Actor-singer David Soul, known for his role as the blond half of the crime-fighting duo "Starsky & Hutch" in the 1970s, has passed away at the age of 80. His wife, Helen Snell, announced his death on Friday, stating that he died after a battle for life in the presence of his family. Soul, born David Solberg, began his acting career in the 1960s and continued to appear on stage and screen for several decades. However, he was most recognized for his work in the 1970s, particularly his portrayal of detective Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson in the popular television series "Starsky & Hutch." The show, which aired from 1975 to 1979, was so successful that it even inspired a line of children's toys.
In addition to his acting career, Soul also found success as a singer. His ballad "Don't Give Up on Us" topped the music charts in 1976, and he followed it with other hits such as "Going in With My Eyes Open" and "Silver Lady." Soul's national fame began in the 1960s when he appeared on "The Merv Griffin Show" as "The Covered Man," a singer who hid his face with a stocking cap.
Throughout his career, Soul appeared in various television shows and movies, including "Star Trek," "All in the Family," and "I Dream of Jeannie." He also had roles in films such as "Magnum Force" and "The Hanoi Hilton." In 2004, he made a cameo appearance in the big-screen remake of "Starsky & Hutch," alongside actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.
Later in his career, Soul moved to Britain and performed in several stage roles. In 2001, he won a libel case against a journalist who had criticized a play he was in without having seen it. He also played the title role in "Jerry Springer - The Opera" in London's West End.
David Soul leaves behind a legacy as a talented actor, singer, and storyteller. His contributions to the entertainment industry will be remembered by the many lives he touched.