Captain Mitchell "Mitch" Buchannon is a character from the famous American television series Baywatch.

He is one of the main semi-retired head lifeguards who gives the others their assignments, trains new recruits and organizes 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.

In seasons 1-10 and in the reunion movie he was played by actor and singer David Hasselhoff and later by Dwayne Johnson as a second Mitch Buchannon (both played him in the movie) in the film version.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Mitch is a tall slender man in his late-thirties and early-forties with dark brown 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 LifeEdit



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Baywatch (2017) Edit

When a dangerous crime wave hits the beach, the legendary Mitch Buchannon played by Dwayne the Rock 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.


  • 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 as the original Mitch Buchannon as the mentor to inspire the movie's Mitch to not give up after he lost his job.


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