“Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff, who played a lifeguard in the hit television show, has come to the rescue again — to save the German population from COVID-19.
The actor, 68, who has achieved cult status after recording a string of pop songs that seemed to do well in Germany, has been recruited by health authorities in the country to encourage citizens to get vaccinated.
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Hasselhoff, who was also the main character in the popular “Knight Rider” series, has recorded two videos that were posted on social media.
In one he tells people to roll up their sleeves, saying in German: “Ärmel hoch!” then reverting to English, saying: “I, David Hasselhoff, am supposedly a hero because of ‘Baywatch’ and ‘Knight Rider’ and the Berlin Wall, but I found freedom with vaccination. You can too. Hoff off.”
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The celebrity has the nickname “The Hoff” — a shortening of his surname. He became popular in Germany after being suspended from a crane over the Berlin Wall, belting out his “Looking For Freedom” cover in 1989.
After a slow start, more than 46% of Germans have now received their first COVID-19 vaccination.
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