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David Hasselhoff has become one of the most recognizable faces on television and throughout the world. Aside from starring in Knight Rider (1982) and Baywatch (1989), he is also an accomplished singer and popular recording artist. David Michael Hasselhoff was born on July 17, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland, to Dolores Therese (Mullinex) and Joe Hasselhoff (Joseph Vincent Hasselhoff), a business executive. He is of German (from his paternal grandfather), English, and Irish descent. The acting bug first hit when David was seven and so he took acting, singing and dancing lessons. He was very shy off stage in front of girls because he was tall and thin, but when he was on stage he was in his element. Due to his father's work, his family (he has four sisters) moved around frequently. He initially thought his career was going to go in the direction of musicals and Broadway. 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) was at its peak 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. He starred in the epic miniseries Shaka Zulu (1986), shot on-location in Morocco. 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 spends many hours visiting children's hospitals throughout the world. His charity, "Race For Life", works with the terminally ill and handicapped children in America. He was married to the beautiful actress Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff, with whom he has two daughters, Taylor-Ann and Hayley Amber.  See full bio on IMDb »

David Hasselhoff Gives German Props to Dirk Nowitzki ... Let's Duet Together! (VIDEO)

David Hasselhoff
German Props to Dirk Nowitzki ... Let's Duet Together!

Germans love David Hasselhoff. And David Hasselhoff loves Germans ... especially Dirk Nowitzki. The Hollywood legend was PUMPED his favorite NBA star scored 30,000 career points this week -- and… READ MORE >

David Hasselhoff -- I Slashed My Spousal Support! The Judge & I Are Thrilled

David Hasselhoff
I Slashed My Spousal Support! The Judge & I Are Thrilled

David Hasselhoff and his ex agreed to dramatically reduce his monthly check to her, and their judge ecstatically approved the truce. According to legal docs obtained by TMZ ... David and ex-wife… READ MORE >

- 667 days ago
David Hasselhoff -- I'm Broke

David Hasselhoff
I'm Broke

David Hasselhoff -- who made hundreds of millions of dollars from "Baywatch", "Knight Rider" and various other TV shows, movies and other entertainment ventures -- says he can't afford to support… READ MORE >

- 701 days ago
David Hasselhoff -- No More Alimony!!! I Want to Retire

David Hasselhoff
No More Alimony!!! I Want to Retire

David Hasselhoff wants time on the beach -- for retirement, not "Baywatch" -- but an obstacle is standing in his way ... his ex-wife. The Hoff filed legal docs asking a judge to cut off all… READ MORE >

- 733 days ago
David Hasselhoff -- Breaks Out 'Baywatch' Beach Body (PHOTOS)

David Hasselhoff
Breaks Out 'Baywatch' Beach Body

David Hasselhoff was back on the "Baywatch" beach ... teachin' the youngins a thing or 2 about fake lifeguarding. The 63-year-old showed up on the set Tuesday in Savannah, Georgia, giving pointers… READ MORE >

- 759 days ago
Floyd Mayweather -- Hijacked By Hasselhoff!!

Floyd Mayweather
Hijacked By Hasselhoff!!

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- 1102 days ago
David Hasselhoff's Daughter -- I'm a Rich Kid Now ... Just Check My Resume

David Hasselhoff's Daughter
I'm a Rich Kid Now ... Check My Resume

David Hasselhoff's daughter has always been a rich kid ... but now she's got TV credits to prove it. 24-year-old Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff has been cast for season 3 of the reality show "Rich Kids of… READ MORE >

- 1148 days ago
Foreigner Lead Singer Kelly Hansen -- I Have Not Solved the German/Hasselhoff Mystery

Foreigner Lead Singer
I Have Not Solved The German/Hoff Mystery

The Germans sure love themselves some David Hasselhoff, but Foreigner front man Kelly Hansen is just like the rest of us ... he is clueless as to why. Hansen and fellow Foreigner member Bruce… READ MORE >

- 1205 days ago
Dirk Nowitzki -- SINGS HASSELHOFF CLASSIC ... On German TV

Dirk Nowitzki

Germans love David Hasselhoff. They also love Dirk Nowitzki ... so you know they went CRAZY last night when Dirk broke out his guitar and sang a Hoff song ... on live German TV!!! The Dallas… READ MORE >

- 1311 days ago
David Hasselhoff Drops $2 Million on Brand New Hasselhome

David Hasselhoff
Drops $2 Million On New Hasselhome

"Baywatch: The Retirement Years" would be an awesome show ... because TMZ has learned, 60-year-old David Hasselhoff just bought himself a brand new mansion for $1.95 million.Sources close to the… READ MORE >

- 1793 days ago
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