Taurean Blacque, Actor in ‘Hill Street Blues,’ Died at the Age of 82

Actor Taurean Blacque, who played a detective on the 1980s NBC crime drama “Hill Street Blues” and was nominated for an Emmy, has passed away. He was 82.

After a brief illness, Blacque passed away in Atlanta, according to a statement released by his family on Thursday.

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Taurean Blacque Died At the Age of 82

The actor from New Jersey got his start at the Negro Ensemble Company in New York. He used the skills he learned at the institute to land guest spots on shows like “Sanford and Son,” “What’s Happening,” “Good Times,” “Taxi,” and “The Bob New Hart Show.”

The role of streetwise detective Neal Washington on the critically acclaimed show “Hill Street Blues” was Blacque’s big break. He played the role from 1981 to 1987. In 1981, he was nominated for an Emmy for his supporting role in a drama series.

Taurean Blacque, Actor 'Hill Street Blues,' Died Age 82
Taurean Blacque, Actor ‘Hill Street Blues,’ Died Age 82

NBC’s “Generations,” which starred Blacque and Vivica Fox, explored the intercultural dynamics of two families, one Black, and one white. Soon after, he got involved with the Black Theater Festival in North Carolina and the Atlanta Black Theater Company.
Blacque was the spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Adoption Service and a mother to two biological sons and eleven adopted children.

Blacque became the official advocate for adoption in the United States at the request of President George H.W. Bush in 1989. He left behind 12 kids, 18 grandkids, and 2 great-grandkids. His family has not commented on the specifics of what caused his death.

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