Andre Braugher, best known for his appearances as Captain Raymond Holt in the famous comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and Detective Frank Pembleton in “Homicide: Life on the Street,” has died at the age of 61. Following a brief illness, his publicist revealed his death on Monday.
Andre Braugher, the youngest of four siblings, was born in Chicago in 1962 and studied theater on a Stanford scholarship before pursuing acting at the Juilliard School. His breakthrough performance came in the NBC drama “Homicide: Life on the Street”, where he played the dogged Detective Frank Pembleton, for which he received critical praise, receiving an Emmy in 1998.
However, it was his depiction of the deadpan yet memorable Captain Raymond Holt in the critically acclaimed comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” that brought Braugher global acclaim. His outstanding performance alongside Andy Samberg over eight seasons garnered him 2 Critics Choice Awards for best supporting actor in a comedy series and four Emmy nominations.
Andre Braugher’s acting career began with a significant role in the 1989 film “Glory” in which he played a Union soldier in one of the first African American regiments during the American Civil War. He co-starred alongside Denzel Washington in the film, which earned 3 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Washington.
His career spanned several television films, including cameos in revivals such as “Kojak” until his breakthrough in “Homicide: Life on the Street”. Braugher was praised by the Guardian in 2010 for his depiction of Detective Pembleton, demonstrating an unsurpassed mastery of the art of questioning, earning Emmy nominations and a win in his final year on the show.
Braugher’s portrayal of the head of a robbery juggling high-stakes operations amidst familial issues in the 2006 miniseries “Thief” earned him his 2 Emmy nomination. He received 11 Emmy nominations during his three decade career, frequently portraying parts linked with the military and law enforcement that resonated emotionally with audiences.
In a 2020 interview with Variety, Andre Braugher expressed worries about the representation of law enforcement on television, emphasizing the pervasiveness of such storytelling and the necessity for communal reevaluation. He stressed the danger of depicting police enforcement figures breaching the law in the name of upholding it, a practice he believes has negative consequences.
Colleagues Mourn the Loss of Andre Braugher:
Many colleagues and friends paid respect to Andre Braugher’s legacy on social media. Terry Crews, his “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” co-star, expressed tremendous sorrow at the death, praising Braugher’s knowledge, counsel, and friendship. Chelsea Peretti another co-star, recalled Braugher’s sense of humour and serious chats, highlighting the honor of working with him.
Marc Evan Jackson, Prentice Penny, Reed Diamond and Ryan Case, among others, presented meaningful memories and anecdotes honoring Braugher’s brilliance, passion and impact both on and off the screen. The legendary singer Quest Love named Braugher one of his favorite character performers, recognizing his enormous commitment to the craft.
Recent parts in “She Said” which depicted the New York Times’ coverage of the Harvey Weinstein affair and the last season of “The Good Fight” demonstrated Braugher’s versatility and devotion to delivering dramatic portrayals.
Andre Braugher is survived by his wife, actress Ami Brabson, his three boys as well as his brother Charles and mother Sally, and leaves a significant legacy in the entertainment business. His extraordinary talent, profound thoughts and steadfast dedication to his profession have left an unforgettable impression on many people’s hearts.
The death of Andre Braugher symbolizes the end of an era in the entertainment industry. His versatility as an actor, thought provoking ideas, and significant parts will be remembered fondly by audiences and peers alike. His legacy lives on as a testament to the beauty and depth he provided to each role he played.