Published: Tue, April 03, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

NYPD Blue producer dies at age 74

NYPD Blue producer dies at age 74

Comedian and movie producer Judd Apatow wrote: "Steven Bochco sat with Jake Kasdan and myself before we started Freaks and Geeks and let us grill him for advice". He was 74 years old.

NY producer and screenwriter Steven Bochco, remembered for series as a sad song on Hill Street Blues, Law of Los Angeles (L.A. Law) and NYPD (NYPD Blue), has died on Monday at 74 years, as reported media Locals, quoting ir close friends. 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.

Asked how he could risk gambling on a musical like "Cop Rock" given the richness of his ABC pact, Bochco once joked, "With my deal, how could I not?" Other than that, he kept most of his struggles private, and as his spokesman said, he also had a pretty big sense of humor about his situation.

Bochco died surrounded by family and friends, personal assistant Phillip Arnold told the media. He died peacefully in his sleep with is family close by.

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Steven Ronald Bochco was born December 16th, 1943, to a concert violinist father, Rudolph, and a painter-jewelry designer mother, Mimi, in NY. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a theater degree in 1966. This is what Spielberg said about Bochco's passing, "Steve was a friend and a colleague starting with the first episode of Columbo in 1971 that he wrote and I directed".

It would go on to win 26 of them, and led Bochco on a course to earn several Peabody awards in addition to his 10 Emmys.

Bochco received 30 Emmy nominations during his illustrious career. During this period, the prolific writer and hardworking producer scored other television hits with Doogie Howser, M.D. and NYPD Blue.

Share this article: Steven Bochco is interviewed in 1994. Later came "Bay City Blues", about a baseball team, which didn't last. Thank you and rest well, Steven Bochco. Bochco himself won 10 Emmys in his career. "At the same time he taught me more about our humanity; our faults and strengths, how they survive side by side, despite our human insistence on seeing them as opposing forces". One of the most valuable lessons I ever had. I figure if you turn that upside down, you're on to something. I thought, Hah, there's a life lesson. So what you try to do is never sh*t on the people below you and only sh*t on the people above you.

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