NYPD Blue producer dies at age 74

Tuesday, 03 Apr, 2018

Bochco was known to have been battling leukemia for several years.

The 10-time Primetime Emmy Award victor was also a man behind the Neil Patrick Harris' ABC Medical comedy-drama television series Doogie Howser, M.D. and TNT detective anthology drama television series Murder in the First. 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.

In 2014, the legendary writer and producer had a bone-marrow transplant which doctors allege helped to prolong his life.

Once asked how he could be so bold about taking chances with the shows he developed, Bochco responded, "With my deal, how could I not?" 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".

Bochco died Sunday morning at home, surrounded by family, according to Phillip Arnold, Bochco's personal assistant.

He was born in NY to Rudolph, a violinist, and Mimi, a painter and jewelry designer. After attending New York University and Carnegie Mellon University, he went on to write several series for Universal Studios.

"I sensed that very early in my career".

The recipient of virtually every imaginable industry award over his prestigious career, Bochco was nominated for an Emmy 30 times in his capacities as producer and writer, winning 10. The show ran during the Iraq war and engendered plenty of controversies. Next up was L.A. Law, which ran from 1986 to 1994, Doogie Howser, M.D. Variety is reporting that in the 1980s, he sparked a golden age in television by producing two highly successful crime dramas-Hill Street Blues and LA Law. Later came "Bay City Blues", about a baseball team, which didn't last. Rest well, sir. You will be missed.

Elsewhere in television, Bochco created the CBS police drama Paris, led by James Earl Jones.

"Years and years ago I worked for a producer who taught me more about how not to behave than how to behave". I don't know how many great projects there are going to be in my life, and I'm not going to screw this one up.

Speaking about an encounter with NBC executives in an interview for the Archive of American Television, Bochco said: "I began to hear words about myself: He's arrogant, he's this, he's that".