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.
While his star status waxed and waned in the USA, his popularity endured longer in Germany to the end of the 1980s.
He studied at Oakland University before graduating with a degree in theater at the California Institute of the Arts. "Snapper Foster" on The Young and the Restless from 1975–82, leaving the series as the show wrote out many of their original characters. 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.
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).