David Hasselhoff



David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American actor, singer and songwriter who is best known for his lead roles on Knight Rider and Baywatch. He has also crossed over to a successful music career, primarily in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.

David Hasselhoff's first acting job (at the age of seven) was playing Mitchell Penn, whose famous quote was, "You show bout dait!".

Hasselhoff played Dr. Snapper Foster on the soap opera The Young and the Restless for six years. At about this time he posed for a series of now infamous and much sought after posters wearing only a leather jacket and black bikini briefs. He later went on to star as Michael Knight in the Glen A. Larson-created series Knight Rider from 1982 to 1986.

Hasselhoff launched his singing career with guest appearances on the children's program Kids Incorporated and also obtained permission to produce a Knight Rider episode ("Let It Be Me") which focused on his singing talents. The episode served as a springboard for his 1985 debut album Night Rocker.

The debut album was released while he was still working on the show. After two moderately successful albums, he recorded "Looking for Freedom" with German producer Jack White in the summer of 1989 and released it just as the Berlin Wall came down. It resonated with the newly unified nation and he performed it atop the Wall as the people tore it down.

In Germany, his song became an anthem of sorts at the time, and the album went gold and triple platinum, topping the charts for three months whilst the single managed a mere eight weeks. He was later announced as the best selling artist of 1989 in Germany even prompting the newspaper headline "Hasselhoff: not since the Beatles." Since then, another six of his albums have gone platinum in Europe.

In early 2005, it was reported that Hasselhoff had teamed with rapper Ice-T and was planning to record a rap album under the handle of Hassel the Hoff. On Late Night with Conan O'Brien Ice-T confirmed that he was not involved in any such project. In June 2006 Hasselhoff confirmed that the project was a "prefabrication" on The Kevin and Bean Show on KROQ, Los Angeles.

Hasselhoff returned to television on Baywatch which premiered in 1989. Although it was cancelled 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 in Germany for another ten seasons. It was also well-received internationally and has been shown in over 140 countries around the world. According to the Guiness Book of World Records, Baywatch is the most watched TV show in the world, with over 1.1 billion viewers

This success combined with his royalties and his other ventures have placed Hasselhoff's fortune at more than $100,000,000.

In 1994, he was scheduled to perform a concert on pay-per-view from Atlantic City. It was supposed 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 on the California highway. People who were watching the concert switched over to watch the news. Since then, Hasselhoff has not attempted another concert.

In 1996, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Beginning in July 16, 2004, Hasselhoff 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. Hasselhoff also had another short appearance in the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story as the dodgeball coach to the German national dodgeball team. Scolding his team to play better, he shouts "Ihr seid alle Schweine!" (translated: "You are all pigs!") and smashes a photo of himself in his Baywatch attire. In 2004's Eurotrip, Hasselhoff lip-syncs the German Peter Maffay song "Du" in a fantasy sequence. In a cameo as himself in John Waters' 2004 effort A Dirty Shame, Hasselhoff defecates in an airplane's washroom. The 2006 Adam Sandler vehicle Click is the first film in which Hasselhoff plays a character, as Sandler's despicable boss.

In his music video for "Jump Into 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. (except for the passenger seat being on the left), 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 ladies to 'jump in his car' to take her home. The lady 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. During the course of the night, he was apparently French kissed in a celebratory fashion by musician, Ben Lee. He was recently signed to Pepsi appearing in a massive outdoor campaign in January 2006. He was scheduled to tour Australia with his band mid-2006.

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 NBA star and native of Germany, the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk was asked what he does to concentrate when shooting foul shots. Dirk replied that he sings "Looking for Freedom" to himself. 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.

Throughout the summer of 2006, Hasselhoff, along with Grammy-winning singer/actress Brandy Norwood and British media icon Piers Morgan was a co-judge on NBC's America's Got Talent, a program that showcased America's best amateur entertainers.

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 which ironically has attracted some blunt online criticism.

In September 2006 he appeared in a radio interview with Gerard Gilroy on The Breakfast Show on Dublin's Newstalk 106, and also spoke to Grant Lauchlan of STV, where he revealed that he would like to play a concert in the future at Scotland's Edinburgh Castle.

After dropping out of Atlanta's Marist School, Hasselhoff attended and graduated high school at Lyons Township High School, with campuses located in Western Springs, Illinois and La Grange, Illinois. He participated in many extracurricular acting and singing events at the "Corral" near the south campus of Lyons Township.

Hasselhoff was married to actress Catherine Hickland from March 24, 1984 to March 1, 1989, when they divorced. Their marriage has been recreated in Knight Rider Season 4 (Episode The Scent of Roses which first aired on January 3, 1986).

Hasselhoff married actress Pamela Bach on December 9, 1989, and the couple had two daughters, Taylor Ann Hasselhoff (born May 5, 1990) and Hayley Hasselhoff (born August 26, 1992). Although Hasselhoff was raised Roman Catholic, he and his family attended non-denominational church services.

On January 13, 2006, Hasselhoff announced that he was filing for divorce from Bach after 16 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. His publicist has stated that the couple has agreed to an amicable settlement. However, on March 9, 2006, Bach accused Hasselhoff of violent behavior towards her. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark A. Juhas signed the order March 6, 2006 ordering the former Baywatch star to stay at least 100 yards (91 m) from Bach except for "peaceful contacts related to court ordered visitation" of their children. Pamela is seeking sole custody of their two daughters.

Hasselhoff's memoir, called "Making Waves," will be released in the United Kingdom in September 2006. In an interview in April 2006, he promised that the book will present the "last chapter" regarding controversial elements of his personal life.

On June 29, 2006, Hasselhoff suffered a freak injury when he hit his head on a chandelier while shaving. The broken glass severed four tendons as well as an artery in Hasselhoff's right arm, and surgery was performed that day to repair the damage. Hasselhoff was released from the hospital the following day and was reported to be doing fine.

Hasselhoff received media attention in 2003/2004 for an alleged drinking problem. He attended a rehabilitation program in 2002, at the Betty Ford Center.

His problems with alcohol abuse apparently continued, as he was arrested on June 5, 2004, on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence. He was bailed out with $15,000 and his lawyer once requested the case be continued and the arraignment was postponed to October 28, 2004. On that court day, his lawyer entered his no contest plea while he was absent from the court hearing. He was fined $390 (due to California's "Alcohol Abuse Education and Prevention Assessment" law, and other fees, the total amount paid to the court is assumed to be over $1400), sentenced to self-supervised probation for three years, ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings twice a week for 6 months, spend six months in a DUI program (several hundred more dollars), and to perform 200 hours of community service. While his driver's license was restricted for the next 90 days, he could drive only to his work, to take his children to school, and to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

In 2006, Hasselhoff was allegedly thrown out of a Wimbledon, London court-bar for drinking and rioting. However, The All England Club, which runs the Wimbledon championship, denies this.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Hasselhoff also denied being ejected by The All England Club. "The tabloids make so much stuff up," he says. "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 that Hasselhoff was publicly drunk at Heathrow airport and was denied boarding a plane by British Airways. The airline only stated that a male passenger had been refused travel after being deemed unfit to travel. The following day Hasselhoff's publicist denied the allegation of Hasselhoff being drunk claiming antibiotics had made him sick and that he voluntarily chose not to board the plane.

On April 21, 2006 anonymous fans of David Hasselhoff launched a tongue-in-cheek website "Get Hasselhoff to Number 1" in an attempt to generate the momentum required to send the 1989 hit "Looking for Freedom" to the top of the UK music charts based on Internet downloads of the single. The campaign is ongoing and has attracted attention on British radio and television broadcasts, the British national press and on the Internet. Over 40,000 people have signed up so far. When the total number of sign-ups on the site reaches 75,000 the owners of the site will send a "Hoff Alert" email to all those who have registered alerting them that the time has come to purchase the single. The intention is that the surge in sales generated will propel the former hit to the top spot in the British chart ensuring radio plays and television appearances for Hasselhoff.

After a press release in September 2006, announcing the release of Hasselhoff's single "Jump in My Car" in the UK, the "Get Hasselhoff to Number 1" website switched the single it was promoting from "Looking for Freedom" to "Jump in My Car". BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills has now lent his support to the campaign, to get "Jump In My Car" to number one. Since this announcement, Scott Mills has played the record again, whilst describing the accompanying tongue-in-cheek music video.

On Tuesday 3rd October 2006, at 10:30am (GMT+1), the Hoff Alert was mailed out to over 40000 subscribers instructing them to buy the song so that it would top the UK Chart on Sunday 8th October.

