David Soul, one of the protagonists of the popular series “Starsky & Hutch,” died

David Soul, who played Kenneth "Hutch" Hutchinson in the popular North American series, died at the age of 80 (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
David Soul, who played Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson in the popular North American series, died at the age of 80 (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

David Soulremembered American actor and protagonist of the iconic television series “Starsky & Hutch”died at the age of 80, as confirmed by his wife Helen Snell. Soul, who gained worldwide fame for his portrayal of Detective Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinsondied last Thursday surrounded by his family.

Snellthe actor’s wife, expressed deep pain after the loss, remembering Soul not only as a great actor, but also as a family man. The news has shocked both the followers of the series and the artistic community to which it Soul He dedicated much of his life.

David Soul, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, died yesterday after a brave battle for life in the company of his family. He shared many extraordinary gifts in the world as an actor, singer, storyteller, creative artist and dear friend. His smile, his laugh, and his passion for life will be remembered by the many lives he has touched.”said the woman.

The legacy of Soul is indelibly linked to the series “Starsky & Hutch”, broadcast between 1975 and 1979, where he stood out as part of the detective duo that captivated audiences with their mix of action and camaraderie. The personification of him Hutchinson beside Paul Michael Glaserwho played Starsky, created one of the most memorable pairs on ’70s television.

Actors David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser, stars of the series 'Starsky And Hutch' during filming in 1977 (Getty Images)
Actors David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser, stars of the series ‘Starsky And Hutch’ during filming in 1977 (Getty Images)

In the television show, Soul y Glaser depicted two detectives with unconventional but effective methods to combat crime on the fictional streets of Bay City, California. The series not only enjoyed great popularity during its original broadcast, but also generated a subsequent fan base thanks to repetitions and adaptations. David Soulwith his charisma and acting ability, was a key piece in this lasting success.

“Starsky & Hutch” marked a milestone in the career of Soul, but his work was not limited to this role. Although he became a familiar face to television viewers of the time, he also enjoyed a diverse acting career that included both theater and film. However, he was the character of Hutch which gave him special notoriety and assured him a prominent place in the history of television.

Another scene from 'Starsky and Hutch,' between actors Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul in 1977 (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Another scene from ‘Starsky and Hutch,’ between actors Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul in 1977 (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)

The cultural impact of “Starsky & Hutch” extends beyond nostalgia, as it introduced elements that would be adopted by numerous police action and drama series in the following decades. The chemistry between Starsky y Hutchthe mix of humor and tension, along with the iconic soundtrack and the unforgettable Gran Torino red with the white stripe, formed a formula that persists in popular culture.

Soul y Glaseremblematic protagonists of the series “Starsky & Hutch”they reprized their iconic roles in the remake de 2004made by Ben Stiller y Owen Wilson. In a nod to the original work that catapulted them to fame, Soul and Glaser participated in the new version, offering a generational bridge between fans of the 1970s series and the new audiences of the 21st century.

Before establishing themselves as television idols, Soul had made merit with his performance in other productions, such as “Here Come The Brides”, “Magnum Force” y “The Yellow Rose”. His versatility in embodying various characters positioned him as a reference on the small screen.

Not only did his acting career bring fame to Soul, but also his foray into music. With the simple “Don’t Give Up on Us”showed that his talent went beyond acting, hitting the top of the music charts and marking a milestone as one of the most notable songs of the time.

David Soul in February 2012 in Burbank, California (Getty Images)
David Soul in February 2012 in Burbank, California (Getty Images)

The death of Soul It represents a significant loss in the world of entertainment. His death not only closes an important chapter of the golden age of television, but also leaves a hole in the hearts of those who grew up following his adventures every week. Messages of condolence and tributes have not taken long to flood social networks and communication platforms, reflecting the affection and respect that was shown to the actor.

In this time of mourning, the family requested privacy as they deal with this irreparable loss. It is expected that in the coming days additional details will be offered regarding the funeral services and the way in which the life and career of Soul.



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