18 Baywatch Casts Then and Now

Baywatch was one of the most popular TV series during the 90s. Good times. It is an action drama series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrolled the beaches of Los Angeles County. The sun, sand, and fine-looking lifeguards made the perfect mix for the debut of the show in 1989. Unfortunately, NBC wasn’t completely satisfied with the characters and storyline so it was canceled abruptly after one season. But miraculously it was given a second chance in 1991 and it became one of the most-watched television shows in the world. The cast members and red swimsuit beauties quickly became household names and transformed formerly unknown actors into international superstars. So maybe now you’re wondering what happened to your favorite lifeguards? Do they still look steamy in their swimwears or is it better to just look back on the good old glory days? Let’s take a look at our favorite Baywatch lifeguards and see what they’ve been up to since their last big rescue.

18. Brooke BurnsBrooke-Burns

Brooke Burns is one of the most watched and well-known Baywatch lifeguard. She was a ballet dancer for 12 years during childhood but shifted to modeling at age 15 after tearing a ligament in a skiing accident. Prior to snagging a role in Baywatch, she already appeared in three TV shows namely, Out of the Blue, Conan the Adventurer and Ally McBeal. So playing Jessie Owens, the attractive lifeguard was not as challenging and she won the hearts of audiences playing the character for 46 episodes and over a span of three years. After wrapping up in the TV series, she continued acting and appeared in several TV shows and films. In November 2005, she had a diving accident and broke her neck. She was able to fully recover but she has a titanium fusion in her neck. The stunning actress and former model still look great, even gorgeous than ever! She has been married twice and is now happily married to film director Gavin O’Connor.

17. Pamela BachPamela-Bach

Pamela Bach or also known as the Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff is David Hasselhoff’s ex-wife. Pamela is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and followed her mother’s footsteps and became a model as a teenager. In 1985, she tried her luck in acting and appeared on TV shows like T.J. Hooker, Bach Met and got swooned with David Hasselhoff on the set of Knight Rider. The couple married in 1989 and became co-actors in Baywatch. Sadly, she never found the same level of stardom as her husband and struggled in her career. In 2006, Hasselhoff divorced Bach and she lost custody of her two daughters. Since then she had minor roles and her latest appearance was on the 2011 season of Celebrity Big Brother and was the second person evicted from the Big Brother House.

16. Eddie CibrianEddie-Cibrian

The actor started as a janitor on Saved by the Bell and eventually got his big break as a hunky lifeguard on Baywatch. In 1997, he wrapped up on the show and joined Sunset Beach, where he appeared in 369 episodes. Since then he starred in other long-running series and several films. He still continues to act and is still as good looking as he did back during his lifeguard days. I mean, who could resist those dimples? He was first married to Brandi Glanville and they have two sons. The couple separated in July 2009 and their divorce was finalized in September 2010. Then in December 2010, Eddie and LeAnn Rimes, a country singer announced their engagement, which shocked the world given that his divorce just got finalized three months prior the announcement. So speculations of infidelity and affair buzzed around him and the singer.

15. Angelica BridgesAngelica-Bridges

Angelica Bridges is one of those actresses who had their acting career started on soap operas. She had her debut on the soap Days of Our Lives in 1995. Two years later, her career turned around when she got cast as Lt. Taylor Walsh on Baywatch and appeared in 22 episodes. Since then she had roles in several films and TV shows such as Mortal Combat Conquest, Conan the Adventurer and Veronica Mars to name a few. She also reprised her role as Taylor in the 2003 sequel Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding. Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s she often made in men’s glamor lists. The now 45-year-old actress continues to act and was last seen as Poison Ivy in the 2015 short film Batgirl Rises. Aside from that she is the lead singer of the pop group Strawberry Blonde and does modeling on the side. Not bad.

14. Donna D’ErricoDonna-D-Errico

This former Playmate is one of the favorite lifeguards that audience watch for. Before appearing in a well-known men’s magazine she had a Las Vegas-based limousine company. Through her centerfold appearance in the magazine, she caught the attention of Baywatch producers and was cast as Donna Marco for two seasons from 1996 to 1998. She also hosted a show and starred in Candyman: Day of the Dead. For a time, Donna also owned a Zen Spa in California. After her stint in Baywatch, she appeared in a couple of independent films. In 2007, she divorced rock musician Nikki Sixx after nine years of marriage.Left with two children and very little money of her own, Donna filed for bankruptcy in 2014 and was half a million dollars in debt. It’s just sad to see her life fall down hard.

