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Celebrities react to the death of Steven Bochco

Apr 02, 2018
03:29 P.M.
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The man reshaped the television industry and gave it several superstars of television.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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