David Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff will return to The Young and the Restless, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

The actor will reprise his role as Dr. William "Snapper" Foster Jr. for a short arc that is set to air in mid-June. Hasselhoff portrayed Snapper on the CBS soap opera from 1975-1982 before landing his star-making turn in Knight Rider.

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"Playing Snapper in 850 shows during the six years I appeared molded my craft, my attitude and my work ethic," Hasselhoff said in a statement. "Being asked to come back to appear in several episodes gives me a chance to say thanks, as I have an amazing amount of respect and heartfelt emotion for Bill, his family and my time on Young and the Restless. I just hope I can remember all those lines."

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Hasselhoff, 57, took over the role of Snapper from William Gray Espy. Snapper was written out of the show in 1982 when he accepted a medical fellowship in London.

The Baywatch alum is one of many high-profile stars appearing on soap operas in recent years. Earlier this month, Julianne Moore returned to her roots with a cameo in As the World Turns. Though they didn't get their starts in soaps, James Franco appeared in a lengthy arc on General Hospital last fall, while Betty White played Stephanie Forrester's long-lost mother, Ann Douglas, on The Bold and the Beautiful from 2006-2009.

Hasselhoff, whose return was first reported by Entertainment Weekly, starts filming in May.