Steven Bochco, the strong-willed writer and producer who brought gritty realism and sprawling ensemble casts to the small screen with such iconic series as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and NYPD Blue, has died, a source told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 74.
Sources connected to the family tell us, the “Hill Street Blues” creator died this weekend. He had been battling leukemia for several years and put up a hard fight, but one family source says he finally just gave up.
Bochco carved out a specific area for many of his shows — the law. His police shows were gritty and compelling.
Bochco has been responsible for groundbreaking TV, including, “L.A. Law,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and “NYPD Blue.” His credits go on … “Murder One,” “Murder in the First,” “Raising the Bar,” and “Civil Wars.” Bochco was a gift to NBC, providing the network with juggernauts like “Hill Street Blues.”
Bochco was born in New York City on Dec. 16, 1943. His father, Rudolph, was a violinist, his mother, Mimi, a painter and jewelry designer. He attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan to pursue singing, attended NYU for a year and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he left with a theater degree in 1966.
He received a fellowship from MCA to help him pay for school, and through that, landed work at Universal during the summers before he was a junior and senior. He knew he would have a job at Universal when he finished college, and he drove across the country with classmate (and future L.A. Law player) Michael Tucker to Hollywood.
Bochco has won 4 Peabody Awards and 10 Emmys.
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