Paul Michael Glaser is an American actor and director. He is known for playing Detective David Starsky in the 1970s’ TV series ‘Starsky & Hutch’ as well as Captain Jack Steeper in NBC’s ‘Third Watch’ from 2004 to 2005. Born in a Jewish family as the youngest of three children to an architect, Glaser studied theater at Tulane University and later earned his second master's degree from the prestigious Boston University in acting and directing. Following his graduation, he appeared in numerous Broadway productions, eventually making his debut in the 1971 feature film ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. In addition to being a stage, television and film actor, Glaser is also an avid photographer and writes poetry. A father of two behind the curtains, he has been married twice till date. Following the death of his first wife, Elizabeth Meyer, he married producer Tracy Barone. However, this marriage ended in a divorce after ten years.
After appearing in a number of Broadway productions, Paul Michael Glaser starred in his first feature movie in 1971, playing the role of Perchik in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. He was next cast in the role of Dr. Peter Chernak in the drama series ‘Love Is a Many Splendored Thing’. This was followed by his guest roles in the series ‘The Streets of San Francisco’, ‘The Waltons’ and ‘The Rockford Files’. From 1975 to 1979, the actor garnered attention with his role as Detective David Starsky in ‘Starsky and Hutch’, an action series of which he directed numerous episodes. During this time, Glaser featured in the lead role in the made-for-television biographical flick ‘The Great Houdini’ (1976), a fictionalized story of the life of the Hungarian-American entertainer and escape artist, Harry Houdini. Soon after this, he had roles in the films ‘Phobia’, ‘Wait till Your Mother Gets Home’ and ‘Princess Daisy’.
During 1984 and 1985, Glaser directed a few episodes of the series ‘Miami Vice’. After this, he directed films like ‘Band of the Hand’, ‘The Running Man’, ‘The Cutting Edge’ and ‘Kazaam,’ as well as drama series including ‘Judging Amy’ and ‘Robbery Homicide Division’. From 2004 to 2005, the American artiste played Captain Jack Steeper in NBC’s ‘Third Watch’. After directing some episodes of ‘Las Vegas’, he made guest appearances in the series ‘The Closer’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Numbers’, ‘The Mentalist’ and ‘Ray Donovan’. In 2019, Glaser appeared in ‘Grace and Frankie’, a comedy web TV series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the lead roles.
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Family & Personal Life
Paul Michael Glaser was born on March 25, 1943 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, to Samuel and Dorothy Glaser. He has two siblings including a sister named Priscilla. He initially studied at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School and Cambridge School of Weston. He later went to Tulane University and earned his master's degree in English and theater from there in 1966. The following year, the actor received a second master's degree from the Boston University, this time in acting and directing.
Talking about Glaser’s love life, he married a woman named Elizabeth Meyer in 1980. Unfortunately, she died in 1994 after having contracted HIV through a blood transfusion years ago. The couple had two kids, daughter Ariel and son Jake. Ariel, who was also HIV positive, died in 1988. After his wife's death, Glaser served as the chairman of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, which his wife had co-founded earlier.
In 1996, he married Tracy Barone, a producer. The two had a child, daughter Zoe, before separating in 2007. Glaser filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for ending their decade-long marriage.