David Michael Hasselhoff
(born July 17, 1952) is an American actor and
singer. He is best known for his lead roles as Michael Knight in the popular
1980s U.S. series Knight Rider
and as L.A. County Lifeguard Mitch
Buchannon in the series Baywatch
. Hasselhoff also produced Baywatch
for a number of seasons in the 1990s up until 2001, when the series ended with
Baywatch Hawaii. Hasselhoff also crossed over to a music career during the end
of the 1980s and the early 1990s. He was noted for his performance when the
Berlin Wall was brought down in 1989. He enjoyed a short lived success as a
singer primarily in German-speaking Europe, particularly in Germany and Austria.
More recently, Hasselhoff has been involved with talent shows such as NBC's
America's Got Talent
in 2006. Hasselhoff's autobiography, Making Waves
was released in the United Kingdom in September 2006.
Hasselhoff portrayed Dr. William "Snapper" Foster, Jr. on the soap opera
The Young and the Restless from 1975 to 1982. In 1979 he played the role of
Simon in Starcrash. He later went on to star as Michael Knight in the
Glen A. Larson-created series Knight Rider from 1982 to 1986 (a role he
would reprise in Knight Rider 2000 (1991) and cameo in 2008's Knight
Rider TV film).
David Hasselhoff "Get
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Hasselhoff describes Knight Rider as more than a TV show: "It's a
phenomenon. It's bigger than Baywatch ever was." On the success of Knight
Rider — "It's because it was about saving lives, not taking lives, and it was
how one man really can make a difference. And we had a blast making it, and we
made sure nobody died on the show; [just as] we made sure nobody ever drowned on
Baywatch." (However, in the 1982 two hour pilot "Knight Of The Phoenix",
Michael Long's partner Mugsy is shot and dies in the parking lot.) He describes
the acting he has done as "a little more difficult than if you had a regularly
well-written script – like, if I was going to be in, say, Reservoir Dogs,
or The Godfather, or Dances with Wolves or Lawrence of Arabia
or ER, I had to talk to a car."
While his star rose, fell and rose again in the US, Hasselhoff's popularity
remained a little longer in Europe during the end of the 80s. Hasselhoff had one
number-one hit in the German pop charts in 1989 ("Looking for Freedom"), which
very much resonated with the fall of the Berlin Wall at that time, and two more
top-ten hits in 1989 and 1993.
Hasselhoff returned to television on Baywatch which premiered in 1989.
Although it was canceled after only one season, he believed the series had
potential, so Hasselhoff revived it for the first-run syndication market in
1991, investing his own money and additionally functioning as executive
producer. His contract stipulated royalties to be paid to him from the rerun
profits, which gave him the financial liberty to buy back the rights to
Baywatch from NBC.
In its second incarnation, Baywatch was much more successful. It ran
in syndication for another ten seasons. It was also well received
internationally and has been shown in over 140 countries around the world.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Baywatch is the most
watched TV show in the world, with over 1.1 billion viewers. Hasselhoff on the
appeal of Baywatch: "I believe the camera photographs your aura, and it
also photographs your heart. And I cast Baywatch that way. If you look at
Baywatch, just about everybody on that show — even Pamela Anderson — has
got a great heart."
This success combined with his royalties and his other ventures have placed
Hasselhoff's fortune at more than $100,000,000.
In 1994, Hasselhoff was inducted into the Lyons Township High School Hall of
Also in 1994, Hasselhoff was scheduled to perform a concert on pay-per-view
from Atlantic City. The concert was expected to help reignite his singing career
in the United States. On the night of his concert, O.J. Simpson was involved in
a police chase in southern California. Viewership of the concert was
significantly lower than expected, due to the live coverage of the chase. Since
then, Hasselhoff has not attempted another concert.
In 1996, Hasselhoff was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1997,
he did a duet with Asia's Songbird, Regine Velasquez. The song was used as the
main theme for his 1998 movie "Legacy". In the film, he was joined by Filipina
actresses, Donita Rose and Chin Chin Gutierrez. The film was shot in the
Hasselhoff made his Broadway debut in 2000 in the title role of Jekyll &
Hyde. In August of 2001 he hosted an event at the Conga Room, in Los Angeles
honoring the Latin rock band Renegade for record sales in excess of 30 million
units worldwide, taking the stage with the latin rockers and singing in Spanish.
 Beginning in July 16, 2004, he
played the lead role in London performances of Chicago for three months.
