Taurean Blacque, best known for his role as Det. Neal Washington from Hill Street Blues has died.
He was 82.
His family announced he passed away Thursday in Atlanta after a short illness, Deadline reported.
His immediate cause of death has yet to be determined.
Blacque starred in the hit NBC police drama for its entire run between 1981 and 1987.
He also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 1981.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Herbert Middleton Jr. began his film career with New York’s Negro Ensemble Company.
Blacque later changed his show business name to reflect his zodiac sign, Taurus.
Blacque has had guest appearances on other legendary TV shows such as Sanford and Son, What’s Happening, Good Times, Taxi and The Bob Newhart Show.
He also worked on the popular series Charlie’s Angels and Savannah, as well as 1979’s Rocky II.
Blacque starred with Vivica A. Fox in the 1989 NBC soap opera Generations. The project dealt with the union of two families – one black and the other white.
He later attended and 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. He was also a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Adoption Service.
Former President George HW Bush commissioned him to become the national adoption delegate in 1989.
The actor left behind 12 children, 18 grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
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