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Paul Michael Glaser

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Paul Michael Glaser
 (born March 25, 1943) is an American actor and director perhaps best known for his role as Detective David Starsky on the 1970s television series, Starsky & Hutch. Glaser also appeared as Captain Jack Steeper on the NBC series Third Watch from 2004 to 2005.[1]
Paul Michael Glaser
Paul Michael Glaser at F.I.S.T premier 1978 cropped and airbrushed.jpg
Glaser at the F.I.S.T. premiere in 1978
BornPaul Manfred Glaser
March 25, 1943 (age 72)
CambridgeMassachusetts, U.S.
Other namesPaul M. Glaser
Paul Glaser
Michael Glaser
Mike Glaser
P.M. Glaser
Years active1966–present
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Glaser (1980–1994; her death)
Tracy Barone (1996–2007)
ChildrenAriel Glaser (1981–1988)
Jake Glaser (1984–)
Zoe Glaser (1997–)


Early life[edit]

Glaser, the youngest of three children, was born Paul Manfred Glaser in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Dorothy and Samuel Glaser, who was an architect.[2] Glaser attended the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School. He then transferred to theCambridge School of Weston, and went to Tulane University, where he was roommates with film director Bruce Paltrow, and earned a Master's degree in English and theater in 1966. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He earned a second master's degree from Boston University in acting and directing in 1967.


After appearing in several Broadway productions, Glaser appeared in his first feature film in 1971, playing Perchik in the film version of Fiddler on the Roof. He first gained notice on television playing Dr. Peter Chernak on the daytime series Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, and made guest appearances on shows such as The WaltonsThe Streets of San Francisco and The Rockford Files, but found fame playing Detective David Starsky opposite David Soul in the television show Starsky and Hutch, of which he directed several episodes. It ran for four seasons (1975–1979) on ABC.
After the series, Glaser continued to act on television and in films, and directed the 1987 movie The Running Man starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as the 1992 movie The Cutting Edge. He also directed episodes of several well-known TV series, including Miami ViceRobbery Homicide Division and Judging Amy. Glaser returned to the big screen in 2003 in Something's Gotta Give, as Diane Keaton's ex-husband, and with a brief cameo in the 2004 film version of Starsky & Hutch, where his old role was reprised by Ben Stiller. He also directed the children's film Kazaam starring Shaquille O'Neal. On November 30, 2007, Glaser starred as Captain Hook in a pantomime version of Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up at the Churchill Theatre in BromleyKentEngland. He took the lead role in the 2008 pantomime season at Sunderland's Empire Theatre. He guest starred in an episode of CBS's The Mentalist on October 1, 2009 titled "The Scarlet Letter". In 2013, Glaser revisited Fiddler on the Roof in a UK stage production on national tour, this time playing the lead character Tevye.
In addition to television, film, and theater, Glaser is an avid photographer, writes poetry[3] and is currently working on several children's novels.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Glaser has been married twice. He married his first wife, Elizabeth (Meyer) Glaser, in 1980. In August 1981, Elizabeth contracted HIV through a blood transfusion while giving birth to the couple's first child, Ariel. Elizabeth did not find out about the virus until four years later, at which time both Ariel and son Jake (born October 1984) were also found to be HIV positive. Ariel Glaser died in August 1988; Elizabeth Glaser died in 1994, after cofounding the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation with friends Susan DeLaurentis and Susie Zeegen. After Elizabeth's death, Glaser served as chairman of the foundation until 2002 and remains Honorary Chairman, roles in which he has testified before theUnited States Congress and met with national leaders, as well as headlining annual fundraisers for the organization.
Glaser married producer Tracy Barone in 1996; the couple had a daughter, Zoe, on 7 October 1997. Glaser filed for divorce in June 2007, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for ending his 10-year marriage. He was seeking joint legal and physical custody of their daughter.


1971Fiddler on the RoofPerchikActor
1972Butterflies Are FreeRalphActor
1974Aces UpMoverActor
1974Trapped Beneath the SeaJack BeechActor
1976The Great HoudiniHarry Houdini (Erik Weisz)Actor
1980PhobiaDr. Peter RossActor
1983Wait till Your Mother Gets Home!Coach Bob PetersActor
1983Princess DaisyFred NorthActor
1984Single Bars, Single WomenGabeActor
1984Attack on FearDave MitchellActor
1986Band of the Handn/aDirector
1987The Running Mann/aDirector
1992The Cutting Edgen/aDirector
1994The Air Up Theren/aDirector
2003Something's Gotta GiveDaveActor
2004Starsky & HutchOriginal David StarskyActor
2007Live!Network PresidentActor
2010Lego: The Adventures of Clutch PowersKjeld Playwell (voice)Actor


1967–1973Love Is a Many Splendored ThingDr. Peter ChernakActor
1972The Streets of San FranciscoJason KampacalasActor ("Bitter Wine")
1973The WaltonsTodd CooperActor ("The Air Mail Man")
1974"The Rockford Files"Ralph CorrellActor ("Find Me If You Can")
1974KojakLou GiordinoActor ("Down a Long and Lonely River")
1975–1979Starsky and HutchDetective David StarskyActor, writer, director (episodes "Bloothbath", "Class in Crime", "Deckwatch", "Ballad for a Blue Lady", "Sweet Revenge")
1984–1985Miami Vicen/aDirector ("Calderone's Return: Calderone's Demise", "Smuggler's Blues", "The Prodigal Son")
1985Otherworldn/aDirector ("Village of the Motorpigs")
1987Amazing Storiesn/aDirector ("Blue Man Down")
2001, 2003Judging Amyn/aDirector ("Look Closer", "Going Down")
2002The Agencyn/aDirector ("Son Set", "The Golden Hour", "Doublecrossover", "Elite Meat to Eat", "Debbie Does Djakarta")
2002–2003Robbery Homicide Divisionn/aDirector ("In/Famous", "Had", "Absolute Perfection")
2003Mister Sterlingn/aDirector ("Final Passage")
2004–2005Third WatchCaptain Jack SteeperActor ("Sleeping Dogs Lie", "Blessed and Bewildered", "No More, Forever")
Director ("Alone Again, Naturally", "Welcome Home")
2005–2008Las Vegasn/aDirector ("To Protect and Serve Manicotti", "Double Down, Triple Threat", "For Sail by Owner", "Wines and Misdemeanors", "Adventures in the Skin Trade")
2006E-Ringn/aDirector ("Brothers in Arms")
2007Rainesn/aDirector ("5th Step")
2008The CloserDavis MayhanActor, episode 4.2 ("Speed Bump")
2008Criminal MindsDetective GarrityDirector, actor ("Masterpiece")
2008NumbersBrett HansonActor ("Conspiracy Theory")
2009The MentalistWalter CrewActor, episode 2.2 ("The Scarlet Letter")
2013Ray DonovanAlanActor, episode 4 ("Black Cadillac")

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