Hill Street Blues was a popular police drama that ran on NBC from 1981 until 1987. The show takes place on the fictional "Hill Street", with "Blues" referring to the blue uniforms police officers wear. The show was praised for its critical themes and production innovations at the time. By the time the show ended in 1987, Hill Street Blues had a large following and some of the actors themselves had actually broken through!
"Captian Francis Xavier 'Frank' Furillo" is in charge of of the Hill Street Police Station and was the show's main focus for most of the episodes. He is portrayed as the typical police captain: honest, capable, "by the book" and slightly tempered at times.
Daniel J. Travanti won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for his performance in the series "Hill Street Blues". He moved on to star in other TV shows such as Poltergeist: The Legacy and Prison Break. His last two longest running roles were in Missing Persons (1993-1994) and in Boss (2011-2012), playing the role of "Gerald 'Bab' McGantry". Travanti is a recovering alcoholic, just like his character on "Hill Street Blues", a fact he admitted during an interview with NBC.
"Officer Robert Eugene 'Bobby' Hill" is "Officer Renko's" partner and a generally good and loyal person, especially to his his partner. Among other things, "Bobby" is also avid boxer and has even won the "Metro Police Middleweight Championship" twice.
Michael Warren's career didn't really take off after the show ended in 1987. He appeared in several different shows like Living Single, Lincoln Heights, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and, most recently, in Anderson's Cross. Warre has 4 kids, two daughters and two sons. His son Cash Warren is married to the famous actress Jessica Alba.
"Sgt. Mick Belker" plays an extremely capable undercover detective, who often poses as an Hasidic Jew, due to the fact that he is Jewish himself. Somewhat more violent in nature, "Belker" is still very loyal to his fellow officers.
After his performance in Hill Street Blues, Bruce Weitz moved on to a small career, starring in movies like Deep Impact, Half Past Dead, and El Cortez. He also made several guest appearences in TV shows like NYPD Blue, The West Wing, and Superman: The Animated Series. Weitz married his current wife, Vivian Davis, back in 1986.
"Lt. Howard Hunter" is portrayed as the officer in charge of the Emergency Action Team and is an ex Marine who served in the Vietnam War. He often talks about the degeneration of society, constantly theorizing about the causes. This sometimes leads to him saying somewhat harmful things, which he later comes to realize.
James Barrie Sikking moved on to star in multiple different shows such as Brooklyn South, Invasion America, and Batman Beyond. He also starred in several different movies like Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and a small, yet crucial role in Point Blank. He is currently married to Florine Sikking, a cookbook author, and lives in Los Angeles California.
"Lt. Henry Goldblume" is the hostage negotiator of the group. During the beginning of the series, he is often seeing fighting with fellow colleague "Howard Hunter", usually over their beliefs in politics.
Joe Spano moved on to star in several different TV shows and movies with his most notable being in the hit series NCIS. He also had other recurring roles in other police shows Murder One, NYPD Blue, and even The X-Files. Spano is currently married to his wife Joan Zerrien and has two adopted daughters.
"Det. Neal Washington", played by Taurean Blacque, is a former football player turned undercover detective who is "LaRue's" frequent partner on the show, who claims to have taught him everything he knows. Taurean Blacque's acting career didn't really take off after his role in Hill Street Blues. He had several minor roles in different TV shows and Movies such as Fled, Nowhere Road and Battle. Instead of acting, Blacque moved on to adopt 10 children and later became the national spokesman for adoption during President George H.W. Bush's term.
"Officer J.D. LaRue" is a talented undercover cop who is most known for his alcoholism, womanizing, and get-rich-quick schemes. He is often confronted by his Captain about his constant drinking, which led him to almost being kicked off the force. The actor himself, Kiel Martin, was almost just as unlucky as his character. Martin was married and divorced three times. Just like his character on Hill Street Blues, he too suffered from alcoholism, but was able to manage it. Kiel Martin sadly died from lung cancer at the age of 46 at his home in Rancho Mirage, California.
"Sgt. Lucy Bates" was one of the only characters in "Hill Street Blues" who was given a real story line during the show's lifespan. Even though she is thought to be "one of the boys", she is sometimes a bit judgmental of her fellow colleagues. She is usually partnered with "Joe Coffey", with whom she has a love-hate relationship.
After several smaller roles in other TV and Film productions, Betty Thomas was given the opportunity to direct certain episodes of Hooperman which led to a mid-ranged directing career. She directed several TV movies such as My Breast, That Guy, and The Loop as well as feature films like Dr. Dolittle, I Spy and John Tucker Must Die.
"Officer Andrew Renko" is "Ofiicer Bobby Hill's" partner and is originally from New Jersey. He admits to never traveling anywhere west of Chicago and generally speaks with a southern accent while listening to country music. Even though he is known to comment the occasional racial slur now and again, he considers his partner "Bobby" to be one of his closest friends.
Charles Haid moved on to star in a few different TV shows such as Third Watch. Haid also starred in animated films like The Get Along Gang and Home On The Range. Like some of his former co-stars, he also started directing and worked for show like Buffalo Soldier, NYPD Blue, Nip/Tuck, Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad.
"Joyce Davenport" is a very successful public attorney who is in a relationship with "Capt. Furillo" throughout the course of the show. Their relationship is kept hidden until season 2 of the show.
Veronica Humel was nominated for a prim time Emmy for five times for her role in Hill Street Blues. Afterwards she appeared in Alan Alda's film A New Life as well as other films like Taking Care of Business. She appeared in Steven Bochco's legal drama series Philly as well as other shows like Third Watch and LOST.
"Officer Joe Coffey" is a standard patrol officer who is "Lucy Bates's" partner throughout the show. He is one of the bigger guys in the squad of officers and is usually the one chosen to do the heavy lifting.
Ed Marinaro was a professional football player before he took to acting in a few different shows. He began starring in show like Laverne & Shirley and "Sisters". His two most notable roles were in Hill Street Blues and in the Spike TV comedy Blue Mountain State. He was named first celebrity spokesman of Tuff TV back in May 2015.
"Frank's" ex-wife, "Fay Furillo" appeared several times at the beginning of the series. She was always seen constantly nagging to "Frank" about alimony, child support, and her own life problems. Eventually "Frank" has enough, and tells her to leave him be, due to the fact that they are not married anymore. She gets romantically involved with a few of the officers on "Frank's" task force afterwards.
Barbara Bosson moved on to marry Hill Street Blues creator Steven Bochco, who also created many of the series she later starred in, such as L.A. Law, Murder One, and Cop Rock. The couple had two children before getting divorced in 1997.