Sun, sand, and se3y lifeguards made for the perfect mix in the 1989 debut of “Baywatch.” Created by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, and Gregory J. Bonann, “Baywatch” featured a group of steamy lifeguards who saved lives while attempting to rescue themselves from their own personal drama; unfortunately, however, the characters and storyline weren’t enough for NBC, who debuted the show and then proceeded to abruptly cancel it after only one season: by some sort of miracle “Baywatch” got a second chance and in 1991 it was welcomed back into syndication in.
Starring cast members like David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, “Baywatch” and its red swimsuit babes quickly became one of the most popular shows of the 1990s; lasting a total of 11 seasons and 242 episodes, the show transformed formerly unknown actors into international superstars with syndication worldwide. Dubbed a massive success, fans of “Baywatch” begged for more of their favourite characters, which led to numerous spin-offs and reunion specials in later years.
So, after all these years what’s happened to our favourite lifeguards? Are they still rocking their bathing suit bods or have they turned in their swim trunks for good? Let’s take a look at 16 of our favourite cast members from “Baywatch,” and see what they have been up to since their last big rescue!
#13 – Carmen Electra
Born Tara Leigh Patrick, Carmen Electra changed more than just her name while her career skyrocketed as a model, actor, singer, and dancer. Starting out as a dancer at an Ohio amusement park, Electra got fed up and packed her bags: moving to California where she met the music legend Prince, who inspired her to start her short-lived music career.
Carmen quickly found herself in small acting roles, as well as on the cover of Playboy: finally earning her the fame that she desired. By 1997 Electra had landed her first major break out role when she was cast as Lani McKenzie on “Baywatch.”
Like Phelps, Electra’s lifeguard days as Lani only lasted a year, but time has definitely been kinder to this stunning actress more than it has to her former colleague. Today, at 43 years old, Electra is probably the only original “Baywatch” babe who could easily make an appearance on a new spinoff series, but you’ll have to catch her first: after all, these days she keeps pretty busily as a guest judge on “Britain’s Got Talent.”
#12 – Parker Stevenson
Despite his mother being an aspiring actress, Parker Stevenson’s acting career actually happened by complete accident (much to the disapproval of his father). Starting out with “A Separate Peace” in 1972, Stevenson quickly landed his next role in “Lifeguard” before becoming a household name alongside teen heartthrob Shaun Cassidy in the “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” series during the later years of the 1970s.
By 1989 Stevenson would become a heartthrob in his own right after being cast as Craig Pomeroy on “Baywatch.” After adding a year of “Baywatch” to his repertoire, Stevenson looked for greener pastures and only made sporadic appearances on the show in 1997 and 1998. After ending his 14 year marriage in 1997 to “Cheers” star, Kirstie Alley, Stevenson slowed down his acting career to pursue his first true passion: photography; now 63 years old with two children, the distinguished looking Parker enjoys time on both sides of the camera, with his latest appearance being in the 2015 film “His Secret Family.”
#11 – Michael Bergin
Michael Bergin is not only known for being incredibly handsome, he is also known for being so handsome that he became one of the first male supermodels of all time. If you’re struggling to think of where you might have seen Bergin before aside from “Baywatch” then look no farther than the racy series of underwear ads released by Calvin Klein; after the prestigious underwear position was passed down by none other than Mark Wahlberg it wasn’t long before the job was snatched up by a job-hungry Bergin.
So what does an underwear model do with his life once he is seen as a se3 icon? He shacks up with a Kennedy, of course, specifically Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy; she happened to be a Calvin Klein publicist at the time of their meeting, and the two were knocking boots while she was still being courted by John F. Kennedy Jr. (her future husband). Michael’s final career moves were to publish a book titled “The Other Man” that detailed his affair with Carolyn during her marriage and taking on an active role as the spokesman for the D.A.R.E. anti-drug campaign for children (if only Jeremy Jackson had met him later on in life).
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