Short Info

Date Of BirthAugust 28, 1943
SpouseHelen Snell, Julia Nickson, Patti Carmel Sherman, Karen Carlson, Mirriam Solberg, Don't Give Up on Us, Silver Lady, Going In With My Eyes Open
Fact(2004 - 2005) Appearing at the Cambridge Theatre London as Jerry Springer in the National Theatre production of Jerry Springer The Opera.

David Soul (born August 28, 1943) is an American actor and singer. He is known for his role as Detective Ken Hutchinson in the television series Starsky & Hutch (1975–1979), and as Professor Peter Elliott in the miniseries Holocaust (1978). He also had a successful singing career, with his hit single “Don’t Give Up on Us” reaching number one in the UK in 1977.

Soul was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland. His parents were both successful businessmen, and he was raised in a wealthy household. He has two younger brothers, Joel and Daniel. Soul was educated at the prestigious Highland Park High School, where he was a star athlete and student body president. He went on to study at the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in English.

Soul’s acting career began on stage, with him appearing in several Broadway productions. He made his television debut in 1974, guest-starring on an episode of All in the Family. His breakout role came the following year, when he was cast as Detective Ken Hutchinson on Starsky & Hutch. The show was a huge hit, and made Soul a household name. He continued to appear on the show until it ended in 1979.

In 1978, Soul starred in the miniseries Holocaust, which told the story of the Nazi genocide of the Jews. The miniseries was a huge success, and won several Emmy Awards. Soul’s performance earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

After Holocaust ended, Soul starred in a number of made-for-television movies and miniseries. He also appeared in a few feature films, including The Blues Brothers (1980) and The Man with One Red Shoe (1985). In the early 1990s, he retired from acting to focus on his singing career.

Soul has been married three times. His first marriage was to actress Sheila White, with whom he has two children, Kate and Christopher. His second marriage was to actress Julia Nickson, with whom he has one child, Anna. His third marriage is to actress Pam Dawber, with whom he has two children, Will and Tyler.

Soul has a net worth of $5 million. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

General Info

Full NameDavid Soul
Date Of BirthAugust 28, 1943
Height1.85 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor, Singer, Television Director, Don't Give Up on Us, Silver Lady, Going In With My Eyes Open
EducationUniversity of Minnesota, Augustana University, Don't Give Up on Us, Silver Lady, Going In With My Eyes Open


SpouseHelen Snell, Julia Nickson, Patti Carmel Sherman, Karen Carlson, Mirriam Solberg, Don't Give Up on Us, Silver Lady, Going In With My Eyes Open
ChildrenChina Soul, Christopher Soul, Jon Soul, Tyler Soul, Brendan Soul, Don't Give Up on Us, Silver Lady, Going In With My Eyes Open
ParentsJune Solberg, Richard W. Solberg, Don't Give Up on Us, Silver Lady, Going In With My Eyes Open
SiblingsRev. Solberg


NominationsMTV Movie Award for Best Cameo, TV Land Most Uninsurable Driver Award, TV Land Favorite Crimestopper Duo Award, Don't Give Up on Us, Silver Lady, Going In With My Eyes Open
MoviesStarsky & Hutch, Salem's Lot, Magnum Force, In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders, Appointment with Death, The Hanoi Hilton, Filth, The Stick Up, The Disappearance of Flight 412, Little Ladies of the Night, Dogpound Shuffle, In the Cold of the Night, Terror in the Mall, The Fifth Missile, Through ...
TV ShowsHere Come the Brides, Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, Starsky & Hutch, The Yellow Rose, Unsub, Maestro, The Secret of the Sahara, Casablanca, Six Fifty-Five

