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Garner Ellerbee

This is a compilation of the characters found in the TV series Baywatch and Baywatch Hawaii.

Baywatch 1990–1999

  • Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff); (seasons 1–9)
  • Craig Pomeroy (Parker Stevenson); (season 1, recurring seasons 8–9)
  • Jill Riley (Shawn Weatherly); (season 1); was the most experienced female lifeguard on the service, she trained Shauni McClain on how to become a better lifeguard and was respected by all of her friends at Baywatch. She died from an aneurysm caused by a shark attack.
  • Eddie Kramer (Billy Warlock); (seasons 1–3); Eddie began life on Baywatch as a teenager with a complicated background. Being an orphan, he learned from a very early age to defend himself - a theory that got him into trouble quite a few times while in his first year on Baywatch. He likes to keep himself fit and likes to box. This helps him in some situations. Eddie is homeless during this time and is helped out by fellow Lifeguard Craig Pomeroy (Parker Stevenson). Eddie eventually managed to secure a place of his own. He developed a relationship with Shauni McClain. They eventually married and moved to Australia.[1] In Season 2, Billy was moved from a regular cast member to supporting lead, replacing Stevenson. After his departure in 1992, Warlock explained his departure was voluntary as he had been unhappy with the direction Baywatch had taken.
  • Shauni McClain (Erika Eleniak); (seasons 1–3); Shauni started her career as a complete rookie. She was scared of people drowning and freezing up when people needed CPR. Mitch saw this and decided to put her under the wing of experienced lifeguard, Jill Riley. Jill trained her to become confident in her own abilities. The two would become the best of friends. Shauni hit rock bottom, when Jill was killed in a shark attack. She fell for her long term colleague Eddie Kramer (Billy Warlock). After two years of courting, the two married and move to Australia.
  • Trevor Cole (Peter Phelps); (season 1); became the first male Baywatch sex-symbol. Phelps was the first main cast member to exit the series. His character's disappearance was never addressed onscreen, but had previously expressed interest in returning home to Sydney, Australia.
  • Hobie Buchannon (Brandon Call, season 1; and Jeremy Jackson, seasons 2–9); the son of the Mitch Buchannon; he forms a romantic relationship with his long-time crush, Summer Quinn. His parents are divorced and his mom, Gayle appears in several episodes. According to Hasselhoff, the role almost went to Leonardo DiCaprio.[2]
  • Gayle Buchannon (Wendie Malick); (season 1, sporadically recurring afterwards)
  • Don Thorpe (Monte Markham); (seasons 1–2)
  • Gina Pomeroy (Gina Hecht, pilot episode; and Holly Gagnier, season 1)
  • Garner Ellerbee (Gregory Alan Williams); (seasons 1, 3, 4–5, recurring seasons 2 and 8)
  • John D. Cort (John Allen Nelson); (season 1, recurring seasons 2, 4–5)
  • Harvey Miller (Tom McTigue); (season 2)
  • Ben Edwards (Richard Jaeckel); (season 2, recurring seasons 3–4); Edwards was part of the first team of lifeguards at Baywatch (formed in the 1950s), known as 'The Red Knights'. He was the longest serving lifeguard at Baywatch and retired in 1994. Ben had a close relationship with Mitch Buchannon, and served as a mentor to him. Some time before the series started, Ben had crushed his hip when he jumped from a huge height to save a drowning fisherman. He was unable to swim after this injury and required the use of a walking cane. Captain Thorpe promoted Ben to lieutenant instead of firing him. He waseventually promoted to captain, after Thorpe's departure. The day he resigned, he made his final rescue when he jumped off a pier to save a young boy. He was then happy to 'go out on top'.
  • Kaye Morgan (Pamela Bach); (recurring seasons 2-3, 5–6)
  • Summer Quinn (Nicole Eggert); (seasons 3–4); Summer and her mother, Jackie, moved to California to escape Jackie's abusive ex-boyfriend. They traveled across the country in their trailer and set up home in a local trailer park. Summer was a star athlete in her hometown winning many awards for swimming. Her mother's ex-boyfriend tracked them down and confronted Summer. When he began to get physical with her, Matt Brody stepped in and stopped him. This was the start of a long friendship between the two. Later, with the help of C.J. Parker, Summer overcame bulimia.
  • Matt Brody (David Charvet); (seasons 3–5, recurring season 6); Matt had a long-term relationship with Summer Quinn in the fourth season, and pursued a similar relationship with C.J. Parker in the fifth and sixth seasons. He was forced to resign because of a phony sexual harassment lawsuit filed by series 'bad girl,' Neely Capshaw.
