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David Soul
David Richard Solberg

(1943-08-28) August 28, 1943 (age 76)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
EducationAugustana College (withdrawn)
University of the Americas (withdrawn)
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1964–present
Known forDetective Kenneth Richard "Hutch" Hutchinson – Starsky & Hutch
  • Mirriam Russeth (m. 1964–1965)
  • Karen Carlson (m. 1968–1977)
  • Patti Carnel Sherman (m. 1980–1986)
  • Julia Nickson (m. 1987–1993)
  • Helen Snell (m. 2010)

David Soul (born David Richard Solberg, August 28, 1943) is an American-British actor and singer. He is known for his role as Detective Kenneth "Hutch" Hutchinson in the ABC television series Starsky & Hutch from 1975 to 1979. He became a British citizen in 2004.[1]

Early life[edit]

Soul was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 28, 1943, and is of Norwegian extraction. His mother, June Johnanne (Nelson), was a teacher, and his father, Dr. Richard W. Solberg, was a Lutheran minister, Professor of History and Political Science, and Director of Higher Education for the Lutheran Church in America (now part of the ELCA).[2][3] Both of Soul's grandfathers were evangelists.[4] Dr. Solberg was also Senior Representative for Lutheran World Relief during the reconstruction of Germany after the Second World War from 1949 until 1956. Because of this, the family moved frequently during Soul's youth.

After graduation from Washington High School (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Soul attended Augustana College (where his father taught political science and history) but after two years, withdrew to move to Mexico with his family where he studied for one year at the University of the Americas in Mexico City.[5] While in Mexico, inspired by students who taught him to play the guitar, Soul changed his direction and decided to follow his passion for music. His first appearance upon returning from Mexico was in a club in Minneapolis, The 10 O'Clock Scholar.


Soul first gained attention as the "Covered Man" appearing on The Merv Griffin Show in 1966 and 1967, on which he sang while wearing a mask. He explained: "My name is David Soul, and I want to be known for my music."[6] The same year, he made his television debut in Flipper. In 1967, he signed a contract with Columbia Pictures and following a number of guest appearances, including the episode "The Apple" from the second season of Star Trek, he landed the role of Joshua Bolt on the television program Here Come the Brides with co-stars Robert Brown, Bobby Sherman and Bridget Hanley. The series was telecast on the ABC network from September 25, 1968, to September 18, 1970.[7] In 1972 he co-starred as Arthur Hill's law partner on Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law. Following numerous guest-starring roles on TV, including Streets of San Francisco, he was cast by Clint Eastwood in the film Magnum Force.

His breakthrough came when he portrayed Detective Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson on Starsky & Hutch, a role he played from 1975 until 1979. Soul also directed three episodes of Starsky and Hutch: "Huggy Can't Go Home" (1979), "Manchild on the Streets" (1977), and "Survival" (1977). Throughout his career, he has also made guest appearances on Star Trek, I Dream of Jeannie, McMillan & Wife, Cannon, Gunsmoke, All in the Family, and numerous TV movies and mini-series, including Homeward Bound (1980), World War III and Rage (1980) a TV movie commended on the floor of the US Senate and for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. Soul also starred with James Mason in the 1979 TV miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's Salem's Lot, which was also edited and released as a theatrical feature film in some countries.

During the mid- to late 1970s, Soul returned to his singing roots. Produced by Tony Macaulay, he recorded hits including "Don't Give Up on Us" (1977) which reached No. 1 in the US and the UK, and "Silver Lady" (1977) which also topped the charts in the UK. From 1976 until 1978, he had five UK Top 20 singles and two Top 10 albums. From 1976 to 1982 he toured extensively in the US, Europe, Far East and South America.

In the U.S., he continued to make guest appearances in various television series. He starred in the miniseries The Manions of America as Caleb Staunton in 1981. He starred in the short-lived 1983 NBC series Casablanca, playing nightclub owner Rick Blaine (the immortalized role that was made famous by Humphrey Bogart in the 1942 film Casablanca), and co-starred in the NBC series The Yellow Rose during the 1983-1984 season. He also starred in the television adaptation of Ken Follett's wartime drama The Key to Rebecca (1985) directed by David Hemmings. He later starred as the infamous Florida robber Michael Platt in the TV film In the Line of Duty: The FBI Murders (1988), which depicted the 1986 FBI Miami shootout and which was subsequently used as an FBI training film. Soul also directed the episode "No Exit" of the 1980s TV series Miami Vice. In 1987 Soul was cast as Major Oldham in the movie The Hanoi Hilton.

