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Steven Bochco Biography

Birth Name:
Steven Ronald Bochco
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Producer, writer

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---lasted only three months
  • 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 directed episodes of some of his shows, including Philly (2001-02) and Raising the Bar (2008-09)


  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 1987Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 1985Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 1983Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 1982Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 1981Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner