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Regular cast

    Captain Frank Furillo 

Actor: Daniel J. Travanti

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  • The Alcoholic: Revealed to be in recovery in the season 1 finale. Has a relapse during season 4.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Furillo is very conscientious about following regulations and ethical guidelines to the letter, which puts him at odds with his superior, Chief Daniels. He is not above bending the rules or resorting to blackmail for specific reasons, though, such as keeping a psychologically disabled officer on the roster to allow him to retire with a full pension.
  • Father to His Men: Furillo does everything he can to look out for the other officers in his precinct.
  • Only Sane Man
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    Sgt. Phil Esterhaus 

Actor: Michael Conrad

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    Officer Bobby Hill 

Actor: Michael Warren

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     Sgt. Mick Belker 

Actor: Bruce Weitz

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  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his feral, aggressive demeanor, he is one of the most
  • Rabid Cop: Has a tendency to growl at suspects and gained a reputation for biting people.
  • The Woobie: Both his parents die through the course of the series, as do a number of people he grows close to over the course of the series.

    Lt. Howard Hunter 

Actor: James B. Sikking

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    Lt. Henry Goldblume 

Actor: Joe Spano

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  • Badass Mustache: Grows one before season 3; in later years he is clean-shaven again.
  • Butt-Monkey
  • Nice Guy: One of the most compassionate officers at Hill Street Station, although this occasionally gets him into trouble.

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    Fay Furillo 

Actor: Barbara Bosson

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  • Butt-Monkey:
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: When Fay gets pregnant after a short fling with a judge in season 3, she explicitly mentions that she will keep the baby because of her moral convictions about abortion.

    Det. Neal Washington 

Actor: Taurean Blacque

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  • Career-Ending Injury: One ended Washington's professional football career before he joined the force.

     Det. John "J.D." La Rue 

Actor: Kiel Martin

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     Lt. Ray Calletano 

Actor: Rene Enriquez

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  • Always Someone Better: Calletano begins to feel this when Lt. Goldblume starts to rise through the ranks.

     Officer Lucy Bates 

Actor: Betty Thomas

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     Officer Joe Coffey 

Actor: Ed Marinaro

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     Officer Andrew Renko 

Actor: Charles Haid

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     Joyce Davenport 

Actor: Veronica Hamel

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     Officer Leo Schnitz 

Actor: Robert Hirschfeld

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  • Ascended Extra: Originally a minor background character, Leo gets a significant storyline in season 3 with his efforts to get Rico the junkie clean. He finally becomes a credited regular in season 5 before his character is Put on a Bus.

     Sgt. Stanislaus Jablonski 

Actor: Robert Prosky

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     Det. Harry Garibaldi 

Actor: Ken Olin

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     Det. Patricia "Patsy" Mayo 

Actor: Mimi Kuzyk

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     Lt. Norman Buntz 

Actor: Dennis Franz

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     Officer Patrick Flaherty 

Actor: Robert Clohessy

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     Officer Tina Russo 

Actor: Megan Gallagher

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Recurring characters:

     Grace Gardner 

Actor: Barbara Babcock

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     Jesus Martinez 

Actor: Trinidad Silva

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     Chief Fletcher Daniels 

     Irwin Bernstein 

Actor: George Wyner

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     Attorney/Judge Alan Wachtel 

     Sid the Snitch 

Actor: Peter Jurasik

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     Officer Robin Tataglia 

Actor: Lisa Sutton

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     Det. Lt. Alf Chesley 

Actor: Gerry Black

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     Jerry Fuchs 

Actor: Vincent Lucchesi

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     Bald Pickpocket 

Actor: Nick Savage

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Notable guest characters:

     Captain Freedom 

Actor: Dennis Dugan

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     Eddie Gregg 

Actor: Charles Levin

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     Det. Sal Benedetto 

Actor: Dennis Franz

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  • Dirty Cop
  • Jerkass: In his first appearance, he butts heads with Officer Renko over a parking ticket that culminates in him beating Renko up at a bar. This is before we see he's a Dirty Cop.

     Gina Srignoli 

Actor: Jennifer Tilly

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