2006 Flame of Hope Award

Paul Michael Glaser

Paul Glaser currently serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Board of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, funding and conducting basic pediatric AIDS research. 

Paul was married to the Foundation’s co-founder, Elizabeth Glaser, who died in 1994 from complications of AIDS. 

Paul worked as an actor for 18 years, appearing in regional, repertory, off-Broadway and Broadway theatre, as well as the television soap operas ‘Love is a Many Splendored Thing,’ and ‘Love of Life.’ He has appeared in the movies “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Butterflies Are Free” and “Phobia.” He is best known as Starsky in the Television series, “Starsky and Hutch.” Paul also writes, directs and produces motion pictures. Projects he has directed and/or produced include the movies, “Band of the Hand,’ ‘The Running Man,’ ‘The Cutting Edge,’ ‘The Air Up There,’ and ‘Kazaam.’ 

Born in Cambridge, Mass, Paul graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in English Literature and Theatre, and Boston Universtiy with a Master’s Degree in Theatre. 

He resides in Santa Monica, Calif. with his wife Tracy Barone and his children Jake and Zoe. 

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is the worldwide leader in the fight against pediatric AIDS and other serious and life-threatening diseases affecting children. The Foundation’s innovative research programs, collaborative training initiatives, advocacy efforts, and rapidly expanding international programs are bringing dramatic changes to the lives of children worldwide. 

In addition, the Foundation is committed to working on other serious and life threatening diseases facing children through the Glaser Pediatric Research Network. The Network brings together five of the nation’s pre-eminent academic medical centers in an unprecedented collaboration that will accelerate better treatments for seriously ill children, help train the next generation of pediatric clinical investigators, and serve as a united voice to advocate policies that improve children?s health worldwide. 

Since 1988, the Foundation has raised more than $120 million to ensure that children are at the forefront of every scientific breakthrough.