David Milch

Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
Few argued the creative genius of television writer, series creator and executive producer David Milch. As the co-creator of "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) and "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06) - two series that plumed the depths ... Read more »
Born: 03/23/1945 in Buffalo, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (11)

Luck 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Deadwood 1987 - 1988, 1992 - 2000, 2002 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Showrunner

John from Cincinnati 1987 - 1988, 1992 - 1994, 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Showrunner

NYPD Blue 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Big Apple 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Brooklyn South 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Beverly Hills Buntz 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Home Free 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hill Street Blues 1980 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Capital News (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (10)

Salinger 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dinner For Five 2001 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Civil Wars 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fuck 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

NYPD Blue: A Final Tribute 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Pitch 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Dennis Franz: Out of the Blue 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ratings, Morals & Sex on TV 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (3)

Murder One 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Writer

Total Security 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Creator

Bay City Blues 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Writer
Other (1)

Public Morals 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

Biography

Few argued the creative genius of television writer, series creator and executive producer David Milch. As the co-creator of "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) and "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06) - two series that plumed the depths of human fallibility in gritty, violent and often profane ways - Milch offered audiences a more complex depiction of the police procedural and the Western, while reaffirming the human spirit through the suffering and ultimate redemption of his characters. Milch's astute glimpses at the underbelly of human nature were informed by a troubled and often harrowing past, one colored by serious alcohol and gambling addictions. He mined much from his personal experiences for his next creation, the California surf culture drama "John from Cincinnati" (HBO, 2007). When that endeavor failed to generate the buzz enjoyed by "Deadwood," Milch returned to the drawing board, eventually returning with a long-gestating idea inspired by one of his life-long passions - thoroughbred horse racing. "Luck" (HBO, 2011-12), an ensemble drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, garnered acclaim and big ratings right out of the gate, but the deaths of three horses during production killed the show before it reached the first season finish line. An Emmy winner and the creator of several of television's most distinctive dramas, Milch brought an unglamorous, yet captivating world view to each of his projects.

Relationships

Elizabeth Milch

Daughter

Olivia Milch

Daughter

Benjamin Milch

Son

Father
Medical Director of Hospice Buffalo

Mother
head of the Buffalo Board of Education

Sibling
Milch was the eldest of 14 children

Rita Stern

Wife
maried in 1982 met at Yale

EDUCATION

Yale College, Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity's Phi chapter while George W. Bush was chapter president; graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude and won the Tinker Prize in English

Yale College, Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity's Phi chapter while George W. Bush was chapter president; graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude and won the Tinker Prize in English

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
from the Writer's Workshop

School of Law, Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
enrolled in 1968 to avoid the draft; expelled when he destroyed a police car's siren lights with a shotgun while intoxicated

Milestones

2012

Created and executive produced the horse-racing drama "Luck" (HBO), starring Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte and Gary Stevens; show cancelled in March 2012 during season two production following death of third horse on set.

2007

Created, wrote and executive produced the HBO drama series "John from Cincinnati"

2004

Created the HBO series "Deadwood," a one-hour drama based on actual events in Deadwood, SD during the 1870s

2001

Served as executive producer and creator of the CBS police drama "Big Apple"

1993

Re-united with Bochco (as executive producer, co-creator and writer) on the controversial series "NYPD Blue" (ABC); left series in spring 2000

1990

Created, wrote and executive produced the short-lived ABC series "Capital News"

1987

Made TV acting debut on the "Cannon of Ethics" episode of "L.A. Law" (NBC)

1987

Created, wrote and executive produced "Beverly Hills Buntz" (NBC)

1986

Promoted to executive producer on "Hill Street Blues"

1983

Wrote for Bochco's short-lived baseball series "Bay City Blues" (NBC)

1982

Hired by Steven Bochco to write for "Hill Street Blues" (NBC)

1968

Enrolled in Yale Law School to avoid the draft; expelled for destroying a police car's siren lights with a shotgun

Spent some time in a Mexican jail

Taught writing at Yale College in the mid-1970s

While attending and teaching at Yale, apprenticed under novelist and poet Robert Penn Warren and literary critic Cleanth Brooks

Wrote several unpublished novels

Bonus Trivia

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Milch owned and raced thoroughbred horses.

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Milch revealed in The New York Times (October 26, 1993) that he was a recovered heroin addict and a compulsive gambler.

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