Hasselhoff has made several self-parodic appearances in movies. He had a
major appearance in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, released November
19, 2004, starring as himself (though very much in bygone Baywatch
character) and meeting SpongeBob and Patrick (His full name is heard once in the
movie. he is referred to as "Hasselhoff"). Hasselhoff also had another short
appearance in the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story as the dodgeball
coach to the German national dodgeball team. Berating his team after being
eliminated from a tournament, he shouts "Ihr seid alle Schweine!"
(translated: "You are all pigs!", a common German insult) and smashes a
photo of himself in his Baywatch attire. In 2004's Eurotrip,
Hasselhoff appears in a fantasy sequence performing his early 90s hit single
"Du". In a cameo as himself in John Waters' 2004 effort A Dirty Shame,
Hasselhoff defecates in an airplane's washroom. The 2006 Adam Sandler film
Click is the first film in which Hasselhoff plays a character, as Sandler's
despicable boss. Hasselhoff also appeares in an episode of Wildboyz.
In his music video for "Jump in My Car", Hasselhoff again demonstrates a
penchant for self-parody, this time of his performance as Michael Knight in
Knight Rider. The car in the video was a black Pontiac Trans Am with a
pulsing LED and an interior nearly identical to that of K.I.T.T. (this video was
shot in Sydney, Australia and used a right hand drive KITT replica), including
an aptly-timed use of K.I.T.T.'s seat ejection system. The video plays to a skit
where he asks one of three girls to "jump in his car" to take her home. The girl
initially refuses but then gets in so long as he behaves politely. She suggests
that he should drive quickly, because she lives down south, "about 84 miles".
When she insists she is not joking, he asks her to leave the vehicle, but she
refuses, so he resorts to using the ejector seat to cause her to exit.
Hasselhoff presented a musical award with Gretel Killeen for the Australian
Recording Industry Association on Sunday October 23, 2005 in Sydney. He was
recently signed to Pepsi appearing in a massive outdoor campaign in January
Hasselhoff has also become something of an Internet phenomenon, mostly as a
subject of fun. Numerous websites have appeared and there is currently a
campaign to get him a number one single in the UK.
In May 2006, Hasselhoff returned to the spotlight after he was mentioned in
an interview of Dirk Nowitzki, an NBA star playing for the Dallas Mavericks and
a native of Germany. Nowitzki was asked what he does to concentrate when
shooting foul shots. Dirk replied that he sings "Looking for Freedom" to
himself. He meant this as a joke but it was thought to be a serious answer.
Shortly thereafter, Hasselhoff attended the May 26, 2006 Mavericks home playoff
game where they faced the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Western Conference Finals.
Interviewed by Craig Sager, Hasselhoff stated he was as much a fan of Nowitzki
as Nowitzki was a fan of him. In The 2006 NBA Finals, fans of the Miami Heat in
the American Airlines Arena held up facial photos of Hasselhoff and chanted his
name when Nowitzki went to the foul line.
Late 2006, a musical based on his life called David Hasselhoff: The
Musical will open in Australia before moving to the United States.
Hasselhoff describes it as "totally campy".
On August 2, 2006, Hasselhoff proclaimed himself king of the internet
in a tongue-in-cheek advertisement commercial for Pipex.
In September 2006 he appeared in a radio interview with Gerard Gilroy on The
Breakfast Show on Dublin's Newstalk 106, pushed his book on The Tubridy Tonight
Show on RTE1, and sang and spoke to Grant Lauchlan of stv.tv,
where he revealed that he would like to play a concert in the future at
Scotland's Edinburgh Castle.
In November 2006, Mel Brooks announced Hasselhoff would portray Roger DeBris,
the director of the Nazi musical Springtime for Hitler, in the Las Vegas
production of The Producers.
Throughout the summer of 2006, Hasselhoff, along with Grammy-winning
singer/actress Brandy Norwood and disgraced former British tabloid editor Piers
Morgan was a co-judge on NBC's America's Got Talent, a show that
showcases America's best amateur entertainers. He has been on the show's jury
for all four season so far. He judged in the second, third and fourth seasons
alongside Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan. On the 2007 season finale,
Hasselhoff sang "This is the Moment."
In 2007, it was announced that Hasselhoff is starring in a television series
pilot for E! called Tales from the Hoff. Executive produced by
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, the comedy follows an aging international
star trying to navigate Hollywood life and re-energize his professional and
personal life. Although
Hasselhoff is portraying a fictional character, elements of the show's concept
parallel Hasselhoff's real life.
In 2008, Hasselhoff was a featured guest in a Volkswagen commercial, where he
talked about the company selling more cars in Europe and the rest of the world
than any other brand. In response, the black Beetle commented that Hasselhoff is
"not so big" in Brazil. In late October of that same year, Hasselhoff played a
bit part in the EA real time strategy video game Red Alert 3 as vice president
of America while also starring in its promotional microsite, conquerthislife.com.
