My Life Through a Lens: Singer and Starsky And Hutch Actor David Soul, 77, Shares the Stories Behind His Favorite Snaps
Stars share stories behind their favorite understands. This week: singer and Starsky And Hutch actor David Soul, 77.
David Soul, 77, (pictured) shared the stories behind a selection of his favorite photos
1948: This is me, age five, in a shirt my mom made. I have my blond hair of father’s Norwegian descent. We moved to Germany from South Dakota when my father, a Lutheran minister, became a religious affairs adviser to the United States High Commission. He took supplies to East Germany and offered advice. He also collected information for US authorities during the escalating Cold War
1965: Long before The Masked Singer on ITV, I appeared on The Merv Griffin Show in New York as The Covered Man. I wanted to be known for my music, not what I looked like. I walked onto the stage in a ski cap, with two eyes and a mouth cut out, and proclaimed, “My name is David Soul, and I want to be known for my music.” That’s all I’ve ever said. No one saw my face – even Merv. not
1968: My first regular acting role was in Here Come The Brides, a post-Civil War American western series starring Joan Blondell [front left, with David back right]. I didn’t get paid much but it was an incredible experience. I switched to acting because when I stopped performing as The Covered Man, the phone stopped ringing. I auditioned for Columbia Screen Gems and won a contract for a new talent program. They took young actors and loaned us to other film studios. After that I did a lot of television
1973: Loved working with Clint Eastwood [left] on the action thriller Magnum Force. He’s a nice guy and a no-nonsense actor. He goes all out and is a ‘one-taker’. He has never directed a movie that didn’t come on time and on budget. He also has great respect for other actors and is very supportive. My mom was in love with Clint when I was growing up. Rawhide, in which he co-starred, was the only TV show I was allowed to watch as a child
1975: Producer Aaron Spelling cast me as Hutch in Starsky And Hutch after seeing me in Magnum Force. There were no buddy police programs like this one before. It was really about what was going on in our lives, and the crimes kept interrupting each other. Paul Michael Glaser, who played Starsky [right], and I improvised a lot. We had great chemistry on set, which we enjoy to this day. We’ve had our differences, married couples always have! But he’s still my best friend
1978: Princess Margaret was fantastic when she joined Paul and me on the set of Starsky And Hutch. We invited her for lunch and she loved her gin! Between us we drank a bottle. She was incredibly smart, funny and interesting. She revealed that the Queen Mother was a fan of the show. When I appeared in a play [The Dead Monkey] in London in 1999 I invited her to come but she wrote back that she had scalded her feet in the bath and could not walk
1987: Loved working on this Agatha Christie movie, Appointment With Death [David is at the back]. Between takes by Peter Ustinov [second from right], John Gielgud, Lauren Bacall [right] and Piper Laurie [left] would hang out with stories – tell story after story. I kept in touch with Peter after that and he sent me a tie every Christmas. I say this lovingly – he had the worst taste in ties ever!
2004: I’m having the time of my life here playing Jerry Springer in Jerry Springer: The Opera, at London’s Cambridge Theatre. The piece contained 8,000 blasphemies and a diaper that Jesus was wearing. The BBC broadcast a performance in 2005 and received 60,000 complaints. Stephen Green, the leader of the Christian Voice lobby group, picked up the piece but hadn’t seen it. I offered him a free ticket and suggested we chat. He didn’t take me in
As told to Angela Wintle. David Soul Gold, featuring tracks spanning his music career, is available as a three-CD set on the Crimson label and a vinyl album on the Demon label