‘Hill Street Blues’ star Barbara Bosson dies at 83


February 21, 2023 | 2h57

Barbara Bosson, best known for starring in “Hill Street Blues,” died Saturday at age 83.

The five-time Emmy-nominated actress played divorcee Fay Furillo in NBC’s hit crime drama from 1981 to 1987.

Bosson’s death was announced by his son, director Jesse Bocho, on Instagram on Monday.

“More wit and zest than you could shake,” he wrote in a heartfelt tribute. “When she loved you, you definitely felt it. If she didn’t, you might have known it too. Always in our hearts. I love you mom.”

Bocho then shared another photo of him and his late mother, writing, “Rest easy mom.”

In addition to “Hill Street Blues”, Bosson was also known for his appearances in three famous ABC series, including “Hooperman”, “Cop Rock” and “Murder One”.

All four series were co-created by her then-husband, Steven Bocho. The couple were married from 1970 until their divorce in 1997.

Bosson landed an Emmy nomination for her role as Miriam Grasso in “Murder One.” She went on to receive four more Emmy Award nominations for other projects.

The actress made her acting debut in Steve McQueen’s 1958 film “Bullitt,” before starring in the CBS detective series, “Mannix.”

The cast of Hill Street Blues. Barbara Bosson played Fay Furillo on the NBC television series.
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Bosson continued to dabble in television work, landing a role on NBC’s “Richie Brockelman, Private Eye” before landing his biggest role yet on “Hill Street Blues.”

His last projects included roles in “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”, “Total Security” and the 1998 film “Scattering Dad”.

Bosson, born November 1, 1939 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, grew up in Belle Vernon before her family moved to Florida.

While in college in the Sunshine State, she met her ex-husband Steven Bocho in the 1960s.

The couple welcomed son Jesse in 1975 during their 7-year union, before divorcing in 1997. Steven died in 2018 after a battle with leukemia. He was 74 years old.

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