13. Nancy ValenNancy-Valen

Nancy Valen is an actress and TV producer who is best known for portraying Capt. Samantha Thomas. The Florida-raised actress and producer was born in New York. She spent spending her summer modeling in New York City at just 12-years-old. After one year in college, she went to New York to pursue a theatrical career and within one month of being in the city, she landed a series regular role on the daytime drama Ryan’s Hope. By the time she was cast as Capt. Thomas, she was already a veteran actress. Aside from acting, she spends most of her time [roducing for TV shows.

12. Brande RoderickBrande-Roderick

Brande Roderick is a real California girl at heart who had high hopes of becoming a Hollywood star. Her dreams came true when she was cast as Leigh Dyer in Baywatch and was named Playmate of the Month in a well-known men’s magazine. A year later she was named Playmate of the Year. She also appeared in films such as Starsky & Hutch, Club Wild Side 2,  Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror and in a Bollywood movie. She is now also an entrepreneur with a networking company named Financially Hung and runs the online fantasy gaming website FantaZ. She also has a business partnership with Adam Levine of Maroon 5 in the Italian designer shoe label Pantofola d’Oro.

11. Kelly Slaterkelly slater

The 11-time World Surf League Champion and professional surfer was already an established surfboarder before he was cast in the show. He played Jimmy Slade for 24 episodes and bid goodbye after a couple of episodes to focus on his surfing while making cameo appearances in dozens of films. The surfer was able to earn $3.5 million from his 26-year career riding the waves. As the biggest name in the sport, he’s also extremely marketable and has landed plenty of endorsement deals including his own signature series of surfboards. Currently, worth an astonishing $20 million, the 44-year-old Slater is still hitting the waves after making one heck of a career in the sand and the surf.

10. David CharvetDavid-Charvet

The French star got his big break in 1992 when he played the role of Matt Brody in Baywatch. He appeared for three full seasons until 1995. After leaving the show, he starred in other popular TV series such as Melrose Place and Hearts of the West. He also appeared in a couple of films. But he surprised everyone by leaving the industry and returned to France to pursue a music career. He landed a 5-album contract with Universal Music Group France and his materials catered to both English and French-speaking listeners for a wider reach of audience. His music was consistently landing the top lists and he even began having duets with music legends like Seal. David sold over 2.5 million albums and toured throughout Europe and Asia selling out entire arenas. He also partnered with non-profit organizations that protect that promote environmental causes. He is married to gorgeous TV personality, Brooke Burke.

9. Kelly PackardKelly-Packard

The California native made her acting debut on TV shows like Blossom and The Wonder Years during the early 90s. But she got attention for her roles as Tiffany Smith on California Dreams, April Giminski on Baywatch and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! She played the role of April Giminski for 49 episodes until 1999 while also starring as Tiffani Smith in the five-season series California Dreams. It as been a while since she appeared on TV. The last one was on Celebrity Wife Swap in 2014. Kelly joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a teenager. In 1997, she married and was sealed (an LDS rite) to Darrin Privett, an Emergency Medicine Physician. They now have four children together, three daughters and one son. Shes’s probably happy now being a homemaker.

8. Jaason SimmonsJaason-Simmons

Tha Australian actor was raised in Tasmania and made his acting debut on the Australian series Paradise Beach. The following year, he got the role of Logan Fowler on Baywatch and appeared in 48 episodes from 1994 to 1997. After saying goodbye to Baywatch he appeared in several theater productions in London and had roles in several independent films. His most recent appearance was in 3-Headed Shark Attack where he played the role of Dr. Nelson. In 2008, he made headlines for coming out as gay in an interview with Australia’s New Idea magazine. He said that he was happier than ever before in his life. Who would have thought, right?

7. Angie HarmonAngie-Harmon

Then and now, Angie Harmon still looks like a goddess. The half-Greek stunner worked as a child model and won a Seventeen modeling contest. She had a successful modeling career and became one of the famous faces in the early 1990s. She worked for Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, and Donna Karan to name a few. She began her acting career in 1995 after being discovered on a plane by David Hasselhoff himself. She made her acting debut on Baywatch Nights and played the character of Ryan McBride for 44 episodes. But it was her character on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit that made her a true household name. From 2010 up until now, she plays the character of Jane Rizzoli on Rizzoli & Isles. She starred in several films and TV shows and also received awards and nominations for her acting.

6. Jason Momoajason momoa

Before he was cast Jason Ioane for the show, he was working part-time at a local surf shop and was modeling throughout his teens. He became an instant heartthrob on the show and wrapped up the series after 44 episodes. Luck was on his side as his career continued to boom after leaving the show. Now he is widely recognized as an actor, model, director, producer and writer. He has appeared in several big films and TV shows since and recently played Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Only bright things ahead for this guy.

