Paul Michael Glaser

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Paul Michael Glaser
Paul Michael Glaser at F.I.S.T premier 1978 cropped and airbrushed.jpg
Paul Michael Glaser at F.I.S.T premiere (1978)
BornPaul Manfred Glaser
(1943-03-25) March 25, 1943 (age 70)
Cambridge, Massachusetts,
United States
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-)
Website
http://www.paulmichaelglaser.org/
 
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Paul Michael Glaser
Paul Michael Glaser at F.I.S.T premier 1978 cropped and airbrushed.jpg
Paul Michael Glaser at F.I.S.T premiere (1978)
BornPaul Manfred Glaser
(1943-03-25) March 25, 1943 (age 70)
Cambridge, Massachusetts,
United States
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-)
Website
http://www.paulmichaelglaser.org/

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 and Hutch; he also appeared as Captain Jack Steeper on the 1999 to 2005 NBC series Third Watch.

Biography[edit]

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.[1] Glaser attended the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School. He then transferred to the Cambridge 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.

Career[edit]

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 Waltons, The 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 Vice, Robbery 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 Bromley, Kent, England. He took the lead role in the 2008 pantomime season at Sunderland's Empire Theatre. He guest starred in CBS's The Mentalist on Thursday, Oct 1, 2009; episode "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[2] and is currently working on several children's novels.[3] He has been on several radio programs interviewing about his latest book, for the children in all of us, "Chrystallia and the Source of Light" and recently featured on Get Focused Radio with Kate Hennessy.

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 founding the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. After Elizabeth's death, Glaser served as chairman of the foundation until 2002 and remains Honorary Chairman, roles in which he has testified before the United 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.

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
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
1984JealousyDanielActor
1984Attack on FearDave MitchellActor
1986Band of the Handn/aDirector
1987The Running Mann/aDirector
1992The Cutting Edgen/aDirector
1994The Air Up Theren/aDirector
1996Kazaamn/aDirector
2003Something's Gotta GiveDaveActor
2004Starsky & HutchOriginal Dave StarskyActor

Television[edit]

YearsSeriesRoleNotes
1967–1973Love is a Many Splendored ThingDr. Peter ChernakActor
1972The Streets of San Francisco (Bitter Wine)Jason KampacalasActor
1973The Waltons (The Air Mail Man)Todd CooperActor
1974Kojak Episode 'Down a long and lonely river' Actor
1975–1979Starsky and HutchDetective David StarskyActor, Writer, Director- (Episodes "Bloothbath", Class in Crime", "Deckwatch", Ballad for Blue Lady", Sweet Revenge".)
1984-1985Miami ViceNoneDirector (2 episodes in season one and 1 in season two)
1984Amazonsn/aDirector
2008The CloserDavis Mayhan4.2 "Speed Bump"
2009The MentalistWalter Crew2.2 "The Scarlet Letter"
2013Ray DonovanAlanEpisode 4 "Black Cadillac"

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