Taurean Blacque was an American television and stage actor best remembered for playing Detective Neal Washington in the 1980s police drama Hill Street Blues.
He was born Herbert Middleton Jr. in 1940, and throughout his acting career, he appeared in shows like Savannah, Charlie’s Angels, and the animated film Oliver & Company.
Before making his TV debut, he trained and performed at the New Federal Theatre in New York City.
In the beginning of his career, Blacque was cast in TV shows including Sanford and Son, Good Times, Taxi, and The Bob Newhart Show after joining the Negro Ensemble Company in New York.
From 1981 to 1987, he played the lead character in Hill Street Blues, for which he was nominated in 1982 for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Blacque passed away on July 21, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, at the age of 82.
Taurean Blacque Movies And TV Shows
- 2015 Things Not Forgotten
- 2008 The Stick Up Kids as Noble
- 2003 Hood Rat as Souilliez
- 2002 Kudzu Christmas as Mr. Wiggin
- 1996 Savannah (11 episodes)
- 1995 Soul Survivors as Eddie
- 1991 She Stood Alone as William Harris
- 1989 Generations (1 episode) as Henry Marshall
- 1989 DeepStar Six as Captain Phillip Laidlaw
- 1977 The Bob Newhart Show
- 1977 Sanford and Son
- 1978 House Calls Levi
- 1978 Charlie’s Angels
- 1978 Taxi Policeman
- 1979 Rocky II
- 1979 Beyond Death’s Door
- 1980 The Hunter etc