LOS ANGELES — Emmy-winning actor Andre Braugher, known for his roles in “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” has passed away at the age of 61 after a brief illness, according to his representative. Details regarding the illness remain undisclosed. Braugher’s representative Jennifer Allen confirmed the news of his death on Monday.
Born in Chicago, Braugher started his acting career as the sidekick to Telly Savalas’ character in several made-for-television movies based on the New York City detective Kojak. However, he gained widespread recognition for his portrayal of police detective Frank Pembleton in the 1990s series “Homicide: Life on the Street,” for which he won an Emmy. Braugher’s talent extended beyond drama, showcasing his comedic abilities as Captain Ray Holt on NBC’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” from 2013 onwards.
NBC Entertainment released a statement mourning Braugher’s passing, lauding his skill as an actor and recognizing his comedic brilliance in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Throughout his career, Braugher received 11 Emmy nominations and won the prestigious award twice, once for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie in 2006 for his role in “Thief,” and another for outstanding lead actor in a drama series in 1998 for his performance in “Homicide: Life on the Street.”
In addition to his television work, Braugher appeared on shows such as “Law & Order: SVU” and had notable roles in films like “The Tuskegee Airmen.” He also ventured into directing, making his debut with an episode of the Showtime trilogy “Love Songs” in 1999. Braugher’s talent extended to the stage, where he earned Obie Awards for his performances in “Henry V” and “Whipping Man” in New York City.
Survived by his wife Ami Brabson, also an actor on “Homicide: Life on the Street,” as well as their three sons, Braugher’s acting career spanned several decades, showcasing his versatility and range. From critically acclaimed films like “Glory” to the hit comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Braugher’s talent left an indelible mark in the entertainment industry.