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Acclaimed ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Actor Andre Braugher Passes Away at 61

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LOS ANGELES, USA – Andre Braugher, celebrated for his versatile acting skills and memorable roles in television and film, has passed away at the age of 61 after a brief illness, as confirmed by his representative Jennifer Allen on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.

The nature of the illness was not disclosed.

Renowned for his portrayals of police officers, Braugher’s career was marked by critically acclaimed performances.

He won an Emmy for his role as Detective Frank Pembleton in the 1990s series “Homicide: Life on the Street” and later captivated a new generation as Capt. Ray Holt in NBC’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

NBC Entertainment paid tribute to Braugher, stating, “Andre Braugher was the actor that others in the profession would always aspire to be.” His ability to blend dramatic intensity with comedic talent was particularly evident in his role in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” earning him widespread admiration.

Andre Braugher, Craig Robinson, and Andy Samberg in Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013)
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE: L-R: Andy Samberg, guest star Craig Robinson and Andre Braugher in the second part of the one-hour Fall Finale episode of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, ÒThe Fugitive Part 2,Ó airing on a special night, Sunday, Jan. 1 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. | John P Fleenor/FOX

Braugher’s illustrious career spanned over three decades, earning him 11 Emmy nominations and two wins. He was also recognized for his performance in the FX Network production “Thief,” for which he won an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or a movie in 2006.

His acting repertoire extended beyond television. Braugher had notable roles in “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Tuskegee Airmen,” and “Gideon’s Crossing.” His career milestones ranged from the historical drama “Glory” in 1989 to the comedy “Men of a Certain Age” in 2009-11, demonstrating his range and depth as an actor.

In “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” his portrayal of Capt. Holt, a stoic and principled police captain, provided a perfect foil to the humor of Andy Samberg’s character, Detective Jake Peralta. The show’s successful run on Fox and later NBC until 2021 highlighted Braugher’s enduring appeal.

Braugher, a Chicago native, was a graduate of Stanford University and held a master’s degree in fine arts from the Juilliard School. His early career included playing alongside the late Telly Savalas in television movies based on the detective Kojak.

Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher as Capt. Ray Holt in NBC’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

His contributions to the stage were also significant, earning Obie Awards for his performances in “Henry V” and “The Whipping Man” in New York City.

Braugher’s directorial debut came in 1999 with an episode of the Showtime trilogy “Love Songs.”

He is survived by his wife, Ami Brabson, who also featured in “Homicide: Life on the Street,” and their three sons. Braugher’s passing leaves a void in the acting world, where his legacy of powerful performances and a distinguished career will continue to inspire.

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