- NBC’s “Baywatch” premiered in September 1989 and lasted for 11 seasons.
- Many well-known actors, like Mila Kunis and Jason Momoa, appeared on the series before they became famous.
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“Baywatch” premiered on NBC in 1989 and lasted for more 11 seasons before ending in 2001.
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.
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.
She played Lisa Peters on an episode titled “Second Wave.”
In 1999, Sofia Vergara made a brief appearance as herself.
Before she was known for her role on “Modern Family, Vergara was famous in the late ’90s for being a Univision host.
“Glee” star Naya Rivera was on “Baywatch” in 1996.
She was 12 years old and played a girl on the beach with her father.
As a child actress, Mila Kunis actually landed two roles 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.
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“7th Heaven” star Beverly Mitchell was also lost in the woods with Kunis.
She played Melissa on an episode called “Hot Stuff.”
Comedian and actor David Spade played a surfer.
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.
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.
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.
His character was named Tom Logan.
Before she was in “The Matrix,” Carrie-Anne Moss played twins on a season-four episode.
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.”
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.
“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.
He played a character named Bill Cooper.
Jenny McCarthy was on a season six episode as a character named April.
On season seven, she returned, but played herself.
“7th Heaven” star Barry Watson played a cowboy who drowned.
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.”
“Baywatch Nights” lasted for two seasons.
“Saved by the Bell” star Elizabeth Berkley appeared on two episodes of season three.
She portrayed a student named Courtney Bremmer.
“Blue Bloods” star Will Estes was on season two.
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.
He appeared on season five.
On a season seven episode, Shaggy made an appearance singing on the beach.
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.”
She played Wendie Sanders on an episode from season five.
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