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Here Is How ‘Hill Street Blues’ Cast Doing 40 Years after the Show First Aired

Busayo Ogunjimi
Aug 26, 2022
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The "Hill Street Blues" cast stole hearts more than four decades ago when the "Hill Street Blues" TV series hit the streets. The show ended in 1987, but what happened to the cast?

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The 80s in the US were exciting times because people watched actors Daniel Travanti, Michael Warren, and Bruce Weitz stun with their performances in the hit TV series "Hill Street Blues."

The series followed the lives and inner dealings of the members of an inner city police precinct. It kicked off in 1981 and peaked at seven seasons with a total of 144 episodes.

Betty Thomas as Sgt. Lucy Bates, Veronica Hamel as Joyce Davenport, Ed Marinaro as Officer Joe Coffey in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

Betty Thomas as Sgt. Lucy Bates, Veronica Hamel as Joyce Davenport, Ed Marinaro as Officer Joe Coffey in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

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It ended in 1987 and is a winner of 26 Primetime Emmys. They were well deserved, everyone seemed to love something about the series, and the cast was endeared to many hearts.

It has been about four decades since then, but the "Hill Street Blues" fans still remember and love it. So, what happened to the beloved cast after the show ended?

Charles Haid as Officer Andy Renko, Bruce Weitz as Det. Mick Belker, Michael Warren as Officer Bobby Hill in "Hill Street Blues."  | Source: Getty Images

Charles Haid as Officer Andy Renko, Bruce Weitz as Det. Mick Belker, Michael Warren as Officer Bobby Hill in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

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DANIEL J. TRAVANTI AS CAPT. FRANK FURILLO

Before he was featured as the intense Capt. Frank Furillo in "Hill Street Blues," Daniel Travanti had only started recovering his stardom after nearly losing everything because of his dissatisfaction.

Travanti was born Danielo Giovanni Travanty on March 7, 1940. He was an athletic child who also excelled at academics in high school.

He was great on the field, but as he grew older, he turned to acting, even rejecting several football scholarships to chase his acting dream. After training at the Yale School of Drama, he started acting in theatres under the stage name Dan Travanty.

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Daniel J. Travanti as Capt. Frank Furillo in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

Daniel J. Travanti as Capt. Frank Furillo in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

He later relocated to LA, where he landed many supporting roles in TV series still under the stage name Dan Travanty. He used the name until the early 70s before abandoning it.

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Travanti was an overachiever who was used to excelling at everything, but he had set his hopes too high, and when he wasn't fulfilling them, he grew moody and turned to the bottle to cope. The drinking continued until 1973 after he collapsed on stage in the middle of a show.

He got treated, and his life changed after that. He earned a master's degree in English literature and, a year later, bagged a role on "General Hospital," which he reprised for six months.

Daniel J. Travanti as Capt. Frank Furillo in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

Daniel J. Travanti as Capt. Frank Furillo in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

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It was after that Travanti got the opportunity to be a part of the "Hill Street Blues" cast as Frank Furillo. The role completely revived his career and made him an "unlikely" sex symbol.

After it ended, Travanti continued to act, securing parts in hit films like "Adam," "A Case of Libel," and "To Sir, with Love II." He also starred in many more theatre projects in the early 2000s before returning to TV series with roles on crime shows like "Prison Break" and "Criminal Minds." It is not known if he has had wives or kids.

Actor Daniel J. Travanti at the 13th Annual People's Choice Awards After Party on March 15, 1987, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Actor Daniel J. Travanti at the 13th Annual People's Choice Awards After Party on March 15, 1987, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

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MICHAEL WARREN AS OFFICER BOBBY HILL

Michael Warren was first a basketball star before he became an actor. He played under the legendary John Wooden and served as captain of UCLA for two years.

His first acting role was unbilled, and it saw him play a basketball referee in the movie "Halls of Anger." After that, he caught a big break in 1971 when he got an on-camera feature role in the film "Drive, He Said."

The acting was not paying his bills regularly enough, so he started an ad agency in Los Angeles. It helped him get some commercial work before he got a recurring role on the short TV series "Sierra." After that, he struggled for years until he hit the jackpot with "Hill Street Blues."

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Michael Warren role playing as the Mr. Nice Guy black policeman, Bobby Hill in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

Michael Warren role playing as the Mr. Nice Guy black policeman, Bobby Hill in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

The show gave him much-needed exposure; however, his career still crawled to a slow after the show ended in 1987. He kept getting acting jobs, but most of his daily sustenance came from TV shows like "Soul Food" and "Lincoln Heights."

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Warren is still active today, and he has a good home life with his second wife, Jenny, and their kids. His first wife was Sue Ellen Narramore, and they also shared two kids.

Michael Warren as Officer Bobby Hill in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

Michael Warren as Officer Bobby Hill in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

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BRUCE WEITZ AS SGT. MICK BELKER

Bruce Weitz was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA, and worked as an actor and producer. However, before "Hill Street Blues," he was not well known in Hollywood and had only played doctors and accountants.

After the series ended, he appeared in "Half Past Dead" and "Deep Impact," but that was as far as he went. The first woman he married was Cecilia Hart. After her, he married Vivian Davis on December 2, 1986. The pair share a child.

Actor Bruce Weitz attends a special screening of Robert Davi's "The Dukes" on August 27, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Actor Bruce Weitz attends a special screening of Robert Davi's "The Dukes" on August 27, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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JAMES SIKKING AS LT. HOWARD HUNTER

James Sikking developed an interest in acting in college when he acted in several plays. He started in theatre doing unbilled work, then worked his paid parts as villains or assassins in the 60s.