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1Paul and I were both struggling actors. One night he would serve me in a restaurant, and the next night I would serve him. It was what out of work actors did.
2People thought me a bit strange at first; a blond haired, blue-eyed Norwegian who sang Mexican folk songs, but I used it to my advantage and got a job. And so the music became my ticket to education.
3To deal with the stark reality of having hit or hurt a woman or child, to deal with the initial responsibility you have not to do that and the knowledge you did do it, can be incredibly hard.
4Yes, your home is your castle, but it is also your identity and your possibility to be open to others.
5At only 20 years old I got married. I was still a kid myself, but in those times, if you got someone pregnant, you had no choice but to get married. So I left school and the only thing I could do was sing.
6I was never jailed. The fact is that I was arrested, but I went into a diversion programme, and by that time I'd already begun working in what was called anger management. It was a painful and awful moment.
7I went into acting because I had to make a good living. I had a child now and I had to support him any way I could... I wasn't happy, but I wasn't unhappy. I was just doing what I had to do to survive.
8Once in a while I'll get moved to do some exercise. It's something I long for but the biggest problem is bending down and putting my tennis shoes on. Once I go out I'm OK.
9I was born into a family of preachers.
10If these theatres didn't exist, the tradition of British theatre would cease to exist.
11It's important to move the theatre into the 21st Century.
12Music always came first. I never set out to be an actor.
13The most important thing is story-telling. It's as singular and old-fashioned as that.
14I like to eat and I love the diversity of foods.
15It's only when gravity starts to take over you begin to think about your body.
16A job is a very healthy thing to do.
17Being on the move all the time is draining, but the rewards make up for it.
18I was an accidental actor. I was never formally trained.
19Sometimes I feel an obligation to be accessible as a personality, but for me the driving force since the beginning has always been good work, taking risks, trying new things. If the door opens, go through it. Always go forwards.
20One of my beliefs is that there are certain institutions within a community which stand for the spirit and heart of that community, there's the church, the local football team, the local pub and the theatre.
21Nobody teaches you to be a father. Nobody teaches you to be a husband. Nobody teaches you how to be a star. You have to learn to work with the tools.
22My father was my main influence. He was a preacher, but he was also a history and political science teacher, and since he was my hero, I wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a teacher.
23I believe that a parent's role is to provide a path or opportunity for their children.
24[on Starsky & Hutch (2004)] In a word, I thought it sucked.


