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David Soul

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David Soul (born August 28, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor and British citizen and singer best known for his role as the “seat-of-the-pants” California police detective Ken ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (opposite co-star and long-time friend Paul Michael Glaser) in the cult television program Starsky and Hutch (1975-79).

Originally David Richard Solberg, he was born the son of a Lutheran minister. His father, Dr. Richard Solberg, was a senior representative for Lutheran World Relief during the reconstruction of Germany after World War II, and the family moved frequently while Soul was growing up. Soul’s brother is a Lutheran minister and social activist.

Soul first gained attention as the mysterious “Covered Man” on several appearances on The Merv Griffin Show in 1967 in which he sang while wearing a ski mask and explained, “My name is David Soul, and I want to be known for my music”. [1]

Soul then appeared as level-headed Joshua Bolt on the television program Here Come the Brides, and later Arthur Hill’s law partner on, “Owen Marshal: Counselor At Law”. Superstar status came when he portrayed Detective Hutchinson on Starsky and Hutch. He has also made guest appearances on shows such as I Dream of Jeannie, McMillan and Wife, Cannon, Gunsmoke, World War III (miniseries), Star Trek, and The Streets of San Francisco. His best known film appearance was opposite Clint Eastwood in Magnum Force (1973). Soul also appeared in the mini-series based on Stephen King’s horror classic “Salem’s Lot” (1978).

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