His first regular acting gig came when he landed a role on "General Hospital." Later, he started acting in A-grade films even though he was always in the background.

James B. Sikking as Lt. Howard Hunter in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

James B. Sikking as Lt. Howard Hunter in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

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However, it was not until he played the impulsive Lt. Hunter on "Hill Street Blues" that he became a certified star. After the series ended, Sikking kept acting, bagging top supporting ranks and constant work on TV in shows like "Doogie Howser MD."

He received his major movie co-lead when he featured on "Final Approach" and has maintained a steady appearance on screens ever since. He has been married to his wife Florine since 1962. The pair met during his time at UCLA, and they have a son together.

Actor James B. Sikking attend the "Sister Act" opening night premiere at the Pantages Theatre on July 9, 2013, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Actor James B. Sikking attend the "Sister Act" opening night premiere at the Pantages Theatre on July 9, 2013, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

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JOE SPANO AS LT. HENRY HOWARD HUNTER

Joe Spano originally wanted to be a premed major; however, he started developing an appreciation for acting that dimmed his desire for the major. He arrived in Hollywood in the 70s when he played a vampire in a cult musical titled "Dracula: A Musical Nightmare."

He pursued his TV and movie careers simultaneously, but Spano remained largely unnoticed by the public until his stint as Howard Hunter, the outreach specialist on "Hill Street Blues."

After the series ended, Spano remained in the acting industry and has been getting by with recurring roles on series like "NYPD Blue" and "NCIS." Spano is married to a therapist named Joan, who has adopted two daughters.

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Joe Spano speaks at a Press Conference at Casa 0101 on May 19, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Joe Spano speaks at a Press Conference at Casa 0101 on May 19, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

TAUREAN BLACQUE AS DETECTIVE NEAL WASHINGTON

He is best known for his role in "Hill Street Blues," but before that, Taurean Blacque was one of the best stage actors in theatre with roles in notable projects like "The Amen Corner" and "Jitney."

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Before the show, Blacque starred in several TV shows and some movies, including "Rocky II" and "House Calls," and after "Hill Street Blues" ended, he continued to act and appeared in numerous projects on TV and Broadway. Blacque was a profoundly spiritual man. He had two biological sons and adopted about nine kids in the late 80s.

Taurean Blacque as Det. Neal Washington in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

Taurean Blacque as Det. Neal Washington in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

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KIEL MARTIN AS DETECTIVE JD LARUE

As an actor, Kiel Martin is best known for "Hill Street Blues," "The Panic in Needle Park," and "The Ray Bradbury Theater." Before the show, he had featured in numerous shows, including "The Virginian" and "Gunsmoke." After it ended, Martin's acting career continued with roles in "LA Law," "Murder, She Wrote," and "Miami Vice."

He was married three times to different women, including Joanne Marie Lapomarda, Christina Montoya, and Claudia Martin. He died on December 28, 1990.

Kiel Martin as Officer John 'J.D.' LaRue in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

Kiel Martin as Officer John 'J.D.' LaRue in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

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BETTY THOMAS AS OFFICER LUCY BATES

Betty Thomas was first a teacher, but it restricted her self-expression, so she left. Then, comedy caught her eye, and she started gravitating toward the career while working as a waitress.

She later became part of the Second City improvisational troupe, where she gained some experience and then had her film debut in the sketch satire "Tunnel Vision."

Betty Thomas as Officer Lucille 'Lucy' Bates in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

Betty Thomas as Officer Lucille 'Lucy' Bates in "Hill Street Blues." | Source: Getty Images

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Fame found Thomas after she starred in "Hill Street Blues" as the no-nonsense cop Lucille Bates. It got her nominated for six Emmys and won the "Best Supporting Actress" trophy in 1985.

After the show, she focused on TV and directing but never lost her taste for comedy satire. Her most recent jobs have been in TV movies and episodes of series such as "Audrey" and "Grace and Frankie."

Betty Thomas at The Caucus For Producers, Writers And Directors And WIF Present "Navigating The Landscape In The New Golden Age Of Television" on February 27, 2017, in West Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Betty Thomas at The Caucus For Producers, Writers And Directors And WIF Present "Navigating The Landscape In The New Golden Age Of Television" on February 27, 2017, in West Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

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CHARLES HAID AS OFFICER ANDREW RENKO

Charles Haid is an actor who also fell in love with directing like Thomas. He landed a few roles before his stint as Renko on "Hill Street Blues," and afterward, he took to directing.

Some of his credits include episodes of hit shows like "ER," "NYPD Blue," "Nip/Tuck," and "Criminal Minds." He was once married to Elisabeth Harmon-Haid, Deborah Richter, and Penelope Windust.

Charles Haid at Miramax Films Gangs of New York at Directors Guild of America Theater in Hollywood, CA, United States. | Source: Getty Images

Charles Haid at Miramax Films Gangs of New York at Directors Guild of America Theater in Hollywood, CA, United States. | Source: Getty Images

VERONICA HAMEL AS JOYCE DAVENPORT

Veronica Hamel is an actress and producer. Before her stint on "Hill Street Blues," Hamel worked as a model. After the series ended, she worked on several other TV movies and landed recurring roles on shows like "Philly," "Third Watch" and "Lost." She was formerly married to Michael Irving.

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