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Michael Bergin
 
Baywatch Hawaii: 10th through 11th Seasons (1999-2000 through 2000-2001)
Baywatch: 8th through 9th Seasons (1997-1998 through 1998-1999)
Occupation: Actor, Model, Author
Current Projects: Book ("The Other Man: A Love Story"/Regan Books/Spring 2004)
Underwear Line called "Bergies" or "MB's"

Birth Name: Michael Don Bergin
Birthdate: March 19, 1969
Birth Place: Waterbury, Connecticut
Current Residence: Commutes between New York &
Los Angeles

Marital Status: Single, but is engaged to Jo 
Hair/Eyes: Dark Brown/Hazel
Height/weight: 6 Feet, 1 inches tall/190 pounds
Heritage: American with Irish/Italian descent 
Education: College/University of Connecticut/Degree in Business Marketing  
Parents: Father, a retired state police officer/Mother, a hairdresser
Children: 2; 1 son, Jesse Makoa (born in 1999), 1 daughter, Alana Jade (Born in 2004) 
Siblings: 3; 1 brother (2 years older)/2 sisters  (1 is a year older and the other is 9 years younger). 
Show business start: Answered an ad for Models on the advice of a friend
Hobbies/Interests: Collecting and refinishing antique furniture, Music, Sports and Roller blading, Working out 

Michael Bergin was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, and grew up in the small town of Naugatuck, Connecticut. He was an athletic child and during his high school years served as Captain of the basketball team and played baseball for 4 years.

He attended the University of Connecticut. To support himself during his college years he worked as a waiter and at odd jobs for minimum wage. During his sophomore year, a friend told him that he should seriously consider modeling. She said that he could earn up to $1000 a day modeling in New York. Since he was struggling financially, he finally considered the career move. He signed on with the Click Modeling Agency. The money earned greatly eased his financial burden.

Keeping himself in exceptional physical shape, Michael was very muscular. He actually had to lose some of the bulk in order to fit into the designer clothing. After his junior year, modeling assignments kept growing, making the commute to New York more frequent. Michael spent his summers working full-time. In the fall, he returned to the University of Connecticut to finish his senior year. Michael graduated with a degree in business marketing. He then made New York his permanent home and pursued modeling full-time.

During his modeling career, Michael traveled around the world, walking the runways of New York, Paris and Milan for such designers as Sonia Rykiel, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Gianfranco Ferre, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint-Laurent and Donna Karan.

His credits for TV commercials and printed advertisements include Kellogg's, Bacardi Rum, L'Oreal, Maybelline, Coty, Perry Ellis, and Liz Claiborne. He moved back to New York a month later. 

Michael replaced Marky Mark as the new Calvin Klein underwear model. Michael also appeared in solo ads and with Kate Moss in underwear, jeans and suit layouts. His ads for Calvin Klein left him without assignments for more than six months. No agency was interested in a model who had modeled for Calvin Klein.  He made a decision to move toward acting. It proved to be a good choice, as his work for TV as a correspondent includes E! Entertainment Television, VH1, and  Entertainment Tonight.  His acting credits included a recurring role on the soap Central Park West and The Proprietor (a Merchant Ivory film).

He was sent out to read for a part on Baywatch. The move toward acting paid off here, as he landed the role of Jack "J.D." Darius.  During his first season with Baywatch, he has appeared on the sitcom Cosby/CBS as a good looking, but extremely clumsy waiter and as a guest on The Rosie O'Donald Show/NBC. Michael has also appeared on the talk show VIBE. He appeared in the 1998 June issue of US magazine and had his own work out show off the Jersey Shore called The Daily Burn, which was on three times a week. Michael did hip-hop aerobics. The show resulted in a video. 

The exposure has helped him make the transition toward movies in 2000. His work included Closing the Deal, Starforce and The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy. He has two children; one son, Jesse Makoa, who was born in 1999 and a daughter born in 2004. the actor is currently engaged to Jo.  

Michael returned for the reunion movie, Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding, which aired February 2003. 

His most current project is his book, "The Other Man: A Love Story" (Regan Books), where he related his relationship with John F. Kennedy's Jr.'s wife Carolyn Bessette. It sparked a lot of heat in defense of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette. He also has designed a new line of underwear called, "Bergies" for men in the works. 

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CREDIT: PHOTO TAKEN FROM THE SHOW'S OWN OFFICIAL BAYWATCH HAWAII SITE.
 
 
OFFICIAL WEBSITE
You can visit Michael at his Official Website. View all current information, membership for his fans and lots of photos. Fans can go in at:
 
FACTS [FULL LIST]
-Engaged to Jo.
-Spends a lot less time in the gym these days. He used to spend a few hours per session doing his workouts, but cut it down to less than an hour. Has a more condensed smart workout issuing the same benefits so that he can spend more time with his son Jesse and daughter Alana.
-Became a homeowner after son Jesse was born.
-Has a pair of red boxing gloves given to him by boxer Sugar Ray Leonard as a gift. 
-Is well known for his marvelous abs.
-Dated Carolyn Bessette. She later married John Kennedy Jr. The couple was killed in a tragic private plane accident along with Carolyn's sister.
-Favorite actor is John Travolta.
-Best friend is his Mom.
-Favorite music is Rap/Heavy Metal.
-Favorite country to visit is Austria (Vienna)
-Favorite directors are Quentin Tarrentin and Joel Schumacher.
-His Spring 2004 book, The Other Man discusses his relationship with longtime friend Carolyn Bessette when she was married to John F. Kennedy Jr. The actor also interviewed on A&E Network concerning the matter. The book and interview sparked heated controversy in defense of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette.
-Studies acting with Stuart Rogers Acting Studios.
-Active in the Celebrity NBA/Entertainment League.
 
CHARITIES [FULL LIST]
-D.A.R.E. drug program. Working with kids to show them an alternative to drugs.
 

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