Many times, certain films or TV productions strike a chord among audiences, but get harshly panned by critics. That is what happened to the 1989 show Baywatch, only on a larger scale: despite its terrible reviews, this show became one of the audience's greatest favorites and established itself as a TV landmark with a strong influence on popular culture. This production that follows the lives of a group of California lifeguards was created for NBC by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Gregory J. Bonann. Ironically, the show's ratings were not so good during its first season, so Baywatch was canceled. However, its creators and the main star, David Hasselhoff, saw the project's full potential, which is why they decided to bring it back and, from then on, Baywatch became a worldwide hit.

Each week, millions of people around the world followed the adventures of these lifeguards, and throughout its 11 seasons, the show managed to retain a large fan base despite getting awful reviews. Moreover, Baywatch kicked off a franchise that was followed by the spin-off series Baywatch Nights and a 2017 movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, which drew terrible reviews, but performed quite good at the box office. This film production did not mark the end of the franchise, as very recently there was news that the production company Fremantle is currently working on a remake of this popular TV show. As we wait for updates on this new show, here's a look at the latest projects of the original cast of Baywatch.

David Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff in Baywatch

David Hasselhoff led the original cast of Baywatch as Mitch Buchannon up until the show's 10th season, although he served as a producer until the very end. For his work on the project, and his many, many roles in other shows and movies, the actor claimed the Guinness World Record as the most watched man on TV. Before joining Baywatch, he was already famous for his roles in the TV series The Young and The Restless and Knight Rider, but since the 1989 show, his career has branched out tremendously.

Over the years, Hasselhoff took part in movies and shows, hosted many productions and even pursued a career as a singer, releasing several music albums. He was not as active in the industry in recent years, but he still appeared in a few productions, mostly as himself. After making a cameo in the movie Baywatch, he co-starred alongside Ken Jeong in the film Killing Hasselhoff, also released in 2017. He is also expected to appear in the upcoming comedy Kung Fury 2, starring David Sandberg, Michael Fassbender and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Parker Stevenson

Parker Stevenson in Baywatch

Parker Stevenson rose to fame in the 1970s for his role as Frank Hardy in the mystery series The Hardy Boys, and several years later he joined the original cast of Baywatch to play Craig Pomeroy, although he only appeared in the first, eighth and ninth seasons of the show. After leaving Baywatch, Parker starred in a few films, but mostly focused on television, taking part in several TV films and shows. The most prominent project in Stevenson's career over the last few years was Greenhouse Academy, a Netflix teen series released in 2017 that aired for four seasons. In it, the actor played Louis Osmond, Greenhouse Academy's founder.

Shawn Weatherly

Shawn Weatherly in Baywatch

Several years before she joined the original cast of Baywatch to play Jill Riley, Shawn Weatherly established herself as a beauty pageant star, winning both Miss USA and Miss Universe. While the actress starred in several projects prior to the show, after taking part in its first season, she became much less involved in the industry, eventually appearing in films such as Amityville: It's About Time and the 1990s crime series Murder, She Wrote. Her latest film role so far was in the 2014 horror comedy Love in the Time of Monsters, in which she co-starred alongside Doug Jones, Kane Hodder, and Mike McShane.

Billy Warlock

Billy Warlock in Baywatch

During the first three seasons of Baywatch, Billy Warlock played lifeguard Eddie Kramer, which became one of the most memorable roles of his career. However, after starring in this worldwide hit, Warlock mainly stood out for his roles in different soap operas, such as Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. As was the case with his castmate Shawn Weatherly, Warlock became less and less involved in the industry following his time in Baywatch. His most recent film role came in the 2004 horror film The Thing Below, and he was last seen on TV in 2010, as part of the soap operas As the World Turns and One Life to Live.

Erika Eleniak

Erika Eleniak in Baywatch

Just like Warlock, Erika Eleniak also starred in Baywatch for only three seasons, playing Shauni McClain. The actress had made her industry debut just a few years earlier, in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Following Baywatch, Eleniak went on to build her portfolio with a huge number of projects, most notably the film Under Siege and the TV series CSI: Miami and Desperate Housewives, where she made cameo appearances. Much like Hasselhoff, she is still active in the industry to this day. Eleniak was last seen on-screen in the 2019 documentary In Search of the Last Action Heroes, and she is currently shooting the comedy Lolipop Gang, for which there is no release date yet.

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Peter Phelps

Peter Phelps in Baywatch

Peter Phelps played Trevor Cole in just a single season of Baywatch, and yet that role remains one of the most memorable of his career. This Australian actor who became well-known a few years before Baywatch for his role in the show Sons and Daughters went on to star in different productions within the industry until 2014, when he was last seen in the TV series Old School and as a guest star in Modern Family. Five years later, he made a comeback in Heath Davis' crime film Locusts. His latest role so far came in 2022 as part of Home and Away, an Australian soap opera that has been running for 36 seasons.

Brandon Call

Brandon Call in Baywatch

Brandon Call joined Baywatch to play Hobie Buchannon, but he was already well-known in the industry for his role as J.T. in the ABC sitcom Step by Step. However, after the show's first season, he decided to quit in order to fully concentrate on his studies, so he was replaced by Jeremy Jackson, who went on to play the character until the show's tenth season. Despite his decision to focus on his studies, Call kept performing for a few more years, starring in the movies The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and For the Boys, as well as in the show Thunder in Paradise, created by the masterminds behind Baywatch. By the 1990s, he finally decided to retire from acting, and from then on he was never seen in a production again.

Monte Markham

Monte Markham in Baywatch

Long before playing senior lifeguard Don Thorpe in the first two seasons of Baywatch, Monte Markham was well-known for his lead role in The New Perry Mason and his parts in the shows The Second Hundred Years and Hawaii Five-O. He is among the original cast members who remained active in the industry over the years, starring in both films and TV series, and also dabbling in theatrical productions.

However, starting in the 2000s, he focused mostly on films, with roles in We Are Still Here and Daddy Issues, among a few others. His most recent film roles date back to 2020, when he was cast in the films The 11th Green and A Dark Foe, but in 2022 he also made a small cameo in the Comedy Central TV series Out of Office.

Gina Hecht

Gina Hecht in Mork & Mindy

Gina Hecht only starred in the pilot episode of Baywatch as Gina Pomeroy. She was later replaced by Holly Gagnier, who just stayed on the show for its first season. By the time Hecht joined the project, she was already famous in the industry for her role as Jean DaVinci in Mork & Mindy, and she had also taken part in a few film productions, such as Night Shift and St. Elmo's Fire.

After starring in the pilot of Baywatch, she went on to appear in different projects within the industry, and continues to do so to this day. She has made cameos in shows such asDesperate Housewives, The Middle and Glee, where she played Puck's mom for a few episodes. One of her most important roles in recent years was Judge Rachel Lasser in the ABC soap opera General Hospital, a part she played until 2019. Currently, Hecht is part of the cast of Dave, the comedy series starring rapper Lil Dicky that premiered its third season last April.