From Hutch to crutch: David Soul's car jumping days are far behind him as he cuts a fragile figure while running errands  

He was the seventies heartthrob with piercing blue eyes and a penchant for leaping over car bonnets in pursuit of criminals as one half of detective duo Starsky and Hutch.

But those halcyon days were undoubtedly far behind David Soul as he ran errands after leaving his north London home and venturing across the street with the aid of a single crutch.

The 71-year-old actor, much loved for his role as straight-talking Hutch, was often seen tearing through deserted alleyways with partner Starsky – played by Paul Michael Glaser – in the hugely popular serial.  

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Stepping out: David Soul cut a fragile figure during an appearance close to his north London home 

Stepping out: David Soul cut a fragile figure during an appearance close to his north London home 

However their iconic Gran Torino was traded for a significantly less dramatic Ford Mondeo minicab that idled on the kerb as Soul gingerly climbed into the backseat. 

With his eyes shielded behind a pair of Aviator sunglasses the actor was far removed from his fast living days as one of America's hottest TV exports.

Soul became an international star and subsequent pin-up for teenage girls on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to Starsky and Hutch during the show's four year, four season run between 1975 and 1979.

Step by step: The 71-year-old actor was seen gingerly making his way across the street while running errands 

Step by step: The 71-year-old actor was seen gingerly making his way across the street while running errands 

It's not like the old days: The iconic Starsky and Hutch Gran Torino was traded for a significantly less dramatic Ford Mondeo minicab that idled on the kerb as Soul gingerly climbed into the backseat
It's not like the old days: The iconic Starsky and Hutch Gran Torino was traded for a significantly less dramatic Ford Mondeo minicab that idled on the kerb as Soul gingerly climbed into the backseat

It's not like the old days: The iconic Starsky and Hutch Gran Torino was traded for a significantly less dramatic Ford Mondeo minicab that idled on the kerb as Soul gingerly climbed into the backseat

That's more like it! Soul was often seen tearing through the streets with co-star Paul Michael Glaser in the iconic seventies crime drama 

That's more like it! Soul was often seen tearing through the streets with co-star Paul Michael Glaser in the iconic seventies crime drama 

He also enjoyed a short-lived pop career, scoring a number one hit in the United States and United Kingdom with catchy ballad Don't Give Up On Us Baby in 1976. 

Further chart toppers would follow in 1977 with singles Going In With My Eyes Open and Silver Lady, but Soul's foray as a singer would end 12-months later with the release of It Sure Brings Out The Love In Your Eyes - his fifth and final single. 

Other memorable film roles included that of a vigilante cop in Dirty Harry sequel The Enforcer and the lead as nostalgic writer Ben Mears in 1979 Stephen King adaptation Salem's Lot.  

Now a British citizen, the actor lives in London with PR Helen Snell, his fifth wife, who he met while touring the UK with a stage production of Ira Levin play Deathtrap in 2002. 

British citizen: The actor lives in London PR Helen Snell, his fifth wife, who he met while touring the UK with a stage production of Ira Levin play Deathtrap in 2002

British citizen: The actor lives in London PR Helen Snell, his fifth wife, who he met while touring the UK with a stage production of Ira Levin play Deathtrap in 2002

Referring to his love of Great Britain in February, he told MailOnline: 'Britain is beautiful. I like south Devon a lot, the bleakness of Dartmoor. 

'And I like being in a country steeped in history. I return to the States about three times a year as my five sons all live there, though my daughter lives here.' 

He added: 'When Paul Michael Glaser and I were filming Starsky & Hutch in the 70s, Princess Margaret once came to meet us on the set because she liked the show.

'We took her to lunch and, suffice to say, we didn’t go back to work in the afternoon. Also we were told the Queen Mother once said, "I like those boys so much!" But I don’t think I’ll ever be Sir David, even though I act like it sometimes! 

'The only person I’d care to call me Sir David is my wife, as I call her Lady Helen!' 

and running errands close to his north London home
Changing faces: Soul in his seventies heyday...

Changing faces: Soul in his seventies heyday (L) and running errands close to his north London home (R)

 

 

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