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Steven Bochco Dies At 74. Created 'Hill Street Blues,' 'NYPD Blue'

Steven Bochco Dies At 74. Created 'Hill Street Blues,' 'NYPD Blue'

"I'm terribly saddened by the news that Steven Bochco passed away yesterday", the A Series of Unfortunate Events actor wrote on Twitter. He was 74 years old.

Many other Hollywood personalities also spoke on the loss of Steven Bochco.

The 10-time Primetime Emmy Award victor was also behind comedy-drama "Doogie Howser, M.D" starring Neil Patrick Harris. His no-nonsense attitude and thirst for creative control earned him the reputation of being hard to work with and even arrogant at times, but his record speaks for itself and stems from an early conversation he had with a famous producer.

Bochco received a transplant in 2014 which helped prolong his life. It was well-known that Bochco was dealing with leukemia since he had no problems talking about it. Our thoughts are with Bochco's family and friends during this hard time.

"Steven fought cancer with strength, courage, grace and his unsurpassed sense of humor", spokesman Phillip Arnold told THR.

'He died peacefully in his sleep with his family close by'.

He was born in NY to Rudolph, a violinist, and Mimi, a painter and jewellery designer. After attending New York University and Carnegie Mellon University, he went on to write several series for Universal Studios. The show received 98 Emmy nominations during its seven-year fun, and won Bochco his first two Primetime Emmys in 1981 for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

A victor of 10 Primetime Emmy Awards, Bochco was nominated for a total of 30 Emmys and won four Peabodys.

Working with different collaborators, Bochco co-created some of TV's most popular series for more than 20 years while helping to create the template for modern hours featuring large ensemble casts, serialized storylines and edgy content.

David Pressman - whose father, Lawrence Pressman, played Dr. Benjamin Canfield on Doogie Howser, M.D. The gritty police drama incited controversy thanks to Bochco's insistence that it replicate the real-life nudity and language of cable dramas at the time, and it became an instant hit. He produced NBC's Bay City Blues in 1983, and CBS' vice squad comedy Public Morals, which lasted one episode.

"Steven reinvented the television drama by creating and executive-producing "Hill Street Blues" [in 1981]", said TV executive Warren Littlefield, who worked with Bochco at NBC. When asked about it, he claimed that it wasn't a production style at all and instead insisted that it was a lifestyle. One of the most valuable lessons I ever had.

"Once you've delivered the screenplay they don't want you around, because you're gonna get in the way of someone else's vision", Bochco said. "That always seems to work".


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