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David Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff
Hasselhoff in 2013
Born David Michael Hasselhoff
(1952-07-17) July 17, 1952
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Alma mater California Institute of the Arts
  • Actor
  • singer
  • producer
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s) Catherine Hickland
(m. 1984; div. 1989)
Pamela Bach
(m. 1989; div. 2006)
Children 2, including Hayley Hasselhoff
Website .com.davidhasselhoffonlinewww

David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952),[1] nicknamed "The Hoff,"[2] is an American actor, singer, producer, and businessman. He is a multi-setter of Guinness World Records, being the most watched man on TV[3] and having the highest reverse bungee jump.[4]

He first gained recognition on The Young and The Restless, playing Dr. Snapper Foster. His career continued with his leading role as Michael Knight on Knight Rider and as L.A. County Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in the series Baywatch. Hasselhoff produced Baywatch from the 1990s until 2001, when the series ended with Baywatch Hawaii. On screen, he appeared in such films as Click, Dodgeball, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and Hop.

In 2000, he made his Broadway debut in the musical, Jekyll & Hyde. Following his debut he starred in other musicals such as, Chicago and The Producers.


  • Currently 1
  • Early life 2
  • Early career 3
    • Knight Rider 3.1
    • German/Austrian popularity 3.2
    • Baywatch 3.3
  • Later career 4
    • Get Hasselhoff to Number 1 campaign 4.1
    • HoffSpace 4.2
    • The Hasselhoffs 4.3
    • Hoff the Record 4.4
  • Music career 5
  • Honors and awards 6
  • Personal life 7
    • Family 7.1
    • Medical history 7.2
  • Filmography 8
    • Film 8.1
    • Television 8.2
    • Video games 8.3
  • Stage work 9
  • Discography 10
    • Albums 10.1
    • Singles 10.2
  • Other 11
    • Producing credits 11.1
    • Writing credits 11.2
  • References 12
  • External links 13


He resides in Southern California with his two daughters, five dogs, and other pets.[5] His new UK TV series, Hoff The Record, premiered in June 2015.[6] He had a major role in Sharknado 3 which premiered globally on July 22, 2015. He will star in a new musical, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life at the Blackpool Opera House, later in 2015.[7]

Early life

Hasselhoff was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Dolores Therese (née Mullinex/Mullinix; died February 11, 2009), a homemaker, and Joseph Vincent Hasselhoff, a business executive.[1][8] His family is Roman Catholic, of German, Irish and English descent.[8][9][10] His great-great-grandmother, Meta, emigrated with her family to Baltimore from Volkersen, Germany, 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Bremen, in 1865.[11]

He spent his pre-teen years in Marist High School. Hasselhoff made his theatrical debut at age seven in Peter Pan, and ever since his childhood dream was to have a career on Broadway.[12] He graduated from Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois in 1970. He was a member of speech team, senior discussion leaders, president of choir, captain of the volleyball team and held roles in several plays (including one lead role as Matt in The Fantasticks). He studied at Bates College and Oakland University and graduated with a degree in theater at the California Institute of the Arts.[13]

Early career

Hasselhoff in 1986

Hasselhoff portrayed Dr. "Snapper Foster" on The Young and the Restless from 1975–82, leaving the series as the show wrote out many of their original characters. In 1979, he played "Simon" in Starcrash. He launched his singing career with guest appearances on the first season of children's program Kids Incorporated, performing "Do You Love Me". He guest starred on an episode of Diff'rent Strokes and the soap opera Santa Barbara as himself in 1984.

Knight Rider

Hasselhoff was recruited by then NBC President, Brandon Tartikoff to star in the science-fiction series Knight Rider from 1982 to 1986 as character Michael Knight.[14] He has described Knight Rider as more than a TV show: "It's a phenomenon. It's bigger than Baywatch ever was." On the success of Knight Rider – "It's because it was about saving lives, not taking lives, and it was how one man really can make a difference. And we had a blast making it, and we made sure nobody died on the show; [just as] we made sure nobody ever drowned on Baywatch". (However, in the 1982 two-hour pilot "Knight Of The Phoenix", Muntzy is shot and killed in the parking lot. Also a female character died in the "Nobody Does It Better" episode, and a gang member was killed by Michael Knight in the "Short Notice" episode.)

