At 80, actor David Soul, best known for playing the blond half of the crime-fighting team “Starsky & Hutch” in the hit television series from the 1970s, passed away.
David Soul, a devoted husband, father, brother, and grandpa, fought a courageous fight for his life and passed away yesterday, his wife Helen Snell announced on Friday.
In a statement, she added that David Soul was an actor, singer, storyteller, creative artist, and close friend with many amazing abilities. She went on to say that the many people whose lives he touched would never forget his laugh, smile, or zest for life.
Originally from Chicago, Soul’s acting career began in the 1960s when he entered the avant-garde Firehouse Theater in Minnesota. His name was David Solberg. Even though he performed on stage and cinema well into the 20th century, his work from the 1970s is what made him most well-known.
He was also a successful musician, reaching peak popularity with the song “Don’t Give Up on Us” in 1976 and going on to have songs like “Silver Lady” and “Going in With My Eyes Open.”
David Soul acted in films such as “Magnum Force,” “Salem’s Lot,” and the Western series “Here Comes the Brides” in addition to “Starsky & Hutch.” Along with being a performer, he put out multiple albums in the 1970s and 1980s.
However, Soul’s calling was the stage, and he began his acting career in Minneapolis as an early member of the Firehouse Theatre Company.
Salem’s Lot was based on a horror novel written by Stephen King, who expressed his regret at hearing of Soul’s passing.
According to the actor’s website, Soul is survived by Snell, his six children from other marriages, and seven grandchildren.
David Soul’s Life Story
Soul, who was born in Chicago on August 28, 1943, began acting on stage and following his love of music in the 1960s. After garnering significant acclaim for his singing on “The Merv Griffin Show” in 1967, he was cast in his first television role, “Flipper.” This resulted in him landing a role in “Here Comes the Brides” as Joshua Bolt, a lumberjack and the brother of the main character Jason Bolt (Roger Brown). The program, which lasted from 1968 until 1970, catapulted Soul to stardom.
With his appearance on “The Merv Griffin Show” in the 1960s, Soul first rose to national prominence as “The Covered Man,” a vocalist wearing a stocking cap and shouting out lines like “That is why I hide my face because a man has to be free.”
Sould starred in “Johnny Got His Gun” in 1971, and he later starred with Clint Eastwood in one of Eastwood’s Dirty Harry films, “Magnum Force” (1972). Soul secured his largest part to date on “Starsky & Hutch,” costarring with Paul Michael Glaser as Sergeant David Michael Starsky, following a string of cameo appearances.
David Soul played detective Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson in the ABC series “Starsky & Hutch,” which ran from 1975 to 1979 and became so successful that it inspired a children’s toy line. The character David Starsky was portrayed by Paul Michael Glaser.
Soul relocated to Britain in the 1990s and took on several stage roles there. He prevailed in a libel case against a journalist in 2001 who, without having seen the play in question, termed Soul’s production of “The Dead Monkey” the worst he had ever seen. In London’s West End, he also portrayed the title talk-show host in “Jerry Springer – The Opera.”
Additionally, he appeared in several British television shows, such as Lewis, Little Britain, and Holby City. He became a British citizen in 2004.