Steven Bochco, 'NYPD Blue,' 'LA Law' creator, dead at age 74

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"On behalf of the Bochco family, we write to let you know that Steven passed away on Sunday morning, April 1st 2018 at 10:20 am". He was 74 years old.

Steven Bochco, a producer whose boundary-pushing series such as "Hill Street Blues" and "NYPD Blue" helped define the modern TV drama, has died, according to TMZ. 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.

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?"

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

Bochco died surrounded by family and friends, personal assistant Phillip Arnold told the media. "He died peacefully in his sleep (at home) with his family close by".

He was born in NY to Rudolph, a violinist, and Mimi, a painter and jewellery designer. The son of a violinist and a painter, he went to the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan with an eye towards a career as a singer. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a theater degree in 1966.

The New York-native got his start in the 1960s, but before long, he was an in-demand television writer for Griff, McMillan & Wife, and Columbo (including an episode directed by a young Steven Spielberg).

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The recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Humanitas Prize and Peabody honours, Bochco was nominated for an Emmy 30 times in his capacities as producer and writer, winning 10. 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.

David Pressman - whose father, Lawrence Pressman, played Dr. Benjamin Canfield on Doogie Howser, M.D. Steven Bochco had many hits, but he also had some misses as well. He produced NBC's Bay City Blues in 1983, and CBS' vice squad comedy Public Morals, which lasted one episode. Thank you and rest well, Steven Bochco.

"Years and years ago I worked for a producer who taught me more about how not to behave than how to behave". So what you try to do is never sh*t on the people below you and only sh*t on the people above you.

Steven Bochco had no problem turning his life upside down to turn the tables on the powers that be.

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