David Soul, who portrayed the blond half within the hit Seventies crime-fighting TV collection ‘Starsky and Hutch,’ dies at 80

Actor-singer David Soul, a 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 items on this planet as actor, singer, storyteller, inventive artist and expensive pal,” Snell mentioned in a press release. “His smile, laughter and keenness for all times can be remembered by the numerous whose lives he has touched.”

Born David Solberg, Soul was a Chicago native whose appearing profession dated again to the Nineteen 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 finest recognized for his work within the 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 fashionable it spawned a line of youngsters’s toys.

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

Soul first gained nationwide fame within the Nineteen Sixties showing on “The Merv Griffin Present” as “The Lined Man,” a singer disguised in a stocking cap who shouted out lyrics resembling “That’s the reason I disguise my face, as a result of a person must 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 traditional “Casablanca,” through which Soul took on Humphrey Bogart’s position as nightclub proprietor Rick Blaine.

Soul’s films included “Magnum Power,” “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 gained a libel case towards a journalist who referred to 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.

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