1Lives in London and works mostly on the stage acting and producing in England. His partner was actress Alexa Hamilton. [November 2000]
2He has taken over the lead role of "Jerry Springer - the Opera" at London's Cambridge Theatre. However, he has the only non-singing role. [January 2005]
3He appeared in the London West End revival of the stage musical "Mack and Mabel", playing the lead role of Mack Sennett alongside Janie Dee, playing Mabel Normand. [July 2006]
4He is on a UK tour in the revival of the stage musical "Mack and Mabel", playing the lead role of Mack Sennett alongside Janie Dee, playing Mabel Normand. [January 2006]
5(2004 - 2005) Appearing at the Cambridge Theatre London as Jerry Springer in the National Theatre production of Jerry Springer The Opera.
6Appearing in the title role in "Jerry Springer: The Opera" at the Cambridge theater in London's West End. [December 2004]
7Named one of his five sons Brendan after longtime Irish friend and comedian Brendan Grace.
8He is of Norwegian descent.
9At the Edinburgh Festival in 2000, he directed and starred in Sam Shepard's "Fool For Love". His production incorporated pre-shot and live on-stage video, visual effects, graphics, 3-D imaging, time-lapse footage and digital sound to heighten the visceral experience of the presentation. It was one of the first real examples of how streaming media can be effectively applied to the live theatre.
10Romantically involved with actress/singer/composer Lynne Marta throughout the run of Starsky and Hutch (1975) but they split up after the show ended.
11Became a United Kingdom citizen in September 2004.
12During the run of Starsky and Hutch (1975), he recorded a #1 single called "Don't Give Up On Us".
13Fluent in both German and Spanish.
14He has 6 children - 5 sons and a daughter, China Soul.
15In Cannes in 1996, David performed songs from his friend Charles Aznavour in the Martinez Hotel.
16He is an avid skier, tennis player and loves to go "exploring" with his children.
17He played the role of Narrator in the New Zealand-born/Australian production of Willy Russell's Blood Brothers (a production which moved on to Melbourne and Sydney). The play marks David's return to the stage after a fifteen years absence and his first, even experience in a musical.
18In 1994, David has refocused his acting and producing efforts specifically to the burgeoning international film and television markets. He starred in two films for Canadian and French television, and starred (in French) with Anne Giraudau and Line Renaud in the television mini-series, Les filles du Lido (1995) for France's TF-1.
19Between 1984 and 1986, David financed, produced and directed an award-winning documentary, The Fighting Ministers, which uses the shut-down of the steel industry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as its basis.
20Between 1977 and 1982, he recorded four albums, which included a string of major hit singles: Don't Give Up On Us, Baby; Silver Lady; and Going In with my Eyes Open. He toured extensively with his band in the USA, UK, Japan and South America.
21His father, Dr. Richard Solberg, served as a religious affairs advisor to the U.S. High Commission in Berlin and as senior representative for the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), refugee relief agency actively involved in the post WW-II reconstruction in Germany. Dr. Solberg's job was to administrate relief to the tens of thousands of refugees who were fleeing oppressive regimes and then try to put the fragmented families back together again in the West. These early experiences proved to be indelible ones for David as hundreds of these people streamed through the Solberg home.
22His brother, the Rev. Solberg, was an activist minister (Lutheran). He has joined him on more than one occasion in public protest or rally. Also, he and Paul Michael Glaser have attended Christian/Jewish benefits together at least once.
23Children: with Mirriam - one son; with Karen Carlson - one son; with Patti - one, as well as the two sons she previously had with Bobby Sherman; and with Julia Nickson - one daughter, China Soul.
24Used to appear on The Merv Griffin Show (1962) wearing a hood and was billed as "The Covered Man" before becoming nationally known on Starsky and Hutch (1975).