He describes the acting he has done as "a little more difficult than if you had a regularly well-written script – like, if I was going to be in, say, Reservoir Dogs, or The Godfather, or Dances with Wolves or Lawrence of Arabia or ER, I had to talk to a car."[15] His role in the show lead him to a People's Choice Award for 'Most Popular Actor'.[16] Now, over 33 years later, the show is still playing throughout the world.[17]

German/Austrian popularity

While his star status waxed and waned in the USA, his popularity endured longer in Germany during the end of the 1980s. In 1989, David trained with Patsy Swayze at Debbie Reynolds' Studio in North Hollywood for the Austrian segment of his Knight Rider tour.


Hasselhoff returned to television on Baywatch which premiered in 1989. Although it was canceled 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 for a total of 11 years and is still viewed in 140 countries by over one billion viewers each week.[18] This success combined with his royalties and his other ventures have placed Hasselhoff's fortune at more than $100,000,000.[19]

In 1991, Hasselhoff reprised his role as Michael Knight in the television film Knight Rider 2000 as a sequel to the original series. The movie served as a pilot for a proposed new series, but despite high ratings, the plan was abandoned.

In 1996, Hasselhoff was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1997, he performed a duet with Filipino singer Regine Velasquez, which was used as the main theme for his 1998 movie Legacy. He made his Broadway debut in 2000 in the title role of Jekyll & Hyde. In August 2001, he hosted an event at the Conga Room, in Los Angeles honoring the Latin rock band Renegade for record sales in excess of 30 million units worldwide, taking the stage with the Latin rockers and singing in Spanish.[20] Beginning on July 16, 2004, he 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 role in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, released November 19, 2004, starring as himself (though resembling his bygone Baywatch character) and meeting SpongeBob and Patrick (his full name is heard once in the movie; he is referred to as "Hasselhoff"). Hasselhoff also had another short appearance in the movie DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story as the dodgeball coach to the German national dodgeball team, Team Hasselhoff. Berating his team after being eliminated from a tournament, he shouts "Ihr seid alle Schweine!" (translated: "You are all pigs!", a common German insult) and smashes a photo of himself in his Baywatch attire. In 2004's EuroTrip, Hasselhoff appears in a washroom. In the 2006 Adam Sandler film Click Hasselhoff portrays Sandler's despicable boss. Hasselhoff also appeares in an episode of Wildboyz. In 2007, he again played himself in the Jamie Kennedy comedy Kickin' It Old Skool.

In his music video for "Jump in My Car", he engages in self-parody; this time parodying 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. (this video was shot in Sydney, Australia and used a right hand drive KITT replica), including an aptly timed use of K.I.T.T.'s seat ejection system.

Hasselhoff in 2005

In November 2006, Mel Brooks announced Hasselhoff would portray Roger DeBris, the director of the Nazi musical Springtime for Hitler, in the Las Vegas production of The Producers.[21]

In 2006, Hasselhoff, became a co-judge on Howie Mandel for season five.

Later career

Hasselhoff produced Baywatch for first run syndication, which ran for 11 years and is still viewed in 140 countries by over one billion viewers each week. He has spoken at both the Oxford and Cambridge Student Unions.[22]

He was a celebrity cast member on the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars which increased in ratings by 36% from the previous year, and served as a judge on NBC's America's Got Talent from 2006-09. In 2011, he joined the Britain's Got Talent judging panel, replacing Simon Cowell.[23]

Hasselhoff was later honored on Comedy Central's The Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff[24] in addition to receiving the International Star of the Year Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Entertainment by the Bollywood Awards.[25] He was awarded the Comeback Star of the Year award during the VH1 Big in '06 Awards.[26]

David Hasselhoff waving the checkered flag at the 2008 Gumball 3000.

In 2008, Hasselhoff was a featured guest in a Volkswagen commercial, where he talked about the company selling more cars in Europe and the rest of the world than any other brand. In response, the black Beetle commented that Hasselhoff is "not so big" in Brazil. In late October of that same year, Hasselhoff played a bit part in the EA real time strategy video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 as vice president of the United States, while starring in its promotional microsite,, which featured several tongue-in-cheek videos as well as a Hasselhoff soundboard.

