A number of folks in Hollywood took to Twitter to talk about the passing of legendary TV writer and producer Steven Bochco. Here are some of their tweets:
Judd Apatow: Steven Bochco sat with Jake Kasdan and myself before we started Freaks and Geeks and let us grill him for advice. We used all of it. He was a great man and will forever be an inspiration.
Debra Messing: So sad to hear of Steven Bochco’s passing. He was a pioneer, a gentleman, and gave me my first job in prime time tv. Rest well, sir. You will be missed.
Larry Wilmore: In 2003, I saw Steven Bochco at a restaurant in NY. I had just been fired from The Bernie Mac Show and was really down. To my surprise, he came over, gave me a hug, said how much he loved me and to remember that what i did was special. Wow!
Joss Whedon: Absolutely one of the biggest influences on Buffy (and me) was HILL STREET BLUES. Complex,unpredictable and unfailingly humane. Steven Bochco changed television, more than once. He’s a legend. All love to his family, R.I.P., and thank you.
Blair Underwood: VERY SAD to hear that Steven Bochco passed away on Sunday. Steven hired me on LA LAW and changed the trajectory of my life and career. There are opportunities available to me today because he took a chance on a kid like me, long ago. I’ll forever be grateful to him. RIP Steven.
Amy Brenneman: stephen bochco… working with Stephen taught me that all the humanity, intelligence and authenticity that I loved about theater could exist on television. He inspired me to tell my own story on Judging Amy. His contribution to our culture, and to my life, cannot be overstated.
Ken Olin I was 28, married, & the father of a baby boy when the creator of ‘Hill St. Blues’ came to NYC to cast a show about minor league baseball. Steven Bochco gave me my first break on ‘Bay City Blues’ and brought me to Hollywood. I’m eternally grateful to him for my career. RIP boss.
Shaun Cassidy: Sad to hear of the passing of Steve Bochco. Met him on the set of Columbo when I was a kid. Bochco had written the episode my father was guesting on and a young man named Spielberg was directing. Bochco was an exceptional writer who changed the game. Condolences to his family.
Eriq La Salle: Just heard Legendary tv producer Steven Bochco passed away. His groundbreaking storytelling was a big influence on me pursuing a career as a professional actor. Was blessed to get to direct one of his shows and tell him in person. RIP Mr. Television.
Bill Prady: Those of us who write television note seismic shifts in its history associated with individuals of unequaled talent and vision. NYPD Blue ushered in what was to be a modern golden age of television drama. Thank you, Steven Bochco.
Corbin Bersen: I will be forever grateful to Steven Bochco for the key to the lock that opened the door to a career. At the same time he taught me more about our humanity; our faults and strengths, how they survive side by side, despite our human insistence on seeing them as opposing forces.
Reginald Hudlin: This man meant the world to me. Mentor is not a strong enough word. Nor is friend. He taught me so much about the business, and life, and always had my back. I’m so sad.