Celebrities react to the death of Steven Bochco
The man reshaped the television industry and gave it several superstars of television.
As reported in an article by Inquisitr, 10-time Emmy-winning producer and writer Steve Bochco lost his life after battling leukemia on April 1 at the age of 74.
Bochco was a prominent name in show business and was a part of superhit projects like NYPD Blue, LA Law, Doogie Houser M.D. and Hill Street Blues in his exemplary career.
He started his career as a writer in the 1970s with shows like McMillan and Wife and Columbo. He achieved phenomenal success in the early '80s with his NBC police drama Hill Street Blues.
His efforts revolutionized the television viewing experience as well as the business, Bochco was instrumental in shaping the careers of stars like Neil Patrick Harris and Blair Underwood.
I’m terribly saddened by the news that Steven Bochco passed away yesterday. He was a true game changer in television. His work ethic shaped mine, his words of wisdom stick with me to this day. I’m so proud of Doogie Howser, mostly for being a Bochco show. #quality #mentor #RIP— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) April 2, 2018
Steven Spielberg, a longtime colleague and friend of Bochco, paid his tribute immediately after the announcement of his death. Spielberg had directed the first episode of Columbo that was written by Bochco.
"We have supported and inspired each other ever since and through many deep mutual friendships we have stayed connected for 47 years. I will miss Steve terribly.”
Steven Spielberg, Variety, April 1, 2018
Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who played the role of teenage doctor Doogie Howser on Bochco's show, also paid his tribute to the mastermind of Doogie Howser M.D.
Harris mentioned that Bochco's work ethic was an inspiration to him that helped him shape his career as an actor. Harris also called Bochco a gamechanger in the television industry.
VERY SAD to hear that Steven Bochco passed away on Sunday. Steven hired me on LA LAW and changed the trajectory of my life and career. There are opportunities available to me today because he took a chance on a kid like me, long ago. I’ll forever be grateful to him. RIP Steven. pic.twitter.com/8jMvxoenAq— Blair Underwood (@BlairUnderwood) April 2, 2018
Actor Blair Underwood took to social media to express his gratitude to the late Bochco. Underwood recalled that Bochco gave him an opportunity and hired him on LA Law, and changed his life and his career.
Actor Corbin Bernsen, who played the role of Arnie Becker on the same show, credited his entire career to Bochco. He said that Bochco gave him the key that opened the doors to his acting career and expressed his gratitude.
I will be forever grateful to Steven Bochco for the key to the lock that opened the door to a career. At the same time he taught me more about our humanity; our faults and strengths, how they survive side by side, despite our human insistence on seeing them as opposing forces.— Corbin Bernsen (@corbinbernsen) April 2, 2018
I was 28, married, & the father of a baby boy when the creator of ‘Hill St. Blues’ came to NYC to cast a show about minor league baseball. Steven Bochco gave me my first break on ‘Bay City Blues’ and brought me to Hollywood. I’m eternally grateful to him for my career. RIP boss.— ken olin💙 (@kenolin1) April 2, 2018
Steven Bochco sat with Jake Kasdan and myself before we started Freaks and Geeks and let us grill him for advice. We used all of it. He was a great man and will forever be an inspiration. https://t.co/IWT2Zfr3Nf— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) April 2, 2018
Bernsen also revealed that Bochco's teachings as a human were very valuable to him and helped him throughout his life. He stated that the legendary icon taught him humanity.
Absolutely one of the biggest influences on Buffy (and me) was HILL STREET BLUES. Complex,unpredictable and unfailingly humane. Steven Bochco changed television, more than once. He’s a legend. All love to his family, R.I.P., and thank you.#LetsBeSafeOutThere— Joss Whedon (@joss) April 2, 2018
It was his vision, style, taste and tenacity that made me love watching TV. It was being on #NYPDBlue that made me love working on TV. Thank you and rest well Steven Bochco. You were one of a kind. https://t.co/jTqhyAuO0k— Sharon Lawrence (@sharonlawrence) April 2, 2018
So heartbroken to learn of the passing of our dear friend #StevenBochco our prayers with Dayna and the family that they be comforted R.I.P 🙏— Roma Downey (@RealRomaDowney) April 2, 2018
Sad to hear of the passing of Steve Bochco. Met him on the set of Columbo when I was a kid. Bochco had written the episode my father was guesting on and a young man named Spielberg was directing. Bochco was an exceptional writer who changed the game. Condolences to his family.— Shaun Cassidy (@shaunpcassidy) April 2, 2018
My heart breaks tonight hearing of Steven Bochco’s passing. He was an exceptional human being. A great friend, father and partner. We will all miss him terribly. RIP dear one— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) April 2, 2018
Other celebrities that expressed their sadness on social media over Bochco's passing included producer Ken Olin, Joss Whedon and Judd Apatow.
Olin mentioned about Bochco giving him his first break with Bay City Blues in 1983. Whedon and Apatow expressed their gratitude to Bochco for inspiring them when they worked on their own projects.