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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 July, 2004, 08:58 GMT 09:58 UK
Hasselhoff joins UK Chicago cast
David Hasselhoff
David Hasselhoff still enjoys huge popularity in Germany
Former Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff is to make his British stage debut in the West End musical Chicago.

Hasselhoff, 51, will play scheming lawyer Billy Flynn - the role Richard Gere played in the 2002 film version.

The Knight Rider star will appear in 60 shows at London's Adelphi theatre, beginning on 16 July.

"This is not about making money - this is about following my heart, challenging myself and having fun," said Hasselhoff.

"Billy will be like every other attorney I've ever known - charming until he delivers the bill," he added.

Denise Van Outen, Alison Moyet and Wet Wet Wet's Marti Pellow are just some of those who have starred in Chicago in London's West End.

Diverse

Hasselhoff made his debut on Broadway in Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical in 2001, but has never previously performed in a British theatre.

He also enjoys success as a singer, particularly in Germany where he continues to tour extensively.

The actor is best known for the TV series Baywatch, which was originally cancelled in the US after just one season.

Hasselhoff and his partners bought the rights to it in 1991 because of massive overseas interest. The show, which launched the careers of Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra, ran until 2001.

It was reprised for a one-off special, Hawaiian Wedding, in 2003, bringing together many of the original cast members.


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