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David Soul

Lowest Rated:   64% Starsky & Hutch (2004)
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Birthplace:   Chicago, Illinois, USA
The son of a Chicago minister, actor David Soul actually launched his career as a folk singer. Born David Richard Solbert on August 28, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, David moved to Mexico during his youth, when his father took a lengthy assignment as diplomatic advisor for the U.S. State Department. The experience (and the Mexican environment) engendered in young Solberg a permanent love of indigenous folk music. For the remainder of his youth, the whole world was Soul's backyard as his father was transferred from post to post during the 1950s and early 1960s. The blossoming performer could never quite shake either his inbred wanderlust (he attended Augustana College in South Dakota, the University of the Americas in New Mexico, and the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis) or his musical inclinations. After impulsively deciding to become a stage performer, and studying with the legendary Uta Hagen in New York, Soul definitively opted to embark upon a singing career. From 1966 to 1967, the performer turned up as the hooded "mystery singer" on the syndicated television talkfest The Merv Griffin Show. At about the same time, Soul also landed gigs opening for musical acts including Frank Zappa, The Lovin' Spoonful and The Byrds. The singer's decision, not long after, to finally remove his "mask" on television and reveal himself to the public backfired; it took away the novelty, and made it eminently more difficult for Soul to book concerts. Taking this as a cue, the actor returned to television, and was cast as Joshua Bolt on the 1968 TV adventure series Here Come the Brides, co-starring with another promising vocalist, Bobby Sherman. While Sherman became an instant teen idol, Soul would not truly hit it big until 1976, when he was cast as urban cop David Starsky and teamed with Paul Michael Glaser on the cop series Starsky and Hutch (1975-79). During the series and immediately following its cancellation, Soul attempted to trade off of his tube success by revitalizing his recording career, but did so with intermittent success; his syrupy ballad "Don't Give Up on Us" (parodied by Owen Wilson years later during a scene in the 2004 big-screen movie Starsky & Hutch) peaked at #1 in 1977 and became an FM and then AM radio staple for decades, but his albums charted much lower and did little to further his musical success.The actor went on to star in the TV weeklies Casablanca (1983, in the Bogart role!), The Yellow Rose (1983-84), Unsub (1989), and the telemovie adventure Pentathalon (1994). He also made a cameo alongside Glaser at the conclusion of the aforementioned Starsky & Hutch movie. Married several times, Soul's ex-wives include Karen Carlson, Lynn Marta, and Julia Nickson.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Secret Of The Sahara
  • Actor
2015
85% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)
  • Hutton
$0.4M 2010
No Score Yet Puritan
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Jerry Springer: The Opera
  • Actor
2005
64% Starsky & Hutch
  • Actor
$87.2M 2004
No Score Yet Tabloid
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Swan Song
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Terror in the Mall
  • Roger
1998
No Score Yet Pentathlon
  • Mueller
1994
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing
  • Truman York
1992
No Score Yet Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive
  • Sam Haney
1992
No Score Yet In the Cold of the Night
  • Dr. Frieberg
1991
No Score Yet L'Enlèvement de Peggy Ann Bradnick
  • Terry Anderson
1991
No Score Yet Tides of War
  • Martin Henkle
1990
No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders
  • Michael "Mike" Lee Platt
1988
No Score Yet Appointment with Death
  • Jefferson Cope
1988
No Score Yet The Hanoi Hilton
  • Maj. Oldham
1987
No Score Yet The Key to Rebecca
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Through Naked Eyes
  • William Parrish
1983
No Score Yet World War III
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jake Caffey
1982
No Score Yet The Manions of America
  • Caleb
1981
No Score Yet Homeward Bound
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Rage!
  • Actor
1980
85% Salem's Lot
  • Ben Mears
1979
No Score Yet Little Ladies of the Night
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Dogpound Shuffle
  • Pritt
1975
No Score Yet The Disappearance of Flight 412
  • Bishop
1974
81% Magnum Force
  • Officer John Davis
1973
70% Johnny Got His Gun
  • Swede
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Inspector Lewis
2007-2015
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Paul Yelland
  • 2012
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Makora
  • 1967
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Guest
  • Actor

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