The Starsky & Hutch star also appeared in the series Here Come the Brides and The Yellow Rose.
The C&I crew bids adios to David Soul, who starred alongside Paul Michael Glaser in the iconic ‘70s TV cop show Starsky & Hutch. A Chicago native, the multitalented actor and singer passed away Thursday in London.
Before joining Glaser in their bright red Gran Torino to chase down bad guys in the fictional Bay City, California, Soul co-starred with Robert Brown, Bobby Sherman and Joan Blondell in Here Come the Brides, a one-hour comedy-drama inspired by the classic 1954 musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Set during the post-Civil War period, the 1968-70 TV Western (not a musical, by the way) dealt with ongoing efforts to provide potential spouses for lonely lumberjacks in Seattle. Soul portrayed Joshua Bolt, brother of the logging company boss who conceives of the matchmaking program.
Four years after Starsky and Hutch completed its original 1975-79 prime-time run, Soul signed on to appear with Sam Elliott, Cybill Shepherd, Edward Albert, Noah Berry Jr., Chuck Connors of The Rifleman and Gunsmoke star Ken Curtis in The Yellow Rose, a 1983-84 drama about the continuing struggle of a Texas family to retain control of their 200,000-acre ranch after the death of the ranch’s owner, Wade Champion. Wade’s sons Roy (Soul) and Quisto (Albert) and his 29-year old widow, Colleen (Shepherd), keep the place going when they are not at odds with each other.
Soul also got his cowboy on as a guest star in two 1990 episodes of The Young Riders. Among his other film and television credits: Magnum Force, Salem’s Lot, The Hanoi Hilton, Appointment with Death, a short-lived 1983 series based on the film Casablanca (in which he took over the Humphrey Bogart role), and, briefly, an in-character cameo in the 2004 movie spin-off of Starsky & Hutch. He toured extensively throughout the world as a singer during the 1970s and ‘80s, scoring a No. 1 hit with “Don’t Give Up on Us,” and played many stage roles in the United Kingdom, where he moved in the 1990s.