Flying is not exactly the most comfortable endeavor, serving more as a means to an end. Travelers heading to and from the United Kingdom, prepare yourselves for even less comfortable flying on British Airways. A British Airways spokesman told The Telegraph that they will be removing reclining seats on their shorter flights.
If you plan to fly British Airways with a flight time of four hours or less, there is a good chance that your seat will not recline. These changes will be made to BA’s new fleet of Airbus A320neos and A321neos. The fleet should become a part of active service later this year.
The British Airways spokesperson said that the new seats would make all passengers more comfortable. Without a reclining function, you will not have the person in front of you encroaching on the little space you already have. They claim that the seats will be kept at a “gentle recline” throughout the flight.
British Airways said, “As well as new long-haul aircraft, we have 35 brand new short-haul planes arriving over the next five years,” the spokesperson said. “The new aircraft will have brand new seats set to a gentle recline to ensure everyone in the cabin enjoys a comfortable journey.”
While flyers might be unhappy with this change, British Airways is adding a couple of new amenities to their flights. Seats will include power outlets, and the flights will have onboard Wi-Fi.
It might not be enough for some customers though. This is now the third consecutive year in which British Airways has changed its services to negative fanfare. In August 2016, they removed the second meal from their international flights and replaced it with a candy bar. Last year, they stopped food service altogether on short-haul flights, which did not go over well with hungry passengers.
For six years, Hill Street Blues thrilled viewers with its depiction of cops on the beat in a gritty neighborhood. Running from 1981 to 1987, the show earned a record 98 Emmy nominations during its time on the air. Here are some of the favorites from this ensemble cast, then and now.
Jennifer Tilly – Then
Jennifer Tilly played one of the most memorable minor characters on Hill Street Blues. The exotic beauty, of mixed Chinese and European descent, was born in California. She was known for her distinctive, sultry voice. She portrayed Gina Srignoli, the widow of a mobster who was romantically involved with Detective Goldblume. Upon her death, she left millions to detective Goldblume in her will, making him instantly wealthy. While she was not a major character on the show, she was unforgettable.
Jennifer Tilly – Now
Jennifer Tilly went on to have a successful Hollywood career after Hill Street Blues. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Bullets Over Broadway. Her trademark voice served her well, as she regularly voices the character of Bonnie Swanson in Family Guy, and voiced characters in Monsters Inc. and Stuart Little. Surprisingly, Jennifer is an accomplished professional poker player who won the third World Poker Tour Ladies Invitational Tournament. Her live tournament winnings are more than $990,000!
Barbara Bosson – Then
Barbara Bosson rose to fame because of her role as Fay Furillo, the ex-wife of Detective Frank Furillo. As the mother of his son, they were in frequent contact, and it was clear Fay was still infatuated with her ex-husband. She was heavily dependent on him and always held out hope they would get back together. Fay often began conversations with her ex by saying. “Hey buster!’ In real life, Barbara Bosson was happily married to Hill Street Blues‘ creator, Steven Bochco.
Barbara Bosson – Now
Barbara Bosson’s career didn’t stop after Hill Street Blues went off the air. Barbara had a guest appearance on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She had the help of being married to industry insider Steven Bochco. She starred in several shows her husband created, including Hill Street Blues, LA Law, Murder One, and Cop Rock. Her performance as Prosecutor Miriam Grusso earned her an Emmy Award nomination. The couple had two children, Jesse and Melissa, but sadly divorced after 27 years of marriage in 1997.
Michael Warren – Then
Michael Warren starred as Officer Bobby Hill in 146 episodes of Hill Street Blues. Warren was a star college basketball player at UCLA before making his name in show business. The African-American actor was paired with ‘Cowboy’ Renko, a stereotypical redneck cop, and the tensions between the two fueled many episode plots. Michael Warren earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 1982 for his role on the show, but failed to win the statue.
Michael Warren – Now
Since the end of Hill Street Blues, Michael Warren has moved on to bigger and better things. Warren appeared in many small roles, guest starring as Khadjiah’s father in Living Single and on an episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The multi-talented man was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame for his success playing college basketball. Fun fact: His son Cash Warren is married to actress and billion-dollar health empire maven Jessica Alba.
