Barbara Bosson

Barbara Bosson (born November 1, 1939) is a retired American actress. Her most notable role came in the television series Hill Street Blues (1981–1987), for which she was consecutively nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards.

Barbara Bosson
Bosson in 1985
Born (1939-11-01) November 1, 1939
EducationBoca Ciega High School
Carnegie Mellon University
Years active1967–1997
Steven Bochco
(m. 1970; div. 1997)
ChildrenMelissa Bochco
Jesse Bochco


Bosson was born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania to a tennis coach father.[1] Her first feature film was the crime thriller Bullitt (1968). She is well known for her roles in the 1980s NBC television series Hill Street Blues as the vulnerable Fay Furillo during the series' first six seasons. She later went on to play the tough prosecutor Miriam Grasso on Murder One from 1995 to 1997, which earned her an Emmy Award nomination.

Bosson starred in the 1970s series Richie Brockelman, Private Eye as Sharon. Other roles include the series Hooperman and Cop Rock. Some of Bosson's film appearances include her well-known role as Alex Rogan's mother in the science fiction film The Last Starfighter (1984).

Bosson has made guest appearances on many series, ranging from Mannix, Crazy Like a Fox, L.A. Law, Civil Wars, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (in episode "Rivals" as Roana) and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

In 1970, Bosson married writer-producer Steven Bochco, who created several of the series in which she starred, including Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Murder One and Cop Rock; the couple had two children before divorcing in 1997.



1969The Love God?MinorUncredited
1978Capricorn OneAlva Lealock
1978Operating RoomUnknownTelevision movie
1984Calendar Girl MurdersNancyTelevision movie
1984The Last StarfighterJane Rogan
1985Hostage FlightRoberta SpoonerTelevision movie
1986The Education of Allison TateLisa Stubbs
1989Little SweetheartMrs. Davies
1998Scattering DadWriterTelevision movie


1969MannixMiss RileyEpisode: "A Question of Midnight"
1972LongstreetUnknownEpisode: "The Sound of Money Talking"
1972EmergencyMrs. CollinsEpisode: "Saddled"
1972Alias Smith and JonesMrs. SchwedesEpisode: "The Ten Days That Shook Kid Curry"
1973GriffZenaEpisode: "Countdown to Terror"
1974McMillan & WifeDella WheatleyEpisode: "Downshift to Danger"
1975SunshineMrs. CoxEpisode: "Father Nature"
1976McMillan & WifeNurse Roz BeachEpisode: "The Deadly Cure"
1976DelvecchioNancy TravisEpisode: "Board of Rights"
1978Richie Brockelman, Private EyeSharon Diederson6 episodes
1981–1985Hill Street BluesFay Furillo100 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1981–85)
1986Crazy Like a FoxUnknownEpisode: "A Fox at the Races"
1986L.A. LawStacey Gill2 episodes
1986The New Mike HammerMrs. WayneEpisode: "Requiem for Billy"
1987ABC Afterschool SpecialDonna CrandallEpisode: "Supermom's Daughter"
1987–1989HoopermanCaptain C.Z. Stern42 episodes
1988HotelSydney PageEpisode: "Contest of Wills"
1988Murder, She WroteDiane RaymondEpisode: "Wearing of the Green"
1990Cop RockMayor Louise Plank10 episodes
1992–1993Civil WarsJudge Babyak3 episodes
1994Star Trek: Deep Space NineRoanaEpisode: Rivals"
1994NYPD BlueMiriam DavisEpisode: "Simone Says"
1995–1997Murder OneMiriam Grasso41 episodes
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1995The New Adventures of SupermanDr. Friskin2 episodes
1997Total SecurityPamela ChapinEpisode: "Evasion of the Body Snatchers"


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