22 celebrities you probably forgot appeared on 'Baywatch'

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for dcp; Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP; Evan Agostini/Invision/APMila Kunis, Jason Momoa, and Sofia Vergara appeared on ‘Baywatch.’

“Baywatch” premiered on NBC in 1989 and lasted for more 11 seasons before ending in 2001.

The hit show, which made red swimsuits and running on the beach in slow motion pop-culture staples, also inspired a 2017 film that starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron.

Many well-known actors and even A-list stars, like Mila Kunis and Jason Momoa, got small (or in some cases, big) roles on “Baywatch” before they became known for something else entirely.

Here are all the stars you probably didn’t know were on “Baywatch.”

Carrie Wittmer contributed to a previous version of this article.


Michelle Williams appeared on two episodes in different roles.

NBCMichelle Williams on ‘Baywatch.’

The four-time Oscar nominee’s first appearance was in 1993 on “Race Against Time: Part 1” as Bridget, a girl who throws a party. Her second appearance was in 1994, on an episode in which she is credited as “Hobie’s groupie.”


“Law & Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay appeared on the third episode of season one in 1989.

NBCMariska Hargitay on ‘Baywatch.’

She played Lisa Peters on an episode titled “Second Wave.”


In 1999, Sofia Vergara made a brief appearance as herself.

NBCSofia Vergara on ‘Baywatch.’

Before she was known for her role on “Modern Family, Vergara was famous in the late ’90s for being a Univision host.

Read more: 5 things you may not know about ‘Modern Family’ actress Sofia Vergara


“Glee” star Naya Rivera was on “Baywatch” in 1996.

NBCNaya Rivera on ‘Baywatch.’

She was 12 years old and played a girl on the beach with her father.

Read more: WHERE ARE THEY NOW: The cast of ‘Glee’ 10 years later


As a child actress, Mila Kunis actually landed two roles on “Baywatch.”

NBCMila Kunis on ‘Baywatch.’

In her first appearance in 1994, she played a student named Annie. It was also her television show debut.

In 1995, she returned as a blind girl named Bonnie who gets lost in the woods with her friends. After being saved, she goes boogie boarding.

Read more: 7 things you didn’t know about Mila Kunis


“7th Heaven” star Beverly Mitchell was also lost in the woods with Kunis.

NBCBeverly Mitchell on ‘Baywatch.’

She played Melissa on an episode called “Hot Stuff.”


Comedian and actor David Spade played a surfer.

NBCDavid Spade on ‘Baywatch.’

This was before he gained fame for his time as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and for his own sitcom “Just Shoot Me!”


“UnREAL” star Shiri Appleby was on one episode in 1995 as Hobie’s girlfriend.

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagicShiri Appleby appeared on season seven of ‘Baywatch.’

In 2015, she told Elle that she constantly auditioned for roles on “Baywatch,” and that she was so flat-chested during shooting that she was asked to push her arms toward each other so she’d have more cleavage.

“I was like, ‘There’s nothing to make bigger here, guys.’ It wasn’t much of an acting role,” she said.


Before indie-rock band Rilo Kiley and her solo music, Jenny Lewis was a child actress.

Amy Harris/Invision/APJenny Lewis appeared on season one of ‘Baywatch.’

Lewis was on a 1989 episode, during the show’s first season.


“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston played the captain of a party boat on the first season.

NBCBryan Cranston on ‘Baywatch.’

His character was named Tom Logan.

Read more: THEN AND NOW: The cast of ‘Breaking Bad’ 11 years later


Before she was in “The Matrix,” Carrie-Anne Moss played twins on a season-four episode.

NBCCarrie-Anne Moss on ‘Baywatch.’

The shocking twist was that one of the twins was good, and the other twin was bad.


Before his role as Aquaman, a clean-shaven Jason Momoa played another shirtless man on “Baywatch.”

NBCJason Momoa on ‘Baywatch.’

He played Jason Ioane on the show and appeared in the 2003 movie “Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding.”


Danny Trejo appeared on the show on two episodes in 1991 and in 1992.

NBCDanny Trejo on ‘Baywatch.’

“I couldn’t believe that show,” he told The AV Club. “I’d be sitting in Venice, looking at all these girls running around and thinking, ‘They’re paying me for this. Thank you, Jesus.'”


John O’Hurley, who gained fame for his role on “Seinfeld,” appeared on a 1994 episode.

Damairs Carter/MediaPunch/IPXJohn O’Hurley in March 2019.

He played a character named Bill Cooper.


Jenny McCarthy was on a season six episode as a character named April.

Willy Sanjuan/Invision/APJenny McCarthy in September 2019.

On season seven, she returned, but played herself.


“7th Heaven” star Barry Watson played a cowboy who drowned.

Nick Ut/APBarry Watson in 2007.

He appeared on the show’s sixth season.


“Rizzoli & Isles” star Angie Harmon originally made a guest appearance on season six, then went on to star on the spin-off “Baywatch Nights.”

NBCAngie Harmon on ‘Baywatch Nights.’

“Baywatch Nights” lasted for two seasons.


“Saved by the Bell” star Elizabeth Berkley appeared on two episodes of season three.

Getty ImagesElizabeth Berkley was on season three of ‘Baywatch.’

She portrayed a student named Courtney Bremmer.


“Blue Bloods” star Will Estes was on season two.

Mark Sagliocco/Getty ImagesWill Estes appeared on season two of ‘Baywatch.’

The episode, titled “The Chamber,” aired in 1992.


Before he was hanging out on the beach with the Obamas, Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, made a cameo as himself.

NBCRichard Branson on ‘Baywatch.’

He appeared on season five.


On a season seven episode, Shaggy made an appearance singing on the beach.

NBCShaggy on ‘Baywatch.’

This was several years before “It Wasn’t Me” became a hit.


“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Charisma Carpenter landed her first role ever with a part on “Baywatch.”

NBCCharisma Carpenter on ‘Baywatch.’

She played Wendie Sanders on an episode from season five.

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