Happy Birthday David Hasselhoff: Celebrating the ‘Baywatch’ Icon’s Best Moments

by Madison Miller

“I have a Guinness Book of World Records entry as the most-watched person on television; now I have a new entry as the only man who has a crab named after him.”

Whether you recognize him from “The Young and the Restless,” “Knight Rider,” “Baywatch,” or even “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie,” odds are most people know David Hasselhoff.

The iconic actor nicknamed “The Hoff” was born on this day in 1952, which means he’s celebrating his 69th birthday today.

Outline of His Continous Career

David Hasselhoff has had a far-reaching career. It begins with “The Young and the Restless” from 1975 to 1982. From there, the actor landed a number of roles in TV and movie projects. He was a co-judge on “America’s Got Talent” briefly.

He once took the stage and performed one of the most popular ballads from musical theatre ever. It was “This Is The Moment” from Jekyll and Hyde. It wasn’t quite the best rendition, seeing as some of the greatest singers in the world have absolutely dominated the Broadway song. In true David Hasselhoff fashion, he’s never been afraid to put himself out there.

He’s also gotten into the theater, starring in shows like “Peter Pan” and “9 to 5: The Musical.” Hasselhoff has had a career in music as well. His first musical debut was on “The Merv Griffin Show” where he sang the theme song for “The Young and the Restless.” One of his most recent projects was in 2020 when he released the heavy metal song, “Through the Night” alongside CueStack.

Some of David Hasselhoff Best Moments

One of the best things about Hasselhoff is his ability to poke fun at himself. The “Baywatch” actor has made several self-parodic appearances over the years.

One of his most famous was in “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” where he played a version of his “Baywatch” character and was only referred to as “Hasselhoff.”

He also appears as himself briefly in movies like “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Click,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

While Hasselhoff is iconic in the U.S., he’s also widely popular in Germany especially. He always performed live in Germany and made millions selling music there. According to NPR, when it came time to tear down the Berlin Wall, the German natives invited Hasselhoff to sing his song, “Looking For Freedom.”

While his impact was profound in that aspect, some of his other moves have been a little more questionable. His song “Jump in My Car” features women far younger than him with some concerning lyrics. Meanwhile, he once covered the song “Hooked on a Feeling” with awkward dancing around a cheesy green screen.

David Hasselhoff has a real talent for making a lot of moments cringy. However, his “Baywatch” role remains his defining characteristic. He was even recruited for the 2017 “Baywatch” movie with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron where he played “The Mentor.”