Paul Michael Glaser backs Waverley Care HIV centre

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Hollywood actor and director Paul Michael Glaser will be discussing his life on stage and screen and his work with HIV and Aids charities at an In Conversation event at the Festival Theatre tomorrow.

The actor, who is best known for his portrayal of streetwise cop Starsky, from cult US TV show Starsky and Hutch, is currently playing Tevye in the theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Paul Michael Glaser. Picture: Neil Hanna

Paul Michael Glaser. Picture: Neil Hanna

He has acted as an advocate for Aids and HIV charities since his first wife, Elizabeth, was infected with the disease by a contaminated blood transfusion while giving birth to their daughter Ariel.

Ariel passed away in 1988, followed by Elizabeth in 1994. Speaking while visiting the Edinburgh branch of Waverley Care, a charity supporting those in Scotland with HIV and Hepatitis C, he said: “Wherever I have a chance to support and help support people with HIV, I will. We all have a responsibility as human beings to reach out to each other.”