Paul Michael Glaser

American actor and director

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Paul Michael Glaser
Glaser at the 2018 East Coast Comicon
in Secaucus, New Jersey
Paul Manfred Glaser

(1943-03-25) March 25, 1943 (age 79)
Other namesPaul M. Glaser
Paul Glaser
Michael Glaser
Mike Glaser
P.M. Glaser
EducationTulane University (BA)
Boston University (MFA)
Years active1966–present
Known forDetective Dave Michael Starsky – Starsky & Hutch
(m. 1980; died 1994)

Tracy Barone
(m. 1996; div. 2007)
Children2 (with Elizabeth Glaser)
1 (with Barone)

Paul Michael Glaser (born Paul Manfred Glaser March 25, 1943) is an American actor and director best known for his role as Detective Dave Starsky on the 1970s television series, Starsky & Hutch.[1][2][3] In between his work writing and directing, Glaser also played Captain Jack Steeper on the NBC series Third Watch from 2004 to 2005, appeared as Al in several episodes of Ray Donovan in the 2010s, and had his first U.S. exhibition of his artwork in 2018.

Early life

Paul Manfred Glaser was born March 25, 1943 in Cambridge, Massachusetts,[1] the youngest child and only son of Dorothy and Samuel Glaser, an MIT graduate and well-known Boston architect. He grew up in Brookline and Newton.[1] He was raised Jewish, and although Dorothy was an agnostic, and the family did not observe the Shabbat, the family did celebrate the religion's major holidays, including Glaser's own bar mitzvah. Samuel designed a shul in Rhode Island.[2] Glaser attended the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School until 1961 before transferring to the Cambridge School of Weston, completing high school. Glaser attended Tulane University, where he was roommates with film director Bruce Paltrow, majoring in theater and English with a minor in architecture and graduated in 1966.[4] He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He earned a master's degree in fine arts from Boston University in acting and directing in 1967.[5]


Glaser at the F.I.S.T. premiere in 1978

Glaser made his film debut as Perchick in the 1971 film version of the musical Fiddler on the Roof. He found fame playing Detective Dave Starsky opposite David Soul in the television series 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 film The Running Man starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as the 1992 film The Cutting Edge. He also directed episodes of several 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, in which Starsky was played by Ben Stiller. He directed the children's film Kazaam starring Shaquille O'Neal. He guest starred in "The Scarlet Letter", the October 1, 2009 episode of CBS's The Mentalist.

Between 2013 and 2019, Glaser appeared as Alan in several episodes of the TV series Ray Donovan. In an interview published in April 2018, Glaser, having not acted since that role was asked he had retired from acting, and replied, "People ask me, 'What's your favorite: acting, directing or writing?' My answer: What life occurs. It's what happens. You never know when something will cross your path. I try to stay open to everything. I'm doing a guest appearance on Grace and Frankie right now. As long as it's a good group of people, I'm open to anything. That's the thing I enjoy most about filmmaking or acting: experience." That same month, Glaser had his first American solo exhibition for his paintings and digital illustrations at Cosmo Lofts in Hollywood. The show was titled "Act 111", because his foray as an artist marked the third stage of his career, following acting in front of the camera, and writing/directing behind it.[6]

Personal life

Glaser has been married twice. He married his first wife, Elizabeth Glaser, in 1980. In August 1981, she contracted HIV through a blood transfusion while giving birth to the couple's first child, Ariel. Elizabeth did not know that she was infected with the virus until four years later, when both she and Ariel became sick with a mysterious illness. When the entire family was tested, Elizabeth, Ariel and the couple's one-and-a-half-year-old son Jake were found to be HIV positive. Ariel died three years later, right after her seventh birthday. [7][8] Elizabeth died December 3, 1994.[9]

Glaser later married Tracy Barone, who adopted Jake, who was 10 years old at the time. The couple had a daughter, Zoe. That marriage ended[8] with Glaser filing for divorce in June 2007. As of 2007, Jake remained healthy,[10] and as of 2016, had maintained his relationship with Tracy.[8]