Mimi Kuyzk – Then
Mimi Kuzyk appeared in over 25 episodes of Hill Street Blues, playing the beautiful Detective Patricia Mayo on the series. Detective Mayo was the girlfriend of Harry Garibaldi and also pursued, though unsuccessfully, by Chief Daniels. Mimi was born in Winnipeg, Canada to Ukrainian immigrants and was an accomplished dancer before becoming a well known actress – she danced for 12 years with the Rusalka Ukrainian dance group of Winnipeg and studied jazz dance at the prestigious Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.
Mimi Kuzyk – Now
Mimi continued acting after her successful stint on Hill Street Blues, although she never again had a recurring role again. She made guest appearances on popular TV shows like LA Law, The Love Boat, Remington Steel, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Murder, She Wrote. She earned a Genie Award nomination for her work in Canadian TV series Lost and Delirious. In her personal life, Mimi has been married since 1996 to a Greek immigrant carpenter, with whom she has one daughter.
Jeffrey Tambor – Then
Jeffrey Tambor played eccentric Judge Alan Wachtel on the series, who in one famous scene was depicted smoking a pipe and cross-dressing as a woman, all while conducting a case. He first surfaced on the show as a sketchy, immoral lawyer, but was appointed to the bench because of politics. Tambor had small roles before playing Judge Wachtel, in Kojak, Starsky & Hutch, and Taxi, but his twenty appearances on Hill Street Blues are what made him a household name.
Jeffrey Tambor – Now
Since ending his run on Hill Street Blues, Jeffrey Tambor has become a Hollywood powerhouse. He starred on Arrested Development, which earned him his fifth Emmy nomination. He made appearances in the blockbusters The Hangover and Monsters Vs. Aliens, and had several cameos on Entourage. In addition to acting, he wrote an autobiography titled Are You Anybody? A Memoir. More recently, he has come under fire due to allegations of inappropriate behavior and has been kicked off the show Transparent.
James B. Sikking – Then
Los Angeles-born actor James B. Sikking played the unforgettable Lieutenant Howard Hunter on Hill Street Blues, a rough and tumble officer who was always looking for a fight. Lieutenant Hunter was the head of the EAT (Emergency Action Team) Squad, which is equivalent to a SWAT team in today’s world. Before his role on Hill Street Blues, James B. Sikking had appeared in movies as early as 1955. Before Hill Street Blues he appeared on episodes of Bonanza and Perry Mason.
James B. Sikking – Now
James B. Sikking continued to be a TV star after his time on Hill Street Blues. He starred as Dr. David Howser, the father of the main character on Doogie Howser, M.D. He voiced a main character in the animated series Invasion America, and starred as Captain Stan Jonas on the drama Brooklyn South. Brooklyn South and Doogie Howser, M.D., were both created by Hill Street Blues creator Steven Bochco, so James B. Sikking has him to thank for his career!
Betty Thomas – Then
Betty Thomas played gruff Detective Lucille Bates on Hill Street Blues. Her character was always on the defense and never wanted to be perceived as a weak woman, and she wanted to prove that she was as tough as any of the men. By the end of the series, Detective Bates made her way from rookie officer to Lieutenant. Betty earned seven Emmy Award nominations and won the coveted statue once, for Best Supporting Actress, during her time on the show.
Betty Thomas – Now
In her post-Hill Street Blues career, Betty Thomas found herself behind the camera more often than in front of it. She directed premiere episodes of Doogie Howser, M.D. and Hooperman. For her work directing HBO’s Dream On, she earned an Emmy award for Best Director. However, Betty’s biggest success was directing the box office smash The Brady Bunch Movie. It is one of the highest-grossing films directed by a woman to date, which she followed up with Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
Jon Cypher – Then
Jon Cypher played Hill Street Blues‘ most frustrating character – the arrogant and self-righteous Chief of Police Fletcher P. Daniels. Chief Daniels was notorious for always ignoring the important words of Detective Furillo, which inevitably led to disaster. But Jon played lots of other characters before his time on Hill Street Blues. He was the original star of Cinderella, playing Prince Charming opposite Julie Andrews. Before his acting career took off, Jon earned a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling.