In the mid-1990s Soul relocated to England, forging a new career on the West End stage, including the role of Chandler Tate in Comic Potential. He also participated in the successful 1997 election campaign of his personal friend Martin Bell who ran as an MP for Tatton, as well as Bell's unsuccessful campaign in Brentwood in Essex in the 2001 General Election.

In 2001 and 2002 he appeared in Holby City as Alan Fletcher.

In 2003 he appeared (as himself) in the first series of the BBC's Little Britain. In 2004, he appeared in Agatha Christie's PoirotDeath on the Nile in the role of Andrew Pennington (he had also starred in the 1989 film adaptation of Christie's Appointment with Death). Soul was a guest on the BBC's Top Gear. He was one of the fastest drivers to have appeared on the show, finishing the lap in 1:54:00,[8] but managed to break the car's gearbox (and subsequently that of the backup car) very close to the finish.[citation needed]

On 12 July 2004, he took over playing the role of Jerry Springer in Jerry Springer - The Opera at the Cambridge Theatre in London, which was televised by the BBC in 2005. He returned to the West End in 2006, playing Mack in a new production of Jerry Herman's musical Mack and Mabel at the Criterion Theatre. The production co-starred Janie Dee and was directed by John Doyle. He also appeared in the TV series Dalziel & Pascoe (Game of Soldiers). He had a brief cameo in the 2004 film version of Starsky & Hutch, alongside original co-star Paul Michael Glaser.

In August 2008, Soul appeared in the reality TV talent show-themed television series Maestro on BBC Two.[9]

He appeared with Fred Ward and Willem Dafoe in the film Farewell directed by Christian Carion which received its US release in 2010.

In June 2012, Soul made a one-week appearance with Jerry Hall at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin in a reprise of the Pulitzer Prize nominated play by A.R. Gurney, Love Letters.[10] On 29 July 2012, Soul appeared in an episode of the British television detective drama series Lewis, playing a murder victim. He was also featured in the hit album by Fosseytango, singing on the track "Landlord". In 2013, Soul appeared in a cameo role in the Scottish film Filth lip-syncing his own recording of "Silver Lady". In 2014, Soul appeared in a British television commercial for National Express singing "Silver Lady" while driving a coach.

Personal life[edit]

Soul has been married five times and has five sons and a daughter. He first married the actress Mirriam "Mim" Solberg (née Russeth), in 1964. The couple had one child together, but the marriage only lasted a year.[11]

Soul then married actress Karen Carlson in 1968, after they had met on the set of the television series Here Come The Brides. The couple also had a child together, but they divorced in 1977.[11]

During the years he was filming Starsky & Hutch, Soul had an open relationship with actress Lynne Marta.[11]

Soul's third wife was Patti Carnel Sherman (the ex-wife of fellow Here Come the Brides co-star and teen pop idol Bobby Sherman), whom he married in 1980. They had three sons together, but the marriage disintegrated due to Soul's alcohol abuse and violent temper. During his marriage to Sherman, Soul was court-ordered to undergo anger management therapy after assaulting her while she was seven months pregnant. The couple divorced in 1986.

Soul married again in 1987, to actress Julia Nickson. The couple had one child, China Soul, who is a singer/songwriter.[12] Soul and Nickson divorced in 1993.[citation needed]

Soul immigrated to the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s and settled in London with his girlfriend, American actress Alexa Hamilton, though the couple later broke up.[citation needed]

In September 2004, Soul became a British citizen, while retaining his U.S. citizenship. He is an avid fan of English football and is an Arsenal F.C. supporter.[citation needed]

