David S. Milch (born March 23, 1945) is an American screenwriter and television producer. He has created several television shows, including NYPD Blue (co-created with Steven Bochco) and Deadwood.
Milch graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yale where he won the Tinker Prize in English and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa chapter along with future U.S. president George W. Bush. He earned an MFA from the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa.
To avoid the draft during the Vietnam War, Milch enrolled in Yale Law School, but was expelled for shooting out a police car siren with a shotgun. Milch then worked as a writing teacher and lecturer in English literature at Yale. During his teaching career, he assisted Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks in the writing of several college textbooks on literature. Milch's poetry and fiction have been published in The Atlantic Monthly and the Southern Review.