Paul Michael Glaser, one of the more recognizable faces in popular culture from the 20 th Century, has spent much of his time in recent years devoted to his exploration of digital formats and creative processes, developing a style uniquely his own. Abstracts, body-forms, and portraits are represented in his collections, as are the creatures and every-day objects that draw in the eye for their colors, unique digital “brush” work and other worldliness.
Glaser’s artworks are difficult to categorize, but easy to appreciate, and their digital derivation gives them a contemporary, even cutting-edge presence and appeal.
“In my professional career, I was fortunate to be a part of such an iconic show as Starsky and Hutch, but I’ve also been privileged to have the opportunity and the platform to find my other creative voices through my artworks, such as my book Chrystallia and the Source of Light, (audio of the same) and my collection of poetry and art published under the title, The Edge of Whimsy (available at www.pmglaserart.com).”
He is currently illustrating his second novel, Hook-Foot and Peg, A Cautionary Tale.
As an actor, Paul appeared in over 50 roles in regional, repertory, off-Broadway, and Broadway theatre. On Broadway, he appeared in Man in The Glass Booth directed by Harold Pinter, and Butterflies are Free. In the UK has appeared in the pantos Peter Pan and Aladdin. His most recent role was a UK tour playing Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.
He has also appeared in the television soap operas Love is a Many Splendored Thing, and Love of Life. He is well known for his role as Starsky in the television series, Starsky and Hutch. He has guest starred in a number of television series and movies, his most recent, HBO’s Ray Donovan. He has appeared in the movies Fiddler on the Roof (as Perchik), Butterflies Are Free, Phobia, Something’s Gotta Give (with Diane Keaton), and Starsky and Hutch – the movie.
Paul has also written, directed, and produced motion pictures. He has directed and/or produced the films; Band of the Hand, The Running Man, The Cutting Edge, The Air Up There , and Kazaam. In television, he has acted and/or directed in series including Miami Vice, Judging Amy, The Agency, Robbery Homicide Division, Mr. Sterling, Lyon’s Den, Las Vegas, The E Ring , and Criminal Minds.
Born in Cambridge, MA, Paul graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in English Literature and Theatre, and Boston University with a Master's degree in Theatre.
He currently serves as Honorary Chairman of the Board of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the leading non-profit organization committed to ensuring better overall medical treatments for children, preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and creating a healthier future for children worldwide. He was chair of the Board of Directors from 1996 to 2002.
He resides in Venice, CA. He has a son from his marriage to Elizabeth Glaser, who died in 1994 from complications of AIDS. Jake is thirty-six years old. Paul also has a daughter, Zoe, (22) from his second marriage, and his eleven-year-old dog, Bear.