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David Soul, Star of ‘Starsky & Hutch’ and ‘Salem’s Lot’, Dead at 80

David Soul, Star of ‘Starsky & Hutch’ and ‘Salem’s Lot’, Dead at 80

David Soul, the veteran actor renowned for his iconic portrayal in the hit TV series Starsky & Hutch, has sadly passed away at the age of 80. The BBC reports that his wife, Helen Snell revealed Soul died on Thursday “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,” she shared. “His smile, laughter, and passion for life will be remembered by the many whose lives he has touched.”

Soul gained fame for his portrayal of Detective Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson in the iconic crime-solving series Starsky & Hutch. He starred alongside Paul Michael Glaser in the show, which aired from 1975 to 1979.

The duo reprised their roles in the 2004 remake of Starsky & Hutch, with Ben Stiller as Starsky and Owen Wilson as Hutch.

David Soul Appeared in an Iconic Stephen King Adaptation

Of course, in 1979, David Soul headlined the horror mini-series Salem’s Lot. Based on Stephen King’s novel and directed by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre mastermind Tobe Hooper, the TV event is still considered one of the scariest programs ever aired on broadcast television.

Soul was renowned not only for his acting prowess in notable productions like Here Come The Brides, Magnum Force, and The Yellow Rose but also for his musical talent. He achieved significant success as a singer with hits in both the U.S. and the U.K. These include the 1976 chart-topper “Don’t Give Up on Us” and the 1977 hit “Silver Lady.”

Known as “The Covered Man,” he secured a contract with the prestigious William Morris Agency. He made numerous captivating appearances on popular TV talk shows, notably the highly-rated Merv Griffin show. However, when he made the decision to shed his mask and reveal his true identity, his bookings gradually decreased. This led him to shift his focus towards the world of acting.

The actor and singer married five times. He faced imprisonment in the 1980s, accused of assaulting his then-wife, Patti Carnel Sherman. After a stint in jail and rehab, he went on to release only one more album – Leave a Light On in 1997, which he self-released. His last film appearance was in 2013’s Filth, alongside an ensemble cast that included James McAvoy.