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Morning Man Classic: Paul Michael Glaser!

Today Paul Michael Glaser’s 76th birthday so I want to pay tribute to one of my early crushes in 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.


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 recent guest spot on Grace & Frankie.


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3 Remarks

  1. Hi Greg, I can only imagine your crush as I had one too on Paul Michael. Only I was a pre-teen girl who was glued to the TV set when this gorgeous, gorgeous, man appeared on the screen. I had no idea what happened to me as I watched him, only later found out that what gave me butterflies was what they called sex-appeal. Can’t believe the show only ran for 4 years (and only 2.5 of them with good episodes) and that it ended 40 years ago. Happy birthday, Gorgeous!

  2. I think that I’ve told you this story already, but I knew for sure that I was gay when I was in high school. Most of the boys kept talking about wanting to be stripped searched by Charlie’s Angels, and I thought to myself that I’d rather be stripped searched by Starsky and Hutch.

  3. It’s a story worth repeating!

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