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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 25 March 1943Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NamePaul Manfred Glaser
Nickname Curly
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Paul Michael Glaser was born on March 25, 1943 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Paul Manfred Glaser. He is an actor and producer, known for Starsky and Hutch (1975), Something's Gotta Give (2003) and The Running Man (1987). He has been married to Tracy Barone since November 24, 1996. They have one child. He was previously married to Elizabeth Glaser.

Spouse (2)

Tracy Barone (24 November 1996 - present) (divorced) (1 child)
Elizabeth Glaser (24 August 1980 - 3 December 1994) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (17)

He and wife, Tracy Barone, have a daughter, Zoe, born in October 1997.
Attended Boston University School for the Arts.
Son of a Boston architect.
Member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity.
The famous Starsky and Hutch (1975) "striped tomato" Ford Gran Torino appears briefly in an episode of The Agency (2001), directed by Glaser.
Wife Elizabeth Glaser was the founder of the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Was roommates with Andy Summers of rock group The Police.
Met first wife Elizabeth Glaser in June 1975, while they driving down Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. They smiled at each other, then Paul motioned for Elizabeth to pull over, where he invited her out for Chinese food. Elizabeth moved in with Paul three months later in September 1975.
Was roommates in college with Bruce Paltrow.
The writers and producers of Starsky and Hutch (1975) thought he was similar in type to the late actor Paul Muni. In fact, they even wrote it into a show where Starsky's mother says he's "the Paul Muni type".
Is a very close friend of director Michael Mann. They both met during the filming of a Starsky and Hutch (1975) episode, adapted from Mann's screenplay, and they became friends. Later Glaser directed several episodes of Mann's TV shows Miami Vice (1984) (including the Emmy-award winning episode "The Prodigal Son") and Robbery Homicide Division (2002). Mann also served as a producer on Glaser's crime film Band of the Hand (1986).
Directed a PSA spot on AIDS awareness in 1989, starring a soon-to-leave-office President Ronald Reagan.
First wife Elizabeth Glaser contracted HIV, after an emergency blood transfusion, right after giving birth to daughter Ariel Glaser. Elizabeth passed away from complications from AIDS in 1994.
First child, daughter Ariel Glaser, passed away from complications from AIDS in August of 1988. She contracted HIV via breast milk, when her mother, Elizabeth Glaser, was not aware that she had contracted HIV via a blood transfusion. Her second child, Jake Glaser, contracted HIV in Elizabeth's womb. He is still alive and in reasonably good health as of December 2010.
His feature film debut was in the classic film Fiddler on the Roof (1971), portraying Perchik.
Mayflower theatre, Southampton, UK. Fiddler on the Roof. [September 2013]
Appeared in a commercial for "Consolidated Credit Consulting". [2009]

Personal Quotes (13)

On Starsky and Hutch (1975): "We had a groundbreaking show with unique characters. But all people remember is that car" (quoted in USA Today, 3 March 2004).
The car is a character in the piece -- I've never liked the car, I submitted to its objectionable popularity.
So it eventually became a question of WHEN they were going to make a movie.
So being present becomes more and more the exercise the older you get.
Secondly, I thought it was ridiculous to have two undercover policemen driving around in a striped tomato.
No, the '70s was a totally different sensibility and that allowed us to break new ground as a cop show.
I've been writing a lot, I've a few projects I'm trying to finance, I do some acting, I do some directing. . . . Apart from that, if I could get lower than a 10 handicap on my golf game, I'd be thrilled.
I was surprised that the TV series was popular itself, but after that it went on to become more popular over the years and thus it seemed eventually that they would turn it into a movie.
I don't think a movie today that captured all the things that we did in the '70s could come close, because it's like asking to recreate the '70s and the audience sensibilities and that's impossible.
First of all I thought it was ugly, I thought it was ridiculous that undercover police guys would drive a striped tomato and I've never been a big champion of Ford.
We all know that looking back only gets you into an accident because you're going to run into something without seeing it.
We were surprised that the television series had the kind of longevity that it had after only four years of filming it and the reception in six countries around the world was quite extraordinary.
This particular film highlights Ben and Owen's strengths which is that they are great comedic actors with tremendous chemistry and they do a really good job.

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