Payne & Redemption2016filmingDeputy Chief Jim Coraggio (rumored)
Inspector Lewis2012TV SeriesPaul Yelland
Mermaids: The Body Found2011TV MovieNarrator (voice)
Crash Bang Wallow2010ShortNarrator (voice)
That Deadwood Feeling2009VideoLarry
Old Dog2006ShortChaney Gray / Sal
Puritan2005Eric Bridges
Jerry Springer: The Opera2005TV MovieJerry Springer
The Dark Lantern2004TV MovieStoryteller
Agatha Christie: Poirot2004TV SeriesAndrew Pennington
Starsky & Hutch2004Original Hutch
Dalziel and Pascoe2004TV SeriesDetective Gus D'Amato
Doctor Who: Death Comes to Time2002TV Mini-SeriesMission Control
Holby City2001-2002TV SeriesAlan Fletcher / Professor Alan Fletcher
The New Adventures of Robin Hood1998TV SeriesClement the Hermit
Terror in the Mall1998TV MovieRoger Karey
The Girls of Lido1995TV Mini-SeriesWalter
Vents contraires1995TV MovieQuill
Sandra, the Rebel Princess1995TV Mini-SeriesZoltan Kouros
High Tide1994TV SeriesBrian Landis
The Judge Is a Woman1994TV SeriesJerome Keaton
Pentathlon1994Heinrich Müller
What's the Bet?1993TV Series
Murder, She Wrote1991-1993TV SeriesJordan Barnett / Wes McSorley
Jake and the Fatman1988-1992TV SeriesDashiell Jaimeson / Nelson Boardman
Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive1992TV MovieSam Haney
Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing1992TV MovieTruman York
Cry in the Wild: The Taking of Peggy Ann1991TV MovieTerry Anderson
Tides of War1990Martin Henkle
The Bride in Black1990TV MovieOwen Malloy / John McGuire
In the Cold of the Night1990Dr. Frieberg
The Young Riders1990TV SeriesJeremy Styles
So Proudly We Hail1990TV MovieAlden Ernst
Prime Target1989TV MoviePeter Armetage
Deadly Nightmares1989TV SeriesCooper Halliday
Unsub1989TV SeriesJohn Westley "Westy" Grayson / Wes Grayson
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1989TV SeriesMichael Dennison
In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders1988TV MovieMichael Lee Platt
Bloodstone1988Sandy McVey (voice, uncredited)
Appointment with Death1988Jefferson Cope
The Secret of the Sahara1988TV Mini-SeriesLieutenant Ryker
Crime Story1987TV SeriesDr. Newhouse
Harry's Hong Kong1987TV MovieHarry Petros
The Hanoi Hilton1987Oldham
The Fifth Missile1986TV MovieCapt. Kevin Harris
The Key to Rebecca1985TV MovieAlex Wolff
Partners in Crime1984TV SeriesHarry
The Yellow Rose1983-1984TV SeriesRoy Champion
Through Naked Eyes1983TV MovieWilliam Parrish
Casablanca1983TV SeriesRick Blaine
World War III1982TV MovieCol. Jake Caffey
The Manions of America1981TV Mini-SeriesCaleb Staunton
Homeward Bound1980TV MovieJake Seaton
Rage!1980TV MovieCal Morrisey
Swan Song1980TV MovieJesse Swan
Salem's Lot1979TV MovieBen Mears
Starsky and Hutch1975-1979TV SeriesDet. Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson
The Stick Up1977Duke Turnbeau
Little Ladies of the Night1977TV MovieLyle York
Dogpound Shuffle1975Pritt
Gunsmoke1975TV SeriesIke
Medical Center1974TV SeriesWalter
McMillan & Wife1974TV SeriesJerry
The Rookies1974TV SeriesJohnny Dane
Cannon1973-1974TV SeriesUdo Giesen / Sean
The Disappearance of Flight 4121974TV MovieCapt. Roy Bishop
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1971-1974TV SeriesTed Warrick / Doug / Pete
Magnum Force1973Davis
Circle of Fear1973TV SeriesJames Barlow
Intertect1973TV MovieCurt Lowens
The Streets of San Francisco1972TV SeriesInspector James 'Jim' Martin, SFPD
The F.B.I.1972TV SeriesClifford Wade
Movin' On1972TV MovieJeff
All in the Family1971TV SeriesSzabo Daborba
Johnny Got His Gun1971Swede
Ironside1971TV SeriesRoy Harris
Dan August1971TV SeriesLawrence Merrill III
The Young Rebels1970TV SeriesCapt. Marshall
Here Come the Brides1968-1970TV SeriesJoshua Bolt
The Secret Sharer1967
Star Trek1967TV SeriesMakora
I Dream of Jeannie1967TV SeriesOrderly
Flipper1967TV SeriesDennis Blake


Filth2013/Iperformer: "Silver Lady"
Johnny English Reborn2011courtesy: "Don't Give Up On Us" / performer: "Don't Give Up On Us"
Rabbit Hole2010performer: "Don't Give Up On Us"
The Hitcher2007performer: "Don't Give Up on Us"
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star2003performer: "Don't Give Up on Us"
The Stud1978performer: "Silver Lady"
Top of the Pops1977-1978TV Series performer - 17 episodes
Starsky and HutchTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1975 - 1978 performer - 2 episodes, 1977 - 1978
The Stick Up1977"If You Can, Give Your Love", "Friend of Mine" / lyrics: "Friend of Mine" / music: "Friend of Mine"
Circle of Fear1973TV Series performer - 1 episode


In the Heat of the Night1990TV Series 1 episode
China Beach1990TV Series 1 episode
Crime Story1987-1988TV Series 2 episodes
Hunter1985TV Series 1 episode
Miami Vice1984TV Series 1 episode
Starsky and Hutch1977-1979TV Series 3 episodes


