Barbara Bosson

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Barbara Bosson
Barbara Bosson 1985.jpg
Bosson in 1985
Born (1939-11-01) November 1, 1939 (age 79)
EducationBoca Ciega High School
Carnegie Mellon University
Years active1967–1997
Steven Bochco
(m. 1970; div. 1997)
ChildrenMelissa Bochco
Jesse Bochco

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.


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.


Steven Bochco and Bosson in 1994


Year Title Role Notes
1968 Bullitt Nurse Uncredited
1969 The Love God? Minor Uncredited
1974 Mame Emily
1978 Capricorn One Alva Lealock
1978 Operating Room Unknown Television movie
1984 Calendar Girl Murders Nancy Television movie
1984 The Last Starfighter Jane Rogan
1985 Hostage Flight Roberta Spooner Television movie
1986 The Education of Allison Tate Lisa Stubbs
1989 Little Sweetheart Mrs. Davies
1998 Scattering Dad Writer Television movie


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Mannix Miss Riley Episode: "A Question of Midnight"
1972 Longstreet Unknown Episode: "The Sound of Money Talking"
1972 Emergency Mrs. Collins Episode: "Saddled"
1972 Alias Smith and Jones Mrs. Schwedes Episode: "The Ten Days That Shook Kid Curry"
1973 Griff Zena Episode: "Countdown to Terror"
1974 McMillan & Wife Della Wheatley Episode: "Downshift to Danger"
1975 Sunshine Mrs. Cox Episode: "Father Nature"
1976 McMillan & Wife Nurse Roz Beach Episode: "The Deadly Cure"
1976 Delvecchio Nancy Travis Episode: "Board of Rights"
1978 Richie Brockelman, Private Eye Sharon Diederson 6 episodes
1981–1985 Hill Street Blues Fay Furillo 100 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1981–85)
1986 Crazy Like a Fox Unknown Episode: "A Fox at the Races"
1986 L.A. Law Stacey Gill 2 episodes
1986 The New Mike Hammer Mrs. Wayne Episode: "Requiem for Billy"
1987 ABC Afterschool Special Donna Crandall Episode: "Supermom's Daughter"
1987–1989 Hooperman Captain C.Z. Stern 42 episodes
1988 Hotel Sydney Page Episode: "Contest of Wills"
1988 Murder, She Wrote Diane Raymond Episode: "Wearing of the Green"
1990 Cop Rock Mayor Louise Plank 10 episodes
1992–1993 Civil Wars Judge Babyak 3 episodes
1994 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Roana Episode: Rivals"
1994 NYPD Blue Miriam Davis Episode: "Simone Says"
1995–1997 Murder One Miriam Grasso 41 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
1995 The New Adventures of Superman Dr. Friskin 2 episodes
1997 Total Security Pamela Chapin Episode: "Evasion of the Body Snatchers"


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