Born: March 25, 1943
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
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. Glaser also appeared as Captain Jack Steeper on the NBC series Third Watch from 2004 to 2005.
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. 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.
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 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 and is currently working on several children's novels.
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.
|1971||Fiddler on the Roof||Perchik||Actor|
|1972||Butterflies Are Free||Ralph||Actor|
|1974||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|
|1983||Princess Daisy||Fred North||Actor|
|1984||Single Bars, Single Women||Gabe||Actor|
|1984||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|
|2003||Something's Gotta Give||Dave||Actor|
|2004||Starsky & Hutch||Original Dave Starsky||Actor|
|2010||Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers||Kjeld Playwell (voice)||Actor|
|1967-1973||Love Is a Many Splendored Thing||Dr. Peter Chernak||Actor|
|1972||The Streets of San Francisco||Jason Kampacalas||Actor ("Bitter Wine")|
|1973||The Waltons||Todd Cooper||Actor ("The Air Mail Man")|
|1974||Kojak||Lou Giordino||Actor ("Down a Long and Lonely River")|
|1975-1979||Starsky and Hutch||Detective David Starsky||Actor, writer, director (episodes "Bloothbath", "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")|
|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||n/a||Director ("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")|