"I consider Steven to be a leader and a visionary in television," Franz, who starred as Lt. Norman Buntz on Hill Street Blues and played the iconic Det. Sipowicz on NYPD Blue, said Tuesday in reaction to Bochco's death. "He left such a beautiful legacy of so much memorable work, which to me puts him in an icon status." Franz was nominated eight times for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, winning four Emmys, for his role as Andy Sipowicz. But Franz recalled having to be talked into playing his most famous role over lunch with Bochco, six months before the initial NYPD Blue script was written. "I read about my guy, and I thought, 'Who is going to care about this guy?'" Franz recalled. "He gets shot at the end of the pilot, and I thought, 'Who is going to care if he lives or dies? He is a womanizer. He is a drunk. He is a racist. He is a loose cannon. He is a bad cop and bad man.' And I expressed those feelings to Steven, and he said, 'You know, you will find a way to make him sympathetic.' And I asked how I was going to go about that, and he said, 'It is inherent in your personality. You have this.' And never did he say, 'You're right, we'll change the character.'"