Hasselhoff in 2013
|Born||David Michael Hasselhoff
July 17, 1952
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Other names||The Hoff|
|Alma mater||Oakland University
California Institute of the Arts
(m. 1984; div. 1989)
(m. 1989; div. 2006)
|Children||2, including Hayley Hasselhoff|
David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952), nicknamed "The Hoff", is an American actor, singer, producer, and businessman, who set a Guinness World Record as the most watched man on TV. 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 films including Click, Dodgeball, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, and Hop.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Early career
- 3 Later career
- 4 Music career
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Filmography
- 7 Stage work
- 8 Discography
- 9 Honors and awards
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Hasselhoff was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Dolores Therese (née Mullinex/Mullinix; died February 11, 2009), a homemaker, and Joseph Vincent Hasselhoff, a business executive. His family is Roman Catholic, of German, Irish and English descent. His great-great-grandmother, Meta, emigrated with her family to Baltimore from Völkersen, Germany, 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Bremen, in 1865.
He spent his pre-teen years in Jacksonville, Florida, and later lived in Atlanta, Georgia, where he attended 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. He graduated from Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois in 1970. He was a member of the speech team, senior discussion leaders, president of the choir, captain of the volleyball team and held roles in several plays (including one lead role as Matt in The Fantasticks). He studied at Oakland University before graduating with a degree in theater at the California Institute of the Arts.
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 two episodes of Diff'rent Strokes and the soap opera Santa Barbara as himself in 1984.
Hasselhoff was recruited by then NBC President Brandon Tartikoff to star in the science-fiction series Knight Rider from 1982 to 1986 as Michael Knight. 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, characters did die in a few episodes, including "Knight Of The Phoenix" (the two-hour pilot episode), "Nobody Does It Better" and "Short Notice".)
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." His role in the show led him to a People's Choice Award for 'Most Popular Actor'. Now, over 33 years later, the show is still playing throughout the world.
While his star status waxed and waned in the USA, his popularity endured longer in Germany. 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, from the 1990s until its series finale in 2001, was watched by almost 1 billion viewers across 140 countries, solidifying his status among the world's foremost television personalities of the said period. This success combined with his royalties and his other ventures have placed Hasselhoff's fortune at more than $100 million.
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. 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 appears 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 the KITT car in the series. The video was shot in Sydney, Australia using a right-hand drive KITT replica, including KITT's ejection seat system.
In 2006, Hasselhoff became a co-judge on NBC's America's Got Talent, a show that showcases America's best amateur entertainers. He also judged in the second, third and fourth seasons alongside Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan. On the 2007 season finale, Hasselhoff sang "This is the Moment." He was replaced by comedian Howie Mandel for season five.
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.
Hasselhoff was later honored on Comedy Central's The Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff in addition to receiving the International Star of the Year Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Entertainment by the Bollywood Awards. He was awarded the Comeback Star of the Year award during the VH1 Big in '06 Awards.
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, conquerthislife.com, 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.
In September 2009, he featured on a radio podcast for Compare the Meerkat, part of the advertising for British website, Comparethemarket.com. 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.
Hasselhoff returned to The Young and the Restless, reprising his role as "Snapper" for a short arc that aired in mid-June 2010. 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.
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. He has reprised his role of "Hoff the Hook" for 2012 at the Opera House, Manchester.
In 2011, he was a guest judge at the Belgian Idols competition. 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. In 2011, he revived his music career with a short tour across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 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), 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'.
Hasselhoff had a major role in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! which premiered globally on July 22, 2015. He then starred in a new musical, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life at the Blackpool Opera House, late in 2015.
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" 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 and on the Internet. 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. 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 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.
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.
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.
Hoff the Record
In 2014, UK channel Dave announced that it had commissioned Hoff the Record, a sitcom series in which Hasselhoff plays a fictionalized version of himself. The series started airing on 18 June 2015.
It's No Game & The HoffBot
In 2017 Hasselhoff appeared in short film It's No Game by director Oscar Sharp, playing "The HoffBot". Hasselhoff's lines were generated by a neural network artificial intelligence (called Benjamin) using a statistical model trained on his own 80's and 90s television performances. Hasselhoff said the A.I. "really had a handle on what's going on in my life and it was strangely emotional".
Looking for Freedom
His music career took off in the late 1980s and achieved success at the tops of the charts, with his album Looking for Freedom which went triple platinum in Europe. He had one #1 hit in the German pop charts in spring of 1989 ("Looking for Freedom"). He was noted for his performance of the single at the Berlin Wall on New Year's Eve 1989, two months after the East German government had opened the wall, but nine months before unification took place. 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. In 2004, Hasselhoff lamented the lack of a photo of him in the Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin.
