"
2006:
Judged the NBC reality competition series "America's Got Talent," created by Simon Cowell
2008:
Reprised role of Michael Knight in the NBC TV-movie "Knight Rider"
2010:
Briefly reprised his role as Dr. William 'Snapper' Foster on CBS' "The Young and the Restless"
2010:
Featured on a "Comedy Central Roast"
2010:
Joined 11th season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC) as a contestant
2010:
Appeared with real-life daughters on short lived reality series "The Hasselhoffs" (A&E)
2012:
Played himself in the thriller "Piranha 3DD"
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Education

Academy of Dramatic Arts: Pontiac , Michigan -
California Institute of the Arts: Valencia , California -

Notes

Hasselhoff's popularity as a singer and recording artist in Germany has broken all precedents. In 1993, after the release of his "You Are Everything" album, German newspaper headlines declared "Hasselhoff! Not Since Elvis" and "Hasselhoff! Not Since The Beatles." He has twice been designated the most popular and best-selling recording artist in Germany, topping Madonna and Michael Jackson. --from publicity material for "Baywatch"

"The people who still make fun of the show are unaware of what it's about. We're devoted to action, not violence. Romance, not sex. And issues, but not too heavy." --Hasselhoff in People, October 3, 1994.

Hasselhoff's pay-per-views special from the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City aired on the same night--June 17, 1994--that O.J. Simpson made his now-famous flight on the L.A. Freeway systems. It was thought to cut viewership for other programs significantly.

Hasseslhoff checked himself into the Betty Ford center in June 2002 for alcohol treatment

On February 20, 2003 Hasselhoff and his wife were involved in a motorcycle accident. Hasselhoff was treated for possible lower back fractures, a broken rib and cuts and bruises and his wife was treated for a fractured ankle and broken wrist.

Hasselhoff was arrested June 5, 2004 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated; the next day he checked himself into the Betty Ford Center for treatment of alcoholism

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Roberta Leighton. Actor. Appeared together on "The Young and the Restless".
wife:
Catherine Hickland. Actor. Divorced in 1987.
wife:
Pamela Bach. Actor. Mother of Taylor Ann Hasselhoff and Hayley Amber Hasselhoff; married 1989.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Joe Hasselhoff. Retired executive. Worked for Brinks.
mother:
Dolores Hasselhoff. Homemaker.
daughter:
Taylor Ann Hasselhoff. Born c. 1990; mother, Pamela Bach.
daughter:
Hayley Amber Hasselhoff. Born c. 1993; mother, Pamela Bach.
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