In a somber turn of events, the entertainment industry mourns the loss of actor-singer David Soul, renowned for his role as one half of the iconic crime-fighting duo in the 1970s television series, “Starsky & Hutch.” The beloved star, who also achieved musical success with hits like “Don’t Give Up on Us,” has succumbed to the hands of time at the age of 80.
Captured in a photograph at a Los Angeles event on December 6, 1983, Soul’s journey in the spotlight spanned decades, leaving an indelible mark on both television and music. Helen Snell, his wife, shared the heartbreaking news on Friday, expressing that Soul had bravely fought for his life surrounded by the warmth of his family.
Snell paid tribute to Soul’s multifaceted talents, describing him as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. In a heartfelt statement, she acknowledged his extraordinary gifts as an actor, singer, storyteller, creative artist, and cherished friend. Soul’s infectious smile, laughter, and zest for life, she noted, will be fondly remembered by the many lives he touched.
Born as David Solberg in Chicago, Soul’s acting journey began in the 1960s with the avant-garde Firehouse Theater in Minnesota. Despite a career that extended well into the 20th century, he is best remembered for his work in the 1970s, particularly his role as detective Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson alongside Paul Michael Glaser in “Starsky & Hutch.” The series, which aired on ABC from 1975 to 1979, not only gained immense popularity but also inspired a line of children’s toys.
Aside from his television success, Soul found triumph in the music industry. His chart-topping ballad “Don’t Give Up on Us” in 1976 marked the beginning of a successful singing career, with subsequent hits like “Going in With My Eyes Open” and “Silver Lady.”
Soul’s national fame took root in the 1960s, where he appeared on “The Merv Griffin Show” as “The Covered Man,” a singer concealed in a stocking cap, delivering lyrics with fervor. His diverse television credits included early appearances on shows like “Star Trek,” “All in the Family,” and “I Dream of Jeannie.” He also contributed to the miniseries “Salem’s Lot” and briefly took on Humphrey Bogart’s role as nightclub owner Rock Blaine in a short-lived version of the film classic “Casablanca.”
As the curtain falls on the life of this versatile and beloved entertainer, the legacy of David Soul will undoubtedly live on in the hearts of those who cherished his contributions to both television and music.