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David Chokachi
 
Baywatch: 6th through 9th Seasons (1995-1996 through 1998-1999)
Occupation: Actor; Model
Current Projects: N/A
Birth Name: David Al-Chokhachy (Means Woolmaker)
Birthdate: January 16, 1968
Birthplace: Plymouth, Massachusetts
Current Residence: Los Angeles, California
Marital Status: Single, but is dating  Brooke Langton 
Hair/Eyes: Blonde/Blue
Height/weight: 5 feet, 11 inches tall/175 pounds
Heritage: American with Scandinavian/Nordic decent from mother/Turkish decent from father
Education: College/Graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1990. Majored in Political Science
Parents: Mother/Scandinavian decentN/A/Father Turkish decent
Children: None
Siblings: 1 brother
Showbusiness start: As a model.   
Hobbies/Interests: Camping; Bungee Jumping; Exercise; Health; Hiking; Roller Hockey; Mountain Biking; Sky Fishing; Skiing; Swimming; Water Rafting.    
 

David Chokachi was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Like most actors, writers or artists, David loved movies while growing up. He and his brother would use their parent's home video camera to create their own version of favorite action shows like super-hit Miami Vice/NBC. The close family unit enjoyed activities together as well. David's father was passionate about sky "fly" fishing and taught him and his brother. The trio still enjoy the sport and plan Alaska trips. However, David and his brother did have their share of chores as children, something that teaches a hard work ethic. Their friends would go out to have fun and the boys would go only for about an hour because their father would warn them to get back because they had a lot of work to do. 
 
David was athletic and excelled at water sports and earned varsity letters in football, lacrosse and wrestling. Knowing the importance of fitness, he realized that if you weren't in good shape, you'd get hurt easily. He earned a scholarship to Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He was a member of a selected group of students that was accepted into the Semeter at Sea Program in his Junior year. The group lived aboard a sailing vessel, traveling to third world countries. It gave David a first hand view of how deteriorated the earth's environment was.
 
Graduating in 1990 with a degree in Polictical Science, David worked for Rep. Gerry Studds (D-Mass.) in Washington. As his legislative aid before answering a newspaper ad for models and actors. He spent the early years of his career modeling and as a commercial actor. He commuted between Boston and New York doing commercials for two years. He also appeared in the film With Honors.
 
He landed the part on Baywatch for the show's 6th season, portraying lifeguard Cody Madison, whose Olympic dreams were shattered by injury as a result of a rescue. The stunning, well-built actor was an immediate hit with fans of the show. 
David got a chance to pursue other projects as well. He appeared in Shadow of a Scream and Bad to the Bone/ABC TV Movie. David has made guest appearances on Sabrina, the Teenaged Witch/ABC, and Suddenly Susan/NBC. On the big screen, he appeared in 12 Bucks and Psycho Beach Party. 
 
He was selected as one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1997 and appeared on the cover of Porthole travel magazine's Nov/Dec issue with his other castmates. The 9th season was David's last with Baywatch. He got to keep some of the widely wanted mementos from the show, a rescue can, a couple of Baywatch jackets and shirts.  
 
After 4 seasons, he went on to pursue other projects and co-starred in the highly rated TNT cable movie Witchblade, the two-hour launcher for the TV series, which aired in August 2000. The show was based on the Top Cow comic book, Witchblade. The story of a New York police detective, Sara Pezzini (Yancy Butler) whose search for justice brings her into contact with a powerful ancient weapon to battle the earth's darkest forces. David portrayed Sara's partner, a surfer turned police officer Jack McCartey who transferred from a small California to the N.Y.P.D. Jake didn't know anything about the powers his partner had through the Witchblade bracelett she wore. David got to do his own stunts for the show except for the driving. Prior to filming on the Toronto set, he had to train with a former L.A.P.D. police officer who taught Israeli street fighting. He taught David how to act during certain situations, as to the proper way enter and clear a room, hand to hand combat, how to take away guns. David wanted to be believable, so he got all of the procedures down. The show premiered on Tuesday, June 12th, 2001. Although it was up against Comedies Frasier/NBC, Darma & Greg/ABC and the dark Sci-fi Dark Angel/FOX, the show did extremely well in the ratings.   
 
Unfortunately, well-publicized trouble on the set affected the ratings. Yancy Butler's problem with alcohol to boost her energy level took its toll and she was hospitalized and then went into rehab. Yancy did all of her own stunts and was in almost every scene. She thought that alcohol would give her a list and it back-fired into an addiction. David was concerned when she tried to speed up her recovery process to save her job, as the Producers were thinking of replacing her. The most important thing was that she recover properly as not to harm her health. The talented actress would get future roles. The show was cancelled and there was chance for fans to save it.

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CREDIT: PHOTO TAKEN FROM THE SHOW'S OFFICIAL BAYWATCH HAWAII SITE
 
 
ALSO CREDITED AS
David Chokes
 
OFFICIAL FAN WEBSITE
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ACHIEVEMENTS & AWARDS [FULL LIST]
 
FACTS [FULL LIST]
-Grew up in a small close family.
-An athlete since youth, he knows the importance of staying in shape throughout your life. Still works out as much as he did when he was on Baywatch. Likes to get a great workout and participate in sports.
-One of many well known actors who got their start modeling for the Frederick's catalog.
-Has dark brown hair. He had it streaked blonde his role on Baywatch to look more like a beach-boy type. He was even more stunning as a blonde.
-Voted as one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" in 1997.
-Shaved his chest, especially in the first two seasons for the Baywatch role.
-A bit of a wild prankster, he had fun running around with Gena Lee Nolin's underwear on his head and stuffing a dead rat down Yasmine Bleeth's swimsuit.
-Yasmine Bleeth recalled David's chasing her with a dead rat. She stated that she never ran so fast in her entire life!
-Still has close contact with his old Baywatch friends. He talks a lot with David Hasselhoff, Alexandra Paul and Michael Newman. He still runs into Yasmine Bleeth and Pamela Anderson. They loved to get together and get crazy. 
 
CHARITIES [FULL LIST]
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