The world just got a little less hutchy and a lot less Starsky. David Soul, the man who made detective Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson a household name, has exited the stage at the ripe age of 80. Yep, it’s true, and we can’t help but feel like the universe just lost a little bit of its soul.
Helen Snell, David’s partner-in-crime for the past 13 years, confirmed the news with a heavy heart. In a statement that probably deserves its own Oscar, she described him as a “beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother.” Apparently, he went out after a valiant battle for life, surrounded by the people who loved him most. Talk about a dramatic exit, right?
According to Helen, David wasn’t just a detective extraordinaire; he was a man of many talents. Actor, singer, storyteller, creative artist – the dude had more skills than a circus juggler on roller skates. And let’s not forget, he was a dear friend, too. Imagine having a buddy who could sing, act, and solve crimes. That’s like having James Bond with a karaoke machine.
Starsky & Hutch aficionados are feeling the loss right now. David and his partner in crime-fighting, Paul Michael Glaser, were the dynamic duo that kept us entertained in the ’70s. Four seasons of car chases, funky wardrobes, and enough chemistry to make a periodic table jealous. It was the kind of show that made you want to wear polyester and grow a righteous mustache.
In 2004, the old-school cool cats David and Paul donned their detective hats once again in a Starsky & Hutch film adaptation. And get this, they were joined by a crew that included Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, and even Snoop Dogg. Now, that’s what we call a lineup.
As we bid adieu to David Soul, let’s remember him for the smiles, the laughter, and the undeniable passion for life that he brought to the world. The universe may be a bit less hutchy without him, but hey, we’ll always have the memories of Starsky & Hutch to keep us groovin’. RIP, David Soul – may you continue solving mysteries in the great detective bureau in the sky.