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Also Known As: Paul Glaser, Paul Michael Glazer, Michael Glaser, Paul M Glaser Died:
Born: March 25, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Profession: director, actor

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Actor Paul Michael Glaser became a 1970s television icon as one of the two stars of the hit police action drama "Starsky & Hutch" (ABC, 1975-79), before going on to achieve post-stardom success as a director in television and film. After his Broadway debut in a production of "The Man in the Glass Booth" opposite Donald Pleasance in 1969, Glaser followed with an impressive feature film debut in the classic musical "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971). More film work and television guest spots followed before he landed the career-making role of the boyishly charming Detective Dave Starsky in "Starsky & Hutch," alongside David Soul as his more intellectually inclined partner. The duo's unmistakable onscreen chemistry - in addition to one very cool car - made the series an instant ratings hit, even if calls for a decrease in its vivid depictions of violence led to a friendlier and funnier show in its final season. With the end of "Starsky & Hutch," Glaser turned the lion's share of his attention to directing, going on to helm such films as "The Running Man" (1987) and "The Cutting Edge" (1992). The death of his first child and, later, his wife due to complications from AIDS left Glaser emotionally shaken,...

Actor Paul Michael Glaser became a 1970s television icon as one of the two stars of the hit police action drama "Starsky & Hutch" (ABC, 1975-79), before going on to achieve post-stardom success as a director in television and film. After his Broadway debut in a production of "The Man in the Glass Booth" opposite Donald Pleasance in 1969, Glaser followed with an impressive feature film debut in the classic musical "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971). More film work and television guest spots followed before he landed the career-making role of the boyishly charming Detective Dave Starsky in "Starsky & Hutch," alongside David Soul as his more intellectually inclined partner. The duo's unmistakable onscreen chemistry - in addition to one very cool car - made the series an instant ratings hit, even if calls for a decrease in its vivid depictions of violence led to a friendlier and funnier show in its final season. With the end of "Starsky & Hutch," Glaser turned the lion's share of his attention to directing, going on to helm such films as "The Running Man" (1987) and "The Cutting Edge" (1992). The death of his first child and, later, his wife due to complications from AIDS left Glaser emotionally shaken, although he continued to champion the wonderful work done by his wife's organization, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, created a few short years before her death. In the years that followed, Glaser continued to work behind the camera, as well as in front of it, even making a cameo as "The Original Starsky" in the big screen adaption of "Starsky & Hutch" (2004), proving that old TV cops never really hang up their badge.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Kazaam (1996) Director
2.
  Air Up There, The (1994) Director
3.
  Cutting Edge, The (1992) Director
4.
  Running Man, The (1987) Director
5.
  Band Of The Hand (1986) Director
6.
  Amazons (1984) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Starsky & Hutch (2004) Original Starsky
3.
 Something's Gotta Give (2003) Dave Klein
4.
5.
 Jealousy (1984) Daniel
6.
 Attack on Fear (1984) Dave Mitchell
7.
 Wait Till Your Mother Gets Home! (1983) Bob Peters
8.
 Phobia (1981) Dr Ross
9.
 Great Houdinis, The (1976) Ehrich Weiss/Harry Houdini
10.
 Starsky and Hutch (1975) Dave Starsky
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Did five seasons of summer stock before beginning career in New York
1968:
Made NY stage debut in "Rockabye Hamlet"
1969:
Played Dr. Chernak on the CBS daytime drama "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" (billed as Michael Glaser)
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Played Joseph Corelli on the long-running CBS daytime drama, "Love of Life"
1971:
Made feature film debut in "Fiddler on the Roof" (billed as Paul Michael Glaser)
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Played Detective Dave Starsky on the popular ABC crime drama series, "Starsky and Hutch"
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Began as a director helming several episodes of "Starsky and Hutch"
1980:
Played a leading role in the feature, "Phobia"
1984:
Directed first TV-movie, "Amazons"
1986:
Feature directorial debut, "Band of the Hand"
1992:
Directed "The Cutting Edge", billed as Paul M Glaser
1996:
Debut as feature producer, "Kazaam", starring Shaquille O'Neal; also provided story and directed
2001:
Directed episodes of Judging Amy"
2002:
Directed episodes of the drama series "Robbery Homicide Division"
2003:
Featured in "Something's Gotta Give", which starred Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton
2004:
Cameo in the 1970's big screen remake of the television show, which he starred "Starsky & Hutch"
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Education

Tulane University: New Orleans , Louisiana -
School of Fine Arts, Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts -

Notes

"I had gone as far as I could as an actor, and going behind the camera was the only way I could keep myself sane." --Paul Michael Glaser in PEOPLE, December 19, 1994

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wife:
Elizabeth Glaser. Teacher, activist. Married in August 1980; died on December 3, 1994 from complications resulting from AIDS at age 47; co-founded the Pediatric AIDS Foundation in 1989.
wife:
Tracy Barone. Executive. President of production company; married on November 24, 1996; born c. 1963.

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daughter:
Ariel Glaser. Born in 1981; mother, Elizabeth Glaser; died in 1988 from complications resulting from AIDS.
son:
Jake Glaser. Born in October 1984; mother Elizabeth Glaser.
daughter:
Zoe Anne Glaser. Born on October 7, 1997; mother Tracy Barone.

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