The entertainment world is in sorrow following the unexpected passing of Andre Braugher at 61, as confirmed by his representative to People magazine.
Andre Braugher, a celebrated actor, left a lasting mark in the world of television through his roles in notable crime series such as “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Despite his recent struggle with illness, his impact on screen remains unforgettable.
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In “Homicide,” Braugher’s portrayal of Det. Frank Pemberton earned him widespread acclaim and his first Emmy in 1998. His role as Capt. Raymond Holt in the comedic series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” further showcased his talent, bringing him four Emmy nominations. Throughout his career, he was nominated for 11 Emmys, winning a second time for the 2006 miniseries “Thief.”
During the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, Braugher shared his insights with Variety, reflecting on the influence of his roles as fictional police officers. He highlighted the responsibility of cop shows in shaping public perception and the potential dangers of glorifying lawbreaking in the name of law enforcement.
im actually in shocked. we lost TWO sitcom legends this year. andre braugher and matthew perry will both be so incredibly missed. i will never forget how much joy they brought to me and i hope they continue to brighten my day pic.twitter.com/hY48cg8IUm
— kels 🎄 taycouver n3 (@shanesdemon) December 13, 2023
His impact extended beyond the screen. Nyambi Nyambi, a fellow actor from “The Good Fight,” remembered Braugher as a mentor and a source of inspiration in both acting and life. Terry Crews, Braugher’s colleague on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” shared his grief and gratitude on social media, acknowledging Braugher’s wisdom, kindness, and exemplary life.
Andre Braugher’s illustrious journey in acting began in 1989, featuring in movies like “Glory” with Denzel Washington, various TV shows including “Kojak,” and stage productions that earned him Obie Awards. His talent and charisma touched the hearts of many, as seen in the outpouring of tributes on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter).
Fans expressed their admiration and grief, with one remembering Braugher’s iconic role in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and another lamenting the loss of two sitcom legends, Braugher and Matthew Perry, in the same year.
Born in Chicago, Braugher was a proud alumnus of Stanford University and Juilliard. He is survived by his wife, Ami Brabson, and their children, John Wesley, Michael, and Isaiah Braugher.
As we mourn the loss of such a talented artist and human being, our thoughts and prayers are with Andre Braugher’s family, friends, and fans during this tough time.