‘Hill Street Blues’ actor Taurean Blacque, Dies at 82

Taurean Blacque, most popular for his job on the hit 1980s NBC show “Slope Street Blues,” passed on Thursday at 82 years old, his child Rodney Middleton reported on Facebook.

In his post, Middleton shared photographs of his dad in character as Washington, with his brand name newsy cap and toothpick-bearing smile. He wrote in the subtitle, “Thank you for your requests, calls and texts to all of us. My dad pass[ed] away today At 2:52 pm est.”

Blacque was one of a handful of the regulars who remained with the Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll series for its whole run. In 1982, he procured an Emmy designation for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. It was a milestone year for “Slope Street Blues,” which likewise saw designations for Michael Conrad, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, Charles Haid in the supporting classification, with Conrad taking homing the Emmy for his job as Sgt. Phil “how about we be cautious out there” Esterhaus. Daniel J. Travanti likewise Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama that year.

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