David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952), nicknamed "The Hoff", is an American actor, singer, producer, and businessman.
He is best known for his lead roles as Michael Knight in the popular 1980s US 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 at the Berlin Wall at New Year's Eve 1989; he enjoyed a short-lived success as a singer primarily in German-speaking Europe.
David Hasselhoff has become one of the most recognizable faces on television and throughout the world. American audiences first came to know Hasselhoff when he portrayed the popular "Dr. Snapper Foster" for six seasons on CBS's soap opera, "The Young and the Restless" (1973).
Lured by NBC's Brandon Tartikoff to move from daytime to prime time, Hasselhoff went on to star as "Michael Knight" in NBC's hit series "Knight Rider" (1982). The role garnered him a "People's Choice Award" for most popular actor and the show became a huge success overseas.
The success of "Knight Rider" (1982) resulted in Hasselhoff's first major international following. When the show ended, Hasselhoff launched a successful recording career in Europe. In 1989, "Looking for Freedom" remained in the number one spot on the German charts for eight consecutive weeks. He has continued to perform regularly in concert and has released nine albums to date.
Hasselhoff returned to episodic television as "Mitch Buchannon" on "Baywatch" (1989) when the show debuted on NBC in 1989. Though it enjoyed good ratings, the network canceled the series after only one season. Undeterred, Hasselhoff and his partners acquired the rights to the show and, based on Hasselhoff's popularity overseas, they were able to secure financing and revive "Baywatch" in 1991. Now a piece of American pop culture and an international television phenomenon, "Baywatch" (1989) is seen in 140 countries by over one billion viewers each week.
During his lengthy career, Hasselhoff has flexed his acting muscles in numerous other projects. Hasselhoff is an outdoor sports enthusiast whose interests include scuba diving, hiking, white water rafting, tennis, and jogging. In addition, he has parachuted with the US Army Parachute Demonstration Team, The Golden Knights, and flown with the US Navy's Blue Angels.
He is an avid sports fan, and has attended the World Cup Soccer Finals, the NBA Finals, the Olympics, the Indy 500, and the Kentucky Derby. Hasselhoff has traveled throughout Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. He was married to the beautiful actress Pamela Bach, with whom he has two daughters, Taylor-Ann and Hayley Amber.
Full Name at Birth David Michael Hasselhoff
Other Names The Hoff
Date of Birth July 17, 1952
Birthplace Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Height 6' 4" (193 cm)
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown - Dark
Star Sign Cancer
Religion Roman Catholic
High School Marist High School, Atlanta, Georgia (transferred to La Grange)
Lyons Township High School, La Grange, Ilinois (1970)
University Academy of Dramatic Arts, Pontiac, Michigan
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California
Occupation Category Actor
Claim to Fame Knight Rider, Baywatch
Music Genre Pop/Rock
Music Style Celebrity, Schlager, Contemporary Pop/Rock
Music Mood Theatrical, Campy, Passionate, Wistful, Intense, Dramatic, Confident, Hedonistic, Fierce, Greasy, Rousing, Fiery, Swaggering, Playful, Sexy, Gutsy, Fun, Gritty, Rebellious, Menacing
Official Website davidhasselhoff.com
Favorite TV Shows Knight Rider
Young And The Restless
Favorite Colors Red, Green, Blue
Net worth: $110 million USD (2015)
Fan Mail Address:
Fechter Management & Verlag GmbH
Sieveringer Straße 194 1190 Wien
Panacea Entertainment, Ltd.
13587 Andalusia Drive East
Camarillo, CA 93012