Paul Michael Glaser Biography

Professions Actor , Director , Screenwriter more
Nationality American
Birth March 25, 1943 (Cambridge – Massachusetts, USA)

From a modest family, Paul Michael Glaser obtained a degree in English literature and theater in 1966, then in drama and directing the following year, before making his debut in Broadway productions, as well as the soaps Love Is a Many Splendored Thing and The Doctors . In 1971, the young man joined the cast of Fiddler on the Roof , adapted from the musical comedy of the same name, recounting the life of a Jewish community in a Ukrainian village at the beginning of the 20th century. Paul Michael Glaser then appeared in numerous police series ( Cannon , The Streets of San Francisco , Kojak , Two Hundred Dollars Plus Expenses , etc.), but the actor really gained notoriety, from 1975 to 1979, thanks to the international success of Starsky and Hutch . Seducing the producers during the casting, by playing an interrogation scene with humor and not with aggression, the young man thus plays David Michael Starsky, a naive and extroverted police officer, solving cases in an unconventional way in the company of his sidekick “Hutch” ( David Soul ). The actor also took his first steps as a director and screenwriter for a few episodes, and in the meantime, lent his features to the famous illusionist in the TV movie The Great Houdini .

When the show came to an end in 1979, Paul Michael Glaser varied the registers, from the horror film Phobia to the comedy Wait Till Your Mother Gets Home! , before directing his career towards directing. Thus, in 1984, he directed the thriller The Amazons , as well as three episodes of Michael Mann ‘s series , Two Cops in Miami , including “The Prodigal Son” (season 2, episode 1), which won an Emmy Award. He expanded his filmography in 1986, with Le mal par le mal , and faced two stars of action cinema: Arnold Schwarzenegger in Running Man which he directed, then Jean-Claude Van Damme in Double Impact , of which he was only producer. In the 90s, the artist made two films around sport, Fire on the Ice in the world of figure skating and A Player at the Level in the world of basketball, before directing a fantastic family comedy, Kazaam . At the same time, this period was also marked by personal tragedies: Paul Michael Glaser lost his daughter, then his wife Elizabeth Meyer, to AIDS and became actively involved/activist in this cause.

Married for a second time to producer and screenwriter Tracy Barone since 1996, the actor returned to the screen in 2001, opposite Mark Harmon in the crime television film Fatal Attraction – who killed Anne-Marie F.? . then in 2003, playing Diane Keaton ‘s ex-husband in the comedy Anything Can Happen , where he also rubbed shoulders with Jack Nicholson and Keanu Reeves . Paul Michael Glaser appears in season 5 of New York 911 , in the skin of Captain Jack Steeper, before directing two episodes of the following season. Then he made a cameo with his former partner David Soul, in the film adaptation Starsky and Hutch in which Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson took over the title roles. After his divorce in 2007, the actor played Captain Hook in a pantomime version of Peter Pan at the Churchill Theater in England and obtained a supporting role in Live! worn by Eva Mendes . The following year, he played Detective Garrity in the episode of Criminal Minds which he directed, and then successively participated in The Closer , Numb3rs and Mentalist . In 2010, he lent himself to dubbing for the animated film Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers and became the associate producer of the reality TV show Shark Tank , consisting of inviting entrepreneurs so that they present their ideas to a group of investors. In 2013, he appeared in the first two seasons of Ray Donovan as a film producer, then this time obtained the leading role in Fiddler on the Roof , a British production with which he toured Great Britain.

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