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Michael Newman[BACK TO BIOGRAPHY]
 
Baywatch: Pilot Movie through 9th Season (1989-1990 through 1998-1999)
Baywatch Hawaii: 10th Season (1999-2000)
Occupation: Firefighter; Actor; Former LA Lifeguard
Current Projects: Los Angeles Firefighter
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-Was the only major cast member who didn't have an agent.
-He is now a former lifeguard turned firefighter. Now works for the Los Angeles Fire Department. 
-He served as an L.A. County Lifeguard for over 20 years.
-Was once considered one of the top watermen in the country, winning National and International lifeguard competitions. 
-Was a Junior Lifeguard at the age of 10.
-Michael's older brother was a Los Angeles County Lifeguard and he followed in his footsteps.
-Took the firefighter exam while waiting to get hired as a lifeguard.
-Served the community as a part-time firefighter while he was serving as a lifeguard.
-Former lifeguard and Baywatch Executive Producer Greg Bonann was a longtime friend of Michael's and they used to work beaches together. At the end of the long day of rescues, fights, purse stealers and car break-ins, they would put their feet up on the rail. Greg leaned toward him and said, "If a show like CHiPS can be so popular, why couldn't we make a show about what we do down here?" The show's idea was born when Greg rescued the 13-year old son of TV Executive Stu Erwin in Santa Monica. The boy would have died if not for Greg. When Erwin asked Greg how he could repay him, Greg's request was that he wanted to discuss his idea for a show with him. Erwin lead him through the process of getting his show on a network. Greg promised Michael work on the pilot if it proved successful. It lead to NBC's airing of the TV series Baywatch. The show was cancelled by NBC after one season. But not giving up on the idea however, later proved the show a successful phenomenon.
-Did his own stunts on the show and served as technical advisor.
-Is a Paramedic.
-Many Baywatch situations have been based on real rescues that Michael has been involved in.
-Greg Bonann is is godfather of Michael's brother's children.
-Is very serious about his environmental concerns, as he has joined Conservation Leaders in urging the Senate to pass a strong Beach-Goer Protection Bill.
 
 
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