Soul married his fifth wife, Helen Snell, in June 2010. They had been in a relationship since 2002, after meeting when Soul was working in the British stage production of Deathtrap.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
1971 Johnny Got His Gun Swede
1973 Magnum Force Officer John Davis
1974 The Disappearance of Flight 412 Captain Roy Bishop TV movie
1975 Dogpound Shuffle Pritt
1977 Little Ladies of the Night Lyle York TV movie
1977 The Stick Up Duke Turnbeau
1983 Through Naked Eyes William Parrish
1985 The Key to Rebecca Alex Wolff
1986 The Fifth Missile Capt. Kevin Harris TV movie
1988 Appointment with Death Jefferson Cope
1989 Prime Target Peter Armetage
1992 Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive Sam Haney
1994 Pentathlon Mueller
2004 Starsky and Hutch The Original Hutch cameo
2013 Filth Punter


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Flipper Ranger Dennis Blake 1 episode
1967 Star Trek Makora Episode "The Apple"
1968–1970 Here Come the Brides Joshua Bolt 52 episodes
1971 All in the Family Szabo Daborda 1 episode
1973 Cannon Sean Cadden, Udo Giesen 2x16 Death Of A Stone Seahorse, 4x04 Lady in red
1975–1979 Starsky & Hutch Detective Kenneth "Hutch" Hutchinson 92 episodes
1979 Salem's Lot Ben Mears 2-part movie
1980 Rage! Cal Morrisey TV movie
1982 World War III Colonel Jake Caffey TV movie
1983 Casablanca Rick Blaine 5 episodes
1983–1984 The Yellow Rose Roy Champion 22 episodes
1985 The Key to Rebecca Alex Wolff 2-part TV movie
1988 The Secret of the Sahara Lieutenant Riker 4 episodes
1988 In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders Mike Lee Platt made for television crime film
1989 Unsub John Westley "Westy" Grayson 8 episodes
1989 Prime Target Peter Armetage Television film
1991 Murder, She Wrote Casino Owner Wes McSorely 1 episode
2003 Little Britain Himself 1 episode



  • 1976: David Soul - UK #2 Australia #8
  • 1977: Playing To An Audience Of One – UK #8 Australia #30
  • 1979: Band Of Friends
  • 1982: The Best Days of My Life[14]
  • 1997: Leave A Light On[15]


  • "Don't Give Up On Us" (1976) UK #1, US #1
  • "Going In With My Eyes Open" (1977) UK #2, US #54
  • "Silver Lady" (1977) UK #1, US #52, CA RPM #70
  • "Let's Have A Quiet Night In" (1977) UK #8
  • "It Sure Brings Out The Love In Your Eyes" (1978) UK #12[15]
  • "Dreamers" (1981)


  • Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 by Joel Whitburn – 2003
  • The Life, The Legend by David Tailford – 1987


  1. ^ David Soul: My home is where my art is. The Independent, October 20, 2004.
  2. ^ "David Soul Biography (1943-)". Filmreference.com. 1943-08-28. Retrieved 2012-01-16.
  3. ^ "Lutheran Pastor, Advisor, Historian, Educator, Richard Solberg, Dies". wfn.org.
  4. ^ "The Souls' Dark Night".
  5. ^ Renshaw, Eric (10 January 2018). "Looking Back: How David Soul made it from Sioux Falls to 'Starsky and Hutch'". Argus Leader. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  6. ^ David Soul
  7. ^ Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, Ballantine Books, 1979
  8. ^ "Lap Times". Top Gear.
  9. ^ "Eight passionate amateurs bid to become BBC Two's Maestro" (Press release). BBC. 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  10. ^ "Jerry Hall and David Soul launch 'Love Letters' at The Gaiety Theatre which opens tonight". contactmusic.com. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  11. ^ a b c "The Souls' Dark Night".
  12. ^ "China Soul: OFFICIAL WEBSITE".
  13. ^ "OK! Magazine: First For Celebrity News :: Lifestyle :: Interview: David and China Soul". Ok.co.uk. 2011-01-25. Archived from the original on 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2012-01-16.
  14. ^ The Da Capo Companion to 20th-century Popular Music - Page 879 0306806401 Phil Hardy - 1995 In the eighties he recorded only intermittently (The Best Days of My Life, Energy, 1982) before giving up music to concentrate on his acting career. ...
  15. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 515. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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