5. Krista AllenKrista-Allen

Krista Allen considered becoming a kindergarten teacher after graduating from the University of Texas but fortunately decided to take her chances in pursuing her dreams of acting. She first gained attention playing the lead role in the steamy TV cable series Emmanuelle in Space. She also appeared in Days of Our Lives and played Jenna Avid in Baywatch Hawaii. Since then she has appeared in other TV shows and films up until now. Aside from acting, she has also done unclad modeling that was featured in several magazines around the world. Krista also had a T-shirt line called Superexcellent for several years and is a vegan.

4. Carmen ElectraCarmen-Electra

Tara Leigh Patrick or popularly known as Carmen Electra gained fame for her appearance in a men’s magazine. But before she became known as Carmen Electra, she started her professional career as a dancer at King Island, in the show “It’s Magic.” A year after, she moved to California and met Prince and had a short-lived singing career. It was during this time that she officially became known as Carmen Electra. In 1997, she landed her first major breakout role when she was cast as Lani McKenzi on Baywatch, finally earning the fame that she desired. She was on the show for only a year but unlike her other co-stars, her fame didn’t die down and she even appeared in several films. She also became a guest judge for some popular reality talent show. Even at 44-years-old she still looks stunning.

3. Michael BerginMichael-Bergin

This incredibly handsome guy is considered to have been one of the first males to have achieved supermodel status which was previously reserved for female models such as Cindy Crawford and Elle Macpherson. He started modeling while in college and he is best known as Mark Wahlberg’s successor in Calvin Klein’s steamy series of black and white undergarment ads. Aside from that, he also walked the runways of New York, Paris, and Milan for some of the well-known luxury brands. Michael also appeared in commercials and print advertisements and signed with two modeling agencies. His fame helped him snag a part in Baywatch and e played the role of J.D. Darius for 88 episodes from 1997 to 2001. Since wrapping up in the industry, he’s been busy with his own line of men’s undergarment and now works as a real estate agent in Beverly Hills. Michael has worked with the anti-drug children’s program D.A.R.E. as a national spokesperson and has lent his name, time, and image to numerous AIDS charities. He is now married to makeup artist Joy Tilk and has two children.

2. David HasselhoffDavid-Hasselhoff

Whether you like it or not, Baywatch wouldn’t be complete without “The Hoff”. He is actually one of the biggest stars to emerge from the series. Aside from being n actor, he is also a singer, producer, and businessman. He also set multiple Guinness World Records for being the most watched man on TV and having the highest reverse bungee jump. His TV break was on The Young and The Restless playing the role Dr. Snapper Foster. He then got the role as Michael Knight in Knight Rider and cemented his stardom as the L.A. County Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in Baywatch. He became a fan favorite in all the nine seasons so it was an easy choice for him to reprise his role for “Baywatch Nights” and “Baywatch Hawaii.” He also produced the series from the 1990s to 2001. On the big screen, he appeared in films including Click, Dodgeball, and Hop to name a few. In 2000, “The Hoff” made his Broadway debut in the musical, Jekyll & Hyde and was followed when he starred in other musicals including Chicago and The Producers. His latest appearance was on Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! where he played a major role and then starred in a new musical, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life at the Blackpool Opera House, late in 2015. We cannot deny that he is a talented guy despite his struggle with alcoholism. The 63-year-old looks a little tweaked and lifted thanks to various plastic surgeries, we couldn’t blame the most watched man on TV.

1. Pamela Anderson


The Canadian-American actress is also a model, producer, author, activist and a former showgirl. Long before she was able to walk and talk, she already had the public eye on her. Right after her birth, she got some press coverage as the country’s “Centennial Baby”, having been the first baby born on July 1, 1967, the 100th anniversary of Canada’s official founding via the Constitution Act, 1867. While at a football game in Vancouver, she was discovered after being featured on the Jumbotron wearing a beer t-shirt. Pamela was hired on the spot as the beer’s spokesmodel, and her career soon skyrocketed: earning her a feature in a men’s magazine with numerous other covers for nearly two decades. She is best-known for her roles on the television series Home Improvement, Baywatch and V.I.P. Since then she was featured in numerous TV shows and films. Now at 49 years old, and still as gorgeous as ever, Pamela Anderson has kept her name alive as an activist for animal rights, AIDS awareness, and even as an advocate for the legalization of the grass!

Now who doesn’t remember the good old days? These celebrities bring back memories and you can’t help but smile. Some actors were able to reach stardom and success while others were not so lucky. That’s just life. But at least somehow, they could be proud that they became part of one of the most watched tv show in the world.


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