Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Starsky and Hutch” Star David Soul Dead at 80 After “Valiant Battle,” Had a Top 40 Hit Also


David Soul, co star of “Starsky and Hutch” in the 70s on TV, is dead at age 80.

His family says he had a “valiant battle” with cancer.

Soul was also a musician and a big hit in the 70s with the song “Don’t Give Up On Us.”

(More recently he was involved some contentious back and forths on social media that I didn’t agree with and thought were off the wall. But he may have been in pain and didn’t know what he was saying.)

“Starsky and Hutch” starred Soul and Paul Michael Glaser as two hip cops battling gangs and drug lords from their souped up Dodge Charger.

Soul’s wife His wife, Helen Snell, said Friday that “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,” she said in a statement. “His smile, laughter and passion for life will be remembered by the many whose lives he has touched.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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