Later music career
In 1993, he released the single 'Pingu Dance' based on the popular children's show 'Pingu'. 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.
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.
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. The song was composed by Mitch Murder (Johan Bengtsson). Recorded in Sweden, the song and the video is designed as an ostentatious over-the-top 1980s homage/parody, with the video featuring dinosaurs, kung fu, 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". Hasselhoff performed a live version of the song during the 2016 Guldbagge Awards.
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.
In November 2015, Hasselhoff posted a YouTube video in which he announced that he had changed his name to "David Hoff". It was then reported that he was not changing his name; that the video was an excerpt from an upcoming advertising campaign.
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.
Hasselhoff married actress Pamela Bach in December 1989. The couple have two daughters: Taylor Ann Hasselhoff, born May 5, 1990, 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. In January 2006, Hasselhoff announced he was filing for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce was finalized in August 2006. Bach was given custody of one daughter and Hasselhoff custody of the other, until Hasselhoff later obtained custody of both.
On May 3, 2007, a viral 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 cease abusing alcohol. She also warns her father he could be jeopardizing his spot on the Las Vegas production of The Producers he starred in at the time. 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. 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. In May 2009, Hasselhoff's attorney, Mel Goldsman, described Hasselhoff as "a recovering alcoholic".
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|1975||The Lion Roars Again||as costume model||short promo for MGM|
|1976||Revenge of the Cheerleaders||Boner||aka Caught With Their Pants Down|
|1988||Starke Zeiten||David||German-language movie (English: Strong Times)|
|Three Crazy Jerks II|
|1989||Bail Out||Roger "White Bread" Donaldson|
|1990||The Final Alliance||Will Colton|
|1995||Baywatch the Movie: Forbidden Paradise||Mitch Buchannon||Direct to video|
|1998||Baywatch: White Thunder at Glacier Bay||Mitch Buchannon||Direct to video|
|1999||The Big Tease||Himself|
|2000||The Target Shoots First||Himself|
|Welcome to Hollywood||Himself|
|2001||Jekyll & Hyde|
|2002||The New Guy||Himself|
|2004||DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story||Himself|
|A Dirty Shame||Himself||Special Appearance|
|The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||as himself|
|2007||Kickin' It Old Skool||Himself|
|2011||Fuga de cerebros 2|
|Keith Lemon: The Film||Himself|||
|2015||Ted 2||Himself||Deleted scene (uncredited)|
|Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival||The Designer||Performs song "Only By Design" on the soundtrack|
|2017||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||Himself||Cameo[Note 1]|
Television and internet
|1975–1982||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|
|1982–1986||Knight Rider||Michael Knight||Lead role|
|1984||Diff'rent Strokes||Himself||Guest appearance|
|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)|
|1995–1997||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 film|
|2006||Still Standing||Gary Maddox|
|2006–2009||America's Got Talent||Main judge|
|2006–2012||Robot Chicken||Various||4 episodes|
|2008||Knight Rider||Michael Knight||Television movie|
|Anaconda 3: Offspring||Hammett||Television movie|
|2009||The Hoff: When Scott Came to Stay|
|Meet the Hasselhoffs||Reality show|
|2010||The Hasselhoffs||Himself||Reality show|
|Dancing with the Stars||Himself||Contestant|
|Britain's Got Talent|
|Piers Morgan's Life Stories|
|Big Brother||Himself||Season 13, cameo appearance (to promote 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||Himself||Season 2|
|2013||Promi Big Brother||Himself||German reality television show|
|2015–present||Hoff the Record||Improv television series|
|2015||David Hasselhoff Show||Finnish talk show|
|Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!||Gilbert Grayson "Gil" Shepard||Television movie (Syfy)|
|2015||Kung Fury||Hoff 9000 (voice)||Movie short (Syfy) (internet)|
|2016||Sharknado: The 4th Awakens||Gilbert Grayson "Gil" Shepard||Television movie (Syfy)|
|Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3||Vice President|
|2016||Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare||Himself; N31L|
- 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
- 1995–97: Baywatch
- 2015: Hoff The Record
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- Chicago (London) – Billy Flynn
- Jekyll & Hyde (Broadway) – Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde
- Grease – Danny Zuko
- Jesus Christ Superstar – Judas Iscariot
- The Producers (Las Vegas) – Roger DeBris
- The Rocky Horror Show (Los Angeles) – Dr. Frank N. Furter
- Peter Pan (London) – Captain Hook (2010–11)
- Peter Pan (Bristol) – Captain Hook (2011–12)
- Peter Pan (Manchester) – Captain Hook (2012–13)
- Peter Pan (Nottingham) – Captain Hook (2013–14)
- Peter Pan (Southend) – Captain Hook (2014–15)
- Peter Pan (Glasgow) – Captain Hook (2015–16)
- Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (UK Tour) – Ross (2015–16)
- Peter Pan (Cardiff) – Captain Hook (2016–17)
