David Soul, the star of Starsky & Hutch, has died aged 80.
2024 has only just begun, and we’ve already lost some iconic celebrities.
Soul, the British-American actor and singer was best known for his role as Detective Kenneth ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson in the TV series Starsky & Hutch from 1975 to 1979.
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Born in 1943, Soul first came to the world of entertainment as a musician, playing guitar at a club in Minneapolis, The 10 O’Clock Scholar.
He then branched out into musical theatre, becoming a founding member of the Firehouse Theater in Minneapolis.
Soul then began his career on the screen, signing a contract with Columbia Pictures and landing the role of Joshua Bolt on the television program Here Come the Brides.
However, his major breakthrough came when he was cast on the legendary mystery and action TV series, Starsky & Hutch.
He played the role for more than 4 years.
Over the course of his career, Soul also made appearances on TV shows like Star Trek, I Dream of Jeannie, McMillan & Wife, Cannon, Gunsmoke, and All in the Family.
In more recent years, he took on the role of Jerry Springer in Jerry Springer – The Opera at the Cambridge Theatre in London.
He also appeared on TV with guest appearances on Holby City and Lewis.
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Soul also made a return to music from 1976 until 1978 and had five UK top 20 singles and two top 10 UK albums.
Soul was similarly prolific in his personal life.
He married five times and has five sons and a daughter.
But this week, Soul’s fifth wife, Helen Snell, announced that he had sadly passed away.
In a statement following his death, she said: “David Soul – beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother – 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.
“His smile, laughter and passion for life will be remembered by the many whose lives he has touched.”
News of his passing has devasted many, with tributes rolling in for the beloved star.
Singer Nikki Lund posted: “He was such a bright light and an inspiration for so many singers. And he was the meaning of masculine charm in the 1970s that still has an impact today. I am really sad he is no longer with us.”
Jonathan Cheban, aka FoodGod from Keeping Up With the Kardashians, agreed: “His loss will be felt. I mean, he is one of the most memorable TV actors from the 1970s.”
Sharron Davies took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to write: “Sad to hear this. Were you a Starsky or Hutch fan? After Moscow every radio interview I did I was introduced by ‘Silver Lady’ by David Soul fond memories…”