Nowadays, Cranston is the critically-adored star of Breaking Bad, but back in 1989, he was still a day player guest-starring as a reckless party boat captain in Season 1’s “Cruise Ship.”
This Law & Order: SVU mainstay played Lisa, girlfriend of Trevor (Peter Phelps), in “Second Wave,” the third-ever episode of Baywatch.
In the very same episode, this Just Shoot Me! alum had a blink-and-you-missed-it part as a virgin surfer named B.J.
Way before she armored up as Trinity in the Matrix trilogy, Moss guest-starred in Season 4’s “Mirror, Mirror,” playing alluring Mattie and “plain” twin sister Gwen who — plot twist! — are two halves of a split personality.
Long before she earned four Oscar nominations — and even before she starred on Dawson’s Creek — Williams played Bridget, a young girl who catches the eye of Hobie (Jeremy Jackson), in Season 4’s “Race Against Times: Part 1.”
This Bad Moms star graced the Baywatch shores twice: once as a student on a class trip to the beach in Season 5’s “Aftershock” and as a blind girl who gets lost in Season 6’s “Hot Stuff.”
“Machete” himself also guest-starred in two episodes of Baywatch, playing Carlos in Season 2’s “Point of Attack” and Chulo in Season 3’s “Masquerade.”
You’d be forgiven for not recognizing this Glee alum on Baywatch — she was just 12 years old when she played beachgoer Willa in Season 7’s “Scorcher.”
In Season 6’s “Bash at the Beach,” this wrestling champ played himself — and needed rescuing by CJ (Pamela Anderson).
The lifeguards are on alert when this Virgin Group billionaire decides to waterski behind a blimp in Season 5’s “The Runaways.”
This Modern Family star played herself in Season 9’s “Boys Will Be Boys,” when she was still known stateside as a Bally Total Fitness spokesperson. “Isn’t that Sofia Vergara?” Cody (David Chokachi) asks when he spots her in the gym.
Make all the swimsuits-in-slow-motion jokes you want, but there’s no denying Baywatch was a worldwide smash hit. In fact, the lifeguard drama boasted an estimated weekly audience of 1.1 billion viewers at its 1996 peak, according to Guinness World Records.
Now, as it nears its 30th anniversary, Baywatch is making another splash on the small screen: It’s currently streaming on Amazon Prime and looking better than ever, remastered in HD and soundtracked with 350 all-new original songs.
In celebration of the comeback, we’re rounding up 11 big names — from Bryan Cranston to Sofia Vergara and many more — who appeared on the show throughout its run on NBC and in syndication. Click through the gallery above… and keep the defibrillator close.
Baywatch, Seasons 1-9, Streaming, Amazon Prime Video