The most important thing out of Starsky and Hutch for me — aside from all the other good things — was the relationship with Paul.
Paul and I respect and care about each other. It’s a unique relationship. There’s no replacement for Paul. … I love him. I respect his talent and his craft, but it’s very hard to put my finger on the way I feel about him, and he has the same frustration trying to talk about me. I feel kind of private with Paul, even on the screen. We understand each other. We have a very special kind of communication, and that’s the joy of working with him.
Chemistry is something you can’t go out and play. … Once, Paul and I had to re-shoot one scene 67 times because we kept looking at each other and laughing whenever the camera was switched on.
We fought like friends. We cared about each other like friends. We envied each other like friends. And we competed like friends. We were very close.
Boy, did we fight, but fair fights are healthy. It’s the unfair manipulative fights, like those in marriages, I don’t agree with. Don’t get me wrong, most will know I’m as guilty as any of manipulative fights, but I help others now in realizing how damaging they can be.
Paulie and I are chalk and cheese. Our backgrounds are so different, but we’re similar in our way of looking at things. I trusted him. It didn’t take long. We didn’t fight for lines. There was no B.S. going on between us. Our relationship was very open and true.
He’s like my brother. I thank the show for that. I found a life-long friend. Paul was there when others just walked away. I’ll never forget that.
When asked about the tragic AIDS-related deaths of PMG’s daughter and wife: When I look at him, I don’t see AIDS. I see friend. I was involved with him before, during and after. … The most courageous man I’ve ever known is my friend, Paul. And I think more courageous than even himself was the legacy of courage that was left by Elizabeth Glaser. She was a remarkable woman.