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David Hasselhoff is an American actor, singer, producer, and businessman, famously nicknamed as “The Hoff.” He is the holder of multiple Guinness World Records including the highest reverse bungee jump. Here are 50 interesting facts about the actor

Actor David Hasselhoff attends the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
(Photo : Jason Merritt/Getty Images for MTV) Actor David Hasselhoff attends the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
  1. He is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as “The Most Watched TV Star in the World”. He gained this recognition due to his starring roles in the television series “Knight Rider” and “Baywatch”.
  2. In the TV series Knight Rider, Hasselhoff never met the man behind the voice of the talking car K.I.T.T until 6 months into the series. They both met during Christmas party.
  3. His character name in the TV series Knight Rider was Michael Knight. Most of the fan mail was addressed to Michael Knight and some were accidently sent to actor Michael Knight. To avoid confusion the later included his initials E in between his screen name.
  4. Hasselhoff was married to Catherine Hickland during the Knight Rider TV series. Hickland later married another actor whose real name is Michael E. knight similar to Hasselhoff’s character name in the show.
    American actor David Hasselhoff, star of the TV show 'Knight Rider' sitting on KITT, the artificially intelligent supercar featured in the series, circa 1983.
    (Photo : Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images) American actor David Hasselhoff, star of the TV show 'Knight Rider' sitting on KITT, the artificially intelligent supercar featured in the series, circa 1983.
  5. He was cast as Micth Buchannon in the famous T.V series “Baywatch” from 1998 to 2000. This series became the longest running show to never win an Emmy Award.
  6. He won People’s Choice Award for Most Popular Actor for his performance as Michael Knight in “Knight Rider.”
  7. He invested his own money and revived the T.V series “Baywatch” in 1991 when it was cancelled after just one season by NBC. With the help of royalties from the rerun, he was able to buy back the rights to the show from NBC.
  8. He was again cast as Michael Knight in the 1991 series “Knight Rider 2000” to serve as a pilot for new series. However it was abandoned despite high ratings.
  9. He was given a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996.
  10. He was born as David Michael Hasselhoff in Baltimore, Maryland on 17 July 1952 to Dolores Therese and Joseph Vincent Hasselhoff.
    David Hasselhoff, Father, and Daughters during 'Click' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States.
    (Photo : SGranitz/WireImage) David Hasselhoff, Father, and Daughters during 'Click' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States.
  11. He comes from a family of German, Irish and English descent. His great-great-grandmother emigrated from Germany in 1865.
  12. His first taste of acting was for theatrical drama “Peter Pan” in 1959 at the age of seven. From then on he always dreamt about having a career on Broadway.
  13. He graduated from Lyons Township High School in 1970 in La Grange, Illinois.
  14. He graduated with a degree in theater from California Institute of the Arts. He had studied at Bates College and Oakland University.
  15. He played as Dr. Snapper Foster on the not so popular T.V series “Young and The Restless” from 1975 to 1982.
  16. He was cast in the movie “Starcrash” in 1979 as Simon. Scenes where the character Simon appears with a mask was done by a production assistant as, Hasselhoff contracted food poisoning at that time.
    David Hasselhoff as Lt. Mitch Buchannon, Shawn Weatherly as Jill Riley
    (Photo : Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank) David Hasselhoff as Lt. Mitch Buchannon, Shawn Weatherly as Jill Riley
  17. He performed most of the stunts on his own in the movie “Starcrash.” During the first stunt scene he accidently knocked down a tooth of Italian stuntman.
  18. He performed a song “Do You Love Me” when he guest appeared in the series “Kids Incorporated” in 1984. With this performance he also launched his singing career.
  19. The main theme song for the movie Legacy in 1998 was sung by Filipino singer Regine Velasquez along with Hasselhoff.
  20. He fulfilled his dream of acting in a Broadway when he made his debut in 2000 for the drama “Jackyll & Hyde.”
  21. He played the lead for 3 months from 16 July 2004 in the musical drama “Chicago” in London Tour.
  22. He made a cameo appearance as German Dodgeball team’s coach in the movie “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” in 2004. This is in reference to his popularity and status as a pop star in Germany.
  23. In November 2006 it was announced by Mel Brooks that Hasselhoff would portray Roger DeBris in the drama “The Producers” from Las Vegas Production.
  24. He was also a co-judge in the T.V reality show “America’s Got Talent.” He was present in the first, second, third and fourth season of the show.