Jon Cypher – Now
After Hill Street Blues, Jon Cypher went on to star in the major TV hits Dynasty and Knot’s Landing. Nowadays he is retired from acting and prefers the quiet life with his second wife, Carol. He walks with a cane because of a nasty fall he suffered during a dress rehearsal for a production of Oliver! Recently, when a reporter asked him for the motivation behind his 47 year career, Cypher explained that his work ethic was fueled by “poverty.”
Dennis Franz – Then
Dennis Franz has the honor of playing two different characters during his time on Hill Street Blues. He first played corrupt Detective Sal Benedetto of Midtown Vice. Detective Benedetto committed suicide and Dennis didn’t appear on Hill Street Blues for three seasons. However, fans loved him so much that Dennis was re-written into the series as a new character, Lt. Norman “Guido” Buntz, an officer who prefers to take the easy way out. Detective Buntz was often investigated by the internal affairs department.
Dennis Franz – Now
Dennis Franz was destined to play cops, and for almost all of his acting career he has been cast as a police officer. He earned four Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Officer Andy Simowicz on NYPD Blue (according to Dennis, his 28th role a cop!) Despite all his success, Dennis has chosen to walk away from the spotlight and has not acted since 2005. However, he did make a rare public appearance at the 2016 Emmy Awards, thrilling his fans.
Charles Haid – Then
Charles Haid was originally cast for just one episode of Hill Street Blues, but impressed the network executives so much that they insisted he be written into the series as a regular character. He played Officer Andy Renko, a stereotypical redneck type who loved country music and clashed with his African-American partner, Officer Bobby Hill. When frustrated, Renko exclaimed “Lordy, Bobby Hill.” But underneath Renko’s tough exterior was a sensitive and kind man, who could be surprisingly vulnerable in unexpected times.
Charles Haid – Now
“What I really want to do is direct,” says the old joke about actors, but Charles Haid has actually done it. Nowadays, Charles is a well-respected Hollywood director. He directed many episodes of hit shows Nip/Tuck, Sons of Anarchy, and Breaking Bad. He directed an episode of ER which earned him a Director’s Guild Award. Haid currently directs Criminal Minds, and also has a recurring role as serial killer Randall Garner on the series. Talk about a multi-talented Hollywood power player!
Taurean Blacque – Then
A talented actor, Tauren Blacque (real name: Hebert Middleton Jr.) was classically trained at the New Federal Theater in New York City. He made guest appearances on hit shows like Sanford and Son, What’s Happening?!!, Good Times, and Taxi, before joining the cast of Hill Street Blues in 1981. In 1982, he was nominated for the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He played undercover cop Detective Neal Washington until the show ended in 1987.
Taurean Blacque – Now
After Hill Street Blues, Taurean Blacque’s career didn’t exactly take off. While he always worked consistently as an actor, he never became a household name. He made some notable appearances in the movie Oliver & Company and in a stage revival of Ceremonies in Dark Old Men. Taurean is a born-again Christian and moved to Atlanta in order to provide a more family-friendly environment for his adopted children. He has stated that his faith is his motivation to help children without parents.
Robert Clohessy – Then
Robert Clohessy had an interesting life before portraying Officer Patrick Flaherty on Hill Street Blues. The New York-born son of a police officer was a prolific street fighter who eventually channeled his violence into a more constructive venture – he fought in the 1975 Golden Gloves boxing match in Madison Square Garden. His character, Officer Flaherty, was a late addition to the show, written in after another character was killed off. He was the new partner for Sargeant Lucille Bates, after her partner Joe died.
Robert Clohessy – Now
After Hill Street Blues, Robert kept playing cops and other law enforcement agents. He was cast as Lieutenant George Shaver in Ohara. However, his most famous role was as Correctional Officer Sean Murphy on the hit HBO prison drama Oz. Recently, he won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast in Boardwalk Empire. In 2012, he had a small cameo in The Avengers. Aside from those major roles, he had small appearances in the soap opera All My Children.