The website featured several tongue-in-cheek videos as well as a Hasselhoff
In December 2008, Hasselhoff sang the national anthem at the NCAA Las Vegas
Bowl. Although the game was televised live by ESPN, the station chose not to
broadcast Hasselhoff's performance.
According to CelebTV.com, Hasselhoff will appear in the videogame "Ready 2
Rumble Revolution" along with other celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Justin
Timberlake and Simon Cowell.
In 2009 David took part in "The Hoff: When Scott Came to Stay" for UK
television channel Living. During the two part special, Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills
lived with David for 4 days at his rented California mansion. Amongst other
things they went jetskiing, visited Vegas and went to see "The Hoff Drops"
(David's daughters) recording in the studio.
"Get Hasselhoff to Number 1" campaign
On April 21, 2006 fans of David Hasselhoff launched a tongue-in-cheek website
"Get Hasselhoff to Number 1" in an attempt to get the 1989 hit "Looking for
Freedom" to the top of the UK music charts through Internet downloads of the
single. The campaign attracted attention on British radio and television
broadcasts, in the national press 
and on the Internet.
Over 40,000 people signed up to receive the "Hoff Alert" email when the time had
come to purchase the single.
The focus of the campaign shifted to "Jump in My Car", when that was actually
released as a single, and BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills lent his support.
On October 3, 2006 the Hoff Alert was sent out, and Hasselhoff promptly gained
his highest ever UK chart entry (number 3) on October 8, 2006.
Hasselhoff was born in Baltimore, Maryland to homemaker Dolores and business
executive Joe Hasselhoff. He
spent his pre-teen years in Jacksonville, Florida and later lived in Atlanta,
Georgia. He attended Lakeside High School, where he was affectionately known as
Skeeter. He graduated from Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois and
then studied at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine; Oakland University in
Rochester, Michigan; and graduated with a degree in theater the California
Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.
He can speak German fluently and has spoken in German on various appearances
throughout Hollywood media.
Hasselhoff was married to actress Catherine Hickland from March 24, 1984 to
March 1, 1989. Their marriage was recreated in Knight Rider Season 4 (Episode
The Scent of Roses which first aired on January 3, 1986). Before his divorce
from Hickland, while they were separated, Hasselhoff dated Linda Butsnik, now
Linda Morris, of Carrollton, Georgia.
Hasselhoff married actress Pamela Bach on December 9, 1989 and the couple had
two daughters, Taylor Ann Hasselhoff born May 5, 1990 who attends the University
of Arizona and Hayley Amber Hasselhoff born August 26, 1992.
On January 13, 2006 Hasselhoff announced he was filing for divorce, citing
irreconcilable differences. His publicist stated the couple had agreed to an
amicable settlement. Then on March 9, 2006 Bach accused Hasselhoff of violent
behaviour towards her. Los
Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas signed the order on March 6, 2006
ordering Hasselhoff to stay at least 100 yards from Bach except for 'peaceful
contacts related to court ordered visitation' of the children. On June 15, 2007
Hasselhoff's attorney Melvin Goldsman stated Hasselhoff was awarded primary
physical custody and full legal custody of the two girls.
Hasselhoff's autobiography Making Waves was released in the United
Kingdom in September 2006. In an interview in April 2006 Hasselhoff promised the
book would present the 'last chapter' regarding controversial elements of his
In 2006 Hasselhoff was allegedly thrown out of a bar at the All England Club
in Wimbledon, London for drinking and rioting. However, Katie Rowley, a
spokesperson for the Wimbledon Championship, denied it,
 as did Hasselhoff himself. In
an interview with the Associated Press soon afterwards, Hasselhoff also denied
being ejected by The All England Club. "The tabloids make so much stuff up," he
said. "I was at Wimbledon, and they said I was escorted out drunk. ...
Absolutely not. I don't drink anymore."
On July 26, 2006 tabloids reported Hasselhoff publicly drunk at Heathrow
Airport and denied boarding a plane by British Airways. The airline only stated
that a male passenger had been refused travel after being deemed unfit. The
following day Hasselhoff's publicist denied the allegation of public
drunkenness, explaining Hasselhoff had a negative reaction to antibiotics and he
voluntarily chose not to board the plane.
On May 3, 2007 a home video clip surfaced of Hasselhoff apparently in
mid-stupor. The video showed him shirtless, lying on the floor, drunkenly trying
to consume a Wendy's hamburger in a Las Vegas hotel room. His daughter Taylor
Ann who shot the video can be heard saying 'tell me you are going to stop, tell
me you are going to stop'. The daughter also warns her father he could be
jeopardising his spot on the Las Vegas production of The Producers.
