Andre Braugher was an American actor, achieved prominence for his portrayals of Detective Frank Pembleton in the police drama series Homicide: Life on the Street, Owen Thoreau Jr., a used car salesman in the comedy-drama series Men of a Certain Age, and Captain Raymond Holt in the police comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Age- 61 years
Height- 1.83 m
Weight- 84 kg
Full name-Andre Keith Braugher
Born- 1 July 1962
Birthplace-Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died- 11 December 2023
Spouse- Ami Brabson (m. 1991–2023)
Born on July 1, 1962, in Chicago, Braugher was the child of Sally, a postal worker, and Floyd Braugher, a heavy equipment operator. His upbringing took place in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago’s West Side.
Andre and Ami initially met and collaborated on Homicide: Life on the Street, as detailed by The Sun. Over time, their connection grew stronger, culminating in their marriage in 1991. Ami, an accomplished actress, has an extensive resume that includes roles in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Kidnapped, Six Degrees, The Jury, and the iconic ABC soap opera All My Children, among other notable projects.
Andre and Ami welcomed three children sons Michael, Isaiah and John, lived in New Jersey.
He completed his high school education at St. Ignatius College Prep and secured a scholarship to Stanford University, earning a BA in theatre in 1984. Subsequently, he pursued further studies at the Juilliard School’s Drama Division, successfully graduating in 1988.
Braugher’s introduction to film came with his role as Thomas Searles in the 1989 film Glory, portraying a free and educated black man from the North who joins the first black regiment in the Union Army. He also took on the role of Kojak’s sidekick in the late 1980s ABC television film revival of Kojak. Transitioning to television, he became known for his portrayal of Detective Frank Pembleton in the series Homicide: Life on the Street, depicting a self-righteous, fiery, unyielding, Jesuit-educated police detective. Braugher received Television Critics Association awards for individual achievement in drama in 1997 and 1998, along with a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1998.
After leaving Homicide following its sixth season, Braugher ventured into films such as City of Angels, Frequency, and Poseidon. He earned recognition in 1997 as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” by People magazine. Demonstrating his versatility, Braugher played the title role in the 1996 production of Henry V as part of the Shakespeare in the Park series, garnering an Obie Award. In 2000, he assumed the title role as Ben Gideon in the series Gideon’s Crossing, lasting one season.
Braugher’s contributions extended to narrating documentaries like Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet and The Murder of Emmett Till for PBS. His notable roles include Detective Marcellus Washington in the TV series Hack from 2002 to 2004 and Nick Atwater in the 2006 mini-series Thief, earning him a second Emmy.
In television, Braugher appeared on House, M.D. as Dr. Darryl Nolan, a psychiatrist aiding House’s recovery from addiction. He also featured in the TNT series Men of a Certain Age, earning Primetime Emmy Award nominations. His voice talent was showcased in the animated film Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, where he voiced the villain Darkseid.
Braugher’s stage presence was felt in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of The Whipping Man off-Broadway, and he narrated the introduction to the Olympic Games on NBC from 2006 to 2010. He had recurring roles in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as defense attorney Bayard Ellis and as Capt. Marcus Chaplin in ABC’s military drama TV series Last Resort. Additionally, he contributed to the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman and achieved widespread acclaim as Capt. Raymond Holt in the Golden Globe-winning TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
For his role in the latter, Braugher earned four Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
1998 · Homicide: Life on the Street
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
2006 · Thief
- Obie Award for Performance
2011, 1997 · The Whipping Man, Henry V
- Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
2016, 2014 · Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama
1998, 1997 · Homicide: Life on the Street
Net Worth 2023
At the time of his passing, his estimated net worth was reported to be approximately $8 million.
Andre Braugher’s Cause of Death
Andre Braugher, known for his roles as Captain Raymond Holt in the popular comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Detective Frank Pembleton in Homicide: Life on the Street, has passed away at the age of 61. The actor’s death on Monday, following a brief illness, was confirmed by his publicist. Braugher gained recognition for his distinctive deep voice and rose to fame with his portrayal of Detective Frank Pembleton in the NBC drama Homicide: Life on the Street, winning an Emmy in 1998.
However, it was his deadpan performance as Captain Raymond Holt in the hit comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine that catapulted him to widespread fame. Appearing alongside Andy Samberg in eight seasons, Braugher won 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.
Many former co-stars and creatives who had worked with Braugher shared tributes on social media.
In a post on Instagram, Braugher’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star Terry Crews wrote: “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. You taught me so much. I will be forever grateful for the experience of knowing you. Thank you for your wisdom, your advice, your kindness and your friendship.
Deepest condolences to your wife and family in this difficult time. You showed me what a life well lived looks like.”
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