Taurean Blacque, an Emmy-nominated actor who was known for his detective role in the 1980s NBC drama series “Hill Street Blues”, has died
ANGELS – Taurean Blacque, an Emmy-nominated actor who was known for his detective role in the 1980s NBC drama series “Hill Street Blues,” has died. He was 82 years old.
Blacque’s family announced in a statement Thursday that Blaque died in Atlanta after a brief illness.
The New Jersey native began his acting career at the Negro Ensemble Company in New York. His training at the institute helped him land guest roles on television series such as “Sanford and Son”, “What’s Happening”, “Good Times”, “Taxi” and “The Bob Newhart Show”.
Blacque’s biggest breakthrough came when he joined the cast of the critically acclaimed show “Hill Street Blues,” where he played street detective Neal Washington for the show’s entire run between 1981 and 1987. He earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 1981.
Blacque starred with Vivica Fox in the NBC soap opera “Generations,” which was about the integration of two families — one black and one white. He became active with the Atlanta Black Theater Company and the Black Theater Festival in North Carolina.
Blacque had two biological sons and adopted 11 children and was the spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Adoption Service.
In 1989, Blacque was asked by President George HW Bush to become the National Adoption Advocate. He is survived by 12 children, 18 grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. The exact cause of death has not been released by his family.