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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 16, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, screenwriter, director

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Widely considered one of the most prominent and influential television producers of all time, Steven Bochco has been responsible for groundbreaking dramas that pushed the boundaries for acceptable content, while underscoring the human frailty that exists in those who perform our toughest jobs. After working as a journeyman writer on such noted detective shows as "Columbo" (NBC, 1971-78) and "Delvecchio" (CBS, 1976-77), Bochco branched out on his own, creating his first Emmy-winning hit, "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87), the first show of its kind to depict police officers as human beings rather than heroes with a badge. But because of its tough subject matter and occasionally gruff language, Bochco routinely battled with network censors over the content of the show. After he left, he created his second Emmy-winning hit, "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994), perhaps one of the most beloved shows of its day. Hot on the heels of that success, he created what many feel was the greatest police drama ever made, "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005), which ran afoul of all manner of advocacy groups for its routine nudity and coarse language. While actively pushing for his creative vision, Bochco always claimed never to...

Widely considered one of the most prominent and influential television producers of all time, Steven Bochco has been responsible for groundbreaking dramas that pushed the boundaries for acceptable content, while underscoring the human frailty that exists in those who perform our toughest jobs. After working as a journeyman writer on such noted detective shows as "Columbo" (NBC, 1971-78) and "Delvecchio" (CBS, 1976-77), Bochco branched out on his own, creating his first Emmy-winning hit, "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87), the first show of its kind to depict police officers as human beings rather than heroes with a badge. But because of its tough subject matter and occasionally gruff language, Bochco routinely battled with network censors over the content of the show. After he left, he created his second Emmy-winning hit, "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994), perhaps one of the most beloved shows of its day. Hot on the heels of that success, he created what many feel was the greatest police drama ever made, "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005), which ran afoul of all manner of advocacy groups for its routine nudity and coarse language. While actively pushing for his creative vision, Bochco always claimed never to have pushed boundaries for its own sake - he was always interested in creating shows that realistically portrayed their worlds, giving him acclaim for being a true innovator in a medium not typically known for its artistry.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Fuck (2005)
2.
 Color Adjustment (1992) Himself
4.
 What Is a Producer? (2001) Interviewee
5.
 Dennis Franz: Out of the Blue (2001) Interviewee
10.
 Today at Night (1994)
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1965:
Broke into TV when he parlayed an MCA fellowship into a writing job at Universal Studios between his junior and senior years in college (date approximate)
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Shared first writing credit with Rod Serling; adapted Serling script "A Fade to Black"
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Co-wrote screenplays for the crime thriller, "The Counterfeit Killer" (1968) and the ecological sci-fi psychodrama, "Silent Running" (1971)
1969:
Became story editor for the popular TV series, "The Name of the Game" (date approximate)
1969:
Co-created (with Paul Mason and Richard Landau) NBC drama series, "The Doctors", which ran till 1973
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Worked as a writer on such early 1970s detective and crime dramas as "Columbo" (for which he wrote the first series episode) and "MacMillan and Wife"
1973:
Produced and wrote for short-lived ABC detective series, "Griff"
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Produced the short-lived drama, "The Invisible Man" for NBC
1976:
Co-created and co-executive produced (with Stephen J. Cannell) short-lived detective series, "Richie Brockelman, Private Eye" based on the TV-movie the two had written and produced two years before
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Created and executive produced first TV series, "Paris", a short-lived CBS police drama starring James Earl Jones (also served as writer)
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Co-created, executive produced and wrote for the landmark NBC police drama series, "Hill Street Blues"
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Created and executive produced unsuccessful NBC baseball comedy-drama, "Bay City Blues"
1985:
Fired as executive producer of "Hill Street Blues" after he resisted efforts by MTM Enterprises to reduce the show's production costs; show continued without him
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Created, executive produced, wrote for and served as creative consultant on popular NBC drama series, "L.A. Law"
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Created, wrote premiere episode and served as creative consultant on ABC "dramedy", "Hooperman"
1987:
Sued by Terry Louise Fisher, creative partner on both "L.A. Law" and "Hooperman" after negotiations to have her take over his position as executive producer failed and she was barred from the set
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Made pact with ABC to create ten primetime TV series for them
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Created, executive produced and wrote for ABC drama series, "Doogie Howser, M.D."; series continued after he left
1990:
Created, executive produced and wrote premiere episode of most notable failure, ABC's musical police drama series, "Cop Rock"
1993:
Co-created, wrote and executive produced the controversial ABC series "NYPD Blue"
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Co-created, wrote and executive produced the groundbreaking ABC series "Murder One" which followed one murder case over the TV season; format was changed during the second season
1995:
Signed exclusive three-year deal with Paramount to develop and produce feature films
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Created and executive produced the CBS drama "Brooklyn South"
1999:
Filed lawsuit against 20th Century Fox claiming "NYPD Blue" was licensed to a Fox cable outlet at below market value; suit requested $61.6 million in compensation
2001:
Returned as producer of "NYPD Blue"
2001:
Served as executive producer of the fall drama series "Philly", starring Kim Delaney
2005:
Executive produced the drama series "Over There," (FX) a contemporary war drama about U.S. troops in Iraq and their families back home
2005:
Took over production of ABC'S hit White House drama "Commander in Chief" from creator Rod Lurie
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Education

High School of Music and Art: New York , New York - 1961
Carnegie Institute of Technology: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania - 1966
Carnegie Institute of Technology: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania - 1966

Notes

For his early TV writing on the series "Columbo", Bochco received two Emmy nominations (1971/72 and 1972/73), a Writers Guild Award, and an Edgar Allan Poe Award. Bochco has also received two Humanitas Awards, three NAACP Image Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards and a second Writers Guild Award.

Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1996

"Steve has always been one to break the rules. He does it more cleverly, even diabolically, than anyone else. He rocks the boat as a hobby." --Former NBC chairman Grant Tinker on Bochco, quoted in Time, May 2, 1988.

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wife:
Barbara Bosson. Actor. Born on November 1, 1939; married in 1969; a regular on such Bochco-produced series as "Hill Street Blues", "Hooperman" and "Murder One"; separated in 1997; Bochco filed for divorce in April 1998; divorced.
wife:
Dayna Flanagan. Executive. Runs Bochco's production company; married on August 12, 2000.

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father:
Ralph Bochco. Violinist. Once played with the NBC Symphony under Toscanini.
mother:
Mimi Bochco. Painter.
daughter:
Melissa P Bochco. Born on January 8, 1970; mother, Barbara Bosson.
son:
Jesse John Bochco. Born on March 2, 1975; mother, Barbara Bosson.
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