Two-time Emmy-winning star André Braugher, who first starred opposite Denzel Washington in ‘Glory,’ died on Monday at age 61, according to reports.
We’ve lost another iconic Black actor whose award-winning roles have helped increase Black representation in film. According to a Deadline report, two-time Emmy-winner André Braugher died Monday at age 61 after a brief illness.
Braugher — whose career began starring opposite Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman in the Civil War-focused film ‘Glory’ — recently had a career resurgence playing the cantankerous, yet cuddly, Captain Ray Holt in the hit comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” with “SNL” alumnus Andy Samberg. However, most Black folks might know Braugher’s work from his roles in hard-hitting TV police dramas.
As Baltimore Police detective Frank Pembleton in the NBC drama “Homicide: Life on the Street” (1993-1999), Braugher’s screen presence was unmatched when it came to the nuanced acting that made him believable as an interrogator who could pull confessions from criminals. The show brought Braugher together on screen with fellow Black acting icons such as Yaphet Kotto, James Earl Jones, and he frequently got to share scenes with his wife, fellow actor Ami Brabson, who also played his wife in the show.
Upon hearing the news of Braugher’s passing, fellow “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Terry Crews posted a tribute to his Instagram in which he called him an “irreplaceable talent.”
“You taught me so much,” Crews shared about Braugher. “I will be forever grateful for the experience of knowing you.”
Comedian Chelsea Peretti, who is married to our favorite horror film auteur Jordan Peele, and played Braugher’s assistant in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” also posted a tribute. “Love you ❤️ Will miss your dulcet tones,” she wrote, captioning a photo of Braugher in character. “Forever lucky to have gone on such a journey with you.”
Born and raised in Chicago, Braugher attended Stanford University and Juilliard. He received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his role as Dr. Ben Gideon in “Gideon’s Crossing” (2000) and was also acclaimed for his role in “Hack.” He also starred and served as executive producer in the Showtime Original Film “10,000 Black Men Named George,” with Mario Van Peebles and Charles Dutton, and received an NAACP Award nomination for his role in the film.
Braugher recently played New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet in the #MeToo-focused film “She Said,” and he reportedly had a new series in the works with Netflix called “Residence” after he wrapped up starring as lawyer Ri’Chard Lane in the sixth and final season of Paramount+’s “The Good Fight,” alongside Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald.