March 4, 2024

Celebs

Soul portrayed detective Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson alongside dark-haired Paul Michael Glaser as detective David Starsky.

Actor David Soul arrives for the UK premiere of “Starsky & Hutch” on the Odeon Cinema in Leicester Sq., central London, March 11, 2004. The actor who earned fame because the blond half of a crime-fighting duo within the in style Nineteen Seventies tv sequence “Starsky & Hutch” has died. David Soul was 80. His spouse, Helen Snell, mentioned Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, that Soul died on Thursday, “after a valiant battle for all times within the loving firm of household.” Yui Mok/PA through AP, File

LONDON (AP) — Actor-singer David Soul, a Nineteen Seventies heartthrob who co-starred because the blond half of the crime-fighting duo “Starsky & Hutch” and topped the music charts with the ballad “Don’t Give Up on Us,” has died on the age of 80.

His spouse, Helen Snell, mentioned Friday that “David Soul — beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother — died yesterday after a valiant battle for all times within the loving firm of household.”

“He shared many extraordinary presents on the planet as actor, singer, storyteller, artistic artist and expensive pal,” Snell mentioned in an announcement. “His smile, laughter and fervour for all times will probably be remembered by the numerous whose lives he has touched.”

Born David Solberg, Soul was a Chicago native whose performing profession dated again to the Sixties, when he joined the avant-garde Firehouse Theater in Minnesota. He continued to seem on stage and display screen nicely into the twentieth century, however he was greatest identified for his work within the Nineteen Seventies.

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 in style it spawned a line of kids’s toys.

David Soul, left, Paul Michael Glaser, and Antonio Fargas, proper, stars of the unique Nineteen Seventies “Starsky & Hutch” tv sequence, arrive on the British premiere of the brand new film of the identical title primarily based on the TV sequence, in London, Thursday, March 11, 2004. Soul, who hit fame because the blond half of the crime-fighting duo “Starsky & Hutch” in a well-liked Nineteen Seventies tv sequence, has died. He was 80. Spouse Helen Snell, mentioned Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, that Soul died the day earlier than “after a valiant battle for all times within the loving firm of household.”(AP Photograph/John D McHugh, File)

He additionally had success as a singer, beginning in 1976 with “Don’t Give Up on Us” and following with such hits as “Getting into With My Eyes Open” and “Silver Woman.”

Soul first gained nationwide fame within the Sixties, showing on “The Merv Griffin Present” as “The Coated Man,” a singer disguised in a stocking cap who shouted out lyrics resembling “That’s the reason I cover my face as a result of a person needs to be free.”

His different TV credit included early appearances on “Star Trek,” “All within the Household” and “I Dream of Jeannie,” the miniseries “Salem’s Lot” and a short-lived model of the movie basic “Casablanca,” during which Soul took on Humphrey Bogart’s function as nightclub proprietor Rick Blaine.

David Soul is photographed at an occasion in Los Angeles, Dec. 6, 1983. Soul, who hit fame because the blond half of the crime-fighting duo “Starsky & Hutch” within the in style Nineteen Seventies tv sequence, has died. He was 80. Spouse Helen Snell, mentioned Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, that Soul died the day earlier than “after a valiant battle for all times within the loving firm of household.” (AP Photograph/Wally Fong, File)

Soul’s films included “Magnum Pressure,” “The Hanoi Hilton” and a cameo with Glaser within the 2004 big-screen remake of “Starsky & Hutch,” starring Ben Stiller as Starsky and Owen Wilson as Hutch.

By the Nineties, Soul had moved to Britain, the place he carried out a number of stage roles. In 2001, he received a libel case towards a journalist who known as “The Useless Monkey,” a play that Soul was in, the worst manufacturing he had ever seen — with out having seen it. He additionally performed the titular talk-show host in “Jerry Springer — The Opera” in London’s West Finish.