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Iconic ‘Starsky & Hutch’ Star David Soul, Sioux Falls Native, Passes Away at 80

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Iconic ‘Starsky & Hutch’ Star David Soul, Sioux Falls Native, Passes Away at 80

Renowned actor and singer David Soul, best known for his role as Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson in the iconic television series “Starsky & Hutch,” has sadly passed away at the age of 80. Soul, who was born and reared in Sioux Falls, had a multi-decade career that left a lasting impression on the entertainment world and the hearts of fans everywhere.

His wife, Helen Snell, shared the news of his passing from their London home, describing Soul as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. Soul was known for his acting and singing abilities. Still, he was also regarded as a storyteller and a close friend who left behind a remarkable legacy that impacted many people’s lives.

Soul’s journey in the world of entertainment began in Sioux Falls, where he honed his craft by participating in church and school activities. The son of Lutheran scholar and educator Dr. Richard Solberg, Soul’s family frequently accompanied his father during summer assignments, fostering a love for performing arts and music.

After attending Augustana College, Soul ventured into the world of folk singing, opening for renowned artists such as Frank Zappa, the Byrds, and the Lovin’ Spoonful. His journey took an unexpected turn when he adopted the persona of “The Covered Man,” performing with a mask and gaining attention on talk shows like the Merv Griffin Show.

Despite a brief decline in bookings after revealing his true identity, Soul transitioned to acting during the 1960s and 1970s, making appearances in popular shows like “Johnny Got His Gun,” “Perry Mason,” “Here Come The Brides,” and “Star Trek.” His breakthrough came with Clint Eastwood’s police drama “Magnum Force,” paving the way for his iconic role in “Starsky & Hutch.”

In the late 1970s, Soul made a triumphant return to music, releasing four albums of soft rock ballads. His chart-topping hits “Silver Lady” and “Don’t Give Up on Us” reflected the admiration of fans who were captivated by his TV character.

Soul’s personal life, marked by five marriages, included moments of struggle. In the 1980s, he faced legal issues and underwent rehabilitation, later expressing remorse and actively speaking out against domestic abuse.

The announcement of David Soul’s passing evokes a sense of loss among fans, especially those in North Dakota who first witnessed his talent in cowboy songs at the Medora Musical. As Sioux Falls mourns the loss of one of its native sons, David Soul’s legacy will forever be remembered through his contributions to the world of entertainment.

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