Ed Marinaro – Then
Ed Marinaro had major athletic success before going into show business and joining the cast of Hill Street Blues. He played college football at Cornell University, and ended up as the runner-up to the Heisman Trophy in 1971. He won the Maxwell Award and UPI College Football Player of the Year. He played professional football for six seasons on the New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, and Seattle Seahawks. He even played in the 1974 and 1975 SuperBowls before becoming an actor!
Ed Marinaro – Now
After Hill Street Blues, Ed Marinaro continued acting, but is better remembered for his football career than his Hollywood success. His athletic achievements earned him an induction to the Football Hall of Fame in 1991. Ed starred as the main character Joey Buttafuoco in the TV movie Amy Fisher: My Story. He also had guest starring roles on the major TV shows Dynasty, Monk, and Falcon Crest. He married fitness expert Tracy York in 2001. The couple has one son, named Eddie.
Daniel J. Travanti – Then
Daniel J. Travanti played the main character Detective Frank Furillo, who was the captain of Hill Street Station. Travanti came from humble beginnings — he was born in Wisconsin to Italian immigrant parents. He started acting in 1964, at first playing small characters. Travanti’s art imitated his life, as he struggled with alcoholism and his character Detective Furillo also had issues with drinking. Travanti was nominated 5 times and won 2 Emmy awards for his acting on Hill Street Blues.
Daniel J. Travanti – Now
Daniel J. Travanti has had quite the career since finishing the Hill Street Blues series. He starred in the TV movie Adam, which earned him his sixth Emmy nomination. He has appeared in two off-broadway plays, Oren Safdie’s The Last Word… and Eugene O’Neil’s A Touch of the Poet. He had a guest spot as an Alzheimer’s-afflicted serial killer on Criminal Minds, and most recently has risen to prominence again for his role as Callen’s father on NCIS: Los Angeles.
Joe Spano – Then
Joe Spano was already an established actor before joining the cast of Hill Street Blues – he debuted as Paris in Romeo and Juliet in 1968. He helped found the Berkley Repertory Theater and appeared in their productions for 10 years, after which he moved to Los Angeles and had guest roles in American Graffiti and The Enforcer. On Hill Street Blues he played Officer Henry Goldblume, a hostage negotiator and street gang expert who was sensitive and sympathetic to crime victims.
Joe Spano – Now
After Hill Street Blues ended, Joe Spano was never far from the small screen. He was spotted in the popular police drama shows NYPD Blue and Murder One. He also had some guest starring roles on The X Files and Amazing Grace. He won an Emmy award for Best Guest Actor and has had a recurring role on NCIS, keeping his name hot even 30 years after he appeared on Hill Street Blues. He is also a very active stage actor.
Veronica Hamel – Then
Veronica Hamel played Joyce Davenport, the love interest of Detective Frank Furillo, on the series. She was nominated for 5 Emmy awards during her time for the role.
Veronica Hamel – Now
The brunette beauty has been laying relatively low since finishing her stint on Hill Street Blues. She resurfaced in 2002 as a guest star on legal drama Philly, which was created by Hill Street Blues’s creator, Steven Bochco. Veronica also showed up on ABC’s hit series Lost, playing Margo Shepherd – the mother of main character Jack. Finally, she had a recurring role on NBC’s Third Watch, but overall, it seems Veronica prefers to keep a low profile and stay under the radar.
Megan Gallagher – Then
Megan Gallagher played a tough talking blonde bombshell on Hill Street Blues, but she had many roles before Officer Tina Russo. An actress since the age of five, to a mother who had been an actress in her youth. Megan was so dedicated to her craft that she even skipped her senior high school prom in favor of rehearsals for a local theater production. She studied acting at the prestigious Julliard school under the training of the esteemed John Houseman.
Megan Gallagher – Now
After Hill Street Blues, Megan Gallagher did not fade into obscurity. She appeared on stage in the Broadway production of Angels in America. She had recurring roles on LA Law and China Beach. Megan played Catherine Black on the show Millenium, a character who was written by creator Chris Carter specifically for her, as he was a fan of her work. She also had a featured role on the courtroom drama Suits, whose main actress, Meghan Markle, is now engaged to Prince Harry.