* Norm MacDonald, Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update newscaster, had a running joke that always ended with "Which once again proves my theory: Germans love David Hasselhoff."
* Looking for … the Best has become an exceptionally highly rated CD on Amazon.com, receiving an incredible number of 5-star ratings. This was the culmination of a spontaneous Internet joke that has been going on for several years, in which Amazon customers review the album. Almost all give it 5 stars and pen sarcastic reviews which include egregious misspellings of Hasselhoff's name and usually end with the phrase, The song "Hot Shot City" is particularly good!. (Equally amusing, however, are the incredulous entries on the site from those people impervious to blatant sarcasm and therefore completely bemused at the plaudits).
* Is a member of The Lutheran Church.
* Spontaneous Internet irony has also driven one of his videos, Hooked on a Feeling, into the top 20 clips of all time on YouTube with at least 4,721,918 views. This does not include the dozens of other versions of the same video also uploaded.
* Also in May 2006, Hasselhoff was shown on American Idol, openly crying after Taylor Hicks was announced as the next American Idol. This has become fodder for TV hosts such as Jay Leno and Kevin Pereira.
* At every gig the British band The Automatic play, they request a shrine to David Hasselhoff, a request which has been granted on only two occasions
* In 1995, Hasselhoff and Kathy Ireland were among the first celebrities to watch the first ever Toronto Raptors regular season basketball game in Toronto.
* In 2006, as a judge on America's Got Talent, he announced that he hates jugglers.
* In Series 1, Episode 11 of South Park, Mr. Garrison takes some time off for a surgical procedure. Mr. Garrison's nose job works out well, and he soon finds himself the most attractive man in South Park (looking like David Hasselhoff). This in mind, he decides to quit teaching and spend his time "hanging out and screwing hot chicks."

Filmography:

* The Lion Roars Again (1975) (uncredited as Logan's Run costume model)
* Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976) (full frontal naked scene in a shower - character's name is Boner)
* Starcrash (1979)
* Footloose (1984) (Cameo in diner Scene)
* Strong Times (1988)
* Lovable Zanies II (1988)
* Witchery (1988)
* Bail Out (1989)
* The Final Alliance (1990)
* Dear God (1996) (Cameo)
* Legacy (1998)
* The Big Tease (1999)
* The Target Shoots First (2000) (documentary)
* Welcome to Hollywood (2000) (documentary)
* Layover (2001)
* The New Guy (2002) (Cameo)
* Fugitives Run (2003)
* Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
* A Dirty Shame (2004) (Cameo)
* The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (Plays himself, and acts as a boat for Spongebob and Patrick, and launches them like a Rocket Launcher with his pecs) (2004)
* Eurotrip (2004) (special appearance in Scott Thomas' dream singing Du)
* Click (2006)

Upcoming:

* Knight Rider: The Movie (2008)

Television work

* The Young and the Restless (cast member from 1975–1982)
* Pleasure Cove (1979)
* Semi-Tough (1980) (canceled after a few episodes)
* Knight Rider (1982) (pilot for series)
* Knight Rider (1982–1986)
* The Cartier Affair (1984)
* Bridge Across Time (1985)
* Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake (1988)
* Baywatch: Panic at Malibu Beach (1989) (pilot for series)
* Fire and Rain (1989)
* Baywatch (cast member from 1989–2000)
* Knight Rider 2000 (1991)
* The Bulkin Trail (1992)
* Baywatch: River of No Return (1992)
* Ring of the Musketeers (1992)
* Avalanche (1994)
* Baywatch: Forbidden Paradise (1995)
* Baywatch Nights (1995–1997)
* Gridlock (1996)
* NightMan (1997) (pilot for series)
* Baywatch: White Thunder at Glacier Bay (1998)
* Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (1998)
* One True Love (2000)
* Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical (2001)
* Shaka Zulu: The Citadel (2001)
* Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding (2003)
* America's Got Talent (2006)

Albums released include:

* (2005) David Hasselhoff Sings America Gold Edition
* (2004) The Night Before Christmas
* (2004) David Hasselhoff Sings America - Germany #27, Austria #11
* (2000) Magic Collection
* (1997) Hooked on a Feeling - Switzerland #41
* (1995) David Hasselhoff - USA Billboard New Artists #2
* (1995) Looking for … the Best
* (1994) Du - Germany #43, #41 Switzerland
* (1993) You are Everything - Germany #20, Switzerland #27
* (1992) Everybody Sunshine - Germany #21, Switzerland #17
* (1991) David - Germany #12, Switzerland #7
* (1990) Crazy for You - Switzerland #1
* (1989) Looking for Freedom - Germany #1, Switzerland #3
* (1989) Knight Lover - Switzerland #17
* (1987) Lovin' Feelings
* (1985) Night Rocker

Singles released include -

* (2006) Jump in My Car- Australia #50 Pending release in UK.
* (2005) Do the Limbo Dance (Remix by DJ Ostkurve) - Germany #2
* (1993) Wir zwei allein (Duet with Gwen) - Germany #9, Switzerland #10
* (1992) Everybody Sunshine - Switzerland #27
* (1991) Do the Limbo Dance - Germany #12, Switzerland #19
* (1990) Crazy for You - Germany #18, Switzerland #21
* (1989) Is Everybody Happy? - Germany #14, #8 Switzerland
* (1989) Our First Night Together - Switzerland #14
* (1989) Looking for Freedom - Germany #1, #1 Switzerland, Austria #1, #22 NetherlandsPermission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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