In February 2008, towards the end of the Knight Rider 2008, he reprised his career-making role as Michael Knight as he walked on to introduce himself to his on-screen son, Mike Traceur. On November 12, 2008, he became the first celebrity downloadable character for the PlayStation Network's video game Pain.[27]

In September 2009, he featured on a radio podcast for Compare the Meerkat, part of the advertising for British website,[28] He was the subject of an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom as a result of his support for the re-opening of Morecambe Winter Gardens.[29]

In 2010, Hasselhoff guest hosted professional wrestling's WWE Raw in London, England. On August 15, 2010, Comedy Central aired a special "roast" of Hasselhoff.[30]

Hasselhoff returned to The Young and the Restless, reprising his role as "Snapper" for a short arc that aired in mid-June 2010.[31] Hasselhoff appeared as a contestant on season 11 of Dancing with the Stars. His professional dance partner was Kym Johnson. On September 21, 2010, they were the first couple eliminated from the competition. Coincidentally, Hasselhoff competed against Brandy Norwood, who judged alongside him in the first season of America's Got Talent.[32]

In October 2010, it was announced that he would be playing Captain Hook in the New Wimbledon Theatre production of the pantomime "Peter Pan" from December 2010 to January 2011.[33][34] He has reprised his role of "Hoff the Hook"[35] for 2012 at the Opera House, Manchester.

In 2011, he was a guest judge at the Belgian Idols competition.[36] Hasselhoff became a judge on Britain's Got Talent in 2011 alongside Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and Simon Cowell. However, Hasselhoff was axed after only one series on the show.[37] In 2011, he revived his music career with a short tour across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.[38] In the same year, Hasselhoff is featured in the trailer of the spin-off downloadable game, Burnout Crash!. On October 1, 2011, David Hasselhoff attended Knightcon 2011 at Xscape, Castleford, UK, with girlfriend Hayley Roberts. The event was also attended by former Knight Rider cohorts Rebecca Holden (April Curtis in Season 2) and Peter Parros (Reginald Cornilius III (RC3) in Season 4) and Michael Scheffe, the designer of KITT. In 2012, he was a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice Australia . He appeared on '8 out of 10 Cats' on May 11, 2012, and entertained the audience by using the word 'willy'.

On February 24, 2014 he opened his own 10-week talkshow in Sweden on TV3, in English.[39] A similar show was later recorded in Finland, premiering on Sub on April 2, 2015.[40] In March 2015 Syfy confirmed that Hasselhoff, will portray Gilbert Sheperd in Sharknado 3.[41]

On New Year's Eve he performed again at the Brandenburger Gate, arriving late because his plane was diverted to Hannover.[42][43][44]

Get Hasselhoff to Number 1 campaign

On April 21, 2006, fans of David Hasselhoff launched a tongue-in-cheek website "Get Hasselhoff to Number 1"[45] in an attempt to get the 1989 hit "Looking for Freedom" to the top of the UK music charts through Internet downloads of the single. The campaign attracted attention on British radio and television broadcasts, in the national press[46][47] and on the Internet.[48][49] Over 40,000 people signed up to receive the "Hoff Alert" e-mail when the time had come to purchase the single. The focus of the campaign shifted to "Jump in My Car", when that was actually released as a single, and BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills lent his support.[50] On October 3, 2006, "the Hoff Alert" was sent out, and Hasselhoff promptly gained his highest ever UK chart entry (number 3) on October 8, 2006.


Hasselhoff with journalist Irina Slutsky promoting social networking venture HoffSpace.

Hasselhoff has launched a MySpace-like social networking site, known as "HoffSpace."[51] He did so in part as a response to people opening false social-networking pages in his name,[52] as well as those of his children.[53]

The Hasselhoffs

Hasselhoff and his daughters, Taylor-Ann and Hayley, starred in a reality series on A&E called The Hasselhoffs. The series launched on Sunday, December 5, 2010, and focused on Hasselhoff's attempts to resuscitate his career and launch his daughters onto the Hollywood stage.[54]

