Emmy-Winning Actor Andre Braugher Passes Away at 61
Andre Braugher, renowned for his powerful performances in “Homicide: Life on the Street” and his comedic role in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” passed away on Monday at the age of 61 after a short illness, confirmed his publicist Jennifer Allen to CNN.
Braugher’s career was marked by a variety of roles across film and television. He made a remarkable entry into the industry with the 1989 film “Glory,” where he played a sensitive soldier in a Civil War unit of Black soldiers. His trajectory continued with the portrayal of baseball legend Jackie Robinson in “The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson,” leading to his acclaimed role in “Homicide,” based on David Simon’s book about Baltimore detectives. His performance as detective Frank Pembleton earned him an Emmy, highlighting his skill in dramatic roles.
After “Homicide,” Braugher’s career continued to flourish. He appeared in the thriller “Primal Fear,” worked with Spike Lee in “Get on the Bus,” and starred in the sci-fi movie “Frequency.” He also led the series “Gideon’s Crossing,” playing a talented oncologist. His role in the FX miniseries “Thief” brought him a second Emmy, contributing to a total of 11 nominations throughout his career.
Braugher’s versatility extended to comedy, where he portrayed Capt. Ray Holt in the popular series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” alongside Andy Samberg, receiving Emmy nominations for his performance. He co-starred with Ray Romano in “Men of a Certain Age” for three seasons as well.
Terry Crews, Braugher’s co-star in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” expressed his sorrow on Instagram, praising Braugher’s talent and sharing personal reflections on their time together. “Can’t believe you’re gone so soon. I’m honored to have known you, laughed with you, worked with you and shared 8 glorious years watching your irreplaceable talent. This hurts. You left us too soon,” Crews wrote.
NBC and Universal Television also paid tribute to Braugher, stating, “Andre Braugher was the actor that others in the profession would always aspire to be. He infused Det. Frank Pembleton on ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ with both righteous ferocity and quiet dignity.” They acknowledged his dual talent in drama and comedy, affirming that his performances will continue to inspire future actors.
Born in Chicago, Braugher was a Stanford University alumnus and attended Juilliard. His career included stage performances in the New York Shakespeare Festival and voice work as the villainous Darkseid in “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.” Braugher leaves behind his wife, Ami Brabson, also an actor, whom he married in 1991.