Fast Facts

  • Shared first writing credit with Rod Serling when he expanded Serling's A Slow Fade to Black, which aired in 1964 as part of Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, into the 1967 theatrical release The Movie Maker, starring Rod Steiger.
  • When Columbo began as a series, he wrote the award-winning opening script ("Murder by the Book"). The episode was directed by Steven Spielberg.
  • Cowrote the 1972 sci-fi movie Silent Running.
  • A career detour was Cop Rock, a cop-musical series that he cocreated and produced in 1990. The ambitious, over-the-top show---in which cops burst into song while fighting crime---didn't get the acclaim of his classic Hill Street Blues and, later, NYPD Blue (to put it mildly) and lasted only three months.
  • (Bochco had tasted a bit of failure, too, with the short-lived 1983 baseball drama Bay City Blues...which featured Dennis Franz, Sharon Stone and Ken Olin.)
  • The man playing the violin on the TV logo for Steven Bochco Productions is in honor of his father, a concert violinist.
  • Published the novel Death by Hollywood in 2003.
  • Awards include the David Susskind Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, the Directors Guild of America Diversity Award in 1999 and the Humanitas Prize in 1999.
  • Son Jesse Bochco has directed episodes of some of his shows, including Philly (2001-2002) and Raising the Bar (2008-2009).
  • The one-time rebel (known for pushing the sex-and-violence TV envelope) acknowledged late in the 2000s that TV honchos were younger than he is and that "the network executives stay the same age and I keep getting older...they're sitting in a room with someone who's old enough to be their father and I'm not sure they want to sit in a room with their fathers."

Awards

  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama: Nominee
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Winner
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Winner
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Winner
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Winner
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Winner
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1983, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Winner
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Winner
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1983, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama: Nominee
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Barbara Bosson — Ex-wife
  • Mimi Bochco — Mother
  • Melissa P. Bochco — Daughter
  • Dayna Kalins — Wife
  • Joanna Frank — Sister
  • Jesse Bochco — Son
  • Rudolph Bochco — Father

College

  • Attended New York University, New York, NY; Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, PA (BFA in Theater, 1966)

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  • Birth Name: Steven Ronald Bochco
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: December 16, 1943, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Producer, Writer
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