David Hasselhoff Biography

(American Actor and TV Personality Who Holds a Guinness World Record as the Most Watched Man on TV)

Birthday: July 17, 1952 (Cancer)

Born In: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

David Michael Hasselhoff, also known by his nickname 'The Hoff', is a famed American actor, singer, producer, as well as a businessman. He first came to prominence with his role in the American TV soap opera 'The Young and the Restless'. The show was a huge success not only in America but also in other countries. He gained further popularity for his role in the American action drama series 'Baywatch'. The show became one of the most-watched shows in TV history. Though he is mostly known for his roles in television, Hasselhoff has also acted in several films. He played an important role in films such as 'Click', an American science fiction film which was directed by Frank Coraci. The film earned an Oscar nomination. He also appeared in 'DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story,' an American sports comedy film which was written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. As a singer, he has released several studio albums such as 'Looking for Freedom', 'Everybody Sunshine' and 'This Time Around'. The awards he has won include the 'Bravo Otto' award and the 'People's Choice Award'. He had also set a Guinness World Record as the most-watched man on TV at the height of his career.

Quick Facts

Nick Name: Hooves

Also Known As: David Michael Hasselhoff

Age: 71 Years, 71 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Catherine Hickland, Pamela Bach

father: Joe Hasselhoff

mother: Dolores Hasselhoff

siblings: Diane, Jean, Joyce, Lisa

children: Hayley Hasselhoff

Born Country: United States

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Height: 6'4" (193 cm), 6'4" Males

Notable Alumni: Oakland University

Ancestry: Irish American, British American, German American

City: Baltimore, Maryland

U.S. State: Maryland

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education: California Institute Of The Arts, Oakland University

Childhood & Early Life

David Michael Hasselhoff was born on 17th July 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States. His father Joseph Vincent Hasselhoff worked as a business executive, and his mother Dolores Therese was a homemaker.

Hasselhoff mostly grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and later in Atlanta, Georgia. He did his schooling at Marist High School. At the age of seven, he made his theatrical debut in the popular play ‘Peter Pan’. Since then, he wanted to have a successful career on Broadway.

In 1970, he graduated from Lyons Township High School. Then he attended Oakland University for his higher studies. Later Hasselhoff attended the California Institute of the Arts, from where he graduated with a degree in theatre.

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Acting Career

David Hasselhoff first came to fame with his portrayal of Dr. Snapper Foster in the popular American soap opera ‘The Young and the Restless’. Created by William Bell and Lee Philip Bell, the show earned huge popularity not only in America but also internationally. It won nine Emmys. Hasselhoff left the show in 1982.

He next played the lead role in the American sci-fi TV series ‘Knight Rider’. The show, which was created as well as produced by Glen A. Larson, starred him as a modern-day crime fighter who is equipped with high technology. The show earned a lot of popularity and appreciation.

David Hasselhoff’s popularity increased after he played the lead role in the American action drama series ‘Baywatch’. The show started airing in 1989 on NBC. Even though the show was canceled for some time, it was later revived and eventually became one of the most-watched TV shows in the world.

Along with his appearances in successful TV shows, Hasselhoff has also appeared in several movies. He played the lead role in the 1988 Italian horror film ‘Witchery’, which was directed by Fabrizio Laurenti. In 1991, he appeared in the TV movie ‘Knight Rider 2000’. The film was a sequel to the TV series ‘Knight Rider’, where he played the lead role.

In 2000, he made his Broadway debut with the play ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ adapted from the famous novel by RL Stevenson named ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’.

The movies he appeared in the next few years include ‘Dear God’ (1996), ‘Legacy’ (1998), ‘Fugitives Run’ (2003) and ‘Click’ (2006). He has also worked in popular TV shows such as ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’.

Some of his latest works are his role in ‘Piranha 3DD’, a 2012 American 3D comedy horror film, which was directed by John Gulager, and his role in the 2017 action comedy film ‘Baywatch’ which is based on the TV series of the same name. He also appeared in the TV film ‘Sharknado: The 4th Awakens’ where he played a supporting role.

He has also starred in television shows like ‘The Grand Tour,’ ‘SpongeBob SquarePants,’ ‘Close Enough,’ ‘Young Sheldon,’ and ‘Ze Network.’

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Musical Career

In 1985, he released his debut studio album ‘Night Rocker’. It peaked at the first position on the Austrian Albums Chart and at the thirtieth position on the German Albums Chart. He released several other studio albums over the next few years including ‘Looking for Freedom’ (1989), ‘David’ (1991), and ‘Everybody Sunshine’ (1992).

Hasselhoff’s album ‘This Time Around’ was released in 2012. Following this, he went on to release his fourteenth album ‘Open Your Eyes’ in 2019. Two years later in 2021, he put out another album named ‘Party Your Hasselhoff.’

Major Works

David Hasselhoff first came to popularity for his role in ‘The Young and the Restless’, a popular American soap opera which was created by William J. Bee and Lee Philip Bell. The story revolves around two families, one very wealthy and the other working class. The show earned huge popularity not only in America but in several other countries as well. It won a total of nine Daytime Emmy Awards.

‘Witchery’, one of David Hasselhoff’s early films, was an Italian horror movie, directed by Fabrizio Laurenti. With Hasselhoff in the lead role, the movie also starred Linda Blaire, Catherine Hickland, and Annie Ross. The story was about a man and his lady friend who visit an island to do research on witchcraft. However, because of a severe storm, they are unable to leave the island. They also come across a witch who tries to kill them at any cost.

Hasselhoff’s role in ‘Baywatch’ can be regarded as the most important work in his career. The show was created by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, and Gregory J Bonann. The story revolved around a team of lifeguards and their work which involved saving people from shark attacks, earthquakes, storms, etc. ‘Baywatch’ became popular all over the world, and eventually, it became one of the most-watched shows on TV.

He played a supporting role in the 2006 sci-fi comedy film ‘Click’. The movie was directed by Frank Coraci, and the cast included Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, and Henry Winkler alongside David Hasselhoff. The movie was a commercial success and received average reviews. It was nominated for an Oscar as well.

Awards & Achievements

David Hasselhoff has won the ‘Bravo Otto Award’ a total of four times. He has also won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ and the ‘TV Land Award’.

He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996.

In 2005, he won the ‘Bollywood Movie Award’ for ‘International Star of the Year’.

Personal Life

David Hasselhoff married actress Catherine Hickland in March 1984. They divorced after five years.

His second wife was actress Pamela Bach, whom he married in 1989. They had two daughters. The couple divorced in 2006.

He started Hayley Roberts in 2013. The couple got married in 2018.

David Hasselhoff Movies

1. Kung Fury (2015)

  (Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Short)

2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

  (Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure)

3. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

  (Sport, Comedy)

4. Click (2006)

  (Drama, Romance, Comedy, Fantasy)

5. Baywatch (2017)

  (Crime, Action, Comedy)

6. Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976)

  (Sport, Comedy)

7. Kickin' It Old Skool (2007)


8. Killing Hasselhoff (2017)


9. Starcrash (1978)

  (Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action)

10. Witchery (1988)



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