With a heavy heart, we bid farewell to Andre Braugher, the incredibly gifted actor celebrated for his unforgettable roles as Captain Raymond Holt in the cherished comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Detective Frank Pembleton in Homicide: Life on the Street. At 61, Braugher passed away on Monday after a brief illness, as confirmed by his publicist.
Known for his distinctive deep voice, Andre Braugher initially gained widespread acclaim with his compelling presence on the NBC drama Homicide: Life on the Street, captivating audiences from 1992 to 1998. His standout portrayal of the determined Detective Frank Pembleton not only left an indelible mark on viewers but also earned him an Emmy in 1998. Yet, it was truly his deadpan and utterly captivating performance as Captain Raymond Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine that endeared him to fans worldwide, solidifying a special place in their hearts. Over eight seasons alongside Andy Samberg, Braugher secured two Critics Choice Awards for best supporting actor in a comedy series and received four Emmy nominations for his role as Holt—the precinct’s no-nonsense, Black, and gay leader.
Born in Chicago in 1962 as the youngest of four children, Braugher pursued his passion for theatre with a scholarship at Stanford before refining his craft at the Juilliard School for drama. His cinematic debut in 1989’s Glory, portraying a Union soldier in one of the earliest African American regiments of the Civil War, earned three Oscars, including best supporting actor for co-star Denzel Washington.
In the years that followed, Braugher showcased his versatility in television films, notably participating in revivals of classic crime series such as Kojak. However, it was in the critically acclaimed police drama Homicide: Life on the Street where he truly made his mark, achieving breakout success. In 2006, Braugher secured his second Emmy for the miniseries Thief, where his commanding presence as the leader of a heist, skillfully navigating high-stakes operations while contending with family conflicts, captured the attention and admiration of audiences and critics alike.
Throughout his three-decade career, Braugher received a total of 11 Emmy nominations, often gravitating towards roles in military and police settings, exemplified by his beloved portrayal on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. His diverse repertoire included playing a cop with insider knowledge on the series Hack, a navy captain in the military drama Last Resort, and a general in the sci-fi miniseries The Andromeda Strain.
Andre Braugher leaves behind a legacy of captivating performances, earning the admiration and respect of audiences worldwide. He will be deeply missed.
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