  25. In another TV reality show “Dancing with the Stars” he was a celebrity cast member in the eleventh season. The show saw an increase in the ratings by 36%.
  26. In 2011 he replaced Simon Cowell in the judging panel of “Britain’s Got Talent”. After only one series he was axed.
  27. He was honored with “Comeback Star of the Year” award during VH1 Big in 06 Awards.
  28. He also received “International Star of the Year Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Entertainment” from Bollywood Awards.
  29. He featured in a Volkswagen Commercial praising the brand’s car sale in Europe and other countries more than any other car.
  30. He played a part in the strategy video game “Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3” as vice president of United States.
  31. For his support of re-opening of the Morecambe Winter Gardens he became the subject of an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons of United Kingdom.
  32. In the second Knight Rider spin-off series in 2008 titled “Knight Rider 2008” he appeared towards the end to introduce himself to his on screen son Knight Traceur.
  33. He hosted the professional wrestling WWE RAW in London, England in 2010.
  34. For the video game “Pain” from PlayStation Network he became the first downloadable celebrity character on 12 November 2008.
  35. In the season 11 of “Dancing with the Stars” he appeared as a contestant with dance partner Kym Johnson. However they were the first pair to be eliminated on 21 September 2010.
  36. He featured in the trailer of another video game “Burnout Crash” in 2011.
  37. It was reported on March 2015 that he would portray Gilbert Sheperd in “Sharknado3: Oh Hell No!”
  38. He started his own talk show in Sweden on 24 February 2014 on their television TV3 in English.
  39. His fans launched a website “Get Hasselhoff to Number 1” on 21 April 2006 in an attempt to get his 1989 hit “Looking for Freedom” to the top of UK chart. However when “Jump In My Car” was released, the focus shifted to it and he gained his highest UK musical chart entry at #3.
  40. He launched Social Networking Site “Hoffspace” similar to “MySpace” in order to stop people from opening false networking pages in his name as well as his children’s.
    David Hasselhoff attends the World Premiere of 'Rush' at Odeon Leicester Square on September 2, 2013 in London, England.
    (Photo : Mike Marsland/WireImage) David Hasselhoff attends the World Premiere of 'Rush' at Odeon Leicester Square on September 2, 2013 in London, England.
  41. In 2014 “Hoff the Record” a Sitcom series was announced by UK channel Dave. It started airing on 18 June 2015 with Hasselhoff playing fictional version of him.
  42. He is famous for his performance at the Berlin Wall at New Year’s Eve in 1989. His “Looking for Freedom” was #1 hit in Germany pop charts in 1989.
  43. He sang the National Anthem live at the NCAA Las Vegas Bowl in December 2008. However his live performance was not telecast by ESPN.
  44. He received a single “True Survivor” in 2015 with a music video which was used as a lead track for Swedish short film “Kung Fury.”
  45. His marriage to Catherine Hickland lasted 5 years from 24 March 1984 to 1 March 1989. Their marriage was recreated in season 4 of Knight Rider titled “The Scent o Roses.”
  46. He married Pamela Back, an actress on 9 December 1989. They have two daughters, Taylor Ann Hasselhoff and Hayley Hasselhoff.
  47. He was accused of violent behavior by Pamela Bach during divorce. However on 15 June 2007 he was awarded the full custody of his two daughters.
    David and Pam Haselhoff and their daughters Haley Amber and Taylor Ann at the premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' in Los Angeles, Ca. Wednesday, November 14, 2001.
    (Photo : Kevin Winter/Getty Images) David and Pam Haselhoff and their daughters Haley Amber and Taylor Ann at the premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' in Los Angeles, Ca. Wednesday, November 14, 2001.
  48. His daughter Taylor Ann released a recorded video of him drunk shirtless, lying on the floor, trying to eat a cheeseburger on 3 May 2007.
  49. He has been admitted to hospital several times due to his alcohol related reasons. He also suffered a seizure on 27 November 2009.
  50. He is a fan of Welsh Rugby Union and regularly attends matches with his girlfriend Hayley Roberts. He has been dating her since 2013.
    Actor David Hasselhoff and family attend the 2004 NBA All-Star Game held on February 15, 2004 at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California.
    (Photo : Vince Bucci/Getty Images ) Actor David Hasselhoff and family attend the 2004 NBA All-Star Game held on February 15, 2004 at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California.

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