Taurean Blacque, the star of ‘Hill Street Blues,’ died at the age of 82. Taurean Blacque, the actor who starred in Hill Street Blues, has died. The entertainer was 82 years old. According to his family, Blacque died on July 21, 2022, in Atlanta, following a brief illness. The Emmy-nominated actor was best known for his role in NBC’s 1980s police drama as Detective Neal Washington.
Blacque made an early impression on television with guest appearances on shows such as Sanford and Son, Charlie’s Angels, The Bob Newhart Show, Good Times, Taxi, The Love Boat, and many others. These guest appearances continued throughout the 1970s until he broke big with Hill Street Blues. Blacque appeared in over 100 episodes of the show’s six-year and seven-season run, created by Steven Bocho and Michael Kozoll. Blacque received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for the role in 1982.
Blacque starred as Henry Marshall in the NBC soap Generations, alongside Kelly Rutherford and the late Kristoff St. John. Blacque’s most recent major television role was as Detective Wheeler in The WB’s Savannah. The actor’s final TV appearance came in 2018 when he appeared in ABC’s now-canceled series Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. Blacque leaves behind 12 children, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.