  • C.J. Parker (Pamela Anderson); (seasons 3–7) UGO.com voted CJ Parker one of the top 10 blondes.[3]
  • Jimmy Slade (Kelly Slater); (season 3, recurring season 4); Jimmy Slade was a main character during the third season and had a gift for surfing. He was constantly trying to become a professional surfer and had a romantic relationship with Summer Quinn. He had a very strict military father, who he did not get along with, and a mother who abandoned him. Due to his family circumstances, he lived alone on the beach in his van. He eventually did break into the professional circuit and left Baywatch to travel to Hawaii.
  • Stephanie Holden (Alexandra Paul); (seasons 3–7); when Stephanie was seven years old her father died in a helicopter crash in Vietnam. This affected her deeply and she developed a huge fear of helicopters. Stephanie was eventually abandoned by her mother and was raised by her grandmother. She developed a romantic relationship with Mitch Buchannon, and the two became very serious. The relationship ended abruptly when Stephanie left Mitch without explanation (she was married). Stephanie and Mitch eventually got over their differences and formed a strong friendship. She dies in season 7 from a lightning strike while at sea.
  • Jackie Quinn (Susan Anton); (recurring seasons 3–5); Summer's mother.
  • Caroline Holden (Yasmine Bleeth); (seasons 5–7, recurring season 4 & 8)
  • Logan Fowler (Jaason Simmons); (seasons 5–6, recurring season 7); first appearance was in the season 5 premiere. The character had just recently arrived in California from Tasmania as part of a lifeguard exchange program. He had a reputation as being a top lifeguard in Australia but immediately began to cause problems once he arrived at Baywatch. He did not work well in a team or obey orders from his superiors, this caused him to clash with many of his fellow lifeguards, including Matt Brody and C.J. Parker.
  • Cody Madison (David Chokachi); (seasons 6–9);[4] an aspiring Olympic swimmer sidelined by an irregular heartbeat. He had relationships with fellow lifeguards, C.J. Parker and Lani McKenzie.
  • Neely Capshaw (Heather Campbell (season 5); Gena Lee Nolin seasons 6–8; and Jennifer Campbell, recurring season 9);[5] Neely was the show's resident 'bad girl,' being in constant conflict with her fellow employees and her boss, Mitch Buchannon. She was re-made as a 'gird girl' in season 7, and got her lifeguard re-certification after Mitch and Donna Marco (Donna D'Errico) learn of her saving an elderly heart attack victim with CPR following a botched drugstore robbery. Neely became romantically involved with Mitch and they eventually got married, after which she returned to her conniving ways.
  • Sheryl Whalen (Ingrid Walters); (season 6; recurring season 8-10)
  • Mike "Newmie" Newman (Michael Newman); (seasons 7–9, recurring seasons 1–6) played a caricature of himself.
  • Samantha Thomas (Nancy Valen); (season 7); was a lifeguard captain and had an elevated position at Baywatch headquarters.
  • Manny Gutierrez (José Solano); (seasons 7–8, recurring season 9); Manny was one of the younger members of Baywatch. He was taken on permanently by Mitch Buchannon following an outstanding physical test. Manny was in a life threatening accident and was in a wheelchair for a significant amount of time.
  • Donna Marco (Donna D'Errico); (seasons 7–8); Joined the show mid-way through season one of Baywatch Nights (01-11), she became the new owner of the nightclub/bar, Nights. She also aspired to become a lifeguard at Baywatch. After the cancellation of Baywatch Nights, the role of Donna Marco was carried over to the original Baywatch series for seasons 7–8.
  • Jordan Tate (Traci Bingham); (seasons 7–8)
  • J.D. Darius (Michael Bergin); (seasons 8–9); was one of the few characters to continue into the Baywatch Hawaii era and also appeared in the 2003 reunion movie, Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding. A failed pier rescue by J.D. resulted in a victim getting crushed and dieing in J.D.'s arms. Blaming himself for the death, he suffered PTSD and took time off to deal with it.
  • Lani McKenzie (Carmen Electra); (season 8)
  • April Giminski (Kelly Packard); (seasons 8–9); the only female character to cross over between Season 8 & Season 9 after the rest of the female Baywatch cast were all let go during what was described as the "Baywatch Bloodbath."
  • Skylar Bergman (Marliece Andrada); (season 8)
  • Taylor Walsh (Angelica Bridges); (season 8); Taylor was a lieutenant who replaced Mitch when he was promoted to Captain in 1997.[6]

