Why is David Hasselhoff so popular in Germany?

As The Hoff celebrates his 70th birthday on July 17, here's a look back at how his song for freedom at the Berlin Wall in 1989 made him a household name in Germany.

The Hoff, as he is popularly known in Germany, quickly became a regular tour stop in the German-speaking zone.

David Hasselhoff's fame rose in the 1980s and 1990s when he became the face of blockbuster TV shows like Knight Rider and Baywatch.