Andre Braugher, known for his roles in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Homicide: Life on the Street, died at 61. He portrayed Captain Raymond Holt in the comedy series.
He also played Detective Frank Pembleton in the crime drama.
The actor died on Monday after a brief illness, his publicist confirmed. Braugher’s deep voice made him recognizable.He gained fame on the NBC drama Homicide: Life on the Street.
The show aired from 1992 to 1998. He won an Emmy for his portrayal of the tenacious, arrogant Detective Frank Pembleton in 1998.
He became most famous for his role as Captain Raymond Holt. He played the deadpan character in the hit comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The show ran for eight seasons and he appeared alongside Andy Samberg. He won two Critics Choice Awards. He won for best supporting actor in a comedy series. He received four Emmy nominations for his performance as Holt. Holt is the precinct’s no-nonsense, Black and gay boss.
rest in peace, andre braugher. an absolute force of an actor and a treasure on and off screen. thank you for all the warmth and joy and laughs. rest easy, captain ❤️ pic.twitter.com/WIFnmk0eNm
— out of context brooklyn nine nine (@nocontxt99) December 13, 2023
Braugher was born in Chicago in 1962. He was the youngest of four children. He studied theatre on a scholarship at Stanford. Later, he attended the Juilliard School for drama.
He played a Union soldier in Glory, his first film role. This happened in 1989, during the American civil war.
The regiment he was a part of was one of the earliest African American regiments. The film won three Oscars. Denzel Washington won best supporting actor. Braugher was his co-star.
He played various roles in TV films for years. This included revivals of the classic crime series Kojak. He became successful when he starred in Homicide: Life on the Street.
In 2010, the Guardian published an article about Detective Pembleton. They described him as the smartest and sharpest in interrogation. He received two Emmy nominations and won in 1998, his last year on the series.
Braugher won his second Emmy in 2006. He won for the miniseries Thief. In the miniseries, he played the leader of a heist. The heist involved a high-stakes operation. He also faced family struggles while balancing the heist.
He had a career that spanned three decades. During that time, he received 11 Emmy nominations. He acted as military and police characters. He became well-known for his role on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
He made other appearances on the series Hack, Last Resort, and The Andromeda Strain. In Hack, he played a cop who gave insider information to his disgraced partner. In Last Resort, he portrayed an army captain. In The Andromeda Strain, he played a general in the sci-fi miniseries.
He spoke to Variety in 2020. He discussed the challenges of portraying police on television.
After playing these characters for decades, I reflect on the impact. Inside the storytelling, I’ve fallen prey to the mythology.
“Cops breaking the law to quote, ‘defend the law,’ is a real terrible slippery slope. It has given license to the breaking of law everywhere, justified it and excused it. That’s something that we’re going to have to address – all cop shows.”
Many people who had worked with Braugher shared tributes on social media. Former co-stars and creatives were among them.
Andre Braugher: what caused the death of the actor at 61?
Actor Andre Braugher has died. He passed away after a short illness. His publicist Jennifer Allen confirmed the news. The specific illness that led to his death has not been disclosed yet.
I don’t know who needs to hear this but no one has this range pic.twitter.com/DFumpeNPN7
— out of context brooklyn nine nine (@nocontxt99) February 18, 2020
Braugher, a Juilliard alumnus, was born and raised in Chicago. He will be deeply missed by his fans in comedy and drama. He achieved success in Hollywood when he starred in ‘Glory.’ The movie portrayed an all-Black army regiment during the Civil War. Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington also had roles in the film.
Braugher’s television career flourished after this success. He appeared in various shows such as ‘City of Angels’ and ‘Poseidon.’
He also starred in ‘Frequency,’ ‘The Mist,’ and ‘Salt.’
Additionally, he was in ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’ and ‘The Gambler.’
Unfortunately, Braugher’s death also means the cancellation of his upcoming Netflix show, ‘Residence.’ The show was scheduled to begin filming in early 2022.
The actor Ami Brabson is the wife of the accomplished actor. They have three children.