Actor-singer David Soul, famous for his role in "Starsky & Hutch" and his chart-topping ballad "Don't Give Up on us," has sadly passed away at the age of 80.
David Soul's wife, Helen Snell, confirmed the news on Friday, stating that her "beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother" lost his valiant battle for life surrounded by loved ones.
Snell reflected on Soul's numerous talents and shared, "He left an indelible mark on the world as an actor, singer, storyteller, creative artist, and cherished friend. His infectious smile, laughter, and zest for life will forever be remembered by all those whose lives he touched."
Originally born David Solberg in Chicago, Soul began his acting career in the 1960s as a member of the avant-garde Firehouse Theater in Minnesota. While he continued to excel on both stage and screen throughout the 20th century, it was his work in the 1970s that truly made him a household name.
Soul's portrayal of detective Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson alongside Paul Michael Glaser as detective David Starsky in the hit series "Starsky & Hutch" captivated audiences. The show, which aired on ABC from 1975 to 1979, became so popular that it even inspired a line of children's toys.
David Soul: The Multitalented Entertainer
David Soul, a renowned actor and singer, has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry with his diverse talents.
The Rise of a Singer
In 1976, Soul made his mark as a singer with the chart-topping hit "Don't Give Up on Us." This success was followed by more hits like "Going in With My Eyes Open" and "Silver Lady."
The Covered Man: A Masked Singer
During the 1960s, Soul gained national fame on "The Merv Griffin Show" as "The Covered Man," an enigmatic singer who concealed his face with a stocking cap. He captivated the audience with his powerful voice and thought-provoking lyrics such as "That is why I hide my face because a man has to be free."
Soul also made notable appearances on popular TV shows like "Star Trek," "All in the Family," and "I Dream of Jeannie." He brought his unique charm to the screen and showcased his versatility. Soul even took on the iconic role of nightclub owner Rick Blaine in a short-lived adaptation of the timeless film "Casablanca."
Apart from his accomplishments on television, Soul made a significant impact in the world of cinema. He starred in films like "Magnum Force" and "The Hanoi Hilton," displaying his acting prowess. In 2004, Soul delighted audiences with a cameo alongside Glaser in the big-screen remake of "Starsky & Hutch."
In the 1990s, Soul ventured across the Atlantic and settled in Britain, where he further expanded his career on the stage. He took on various roles and showcased his theatrical talents. Notably, Soul won a libel case in 2001 against a journalist who labeled "The Dead Monkey," a play he was involved in, as the worst production without any firsthand experience.
The West End Experience
During his time in Britain, Soul starred as the talk-show host in the West End production of "Jerry Springer – The Opera." His captivating portrayal mesmerized audiences and highlighted his versatility as a performer.
David Soul has undoubtedly left an enduring legacy in both the music and entertainment industry, captivating audiences with his talent and versatility.
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