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Morning Man Classic: Appreciating “Starsky & Hutch” heartthrob Paul Michael Glaser who turns 78 today!

Today is Paul Michael Glaser’s 78th birthday so I want to pay special tribute to one of there serious early crushes in my life.

My oldest brother had a color TV in his room and would let me watch shows with him like Starsky & Hutch, Baretta and Charlie’s Angels. The rest of the time I’d have to share the black and white TV with the rest of the kids in the living room.

Imagine!

With his curly black hair, beautiful blue eyes, hairy chest and tight jeans, I could not keep my eyes off Det. Dave Starsky. He and Det. Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson (David Soul) were two streetwise cops who busted criminals in their red-and-white Ford Torino with the help of police snitch called Huggy Bear.

Paul once said in an interview: “I think between David’s and my chemistry and the notion of a buddy show, which I think, if I’m not mistaken, was the first of its kind on television…we had “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” as a feature, but we hadn’t seen that kind of pairing,… male bonding,.. whatever you want to call it in television. So this was kind of a first.”

Pre-TV fame, he appeared on Broadway in Butterflies Are Free then made his film debut playing Perchik in 1971′s movie version of Fiddler on the Roof.

After Starsky & Hutch, he directed such films as The Running Man starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Cutting Edge, and The Air Up There starring Kevin Bacon. He also directed episodes of several well-known TV series, including Miami Vice, Robbery Homicide Division and Judging Amy.

These days, Paul mostly writes and directs and continues his activism in the fight against Pediatric AIDS after losing his wife Elizabeth and their daughter to the disease. David still acts including a guest spot a few seasons back on Grace & Frankie and a recurring role on Ray Donovan.




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  1. I find it so hard to believe he’s turning 78!! He looks amazing, still.
    Back in the day PMG was dreamy alright but it was the Starsky/Hutch bromance that kept me tuning in to the show as a teen. Both he and David Soul (my personal fave of the two at the time) were often quoted that the relationship was a true love story; they made it believable. Paul also turned in a charming performance as Diane Keaton’s ex hubby in the underrated Something’s Gotta Give.

  2. The Starsky and Hutch guys… As well as Six Million $/Lee Majors and Lyle Waggoner in the original Wonder Woman TV show were some of my gateway drugs to becoming gay and happy … no complaints though.
    Always enjoy your posts!

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