Paul Michael Glaser

For the poet Michael S. Glaser, see Michael Glaser.
Paul Michael Glaser

Glaser at the F.I.S.T. premiere in 1978
Born Paul Manfred Glaser
(1943-03-25) March 25, 1943
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Other names Paul M. Glaser
Paul Glaser
Michael Glaser
Mike Glaser
P.M. Glaser
Years active 1966–present
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Glaser (1980–1994; her death)
Tracy Barone (1996–2007)
Children Ariel Glaser (1981–1988)
Jake Glaser (1984–)
Zoe Glaser (1997–)

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]


Early life

Glaser, raised in moderate Jewish family, is 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 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. After having appeared as an extra on NBC's ''The Doctors'', he was cast in the contract role of 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[3] and is currently working on several children's novels.[4]

Personal life

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 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.


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
2003 Something's Gotta Give Dave Actor
2004 Starsky & Hutch Original David Starsky Actor
2007 Live! Network President Actor
2010 Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers Kjeld Playwell (voice) Actor


Years Series Role Notes
1970–1973 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 "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 "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")
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")


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