David Soul, ‘Starsky & Hutch’ Star, Dead At 80

Who is David Soul?

David Soul is an American-British actor and singer. He is best known for his role as Detective Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson in the television series “Starsky & Hutch” which aired in the 1970s. Soul also had a successful music career with hits like “Don’t Give Up on Us” and “Silver Lady” during the same era. He has appeared in various television shows, movies, and stage productions throughout his career.

Personal Life

David Soul, born on August 28, 1943, is an American-British actor and singer. He gained fame for his role as Detective Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson in the hit television series “Starsky & Hutch” during the 1970s. In his personal life, Soul has been married five times. He was first married to Miriam Russeth in 1964 and divorced in 1965. His second marriage was to Karen Carlson in 1968 and ended in divorce in 1977. Soul’s third marriage was to Patti Carnel Sherman from 1980 to 1986. He then married Julia Nickson in 1987 and divorced in 1993. Soul’s fifth marriage was to Helen Snell in 2010. Apart from his marriages, Soul has three sons, one with Karen Carlson and two with Julia Nickson. Despite his personal life’s ups and downs, Soul continues to be involved in acting and music.

Starsky & Hutch Star dead

David Soul, best known for his role in the popular 1970s television series “Starsky & Hutch” has died, his wife announced in a statement.

David Soul cherished as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother, passed away yesterday (4 January) following a courageous struggle for a life surrounded by his beloved family,” his spouse Helen Snell expressed. “He graced the world with an array of extraordinary talents as an actor, singer, storyteller, creative artist, and cherished friend. The warmth of his smile, the echo of his laughter, and his unwavering zest for life will be fondly remembered by the multitude whose lives he deeply impacted.”

No specific cause of his passing was disclosed.

As per his official website, the actor was born as David Solberg in Chicago, Illinois, and “spent his formative years traversing between the plains of South Dakota and the tumultuous cityscape of post-WWII Berlin.”

Richard Solberg, David’s father, held multiple roles including professorships in history and political science, alongside being an ordained minister. He relocated the family to Berlin, where he undertook the position of religious affairs advisor to the US High Commission. Later, he assumed the role of a senior representative for the Lutheran World Federation, an organization dedicated to refugee relief efforts.

The individual destined for stardom harbored a fervent love for sports, particularly baseball. Upon completing high school, at the age of 18, he received an offer to join the Chicago White Sox team. However, during his second year of college, he chose to accompany his family to Mexico City, where his father secured a teaching position at Collegio American. During his time in Mexico City, he immersed himself in the culture, mastering the Spanish language, and serendipitously stumbled into the entertainment industry.

Upon engaging in an anti-corruption movement in Mexico, a cohort of students bestowed upon him a guitar and imparted indigenous melodies. Upon his return to the Midwest, he pursued employment and secured a singing position at the Ten O’Clock Scholar, a coffee house affiliated with the University of Minnesota, where luminaries such as Bob Dylan had graced the stage. His ability to sing Mexican folk songs as a “blond, blue-eyed Norwegian” reportedly clinched him the job, as per details on his website. Married at 21 with familial responsibilities, he found himself embroiled in a dispute with a friend who was both an actor and harbored affection for Solberg’s spouse. Following a confrontation that rendered the friend unable to fulfill an acting commitment, Solberg assumed the role in his stead.

Shortly after parting ways with his wife, he adopted the surname “Soul” and commenced performing under the alias “The Covered Man.” Upon submitting a photo of his alter ego and an audition tape to the William Morris talent agency, he secured representation without a face-to-face meeting.


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