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|David Hasselhoff discography|
The discography of David Hasselhoff
|Year||Album||Album Details||Chart positions
|1989||Looking for Freedom||
|1990||Crazy for You||
|1993||You Are Everything||
|1997||Hooked on a Feeling||49||—||41|
|2004||David Hasselhoff Sings America||
|The Night Before Christmas||
|2011||A Real Good Feeling||
|2012||This Time Around||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Album||Album details||Chart positions
|1994||Crazy for You||
|Is Everybody Happy||
|Looking for... the Best||50||—||—|
|1999||Watch Out for Hasselhoff||
|2002||The Very Best of David Hasselhoff||—||—||—|
|2011||Feeling So High||
|2013||Looking For Freedom - Das Beste!||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions
|AUT||FRA ||GER ||NED ||SWI ||UK||AUS ||CAN|
|1983||"I Get the Message"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||n/a|
|1985||"Do You Love Me"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Night Rocker|
|1987||"Life Is Mostly Beautiful With You"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Lovin' Feelings|
|"Night Rocker"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Night Rocker|
|1988||"Looking for Freedom"||1||12||1||31||1||—||—||—||Looking for Freedom|
|1989||"Is Everybody Happy"||—||—||8||—||8||—||—||—|
|"Our First Night Together"||—||—||—||—||14||—||—||—||Night Rocker|
|"Song of the Night"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Looking for Freedom|
|"Flying on the Wings of Tenderness"||—||—||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Torero - Te Quiero"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Lonely is the Night"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990||"Freedom for the World"||30||—||48||—||—||—||—||—||Crazy For You|
|"Crazy for You"||4||—||18||—||21||—||—||—|
|"Let's Dance Tonight"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Je T'Aime Means I Love You"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||n/a|
|1991||"Do the Limbo Dance"||1||—||12||—||19||—||—||—||David|
|"Hands up for Rock 'n' Roll"||30||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992||"Everybody Sunshine"||26||—||—||—||27||—||—||—||Everybody Sunshine|
|"The Girl Forever"||—||—||78||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Darling I Love You"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993||"Dance Dance d'Amour"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||You Are Everything|
|"If I Could Only Say Goodbye"||—||—||—||—||—||35||—||—|
|"Wir zwei allein" (with Gwen)||4||—||9||—||10||—||—||—||n/a|
|1994||"The Best is Yet to Come"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Looking For ... The Best|
|"Summer of Love"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Au Ciel, Une Etoile"(with Nadège)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||n/a|
|1995||"I Believe"(with Laura Branigan)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Looking For ... The Best|
|1996||"Hooked on a Feeling"||36||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Hooked on a Feeling|
|1997||"Hold On My Love"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"More Than Words Can Say"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004||"City of New Orleans"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Sings America|
|"Please Come Home for Christmas "||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||The Night Before Christmas|
|2006||"Jump in My Car"||61||—||—||—||—||3||50||—||n/a|
|2007||"As I Am"(with Patricia Lewis)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||n/a|
|2011||"It's a Real Good Feeling"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||A Real Good Feeling|
|"California Girl"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||A Real Good Feeling|
|2013||"Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again" ||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||n/a|
|2017||"The Song of Summer"(with Seven Bucks, Logan Paul & Desiigner)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||n/a|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
Honors and awards
- 1983 – Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program: People's Choice Awards
- 2005 – International Star of the Year Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Entertainment: Bollywood Awards
- 2006 – Comeback Star of the Year: VH1 Big in '06 Awards
- 2010 – The Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff: Comedy Central
- Performs song "Guardians Inferno" with The Sweepers on the soundtrack and during the credits.
- "David Hasselhoff Biography (1952–)". Filmreference.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "New crab with hairy chest dubbed "The Hoff"". CBS News. January 5, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
- "Royal Wedding, Hugh Laurie and Johnny Depp lead record breakers of small and big screen in new Guinness World Records 2012 edition". September 14, 2011.
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.
- Hasselhoff, David; Thompson, Peter (2007). Making waves: The autobiography. Thomas Dunne Books. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
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I thought for a moment. I needed examples of internationally famous German stars. But all I could offer in the way of music, aside from the great bard Hasselhoff, was The Scorpions
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