David Richard Solberg was born on the 28th of August 1943, in Maidstone, Chicago, Illinois USA. The American-British actor and singer is famously known for playing the role of Detective Kenneth Hutcherson in the TV series “Starsky & Hutch”.
So how rich is David Soul? Soul’s net worth as of early 2016 is reported to be $5 million, consisting mostly of his thriving acting and singing career spanning from the 1960’s until today.
Growing up, the Solberg family was always on the move due to Dr. Richard W. Solberg’s occupation, a Senior Representative for Lutheran World Relief, giving aid during the restoration of Germany after World War 2. Soul attended Augustana College, University of the Americas in Mexico City and the University of Minnesota and later on studied acting with the Irene Daly School of the Actors Company and with the Columbia Workshop in Hollywood.
David Soul Net Worth $5 Million
In the 60’s, Soul’s career started in the TV industry, appearing in various shows but it was in the 70’s that his career and net worth took a turn for the better when he was cast in the TV series “Starsky and Hutch”, in the part of Detective Kenneth “Hutch” Hutcherson, one of the lead roles in the famed series. It ran for four successful seasons until it bid farewell in 1979.
Just when everybody thought that the actor couldn’t do more, Soul released an album, in 1976, with the single entitled “Don’t Give Up on Us”, surprising his fans all over the world. The hit song was followed by another favorite “Silver Lady”. The success of the two songs plus a couple more albums and singles increased Soul’s popularity and net worth.
During the 80’s Soul maintained his presence on television, but it was in 1988 when the actor once again wowed the world of entertainment in the TV film “In the Line of Duty: The FBI Murders”, in the role of Michael Lee Platt, the murderer, which received great reviews.
Later on in his career, Soul found a new calling on stage. The well-rounded actor starred in stage plays such as “Comic Potential”, “Jerry Springer-The Opera”, “Love Letters” and “Mack and Mabel” to name a few. All added to his net worth.
Up until today, the actor has kept himself busy and his net worth consistent by appearing in several TV series, reality shows and even doing some commercials. Some of his recent appearances includes the movie entitled “Farewell” with Willem Dafoe, and the Scottish film “Filth”.
In his personal life, Soul has been married five times, firstly to Mirriam Russeth(1964-65), then in 1968, Soul married his co-star Karen Carlson from the series “Here Come the Brides” with whom he has a child, but they divorced in 1977.
In 1980 Soul married Patti Carnel Sherman, with whom he has three children, but their marriage fell on the rocks when Soul’s addiction to alcohol started to emerge, causing their marriage to end in 1986. A year after, he wed actress Julia Nickson, with whom he has one daughter, but they only lasted until 1993. Since 2010 Soul has been married to his fifth wife, Helen Snell.
(2004 - 2005) Appearing at the Cambridge Theatre London as Jerry Springer in the National Theatre production of Jerry Springer The Opera.
Appearing in the title role in "Jerry Springer: The Opera" at the Cambridge theater in London's West End. [December 2004]
Named one of his five sons Brendan after longtime Irish friend and comedian Brendan Grace.
He is of Norwegian descent.
At 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.
Romantically involved with actress/singer/composer Lynne Marta throughout the run of Starsky and Hutch (1975) but they split up after the show ended.
Became a United Kingdom citizen in September 2004.
During the run of Starsky and Hutch (1975), he recorded a #1 single called "Don't Give Up On Us".
Fluent in both German and Spanish.
He has 6 children - 5 sons and a daughter, China Soul.
In Cannes in 1996, David performed songs from his friend Charles Aznavour in the Martinez Hotel.
He is an avid skier, tennis player and loves to go "exploring" with his children.
He 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.
In 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.
Between 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.
Between 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.
His 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.
His 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.
Paul 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.
People 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.
To 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.
Yes, your home is your castle, but it is also your identity and your possibility to be open to others.
At 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.
I 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.
I 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.
Once 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.
I was born into a family of preachers.
If these theatres didn't exist, the tradition of British theatre would cease to exist.
It's important to move the theatre into the 21st Century.
Music always came first. I never set out to be an actor.
The most important thing is story-telling. It's as singular and old-fashioned as that.
I like to eat and I love the diversity of foods.
It's only when gravity starts to take over you begin to think about your body.
A job is a very healthy thing to do.
Being on the move all the time is draining, but the rewards make up for it.
I was an accidental actor. I was never formally trained.
Sometimes 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.
One 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.
Nobody 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.
My 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.
I believe that a parent's role is to provide a path or opportunity for their children.