It was presumably safe to say that few actors enjoyed a career as successful, tumultuous and just plain odd as that of David Hasselhoff. The star of three phenomenally popular television series - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS, 1973- ), "Knight Rider" (NBC, 1982-86) and "Baywatch" (NBC/syndicated, 1989-2001) - Hasselhoff was adored by millions of fans around the world - particularly in Germany - yet endured an equal amount of derision for participating in these very same shows, especially in his home country. Pundits also targeted him for his European fan base, his dodgy music career, and broad acting style, yet Hasselhoff seemed to shrug off the brickbats with almost supernatural good cheer. Eventually, the dichotomous nature of his career ushered him into that curious twilight zone of celebrity reserved for those performers who was famous for being famous - and he worked that angle with remarkable fervor, even to the point of parodying himself in films, television shows and commercials to prove that he was in on the joke. Not even a much-publicized problem with alcohol and a failed marriage could dim his particular star power.