Hill Street Blues actor Taurean Blacque dies aged 82

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Taurean Blacque, Emmy-nominated actor and star of the hit ’80s show ‘Hill Street Blues’, has died. He was 82 years old.

Blacque died following a brief battle with an undisclosed illness, his family announced Thursday.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Blacque began studying acting in New York, where his training helped him land small roles on many popular television shows, including “Sanford and Son”, “The Bob Newhart Show”, “Good Times”, “Taxi”, and “What’s Going On!!”

Taurean Blacque had plenty of guest roles on several shows before making it big on “Hill Street Blues.”
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While Blacque found success as a guest star, his biggest television role came when he was cast as Detective Neal Washington in “Hill Street Blues.” Washington was a football player who suffered a career-ending injury before deciding to join the police.

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Blacque portrayed the streetwise detective for seven seasons from 1981 to 1987, the entire series. He was so successful in the role that he earned an Emmy Award nomination in 1981, but ended up losing the award to one of his co-stars who was also in his category.

Two years after “Hill Street Blues” ended, Blacque landed a role in another hit TV show. He starred as Henry Marshall on the NBC soap opera “Generations” for 102 episodes from 1989 to 1991.

Taurean Blacque was nominated for an Emmy for his role in ‘Hill Street Blues’, but lost out to one of his castmates.
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The show, which focused on integrating a black family and a white family, featured Vivica A. Fox and Kelly Rutherford. Around this time, Blacque also became involved with the Atlanta Black Theater Company and the Black Theater Festival in North Carolina and began appearing in stage shows.

Apart from his accomplishments in his career, Blacque was proud of his children. As a big supporter of adoption, the actor had two biological sons, then adopted 11 children, later becoming the spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Adoption Service. He was even asked by President George HW Bush to be the national spokesperson for adoption in 1989.

Besides his role in “Hill Street Blues,” Blacque was the proud father of two biological sons and 11 adopted children.
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Blacque is survived by 12 children, 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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