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David Hasselhoff is an American actor, singer, producer and businessman. He starred in lead roles as Michael Knight in the popular 1980s US series Knight Rider and as L.A. County Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in the series Baywatch. After high school graduation in 1970, he studied at Bates College and Oakland University. He graduated with a degree in theatre at the California Institute of the Arts.
David also produced Baywatch for a number of seasons in the 1990s up until 2001, when the series ended with Baywatch Hawaii. He also crossed over to a music career during the 1980s and the early 1990s. David performed at the Berlin Wall at New Year’s Eve 1989; he enjoyed a short-lived success as a singer primarily in German-speaking Europe.
In 1989, Hasselhoff released the studio album Looking for Freedom. The album went triple platinum in Europe, and its lead single went to number one in Germany and Switzerland.
Hasselhoff has appeared in films, including Dodgeball (2004), The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), Click (2006), and Hop (2011). Before Samuel L. Jackson, Hasselhoff was the first actor to portray Nick Fury, in the telefilm Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1998). In 2000, he made his Broadway debut in the musical Jekyll & Hyde. Then he starred in other musicals including Chicago and The Producers.
More recently, David has been involved with talent shows. He took part in the eleventh season of Dancing with the Starsin 2010. He was also a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent from 2006 to 2009. In 2011, he joined the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel. He appeared as himself in the 2011 film Hop.