Paul Michael Glaser
Paul Michael Glaser
Paul Manfred Glaser
March 25, 1943
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Other names||Paul M. Glaser|
|Education||Tulane University (BA)|
Boston University (MFA)
|Known for||Detective Dave Michael Starsky – Starsky & Hutch|
(m. 1980; died 1994)
(m. 1996; div. 2007)
|Children||2 (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. 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.
Paul Manfred Glaser was born March 25, 1943 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the youngest child and only son of Dorothy and Samuel Glaser, an MIT graduate and well-known Boston architect. He grew up in up in Brookline and Newton. 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 barmitzvah. Samuel designed a shul on Rhode Island. 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. 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.
Glaser found fame playing Detective Dave 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 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.
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. 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 with Glaser filing for divorce in June 2007. As of 2007, Jake remained healthy, and as of 2016, had maintained his relationship with Tracy.
|1971||Fiddler on the Roof||Perchik||Actor|
|1972||Butterflies Are Free||Ralph||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|
|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 Klein||Actor|
|2004||Starsky & Hutch||Original David Starsky||Actor|
|2010||Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers||Kjeld Playwell (voice)||Actor|
|1970–1973||Love Is a Many Splendored Thing||Dr. Peter Chernak||Actor|
|1972||The Streets of San Francisco||Jason Kampacalas||Actor ("Bitter Wine")|
|1972||Cannon||Jason Logan||Actor ("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")|
|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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