Franz retired from acting after NYPD Blue, telling the New York Post in 2015 that he was enjoying traveling and outdoors time with his family. “I sort of made my mind up that this is where I wanna be,” he said at the time. “I just wanted to live an enjoyable, irresponsible, spend-time-with-my-family kind of life. I haven’t regretted one minute of it. I’m pretty good at doing nothing.”
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Gordon Clapp (Greg Medavoy)
In the years since NYPD Blue, Medavoy has guest-starred on Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, and Elementary, and recurred as Chaplain Orlovsky in 11 episodes of Chicago Fire.
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James McDaniel (Arthur Fancy)
McDaniel donned the badge again in 2010, playing Sgt. Jesse Langford on the ABC cop drama Detroit 1-8-7. In recent years, he has also guest-starred on Madam Secretary, The Night Shift, The Blacklist: Redemption, and Soundtrack.
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Bill Brochtrup (John Irvin)
Since his Blue days, Brochtrup has appeared on the TV shows Dexter, Shameless, and Major Crimes — the last of which featured him playing Dr. Joe Bowman in 13 episodes.
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Nicholas Turturro (James Martinez)
Turturro played another NYPD cop between 2010 and 2016, appearing as Sgt. Anthony Renzulli on CBS cop drama Blue Bloods. He has also shared the screen with Kevin James in the movies I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Here Comes the Boom, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and on the sitcom Kevin Can Wait.
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Kim Delaney (Diane Russell)
Delaney led the cast of the short-lived ABC drama Philly and reunited with NYPD Blue costar David Caruso in the first 10 episodes of CSI: Miami. She found steadier work on Army Wives, starring as Claudia Joy Holden for the Lifetime drama’s first six seasons.
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Henry Simmons (Baldwin Jones)
The highlight of Simmons’s post-Blue career is his starring role on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. He plays operative Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie in the Marvel action series.
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Sharon Lawrence (Sylvia Costas)
Lawrence earned a 2009 Emmy nomination for her guest-starring role as Izzie’s mother in Grey’s Anatomy. Her more recent filmography includes stints on the TV shows The Ranch, Shameless, On Becoming a God in Central Florida, Dynasty, and Criminal Minds.
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Jimmy Smits (Bobby Simone)
Smits has starred on TV’s The West Wing (playing presidential candidate Matt Santos), Cane, Dexter, Outlaw, Sons of Anarchy, The Get Down, and 24: Legacy. His most recent role is on the NBC legal drama Bluff City Law, playing civil rights lawyer Elijah Strait.
A look back at the late show creator's favorite moments.
NYPD Blue, which followed the fictional 15th Precinct detective squad in Manhattan, aired on ABC for a then-record 12 seasons between 1993 and 2005. Its series finale aired 15 years ago this March 1, and to mark the anniversary, we’re checking in with some of the show’s longest-serving cast members.
Click through the gallery above to see where they are now.