David Charvet stars in Lifetime Movie Network’s “The Perfect Teacher,” taking on a deeply nuanced role certain to surprise the millions of fans who fell in love with him when he first skyrocketed to fame running through the surf in “Baywatch.” Charvet plays the title role of ‘Jim Wilkes,’ a dedicated math teacher and devoted father that is targeted by beautiful, young student ‘Devon,’ played by Megan Park. As her feelings intensify, she develops a dangerous obsession with ‘Jim,’ who she views as the perfect teacher.
Engaged to television personality Brooke Burke, Charvet has embraced what he considers the biggest and best role of his life, as a father and family man. Fans who encounter him on the beach these days are as likely to find him happily building a sandcastle with his daughter Rain and son Shaya as they are to spot him out riding the waves solo.
Of his new role in “The Perfect Teacher,” Charvet says “I was attracted to the role because it provided me with the opportunity to play a father, allowing me to use my real life experiences in my work. I also believe that this subject matter happens a lot in the school system and is a major issue. I think teenagers and teachers need to be more aware of the actions that they take!”
Building his international fan base from the phenomenal 1 billion viewers in 42 countries who made “Baywatch” one of the most-watched television series in history, Charvet followed his three seasons as lifeguard ‘Matt Brody’ with another smoldering star turn as Heather Locklear’s love interest, ‘Craig Field,’ on the hit drama series “Melrose Place.”
Shortly thereafter, Charvet went to Europe where he swiftly morphed from pop-culture heartthrob to major pop star, scoring runaway hits in both English and French on three albums released by the Universal Music Group. He has sold over 2.5 million albums to date, with four singles breaking onto the Top 10 charts. Charvet has also worked on duets with Seal and Bryan Adams, and has collaborated with acclaimed songwriters such as Ty Lacy, who penned the Leanne Rimes single, “I Need You.”
Charvet appeared occasionally in French TV productions, and then returned to the States to resume his American career, which included a starring role in the action-adventure feature film “Prisoners of the Sun,” where he was directed by Academy Award winner Roger Christian. Charvet played ‘Doug Adler,’ an archaeologist whose excavation of a long-lost city beneath an Egyptian pyramid incurs the wrath of ancient gods rudely awakened from their 5,000-year slumber. The film co-starred John Rhys-Davies, Joss Ackland and Carmen Chaplin.
An avid sports fan, he signed onto ABC’s summer reality competition, "The Superstars.” The series, which was an updated version of ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” paired celebrities with athletes in different sports events, with one team eliminated weekly. Charvet and his partner, WNBA star Lisa Leslie, survived to the final round.
Charvet also threw himself with characteristic passion into his own personal life. His deep interest in the arts, culture and design led him to build his dream home in Malibu, marrying a love of Old World architecture with his affinity for the casual beach lifestyle.
Off-screen, Charvet’s abiding connection to the sea spurred him to join environmental causes dedicated to preserving marine life. As chairman of the organization Blue Seals, Charvet recently surveyed the oil-ravaged Gulf Coast from a seaplane and spearheaded the campaign to bring in a fleet of high-tech French vessels to help clean the massive spill. Charvet has also worked closely with the famed Sea Shepherds and their mission to stop the slaughter of whales in international waters.
The depth and maturity that Charvet is now translating to his craft as an actor can also be found in his music, as he returns to the studio to record songs for a new album being released in Europe later this year. Plans are also under way for an international concert tour in 2011.
Charvet has trained with such renowned acting teachers as Roy London and Larry Moss. He currently resides in Malibu, CA with his family and a menagerie of pets.