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Also Known As: David Richard Solberg Died:
Born: August 28, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, singer, grocery boy

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A tall, blond actor who has played heroes who are masculine yet soft and whose eyes express a pain yet uncovered, David Soul used ingenuity to break into show business, sending out glossy photos of himself with his head covered as the "mystery singer." Merv Griffin took the bite and put Soul on his syndicated talk show, thus breaking the ice. Soul then made his acting debut on an episode of "Star Trek" in 1967, and from 1968-70 played Joshua Bolt, the middle brother of three who bring 100 women to Seattle in "Here Come the Brides" on ABC. In 1974, he replaced Lee Majors as the associate attorney on "Owen Marshall, Counsellor at Law" (ABC). Finally, came TV stardom, when Soul played Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson on the cop drama "Starsky & Hutch" (ABC, 1975-79). He was well cast as the soft-spoken, educated cop, but was miscast as Rick (the Humphrey Bogart character) in his 1983 return to series TV, the short-lived "Casablanca" (NBC). Later that year, Soul was in the cast of another short-lived NBC series, the primetime serial "The Yellow Rose".

A tall, blond actor who has played heroes who are masculine yet soft and whose eyes express a pain yet uncovered, David Soul used ingenuity to break into show business, sending out glossy photos of himself with his head covered as the "mystery singer." Merv Griffin took the bite and put Soul on his syndicated talk show, thus breaking the ice. Soul then made his acting debut on an episode of "Star Trek" in 1967, and from 1968-70 played Joshua Bolt, the middle brother of three who bring 100 women to Seattle in "Here Come the Brides" on ABC. In 1974, he replaced Lee Majors as the associate attorney on "Owen Marshall, Counsellor at Law" (ABC). Finally, came TV stardom, when Soul played Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson on the cop drama "Starsky & Hutch" (ABC, 1975-79). He was well cast as the soft-spoken, educated cop, but was miscast as Rick (the Humphrey Bogart character) in his 1983 return to series TV, the short-lived "Casablanca" (NBC). Later that year, Soul was in the cast of another short-lived NBC series, the primetime serial "The Yellow Rose".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Filth (2014)
2.
 Starsky & Hutch (2004) Original Hutch
3.
 Terror in the Mall (1998) Roger Carey
4.
 Pentathalon (1995) Heinrich Mueller
5.
 Tides of War (1994) Martin Henkle
6.
 Pentathlon (1994)
9.
10.
 In the Cold of the Night (1991) Dr Frieberg
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1949:
With family, divided time between Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Berlin, Germany
1962:
Offered a contract as a pro baseball player with Chicago Red Sox; declined because family was moving to Mexico where his father had accepted a teaching position
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Performed as a folksinger in Minneapolis, Minnesota; later toured as an opening act for bands like The Byrds, Jay and the Americans and The Lovin' Spoonful
1965:
Acted on stage at the Firehouse Theater in Minneapolis
1965:
Moved to NYC (date approximate)
1966:
After enticing Merv Griffin with a photo in which his face was covered by a hood, made his TV debut singing on Griffin's talk show
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Appeared in stage productions with Cafe La Mama and in various Off-Off- and Off-Broadway theaters
1967:
Made TV acting debut in episode of "Star Trek"
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Played middle brother on "Here Come the Brides" (ABC)
1971:
Made feature film debut in "Johnny Got His Gun"
1974:
Appeared for one season on "Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law" (ABC); also made TV-movie debut in "The Disappearance of Flight 412" (NBC)
1975:
Acted on stage at Actor's Alley, appearing in such plays as "The Glass Menagerie" and "Waiting for Godot"
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Played Hutch on "Starsky & Hutch"; made TV directorial debut with episodes of series (ABC)
1979:
Starred as vampire hunter in CBS miniseries "Salem's Lot"
1983:
Played Rick in TV series version of "Casablanca" (NBC)
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Was member of ensemble cast of "The Yellow Rose" (NBC)
1986:
Produced and narrated documentary "Fighting Ministers"
1987:
Appeared as a POW in "Hanoi Hilton"
1988:
Acted in the Hercule Poirot mystery "Appointment With Death"
1994:
Toured Australia and New Zealand as the Narrator in a stage production of the musical "Blood Brothers"
1994:
Co-wrote screenplay for and starred in the feature "Tides of War"
1996:
Toured Great Britain in the stage play "The Aspern Papers"
1997:
Assumed role of the Narrator in the London production of "Blood Brothers"
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Starred in the London stage production "The Dead Monkey"; also co-produced
1999:
Toured Great Britain playing a series of musical concerts
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Acted on London stage in Alan Ayckbourn's "Comic Potential"
2000:
Joined the cast of the BBC drama series "Holby City", playing a cardiologist
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Education

Washington High School: Sioux Falls , South Dakota -
Augustana College: Sioux Falls , South Dakota -
University of the Americas: -
University of Mexico City: -
University of Minnesota: Minneapolis , Minnesota -

Notes

In December 2001, Soul won a libel case against a British journalist Matthew Wright of the Mirror, who described "The Dead Monkey", a 1998 play in which the actor appeared as the worst the critic had seen. In point of fact, Wright never attended the production. Soul was awarded $29,000 in libel damages and over $200,000 for his legal fees.

Soul reportedly underwent treatment for alcoholism in the 1980s. Although reluctant to speak about it, he told London's Daily Mail Weekend (September 19, 1998): "My life is not compressed into that period 15 years ago when I was arrested for wife beating. I don't have to live there any more, so why do people have to bring it up all the time? I was not a monster but I did have monstrous moments. 'I did seek counselling and I have changed my life a great deal. I have finally accepted that the anger will always be there - for a long time I wouldn't acknowledge its presence. I was a nice guy. My father and my brother are Lutheran pastors so I couldn't possibly be doing those awful things. It wasn't until I acknowledged that I had a problem that I was able to do something about it."

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Lynn. First wife; were high school sweethearts; married in 1962; divorced after she ran off with his best friend c. 1965.
wife:
Karen Carlson. Actor. Married c. 1968; divorced c. 1977; appeared in "The Candidate" in 1972.
wife:
Patti Sherman. Third wife; married c. 1980; divorced c. 1986; mother of two of Soul's sons.
wife:
Julia Nickson. Actor. Marrried c. 1987; divorced in 1993; mother of Soul's daughter.
companion:
Alexa Hamilton. Actor, singer. Born c. 1968 in the USA; lives with Soul in England; together since c. 1994; he considers them to be in a common-law marriage; co-produced and co-starred in the play "The Dead Monkey"; toured with Soul in 1999.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Richard Solberg. Lutheran minister. Born c. 1914; from 1949 to 1957, served as Religious Affairs Advisor to the U.S. High Commission in Berlin as well as held a teaching position at Augustana College in South Dakota.
brother:
Daniel Solberg. Lutheran minister.
daughter:
China Alexandra Soul. Born c. 1988; mother, Julia Nickson.

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