Paired with:Kym JohnsonQuick Facts:
Claim to fame: Former '90s hottie clinging to fame like it’s a life raft
Full Name: David Michael Hasselhoff
Date of Birth: July 17, 1952
Birthplace: Baltimore, MD
Occupation: Singer, actor, former Baywatch
Previous dance experience: He’s performed on Broadway and the West EndBackground:
“The Most Watched TV Star in the World” because of Baywatch’s
success, The Hoff definitely won’t be rattled by having millions of viewers scrutinizing his every move — and maybe the dancing will help him get his Baywatch
Hasselhoff didn’t waste time in Hollywood — he got an early jump-start on his career when he snagged the roll of Dr. William Foster, Jr. on The Young and the Restless
in 1975, back when he was at his hottest. He stayed on the successful soap for seven years, before starring in the cult-hit Knight Rider
, and then moving over to mega-hit Baywatch
in the 90s.
Ever since then, he’s been famous just for being David Hasselhoff, more or less. Although the German's sure love him! Sure he's performed on Broadway, put out several albums (one went triple platinum!), and has kept up his on-screen acting career with gems like Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
, but for the most part, The Hoff's "best work" is behind him. But perhaps Dancing with the Stars
will change that!
He’s also written an auto-biography, Don’t Hassel The Hoff
, which was a bestseller in the UK and Australia. And like any good megastar, he’s charitably minded; he co-founded Race for Life, and participates in Wounded Warriors and Wheels for Humanity.Achievements and Awards:
He won a People’s Choice Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program award in 1983, a Bollywood Movie International Star of the Year award in 2005, and a TV Land “Who Knew They Could Sing?” award in 2007.
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