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Captain Mitchell "Mitch" Buchannon is a character in Baywatch and it's spin off Baywatch Nights. He is also the main character of the entire franchise.

Mitch was one of the main semi-retired head lifeguards who gave the others their assignments, trained new recruits and organized new lifesaving methods.

At the end of the first season of Baywatch Hawaii, it seems he was killed in a boat explosion in Hawaii. But as seen in the tv movie, it was only a coma and he survived.

Physical Appearance[]

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Mitch is a tall, athletic man in his late-twenties to early thirties during the start of the series and early-forties towards the end of the series. He has dark brown curly hair and blue eyes.


Mitch is very dedicated to his job, preferring to patrol the beach and save lives rather than sit in an office all day.

He shares a mutual bond with his son Hobie and tries to make things right if anything ruins their relationship.

He is a good friend and popular father figure to the other lifeguards who turn to him for advice and help. He has a good sense of humor with hobbies including surfing and basketball.

Mitch can be stern and serious when the situation demands especially if a person's life is at stake.

Early Life[]


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Baywatch Nights[]

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Season 7[]

Baywatch Nights[]

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Baywatch Hawaii[]

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Baywatch Hawaiian Wedding[]

Baywatch (2017)[]

When a dangerous crime wave hits the beach, the legendary Mitch Buchannon played by Dwayne Johnson leads his elite squad of lifeguards on a mission to prove that you don't have to wear a badge to save the bay. Joined by a trio of hotshot recruits, including former Olympian Matt Brody, they ditch the surf and go deep undercover to take down a ruthless businesswoman whose devious plans threaten the future of the bay.


  • Mitch is the longest serving character in the entire franchise having appeared in 206 episodes of the original series, both seasons of it's spin off and all of the films.
  • Hasselhoff was cast over Tom Wopat, William Katt, Lorenzo Lamas, Adrian Paul and Jack Scalia for the lead role of Mitch Buchannon.
  • David makes a cameo in the 2017 movie as the original Mitch Buchannon as the mentor to inspire the movie's Mitch to not give up after he lost his job.




Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7

Season 8

Season 9

Baywatch Nights

Season 1

Season 2

Baywatch Hawaii

Season 1


Baywatch Lifeguards
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Mitch BuchannonAl GibsonCraig PomeroyJill RileyEddie KramerShauni McClainNewmie NewmanTrevor ColeJohn D. CortJim BarnettDon ThorpeBen EdwardsDevon ConnorHarvey MillerMeganBrookeC.J. ParkerStephanie HoldenMatt BrodySummer QuinnCaroline HoldenKellyLogan FowlerTracy DodsworthKatherine FlemingAndy JamisonNeely CapshawCody MadisonJennyCrushSharonSandyDonna MarcoJulieJordan TateSam ThomasSusanHobie BuchannonManny GutierrezLani McKenzieApril GiminskiSky BergmanKimmTaylor WalshJ.D. DariusSheryl WhalenBridgetAlex RykerTinaJessie OwensEmilyKristiLeigh Dyer

Baywatch Hawaii Lifeguards
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Mitch BuchannonNewmie NewmanJ.D. DariusJessie OwensSean MonroeAllie ReeseKekoa TanakaJason IoaneDawn MastertonMiko MatsumotoLeigh DyerZack McEwanCarrie SharpKatie Wright