On Friday, December 10, 2010, A&E confirmed in a statement that, after airing just two episodes, The Hasselhoffs had been canceled. According to Nielsen Co. ratings, the first episode was seen by 718,000 viewers. Viewers dropped to 505,000 for the second installment, which aired on the same evening. The full series aired in the UK on May 30, 2011 on The Biography Channel.[55]

Hasselhoff stars in a casino-style game series online, produced in partnership with Eric Bischoff with Europe being among the first markets to roll out the game. In keeping with internet and online gambling culture in the UK, "The Hoff" series of games includes video slots and scratch-card type games, all played for real money in Europe's online casino environment. The first in the series of games launched on Valentine's Day in early March, 2013, with media and promotional activities commencing in early February.[56]

Hoff the Record

In 2014 UK channel Dave announced that it had commissioned Hoff the Record, a sitcom series in which Hasselhoff will play a fictionalised version of himself. The series is due to start airing on 18 June 2015.[57]

Music career

His music career took off in the late 1980s and achieved success at the tops of the charts, where his album went triple platinum in Europe. He was noted for his performance at the Berlin Wall at New Year's Eve 1989. He had one #1 hit in the German pop charts in 1989 ("Looking for Freedom").[58] In 1994, he was scheduled to perform a concert on pay-per-view from Atlantic City. The concert was expected to help reignite his singing career in the United States. However, on the night of the concert, O. J. Simpson was involved in a police chase in southern California. Viewership of the concert was significantly lower than expected due to the live coverage of the chase, and the event was ultimately a $1.5 million loss.[59]

In May 2006, Hasselhoff returned to the spotlight after he was mentioned in an interview of Dirk Nowitzki, an NBA star playing for the Dallas Mavericks and a native of Germany. Nowitzki was asked what he does to concentrate when shooting foul shots. Dirk replied that he sings "Looking for Freedom" to himself. He meant this as a joke but it was thought to be a serious answer. 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. In The 2006 NBA Finals, fans of the Miami Heat in the American Airlines Arena held up facial photos of Hasselhoff and chanted his name when Nowitzki went to the foul line. On August 2, 2006, he proclaimed himself "King of the Internet" in a tongue-in-cheek advertisement for Pipex.[60]

In December 2008, he sang the national anthem at the NCAA Las Vegas Bowl. Although the game was televised live by ESPN, the station chose not to broadcast Hasselhoff's performance.[61]

In 2015, he recorded the single "True Survivor", accompanied by a music video, which featured as the lead track for the 2015 Swedish short film Kung Fury.[62] The song was composed by Mitch Murder (Johan Bengtsson). Recorded in Sweden, the song and the video is made designed as an ostentatious over-the-top 1980s homage/parody, with the video featuring dinosaurs, Adolf Hitler, skateboarding, Norse Gods and time travelling. Hasselhoff claimed that he had received the offer to record the song and the video by a request from Sweden Universal to "sing a tribute to the '80s".[63]

Honors and awards

  • The Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff: Comedy Central
  • 2006 - Comeback Star of the Year: VH1 Big in '06 Awards
  • 2005 - International Star of the Year Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Entertainment: Bollywood Awards
  • 1983 - Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program: People's Choice Awards

Personal life

Hasselhoff's autobiography Making Waves was released in the United Kingdom in September 2006. In an interview in April 2006, he promised the book would present the "last chapter" regarding controversial elements of his personal life.[64]

Although raised Catholic, Hasselhoff is a practicing Lutheran.[65]


Hasselhoff was married to actress Catherine Hickland from March 24, 1984, to March 1, 1989. Their wedding was recreated in the Knight Rider Season 4 episode "The Scent of Roses" which first aired on January 3, 1986.[66]

Hasselhoff married actress Pamela Bach on December 9, 1989. The couple had two daughters, Taylor Ann Hasselhoff,[67] who attended the University of Arizona and was cast for the 2015 season of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, and actress Hayley Hasselhoff born August 28, 1992. On January 13, 2006, Hasselhoff announced he was filing for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. His publicist stated the couple had agreed to an amicable settlement. However, on March 9, 2006, Bach accused Hasselhoff of violent behavior towards her; his publicist stated that he denied the violence allegations.[68] On June 15, 2007, Hasselhoff's attorney Melvin Goldsman stated Hasselhoff was awarded primary physical custody and full legal custody of the two girls.

