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Tuesday's Connector: David Hasselhoff

November 30th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

David Hasselhoff is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as "The Most Watched TV Star in the World.” You probably remember him as the hunky lifeguard in the 90’s TV series Baywatch. Before he rode the jet ski, he starred in Knight Rider – the 1980’s U.S. science-fiction series. In between those two television programs he launched a successful German-language pop career.

But you don’t become the most watched TV star in the world on only two programs. Hasselhoff also played Dr. William "Snapper" Foster, Jr. on U.S. soap opera The Young and the Restless in the late 70’s and 80’s.

In the 2000’s he judged contestants on America’s Got Talent and then was judged as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

He's publicly battled alcohol and in 2007 a home video surfaced of an intoxicated Hasselhoff eating a cheeseburger on the floor.

His daughter, Taylor Ann was filming the video and repeatedly says to her famous father, "Tell me you are going to stop." After the incident Hasselhoff admitted that he had suffered a “brief relapse... . I have seen the tape. I have learned from it and I am back on my game.”

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Catalán

    When you are trying to stay sober... who do you do it for? Yourself? Your daughters? Or the millions of people that have followed your career?

    November 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  2. dave

    When is this man going to bow out and just live a quiet life? I hope he learns something when his new show proves to be a ratings disaster.

    November 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  3. dave mc

    When his new show fails, perhaps he will then leave us alone and retire. Enough is enough.

    November 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  4. David W

    Me growing up in west germany and at the time was a active Hasselhoff fan, I remember David Hasselhoff back in Germany in 1989. He contributed in tearing down the wall that seperated east and west Berlin with the song hit " I`ve been looking for freedom". In his twinkling leather jacket. He was a mega star. With no doubt, he gave the german people hope for a new beginning, a fresh start. I say thank you for taking part and supporting the german people in one of germany`s finest moments back in 1989.

    November 30, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  5. Dawn Tabbert

    How can anyone be critical of this person? You don't know his life. We all keep holding onto our dreams til they fade into a vapor. Why should he not be cheered on, doing the same? Especially if it includes helping his children gain a leg up in society. It is clear that you critical people are simply jealous of his success. GET A LIFE!!

    November 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  6. Keira

    Two questions: Why a reality show when celebs often mention 'lack of privacy' as one of the pitfalls of stardom?

    As someone who's had success in both prime time & daytime TV, why are so many actors overly critical of daytime TV when many of them started their careers on a soap??

    Thanks much!

    Keira
    NY

    November 30, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  7. marco

    Hi Dave- How do you get such good hair??

    November 30, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  8. Kathy

    How in the heck do you stay so positive? Keep it up!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  9. boy

    David,

    How could I attract girls without a nice car like yours?

    November 30, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  10. Madhavie

    To succeed as an actor is not easy. What do you consider to be the greatest achievement in your life so far?

    November 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  11. tpn51

    Hi David, Just one question. Would you take my wife out to dinner? she love you.

    November 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  12. grant

    Hey Hass, how many of the lifeguards did you really have?

    November 30, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  13. Espen

    Hi David. Will there be a nightrider movie starring you and why are you so insanely cool?

    November 30, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  14. Dennis

    Please give the world a break and just go away. Nothing worst than a has been using his daughters to try and relight something that is dead.
    You are perceived as as pathetic, burned out hack. Guess that ego thing has not looked in the mirror lately!

    November 30, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  15. sabbo

    on the baywatch set, did you and pamela ever...you know. put the train in the tunnel?

    November 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  16. Sheikh Mohammad Taimur

    I remember my childhood days anxiously waiting for the weekly show of the Knight Rider serial. Those were the best days of my life, living as a child, no worries and no haste. This article reminded me of all!

    November 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  17. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello David Hasselhoff and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from David Hasselhoff on the following questions:

    – How will you as a loving father of two daughters Improve Alcohol and Drug Addiction Awareness under Teens, such as Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton?

    – How you as a loving father Improve the lives of fathers, who are living under the poverty line?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011?

    I am awaiting David Hasselhoff’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    December 1, 2010 at 12:25 am | Reply

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