Starsky & Hutch Were Based On These Two Awesome Cops

By Kellar Ellsworth
Left: David Soul (L) and Paul Michael Glaser talk outdoors in a still from the television series, 'Starsky and Hutch,' circa 1977. Right: NYPD cops Telano and Sepe subdue a perp. Sources: Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images; courtesy Lou Telano

The TV cops Starsky and Hutch, played by Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul from 1975-79, were best friends, with a professional relationship that was more like a brotherly bond. It was a different kind of cop show, and the characters were based on a pair of Brooklyn policemen who took a unique approach to fight crime. The exploits of Lou Telano, now a radio host, and his late partner John Sepe served as the inspiration for Starsky & Hutch -- well, at least according to Lou Telano.

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