Steven Bochco: Brains Behind 'LA Law' And 'NYPD Blue' Dies Of Cancer

Legendary TV Producer Steven Bochco Dead at 74

Steven Bochco, a TV producer/writer behind many hit shows over the years, has died at age 74, according to a representative at Steven Bochco Productions.

In 1999, the Producers Guild of America honored Bochco with its David Susskind lifetime achievement award, describing his record of quality programs as "the standard all television producers strive for".

A ten-time Prime Time Emmy Award victor, Bochco was renowned for bringing gritty realism, dark comedy and large ensemble casts to the small screen. From hand-held cameras to bare-assed shower shots, his shows pushed television boundaries in both style and content.

He was born in NY to Rudolph, a violinist, and Mimi, a painter and jewellery designer. Bochco received a fellowship from MCA, and worked for Universal TV during the summers. After attending New York University and Carnegie Mellon University, he went on to write several series for Universal Studios.

Bochco started as a TV writer in the 1960s, working on such shows as "Columbo".

Bochco will be remembered as an unparalleled influence on the police drama genre, having taken a groundbreaking approach to storytelling by adding a gritty layer of reality to each series he helped bring to life.

Although major TV successes would later elude him in his advancing years, Bochco remained highly sought after in the television industry, working on Commander in Chief, an ABC drama starring Geena Davis as the first female US president and Over There, an FX series revolving around soldiers in Iraq and their families back in America. But he ultimately exited MTM after the failure of baseball-themed ensemble "Bay City Blues" on NBC in 1983.

A spokesman confirmed Bochco death in a statement to E!

Bochco had been suffering with cancer for some time.

Bochco is survived by his sister Joanna Frank, who played Sheila Brackman, the wife of Douglas Brackman Jr. - her real-life husband Alan Rachins - on "L.A. Law"; Bochco's wife of 17 years, Dayna; and his children Jesse, Jeffrey and Melissa. His first wife was actress Barbara Bosson, who also appeared on "L.A. Law".

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