Medical history

On May 3, 2009, Hasselhoff was rushed to the hospital. Radar Online attributed this to alcohol poisoning, reporting Hasselhoff's blood alcohol content (BAC) at 0.39.[69] Although Hasselhoff has publicly admitted past treatment for alcoholism,[70] his representatives denied the reports that alcohol poisoning was the reason for hospitalization.[71] On September 21, 2009, Fox News Channel reported that he was again hospitalized for alcohol-related reasons; Hasselhoff's representatives again denied the allegation.[70]

On November 27, 2009, Radar Online reported that Hasselhoff was rushed to the hospital after suffering a seizure at home.[72] On May 26, 2010, he was once again rushed to hospital following a three-day drinking binge.[73]

On May 3, 2007, a home video clip surfaced of Hasselhoff apparently in an alcoholic stupor. The video showed him shirtless and drunk, lying on the floor, trying to eat a cheeseburger in a Las Vegas hotel room. His daughter, Taylor Ann, who shot the video, can be heard saying, "Tell me you are going to stop, tell me you are going to stop." The daughter also warns her father he could be jeopardizing his spot on the Las Vegas production of The Producers.[74] In the wake of the leaked clip, Hasselhoff issued a statement saying it was recorded by Taylor Ann so that he could see how he behaved while intoxicated and the footage was deliberately released.[75][76]

As a result of the video, Hasselhoff's visitation rights with his two daughters were suspended on May 7, 2007, for two weeks until the video's authenticity and distributor were determined.[77]

On May 14, 2007, a news report questioned whether the video had also impacted negatively on the sale of the UK broadband and hosting company Pipex, as a major advertising campaign in the UK for the company had featured Hasselhoff as "King of the Internet".[78]



Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Lion Roars Again Short film
1976 Revenge of the Cheerleaders
1979 Starcrash
1988 Starke Zeiten German-language movie (English: Strong Times)
Three Crazy Jerks II
1989 Bail Out
1990 The Final Alliance
1992 Neon City
1996 Dear God
1998 Legacy
1999 The Big Tease
2000 The Target Shoots First
Welcome to Hollywood
2001 Jekyll & Hyde
2002 The New Guy
2003 Fugitives Run
2004 DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story
A Dirty Shame
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie as himself
2006 Click
2007 Kickin' It Old Skool
2008 Anaconda 3: Offspring
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
2011 Fuga de cerebros 2
Hop as himself
2012 Piranha 3DD as himself
Keith Lemon: The Film[79]
2014 Stretch as himself
2015 Kung Fury Hoff 9000 (voice) Short film
Ted 2
Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival The Designer Performs song "Only By Design" on the soundtrack


Year Title Role Notes
1975–82 The Young and the Restless Dr. William "Snapper" Foster Jr. Main role (1975–82); appearance (2010)
1976 Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story
1979 Pleasure Cove Scott Unsold pilot episode
1980 Semi-Tough Prince Simon Unsold pilot episode
1981 The Love Boat Brian / Tom Bell
1982–86 Knight Rider Michael Knight Lead role
1984 The Cartier Affair Curt Taylor Television movie (NBC)
1985 Bridge Across Time Don Gregory Television movie
1988 Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake Bill Travis Television movie
1989–2000 Baywatch Mitch Buchannon Lead role
1989 Fire and Rain Dr. Dan Meyer Television movie
1991 Knight Rider 2000 Michael Knight Television movie (failed pilot for television series)
1992 The Bulkin Trail Michael Bulkin Short
Ring of the Musketeers John Smith D'Artagnan Television movie
1994 Avalanche Duncan Snyder Television movie (FOX)
1995 Baywatch the Movie: Forbidden Paradise Mitch Buchannon Television movie
1995–97 Baywatch Nights Mitch Buchannon Lead role
1996 Gridlock Jake Gorsky Television movie (NBC)
1997 Night Man Katrina's Assistant 1 episode (pilot)
1998 Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Colonel Nick Fury Television movie
2000 One True Love Mike Grant Television movie (CBS)
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Guest appearance, 1 episode
2001 Shaka Zulu: The Citadel Mungo Prentice Television movie
2003 Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding Mitch Buchannon Television movie: Baywatch reunion movie
2006 Still Standing Gary Maddox
Wildboyz Guest star
2006–09 America's Got Talent Main judge
Robot Chicken
2008 Knight Rider Michael Knight Television movie (NBC) (backdoor pilot)
2009 The Hoff: When Scott Came to Stay
Meet the Hasselhoffs Reality Show
2010 WWE Raw as himself Guest host (April 12, 2010)
The Hasselhoffs Reality Show
Dancing with the Stars as himself Contestant
Celebrity Juice as himself
2011 It's Chris Narrator
Britain's Got Talent
Big Brother as himself Season 13, Cameo appearance (to promote Same Name)
Same Name
Chris Moyles' Quiz Night The Hoff Series 4 – in every episode, as 'The Hoff' asking celebrities a question.
Ask Rhod Gilbert "The Authenticator" Series 2, Episode 1
Never Mind the Buzzcocks The Host Series 25, Episode 1
Sons of Anarchy Dondo Elgarian Season 4, Episode 5
2012 The Christmas Consultant Owen Television movie (Lifetime)
The Magicians Series 2, Episode 2
The Celebrity Apprentice Australia as himself Season 2
2013 Promi Big Brother as himself German reality television show
2015 Hoff the Record[80] Improv television series
David Hasselhoff Show[81] Finnish talk show
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Gilbert Grayson "Gil" Shepard Television movie (Syfy)

