Beloved Actor André Braugher Passes Away at 61, Leaving Behind a Storied Legacy

Following a brief illness, actor Andre Braugher, who twice won an Emmy and starred in the popular television series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Homicide: Life on the Street,” passed away on Monday. He was sixty-one.

Jennifer Allen, Braugher’s publicist, verified the death announcement.

From 2013 to 2021, Braugher was popular for playing the honorable Captain Raymond Holt in the police procedural comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

His character quickly became a fan’s favorite due to his stoic, no-nonsense demeanor combined with a strong sense of humanity, particularly when he was paired with Andy Samberg’s hotshot Det. Jake Peralta in a scene.

He won a lead actor Emmy for his role as Detective Frank Pembleton on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on Street” in 1998, his last year on the series.

One of the breakout stars from the critically acclaimed police drama starring Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, and David Simon—a former Baltimore Sun reporter and author of the 1991 nonfiction book “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets”—was Braugher, thanks to his powerful performance.

For his role as a master criminal on FX’s 2006 series “Thief,” Braugher was awarded another Emmy for miniseries or movies.

He confronted the complicated legacy of playing police officers throughout his career in a 2020 Variety cover story. “To quote, ‘defend the law,’ cops breaking the law is a terrible slippery slope.

It has justified and excused lawbreaking worldwide, granting license to it, the speaker claimed. 

“It is an issue that all police departments will need to tackle together.”

Different roles played by André Braugher

Braugher, a Chicago native, studied drama at Juilliard School after earning a degree from Stanford University.

In the film “Glory,” he portrayed Thomas Searles, a free black man who enlists in the first black regiment, in his first role on screen as a Union soldier. He played Kojak’s sidekick in the TV movie revival of “Kojak,” after which he went on to “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

In addition, he appeared in “Hack” from 2002 to 2004 as a detective before recasting the role as a psychiatrist on “House, M.D.” Braugher received two Primetime Emmy nominations for “Men of a Certain Age” as a supporting actor.

With roles in “City of Angels,” “Frequency,” “Poseidon,” “Primal Fear,” “Duets,” “The Mist,” “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” “Salt,” and “The Gambler,” he continued to make appearances in feature films as his TV career grew. 

In an interview, Andre said that his family was more important than pursuing a big lead role. Though, in his opinion, it could have been more, “it has been an interesting career.”

He added, “I believe that additional disciplines could have been included, such as producing, directing, and all these other varied things. However, I would have lost my own life in the process.”

His three children and wife Ami Brabson, who also made an appearance in “Homicide: Life on the Street,” survive him.

What happened to Andre Braugher?

The actor from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Homicide: Life on the Street,” Andre Braugher, passed away at the age of 61.

His representatives only stated a “brief illness” as the cause of his death, according to TMZ. Jennifer Allen, Braugher’s publicist, informed of his passing.

Although the public learned of Braugher’s passing on December 12, Deadline reported that he passed away on Monday, December 11, 2023.

The subject of Braugher’s July Instagram post was a theatrical production. It is not clear from the page that Braugher struggled with his health.

“It was clear by that time that guys like me have bull’s-eyes on our back,” he stated in 2020 about a play that was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. “It was probably time to step down because I am 58 years old, overweight, and have high blood pressure.”

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