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David Hasselhoff's Biography

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David Michael Hasselhoff was born on 17 July 1952 in Baltimore, USA.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, David Hasselhoff is the most watched TV star in the world.

Hasselhoff's achievement is largely down to his starring roles in two very popular series: Knight Rider in the 1980s and Baywatch in the 1990s.

David Hasselhoff played Michael Knight in Knight Rider, for which he gained a People's Choice Award as Most Popular Actor.

In Baywatch, Hasselhoff played lifeguard Mitch Buchannon alongside the likes of Pamela Anderson, Traci Bingham and Carmen Electra.

David Hasselhoff not only acted in Baywatch, but was executive producer for a period and owned a significant and lucrative stake in the show.

Later on in his career, Hasselhoff enjoyed a cult status in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He sold millions of records there including, at the end of the Cold War, Looking for Freedom, a cover version of a 1970s German hit, Auf Der Strasse Nach Suden.

David Hasselhoff served as a judge on America's Got Talent, along with Piers Morgan, Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne.

In January 2010, Hasselhoff announced he was leaving America's Got Talent after a four year spell. In August 2007, David Hasselhoff won undisclosed libel damages from OK! over claims that he was "off his face" at a Los Angeles nightclub.

In October 2007, David Hasselhoff was treated in hospital for a relapse into alcoholism.

In 2006, David Hasselhoff and Pamela Bach divorced after over 16 years together.

In December 2007, Hasselhoff won joint custody of his two daughters Taylor, who was 17, and Hayley, who was 15.

In 2010 David Hasselhoff was paired with Kym Johnson in season 11 of Dancing with the Stars, however they were the first couple to be voted off.

In December 2010 it was revealed that David Hasselhoff and Michael McIntyre would be joining Amanda Holden as judges on the new series of ITV's Britain's Got Talent.

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