Video games

Year Title Role Media
2008 Pain
2008 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

Stage work



Year Album Chart positions
1985 Night Rocker 1 30
1987 Lovin' Feelings 11 16
1989 Knight Lover 36 17
Looking for Freedom 5 1 3
1990 Crazy for You 1 7 1
1991 David 1 12 7
1992 Everybody Sunshine 16 21 17
1993 You Are Everything 10 20 27
1994 Du 21 43 41
1995 Looking for... the Best 50
David Hasselhoff
1997 Hooked on a Feeling 49 41
2004 David Hasselhoff Sings America 11 27
The Night Before Christmas
2005 David Hasselhoff Sings America Gold Edition
2011 A Real Good Feeling 3 26 53
2012 This Time Around
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions
1989 "Looking for Freedom" 1 12 1 31 1
"Our First Night Together" 14
"Is Everybody Happy?" 8 8
1990 "Freedom for the World" 30 48
"Flying on the Wings of Tenderness" 22
"Crazy for You" 4 18 21
1991 "Do the Limbo Dance" 1 12 19
"Gipsy Girl" 12
"Hands up for Rock 'n' Roll" 30
1992 "Everybody Sunshine" 26 27
1993 "Wir zwei allein" (with Gwen) 4 9 10
"If I Could Only Say Goodbye" 35
"The Girl Forever" 78
1996 "Hooked on a Feeling" 36
2005 "Limbo Dance" 98
2006 "Jump in My Car" 61 3 50
2011 "It's a Real Good Feeling"
"California Girl"
2015 "True Survivor" 94
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Producing credits

  • 1989: W.B. Blue and Bean
  • 1990: DH Live and Forever
  • 1998: Baywatch: White Thunder at Glacier Bay
  • 1991-2001: Baywatch: EP
  • 2003: Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding
  • 2010: The Hasselhoffs
  • 2015: Killing Hasselhoff

Writing credits

  • 1995-1997: Baywatch
  • 2015: Hoff The Record


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    Hugh Laurie has not been able to wrestle the all-time title from David Hasselhoff who remains the world's most watched man on television - ever.
  4. ^ Highest reverse bungee jump: The highest height a human was catapulted using a reverse bungee system is 70 m (229 ft 7 in) by David Hasselhoff (USA) at Battersea Power Station, London, UK, on 30 June 2011.
    Cricket star Freddie Flintoff aiming for 12 world records in 12 hours for Sports Relief 15 March 2012: Freddie is hoping to break TV star David Hasselhoff's record for Highest reverse bungee jump, set in August 2011.
    Video: Freddie Flintoff sets 14 world records in one day for Sport Relief 20 March 2012: The marathon kicked off at 7.45am on Monday morning at Wembley Stadium in London with a failed attempt at breaking TV star David Hasselhoff's highest reverse bungee jump record
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