Andre Braugher, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Star, Dies at 61
In a shocking turn of events, the entertainment industry mourns the loss of acclaimed actor Andre Braugher, a two-time Emmy winner known for his remarkable performances in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.” The versatile actor passed away on Monday at the age of 61 after a brief illness, confirmed by his publicist Jennifer Allen.
Braugher’s portrayal of the upright and stoic Captain Raymond Holt in the beloved police procedural comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” from 2013 to 2021 captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. His on-screen chemistry with Andy Samberg’s hotshot Detective Jake Peralta was a standout element of the show.
The actor’s illustrious career included a lead actor Emmy for his role as Detective Frank Pembleton in NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” in 1998. His intense and compelling performance in the critically acclaimed police drama solidified him as one of its breakout stars. Braugher also secured another Emmy for his role as a master criminal in FX’s 2006 series “Thief.”
Throughout his career, Braugher navigated the complex portrayal of police officers, acknowledging the challenges in a 2020 Variety cover story. He expressed concerns about the portrayal of cops breaking the law in the name of defending it and the potential consequences of such narratives.
Born in Chicago and a graduate of Stanford University and Juilliard School, Braugher’s acting journey began with a notable role as a Union soldier in “Glory.” His impressive filmography included roles in “City of Angels,” “Frequency,” “Poseidon,” “Primal Fear,” “The Mist,” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.”
Beyond his successful acting career, Braugher contemplated the trade-offs between professional success and personal life, expressing a prioritization of family. Survived by his wife Ami Brabson, who also appeared in “Homicide: Life on the Street,” and three children, Braugher leaves behind a legacy of outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. As the industry mourns this significant loss, fans and colleagues alike remember Andre Braugher for his immense talent, dedication, and the indelible mark he left on television and film.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Star Dies at 61
i bring this clip up all the time but it has to be shared now. this is the perfect encapsulation of andre braugher. he commanded every single scene he was in and MADE YOU pay attention and then the look he gives at the very end breaks you out of it with a laugh. he was incredible pic.twitter.com/FFtblO4XPu
— Lauren 🥯 (@laurenleti) December 13, 2023