David Soul, Half Of TV's Starsky And Hutch, Dead At 80 | CBC News


1970s heartthrob David Soul, who co-starred as the blond half of the TV crime-fighting duo Starsky & Hutch and topped the music charts with the ballad Don’t Give Up on Us, has died at the age of 80.

Known for TV, film and as a singer, Soul later added stage roles in U.K.Associated Press · The Associated Press

· Posted: Jan 05, 2024 12:56 PM EST | Last Updated: January 5

Actor-singer David Soul, seen attending a Champions League match in London in 2008, has died at the age of 80. (Phil Cole/Getty Images)Actor-singer David Soul, a 1970s heartthrob who co-starred as the blond half of the TV crime-fighting duo Starsky & Hutch and topped the music charts with the ballad Don’t Give Up on Us, has died at the age of 80.

His wife, Helen Snell, said Friday that “David Soul — beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother — died yesterday after a valiant battle for life in the loving company of family.”

“He shared many extraordinary gifts in the world as actor, singer, storyteller, creative artist and dear friend,” Snell said in a statement.

“His smile, laughter and passion for life will be remembered by the many whose lives he has touched.”

Born David Solberg, Soul was from Chicago. His acting career dated back to the 1960s, when he joined the avant-garde Firehouse Theater in Minnesota. He continued to appear on stage and screen well into the 20th century, but he was best known for his work in the 1970s. 

Starsky and Hutch actors Paul Michael Glaser, left, and David Soul appear in a scene from the popular TV series. (Keystone/Getty Images)Soul portrayed detective Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson alongside dark-haired Paul Michael Glaser as detective David Starsky in Starsky & Hutch, which ran on ABC from 1975 to 1979 and grew so popular it spawned a line of children’s toys. 

He also had success as a singer, starting in 1976 with Don’t Give Up on Us and following with such hits as Going in With My Eyes Open and Silver Lady. 

Soul, seen performing the U.K. in 1977, also found fame as a singer. (Colin Davey/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Soul first gained national fame in the 1960s, appearing on The Merv Griffin Show as The Covered Man, a singer disguised in a stocking cap who shouted out lyrics such as “That is why I hide my face, because a man has to be free.”

His other TV credits included early appearances on Star Trek, All in the Family  and I Dream of Jeannie, the miniseries Salem’s Lot and a short-lived version of the film classic Casablanca, in which Soul took on Humphrey Bogart’s role as nightclub owner Rock Blaine.

Soul’s movies included Magnum Force, The Hanoi Hilton and a cameo with Glaser in the 2004 big-screen remake of Starsky & Hutch, starring Ben Stiller as Starsky and Owen Wilson as Hutch.

Paul Michael Glaser, from left, Owen Wilson and David Soul attend the Los Angeles premiere of the 2004 movie remake of Starsky and Hutch. (Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)By the 1990s, Soul had moved to Britain, where he performed several stage roles.

In 2001, he won a libel case against a journalist who called The Dead Monkey, a play that Soul was in, the worst production he had ever seen — without having seen it. He also played the titular talk-show host in Jerry Springer: The Opera in London’s West End.

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