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Michael Bergin

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Michael Bergin was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, and grew up in the small town of Naugatuck, Connecticut. He attended the University of Connecticut. To support himself during his college years he worked as a waiter and at odd jobs for minimum wage. During his sophomore year, a friend told him that he should seriously consider modeling. She said that he could earn up to $1000 a day modeling in New York. Struggling financially, he finally considered the career move. He signed on with the Clark Modeling Agency. He realized that the money earned would greatly ease his financial burden.

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Bergin kept himself in exceptional shape. He was very muscular, and actually had to lose some of the bulk in order to fit into the designer clothing. After his junior year, the modeling assignments kept growing making the commute to New York more frequent. Bergin spent his summer working full time. In the Fall, he returned to the University of Connecticut to finish his senior year. Bergin graduated with a degree in business marketing. He moved to New York Permanently.

Work was now abundant as he walked the runways of New York, Paris and Milan for such designers as Sonia Rykiel, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Gianfranco Ferre, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint-Laurent and Donna Karan.

His credits for TV commercials and printed advertisements include Kellogg's, Bacardi Rum, L' Oreal, Maybelline, Coty, Perry Ellis, and Liz Claiborne. He moved back to New York a month later.

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Bergin soon replaced Marky Mark as the new Calvin Klein underwear model. Michael also appeared in solo ads and with Kate Moss in underwear, jeans and suit layouts. His ads for Calvin Klein left him without assignments for more than six months. No agency was interested in a model that had modeled for Calvin Klein. So he made a decision to move toward acting. It proved to be a good choice, as his work for TV as a correspondent includes 'E! Entertainment Television,' 'VH1,' and 'Entertainment Tonight.' His acting credits included a recurring role on the soap 'Central Park West' and 'The Proprietor' (a Merchant Ivory film).

He was soon sent out to read for a part on 'Baywatch.' The move toward acting paid off here, as he landed the role of Jack 'J.D.' Darius. J.D. is a character that returned to 'Baywatch' after a leave of absence for the lieutenant position vacated by Captain Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff). A failed pier rescue resulted in the victim getting crushed, causing him to bleed internally. The victim died in J.D.'s arms. He blamed himself for the death, suffering 'Post Traumatic Stress Disorder' and needing time off to deal with it.

He was no stranger to the team, as he knew Mitch (David Hasselhoff) since he was 18 years old as a Rookie. He had followed in Mitch's footsteps as a Lifeguard. And knows Cody (David Chokachi) and Newman (Michael Newman) from various Lifeguard competitions. He has now moved into the apartment that was once shared by C.J. (Pamela Lee), Caroline (Yasmine Bleeth) and Cody.

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J.D. was in competition for the vacant position with Taylor Walsh (Angelica Bridges), in which Mitch considered Taylor as the better candidate because of J.D.'s recurring problems to deal with the pier incident. Taylor in turn hires him at 'Baywatch' to keep him there, as she felt that he was an excellent Lifeguard.

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