Andre Braugher

Remembering Andre Braugher: A Legacy of Laughter and Impactful Performances

Last Updated: 13 December 2023By

In the realm of television, few names shine as brightly as Andre Braugher, who brought characters like Detective Frank Pembleton in Homicide: Life on the Street and Captain Raymond Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine to life. On Monday, the world bid farewell to this legendary actor at the age of 61, following a brief illness.

Braugher’s commanding presence and distinctive deep voice made him an instant standout. His career took flight with the NBC drama Homicide, where he clinched an Emmy for his portrayal of the determined Detective Frank Pembleton. However, it was his deadpan brilliance as Captain Raymond Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine that etched his name into the hearts of audiences globally. Garnering two Critics Choice Awards and four Emmy nominations, Braugher’s comedic genius left an enduring legacy.

Born in Chicago in 1962, Braugher’s three-decade career saw him earn accolades and 11 Emmy nominations. His breakthrough came in Homicide, where he portrayed Detective Pembleton as the “smartest, sharpest master of the art of interrogation.”

In a 2020 interview, Braugher delved into the challenges of portraying law enforcement on television, emphasizing the need for a collective examination of its impact on societal perceptions.

Andre Braugher

Beyond the screen, Braugher’s co-stars and industry peers poured out tributes. Terry Crews, Braugher’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star, expressed gratitude for the wisdom and kindness he imparted. Chelsea Peretti fondly recalled Braugher’s “dulcet tones” and the privilege of sharing the screen with him.

Andre Braugher’s legacy encompasses a rich tapestry of roles in television and film, each delivered with depth and authenticity. His recent performances in She Said and The Good Fight showcased his versatility, leaving an indomitable mark on the world of entertainment. He is survived by his wife, actor Ami Brabson, their three sons, and extended family.

As we say goodbye to this luminary of the screen, let us celebrate Andre Braugher’s profound contributions—a legacy destined to echo through the corridors of entertainment for generations.