David Soul, the Sioux Falls native renowned for his role in the popular series ‘Starsky and Hutch,’ has passed away.

Starsky and Hutch

David Soul, renowned for his portrayal of Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchison on ABC’s “Starsky and Hutch” from 1975 to 1979, has passed away at the age of 80. Despite reaching the pinnacle of fame as a TV cop in the 1970s, his early recognition in North Dakota was as a striking blonde, blue-eyed cowboy singer in the Medora Musical.

His wife, Helen Snell, announced his death from their London home, describing David Soul as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, actor, singer, storyteller, creative artist, and dear friend. She expressed that his smile, laughter, and passion for life would be remembered by those whose lives he touched.

David Soul honed his craft during his upbringing in South Dakota, his schooling in Minnesota, and his performances in North Dakota. Born David Richard Solberg on August 28, 1943, in Chicago, to June (Nelson) and Richard Solberg, he moved with his family to Sioux Falls in 1945. Richard, a well-known Lutheran scholar, teacher, and pastor, worked as a history and political science instructor at Augustana College. David’s early involvement in school and church activities revealed his talents in music, acting, and sports.

In Sioux Falls, David’s acting abilities were recognized by Earl Mundt, the theater director at Augustana College, during his fourth-grade performance as a leprechaun, garnering praise in the local newspaper. The roots of David Soul’s multifaceted artistic career can be traced back to his formative years in the Midwest.