Gridiron UK2015co-executive producer completed
Old Dog2006Short executive producer
Swan Song1980TV Movie producer


Gridiron UK2015collaborating writer completed
Old Dog2006Short screenplay


A History of Britain2001TV Mini-Series documentary
Never Mind the Buzzcocks2000TV SeriesHimself
Top Ten2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Harry Hill2000TV SeriesHimself
Starsky & Hutch Documentary: The Word on the Street1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Everyman1998TV Series documentaryHimself
All-Star Party for Aaron Spelling1998TV SpecialHimself
Light Lunch1997TV SeriesHimself
Surprise sur prise1995TV SeriesHimself
Joyeux anniversaire Monsieur Trenet1995TV MovieHimself
Circus of the Stars #151990TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
Sábado noche1988TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight1982TV SeriesHimself
The Val Doonican Music Show1982TV SeriesHimself
Friday Night, Saturday Morning1982TV SeriesHimself
The Regis Philbin Show1982TV SeriesHimself
The John Davidson Show1981TV SeriesHimself
The Palace1981TV SeriesHimself
Horas doradas1980TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1978-1980TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Morning America1980TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1977-1979TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself
Aplauso1978TV SeriesHimself
Happy Birthday, Bob1978TV SpecialHimself
The Captain and Tennille in Hawaii1978TV SpecialHimself
The 5th Annual American Music Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Merv Griffin Show1967-1978TV SeriesHimself
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
US Against the World1977TV MovieHimself
Rock Concert1977TV SeriesHimself
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Dramatic Program
The Rich Little Show1976TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
The 2nd Annual People's Choice Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Show
Get It Together1970TV SeriesHimself
Cuban Soul2015Documentary filming
Columbus: Oil Rigs & American Dreams2012DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
JacK Waltzer: On the Craft of Acting2011DocumentaryHimself - Comedian
Face Booth2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Gooner Review2009DocumentaryHimself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2008TV SeriesHimself
Maestro2008TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Kings of 70s Romance2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show2004-2006TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2001-2006TV SeriesHimself
Tubridy Tonight2006TV SeriesHimself
Today with Des and Mel2004-2006TV SeriesHimself
Forty Years of Fuck2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Johnny Vegas: 18 Stone of Idiot2005TV SeriesHimself
X Rated: Top 20 Most Controversial TV Moments2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
X-Rated: The TV They Tried to Ban2005TV MovieHimself
The Daily Politics2005TV SeriesHimself
Heaven and Earth with Gloria Hunniford2005TV SeriesHimself
Loose Women2004TV SeriesHimself
This Morning2004TV SeriesHimself
He's Starsky, I'm Hutch2004TV MovieHimself
GMTV2004TV SeriesHimself
Richard & Judy2004TV SeriesHimself
Starsky & Hutch: A Last Look2004Video shortHimself / Original Hutch
EastEnders: Christmas Party2003TV MovieHimself
V Graham Norton2003TV SeriesHimself
The National Television Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Little Britain2003TV SeriesHimself
Top Gear2003TV SeriesHimself
Kelly2003TV SeriesHimself
Les enfants de la télé2003TV SeriesHimself
God Save the Queen: the Soundtrack to the Summer of '772002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Curses of Ancient Egypt2002TV Movie documentaryNarrator

Archive Footage

Top of the Pops: The Story of 19802015TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Top of the Pops: The Story of 19782013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Top of the Pops: The Story of 19772012TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Total Cops2003TV Movie documentary'Hutch' Hutchinson
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star2003Himself (uncredited)
Derrick contre Superman1992TV ShortHutch
Top of the Pops1977-1978TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

1978Sour AppleGolden Apple Awards

Nominated Awards

2005TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsMost Uninsurable DriverStarsky and Hutch (1975)
2004MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest CameoStarsky & Hutch (2004)
2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Crimestopper DuoStarsky and Hutch (1975)

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