Beloved Actor André Braugher Passes Away at 61


Beloved Brooklyn Nine-Nine Star Andre Braugher Dies at 61

It is with deep sorrow that we report the passing of André Braugher, the esteemed actor renowned for his roles as Captain Raymond Holt on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and Detective Frank Pembleton on “Homicide: Life on the Street.” 

With a foundation in theater from Stanford and Juilliard, Braugher made his screen debut in the 1989 Civil War drama “Glory,” starring alongside luminaries such as Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, and Matthew Broderick. From 1993 to 1998, he brought Detective Frank Pembleton to life on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street,” earning accolades, including an Emmy in 1998.

Following his tenure on “Homicide,” Braugher’s career underwent a renaissance with roles in short-lived series like “Gideon’s Crossing,” “Hack,” and “Men of a Certain Age.” His exceptional performance in the miniseries “Thief” garnered him another Emmy in 2006.

A late-career triumph awaited Braugher with the beloved police sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” where his portrayal of the stern yet multifaceted Captain Holt became iconic over the show’s eight seasons.

In addition to his television success, Braugher showcased his versatile talent in supporting roles in major films, including “Primal Fear,” “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” and “The Mist.” His contribution extended to TV miniseries and movies, earning him a total of 11 Emmy nominations.

Beyond the screen, Braugher was a distinguished stage actor, gracing productions of Shakespearean plays and various theatrical performances. His commitment to the arts extended to serving on the board of the Classical Theatre of Harlem.André Braugher is survived by his wife Ami Brabson and their three sons.