Year Film Role Notes
1971 Fiddler on the Roof Perchik Actor
1972 Butterflies Are Free Ralph Actor
1974 Aces Up Mover Actor
Trapped Beneath the Sea Jack Beech Actor
1976 The Great Houdini Harry Houdini (Erik Weisz) Actor
1980 Phobia Dr. Peter Ross Actor
1983 Wait till Your Mother Gets Home! Coach Bob Peters Actor
Princess Daisy Fred North Actor
1984 Single Bars, Single Women Gabe Actor
Jealousy Daniel Actor
Attack on Fear Dave Mitchell Actor
1986 Band of the Hand n/a Director
1987 The Running Man n/a Director
1992 The Cutting Edge n/a Director
1994 The Air Up There n/a Director
1996 Kazaam n/a Director
2001 And Never Let Her Go (TV Film) Det Frank Gugliatta Actor
2003 Something's Gotta Give Dave Klein Actor
2004 Starsky & Hutch Original David Starsky Actor
2007 Live! Network President Actor
2010 Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers Kjeld Playwell (voice) Actor


Year Show Role Notes
1970–1973 Love Is a Many Splendored Thing Dr. Peter Chernak Actor
1972 The Streets of San Francisco Jason Kampacalas Actor, episode Bitter Wine
1972 Cannon Jason Logan Actor, episode Nobody Beats the House; credited as "Michael Glaser"
1973 The Waltons Todd Cooper Actor ("The Air Mail Man")
1974 The Rockford Files Ralph Correll Actor ("Find Me If You Can")
1974 Kojak Lou Giordino Actor ("Down a Long and Lonely River")
1975–1979 Starsky and Hutch Detective David Starsky Actor, writer, director (episodes "Bloodbath", "Class in Crime", "Deckwatch", "Ballad for a Blue Lady", "Sweet Revenge")
1984–1985 Miami Vice n/a Director ("Calderone's Return: Calderone's Demise", "Smuggler's Blues", "The Prodigal Son")
1984 Amazons n/a Director
1985 Otherworld n/a Director ("Village of the Motorpigs")
1987 Amazing Stories n/a Director ("Blue Man Down")
2001, 2003 Judging Amy n/a Director ("Look Closer", "Going Down")
2002 The Agency n/a Director ("Son Set", "The Golden Hour", "Doublecrossover", "Elite Meat to Eat", "Debbie Does Djakarta")
2002–2003 Robbery Homicide Division n/a Director ("In/Famous", "Had", "Absolute Perfection")
2003 Mister Sterling n/a Director ("Final Passage")
2004–2005 Third Watch Captain Jack Steeper Actor ("Sleeping Dogs Lie", "Blessed and Bewildered", "No More, Forever")
Director ("Alone Again, Naturally", "Welcome Home")
2005–2008 Las Vegas n/a Director ("To Protect and Serve Manicotti", "Double Down, Triple Threat", "For Sail by Owner", "Wines and Misdemeanors", "Adventures in the Skin Trade")
2006 E-Ring n/a Director ("Brothers in Arms")
2007 Raines n/a Director ("5th Step")
2008 The Closer Davis Mayhan Actor, episode 4.2 ("Speed Bump")
2008 Criminal Minds Detective Garrity Director, actor ("Masterpiece")
2008 Numbers Brett Hanson Actor ("Conspiracy Theory")
2009 The Mentalist Walter Crew Actor, episode 2.2 ("The Scarlet Letter")
2013 Ray Donovan Alan Actor, episode 4 ("Black Cadillac")
2019 Grace and Frankie Leo Actor, Season 5


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  6. ^ Gardner, Chris (April 24, 2018). "'Starsky and Hutch' Star Paul Michael Glaser Charts 'Third Act With Solo Art Exhibition". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 28, 2021. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  7. ^ Huck, Janet (August 25, 1989). "Breaking a Silence: 'Starsky' Star, Wife Share Their Family's Painful Battle Against AIDS". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 28, 2021. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c Barone, Tracy (June 26, 2016). "After a public death, the struggle to create a new family". Archived from the original on June 26, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  9. ^ Kennedy, Randy (1994-12-04). "Elizabeth Glaser Dies at 47; Crusader for Pediatric AIDS". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  10. ^ "Paul Glaser, second wife to divorce". Associated Press. June 28, 2007. Archived from the original on May 28, 2021. Retrieved May 28, 2021 – via Today.

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