‘Shield’ producer-director dies

Brazil claimed by Lou Gehrig's, lyme disease

Scott Brazil, producer-director of series including “The Shield” and “Hill Street Blues,” died in Sherman Oaks on Monday.  He was 50.

Brazil died from respiratory failure due to complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and lyme disease at Sherman Oaks Hospital, according to FX Networks.

Brazil was exec producer of “The Shield,” FX’s first original drama series, which premiered in March 2002 and became the first basic cable series to win an Emmy and a Golden Globe. He also directed 11 episodes produced to date, including the first season finale, and the season two, three and four premieres and finales.

Along with “Shield” creator and executive producer Shawn Ryan, he won the 2002 Golden Globe for drama series.

As a producer on NBC’s “Hill Street Blues,” Brazil won two Emmys for drama series in 1983 and 1984, received two noms in that category, won a Golden Globe in 1983 for TV drama series and received two Golden Globe nominations.

He also directed episodes of “Nip/Tuck,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “CSI: Miami,” “NCIS,” “JAG,” “Nash Bridges,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the pilot episode of ESPN’s drama series “Playmakers.” He was a co-executive producer on the Andre Braugher series “Gideon’s Crossing.”

Brazil was developing series for several networks and, as recently as two weeks ago, sold Spike TV one of its first two original drama series pilots — “Kill Pit,” with James DeMonaco, that Brazil was signed to executive produce and direct. He also had other projects in development with Norman Morrill, who created “Thief” for FX, and another one with Adam Rapp.

Brazil graduated from USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism, and was a member of the Directors Guild and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

He is survived by his wife, Marie; a daughter; a son; his father; his mother; and a brother.

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