To celebrate David ‘The Hoff’ Hasselhoff turning 65 years old today, we have decided to look back at his 6 greatest achievements:
1) He Performed a ‘Song Of Hope’ For The People Of East Germany
David Hasselhoff’s music career took off in the late 1980’s and achieved success at the top of the charts, with his album ‘Looking for Freedom’ going triple platinum in Europe. He had a Number 1 hit in the German pop charts in 1989 with a single also entitled ‘Looking for Freedom’, and was noted for performing it at the Berlin Wall on New Year’s Eve 1989, days after its collapse.
Wearing a piano-keyboard tie and a leather jacket covered in motion lights, Hasselhoff stood in a bucket crane and performed the song along with the crowd. The performance has had a lasting impact on German pop culture, with Hasselhoff commenting that the song became an ‘anthem’ and ‘song of hope’ for the people of East Germany.
2) He Has Battled Through Alcohol Addiction
On 3rd May 2007, a video surfaced online of Hasselhoff appearing to be severely drunk inside his home. His daughter, Taylor Ann, who shot the video, can be heard interrogating him and asking him to stop abusing alcohol.
Hasselhoff says he owes everything to the support he received from his children. He said: “When I realised what my daughter had done I knew I had to sort myself out …. It happens to a lot of people but I am lucky to have my children and my nephew who love me dearly [enough] to tell me the truth”
3) He Starred In An 80’s Phenomenon
Hasselhoff starred in Knight Rider from 1982 to 1986 as Michael Knight. He has described Knight Rider as “a phenomenon. It’s bigger than Baywatch ever was”.
His role in the show led to a People’s Choice Award for ‘Most Popular Actor’, and over 33 years later Knight Rider is still played throughout the world.
4) He Was The Only One Who Saw The Potential In Baywatch
Baywatch was cancelled in 1989 after only one season, but Hasselhoff believed the series had potential, so revived it by investing his own money and functioning as executive producer.
In its second incarnation Baywatch ran for a total of 11 years until its series finale in 2001, solidifying Hasselhoff’s status among the world’s foremost television personalities of that period. This success combined with his royalties and other ventures have placed Hasselhoff’s fortune at more than $100 million
5) He Set a Guinness World Record
Hasselhoff once held a Guinness World Record for being the most watched man on television of all time. This was because of Baywatch, which at its 1996 peak had an estimated weekly audience of 1.1 billion viewers in 142 countries.
However Hugh Laurie, star of the US drama ‘House’, now has this distinction in the latest edition of the Guinness Book of Records.
6) He’s Never Been Afraid To Make Fun Of Himself
Hasselhoff has made several self-parodic appearances in movies. He had a major role in ‘The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie’, released in 2004, starring as himself (though resembling his bygone Baywatch character).
Hasselhoff also had another short appearance in the movie ‘DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story’ as the dodgeball coach to the German national dodgeball team. In his music video for ‘Jump in My Car’, Hasselhoff also parodied his performance as Michael Knight in Knight Rider.
Happy Birthday Mr Hasselhoff, we hope to see many more returns.