John Curley was once a ‘very pale’ extra on ‘Baywatch’

Feb 18, 2022, 11:26 AM | Updated: 12:53 pm
Crew members work on the set of "Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding" at Ehukai Beach Park Sept. 23, 2002, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. (Photo by Phil Mislinski/Getty Images)
(Photo by Phil Mislinski/Getty Images)

Every now and then, KIRO Newsradio host Shari Elliker questions the validity of co-host John Curley’s stories. Recently, he claimed he was on “Baywatch.”

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To prove this one is true, Jim Dever — reporter and host on KING 5’s “Evening,” and John’s former coworker — joined the John Curley and Shari Elliker Show.

“He was not a starring role on ‘Baywatch,’ but he did air on ‘Baywatch,'” Dever clarified.

It was about 1998, Dever and John think, and it was filmed in Hawaii.

“We went there for a story because ‘Baywatch,’ people didn’t realize, was the most cost-effective television show in the history of TV, the most syndicated, the cheapest show, and we wanted to find out how they did it,” John said. “They basically explained to us that it’s because they only have like 14 extras and they use them everywhere. So I got a chance to be an extra on the beach.”

“I’m very, very pale, almost to the color of a kind of bluish-green color,” he continued.

Devers said they drew abs on John’s torso “for television purposes.”

“They had him stand in the background,” he said. “As I recall, they had to keep asking Curley to step back farther because they were having trouble with the iris on the camera.”

“I was so pale,” John chimed in. “They sprayed me with this spray tan six or seven times, over and over again. The director kept going, ‘the guy with the towel, the really pale guy, the guy from Seattle, the Seattle guy,’ everybody laughed, and they would blast me with another coat of paint.”

“I was so unbelievably painted over, and it was still not enough to cut down the shine, so then they stuck me out in the ocean to the point where I was just a dot, just a teeny tiny head floating out there because I was so unbelievably pale,” John said. “There was no way anybody that pale could actually be on the beaches of Hawaii.”

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John Curley was once a ‘very pale’ extra on ‘Baywatch’