Andre Braugher, who was well known for his amazing acting roles in TV shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the drama series Homicide: Life on the Street, died at the age of 61 on Monday this week due to a brief illness.
Recognised for his deep voice and ability to portray some of the best characters seen on television, Andre Braugher came to fame when he starred in NBC’s drama, Homicide: Life on the Street, which ran from 1992 to 1998, which won him an Emmy for his portrayal of Detective Frank Pembleton in 1998.
He was also popularly known for his role as Captain Raymond Holt in the hit comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, where he captured the hearts of many and was awarded two Critics Choice Awards for best-supporting actor in a comedy series. He also received four Emmy nominations for his performance as Holt, who was the precinct’s no-nonsense boss.
Born in 1962 in Chicago as the youngest of four children, Andre Braugher studied theatre on a Stanford scholarship before attending the Juilliard School for Drama. His first film role came in 1989’s Glory when he played a Union soldier in one of the American Civil War’s earliest African-American regiments. The film earned three Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor for Braugher’s co-star Denzel Washington.
Braugher told NBC’s The Today Show in 2015 that he was eager to make the transition to comedy. “I felt I needed to grow as an artist,” he said. “I feel like my mind is expanding, my capability as an actor. My ability to mine the comedy is really rising up.”
In 1991, Braugher married actress Ami Brabson, who co-starred with him in Homicide: Life on the Street. They had three sons and lived in New Jersey.