David Soul, of TV’s ‘Starsky and Hutch,’ dies at 80

David Soul, Star of “Starsky & Hutch” and Singer of “Don’t Give Up on Us”, Dies at 80

LONDON — The entertainment world is mourning the loss of David Soul, a versatile actor and singer who rose to fame in the 1970s as the blond half of the iconic TV duo “Starsky & Hutch” and topped the music charts with the ballad “Don’t Give Up on Us.”

starsky and hutch movie cast
Starsky and hutch movie cast

His wife, Helen Snell, announced his death on Friday, saying that he “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.”

David Soul Real Name

Soul, whose real name was David Solberg, was born in Chicago and started his acting career in the 1960s, joining the avant-garde Firehouse Theater in Minnesota. He went on to appear on stage and screen for decades, but he was best known for his role as detective Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson on the hit show “Starsky & Hutch”, which aired on ABC from 1975 to 1979 and spawned a line of children’s toys.

He also had a successful singing career, releasing several albums and singles, including the number one hit “Don’t Give Up on Us” in 1976, followed by “Going in With My Eyes Open” and “Silver Lady.”

“The Covered Man” on “The Merv Griffin Show”

Soul first gained national attention in the 1960s as “The Covered Man” on “The Merv Griffin Show”, a singer who wore a stocking cap and sang lyrics like “That is why I hide my face, because a man has to be free.”

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

David soul movies

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

In the 1990s, Soul moved to Britain, where he performed in several stage productions. In 2001, he won a libel case against a journalist who called “The Dead Monkey,” a play that he starred in, the worst production he had ever seen – without having seen it. He also played the controversial talk-show host in “Jerry Springer – The Opera” in London’s West End.

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