Baywatch Nights 1995–1997

  • Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff); (seasons 1 & 2)
  • Garner Ellerbee (Gregory Alan Williams); (Season 1)
  • Ryan McBride (Angie Harmon); (seasons 1 & 2)
  • Destiny Desimone (Lisa Stahl); (recurring episodes 1-10)
  • Lou Raymond (Lou Rawls); (Season 1)
  • Griff Walker (Eddie Cibrian); (recurring episodes 11-44)
  • Donna Marco (Donna D'Errico); (recurring episodes 11-44)
  • Diamont Teague (Dorian Gregory); (Season 2)

Baywatch Hawaii 1999–2001

  • Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff); (season 1)
  • Jessie Owens (Brooke Burns); (season 1, recurring season 2)
  • J.D. Darius (Michael Bergin); (seasons 1–2)
  • Sean Monroe (Jason Brooks); (seasons 1–2); a dedicated lifeguard, who thinks that he is making a difference in the world as a lifeguard. Mitch chooses him to be in charge of Baywatch Hawaii. Despite Sean's emotional strength, he has his demons. He blames himself for the death of his son, which led to a divorce from his wife. After taking a charge of Baywatch Hawaii, Sean successfully manages a good team of lifeguards.
  • Michael Newman (Michael Newman); (season 1, recurring season 2)
  • Dawn Masterson (Brandy Ledford); (season 1)
  • Allie Reese (Simmone Jade Mackinnon); (season 1)
  • Jason Ioane (Jason Momoa); (seasons 1–2); originally from Hawaii, Jason moved to Texas with his mother when he was very young after his father disappeared. At nineteen years old, he was the youngest of the lifeguards at Baywatch Hawaii. Jason found it hard to work as part of a team, being very headstrong. He was often cited as the best water person on the team. Jason was introduced to a wise Hawaiian man named Ko Lani, who helped put him in touch with his Hawaiian heritage, something that Jason became very passionate about. Eventually, he was accepted as one of the Hawaiian people and went through a traditional ceremony to mark it.
  • Kekoa Tanaka (Stacy Kamano), (seasons 1–2); half Japanese, half Hawaiian; her father is a wealthy Japanese businessman with a high standard of living and morals.
  • Kai Colburn (Kala'i Miller); (recurring season 1)
  • Brian Keaulana; as himself (seasons 1–2)
  • Jenna Avid (Krista Allen); (season 2, recurring season 1); Jenna was the series' femme fatale. She is an extremely selfish character and can be particularly vindictive, especially to Sean Monroe, whom she taunts throughout the series. Eventually, however, the two fall in love.
  • Zach McEwan (Charlie Brumbly); (season 2); a close friend of Jason Ioane, has an inflated opinion of himself. He sports an extreme quiff-style of surfer hair and Elvis-style aviator sunglasses and Hawaiian clothing.
  • Leigh Dyer (Brande Roderick); (season 2)
  • Carrie Sharp (Alicia Rickter); (Season 2)
  • Hideki Tanaka (Pat Morita); (recurring season 2)

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References

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