In the wake of the leaked clip, Hasselhoff issued a statement saying it was
filmed by Taylor Ann so that he could see how he behaved when intoxicated and
was deliberately released.
As a result of the video Hasselhoff's visitation rights with his two
daughters were suspended on May 7, 2007 for two weeks until the video's
authenticity and distributor were determined.
On 14 May 2007 a news report headlined "Pipex in a pickle: David Hasselhoff
drunken antics last straw for $1 billion sale of UK ISP" questioned whether
the video had impacted negatively on the sale of the UK broadband and hosting
company Pipex: a major advertising campaign in the UK for featured Hasselhoff as
'King of the Internet'.
On May 3, 2009, Hasselhoff was rushed to hospital. Radar Online attributed
this to alcohol poisoning, reporting Hasselhoff's BAC at 0.39.
However Hasselhoff's representatives denied the reports.
- The Lion Roars Again (1975) (short subject)
- Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976)
- Starcrash (1979)
- Strong Times (1988)
- Three Crazy Jerks II (1988)
- Zärtliche Chaoten II (1988)
- Witchery (1988)
- Bail Out (1989)
- The Final Alliance (1990)
- Neon City (1992)
- Dear God (1996)
- Legacy (1998)
- The Big Tease (1999)
- The Target Shoots First (2000)
- Welcome to Hollywood (2000)
- Layover (2001)
- The New Guy (2002)
- Fugitives Run (2003)
- Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
- A Dirty Shame (2004)
- The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
- Eurotrip (2005)
- Click (2006)
- Kickin' It Old Skool (2007)
- Anaconda 3: Offspring (2008)
- Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 (2008)
- Pain (video game) (2008)
- Chicago (London) - Billy Flynn
- Jekyll & Hyde (Broadway) - Dr. Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde
- Grease - Danny Zucco
- Jesus Christ Superstar - Judas Iscariot
- The Producers (Las Vegas) - Roger DeBris
- The Rocky Horror Show (Los Angeles) - Dr. Frank N. Furter
- The Young and the Restless (cast member from 1975–1982)
- Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story (1976)
- Pleasure Cove (1979) (unsold pilot)
- Semi-Tough (1980) (unsold pilot)
- Knight Rider (1982–1986)
- The Cartier Affair (1984)
- Bridge Across Time (1985)
- Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake (1988)
- Fire and Rain (1989)
- Baywatch (cast member from 1989–2000)
- Knight Rider 2000 (1991)
- The Bulkin Trail (1992)
- Ring of the Musketeers (1992)
- Avalanche (1994)
- Baywatch Nights (1995–1997)
- Gridlock (1996)
- Night Man (1997) (pilot for series)
- Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1998)
- One True Love (2000)
- Jekyll & Hyde (2001)
- Shaka Zulu: The Citadel (2001)
- Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding (2003)
- Still Standing (2006)
- Wildboyz (2006) (Guest star)
- America's Got Talent (2006–present)
- Knight Rider (2008 NBC Movie)
- The Hoff: When Scott Came to Stay (2009)
- (1985) Night Rocker
- (1989) Knight Lover - Switzerland #17
- (1989) Looking for Freedom - Germany #1, Switzerland #3
- (1990) Crazy for You - Switzerland #1
- (1991) David - Germany #12, Switzerland #7
- (1992) Everybody Sunshine - Germany #21, Switzerland #17
- (1993) You Are Everything - Germany #20, Switzerland #27
- (1994) Du - Germany #43, Switzerland #41
- (1995) Looking for … the Best
- (1995) David Hasselhoff - US Billboard New Artists #2
- (1997) Hooked on a Feeling - Switzerland #41
- (2000) Magic Collection
- (2004) David Hasselhoff Sings America - Germany #27, Austria #11
- (2004) The Night Before Christmas
- (2005) David Hasselhoff Sings America Gold Edition
Singles released include:
- (1989) "Looking for Freedom" - Germany #1, Switzerland #1, Austria #1,
- (1989) "Our First Night Together" - Switzerland #14
- (1989) "Is Everybody Happy?" - Germany #8, Switzerland #8
- (1990) "Crazy for You" - Germany #18, Switzerland #21
- (1991) "Do the Limbo Dance" - Germany #12, Switzerland #19
- (1992) "Everybody Sunshine" - Switzerland #27
- (1993) "Wir zwei allein" (Duet with Gwen) - Germany #9, Switzerland #2
- (1993) "If I Could Only Say Goodbye" - UK #35
- (2006) "Jump in My Car" - Australia #50, UK #3
Additionally, the single "More Than Words Can Say", a duet with Regine
Velasquez, was also released.
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