Andre Braugher‘s publicist revealed on Thursday that the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor died after a brief illness of lung cancer. Jennifer Allen told The New York Times about Braugher’s condition. Braugher, originally from Chicago, was 61 years old.
Braugher’s initial film debut would come in the Oscar-winning Glory from 1989. Braugher also appeared in a number of Kojak TV movies alongside Telly Savalas. Then, he would find a breakthrough role as Detective Frank Pembleton on the NBC drama Homicide: Life on the Street.
The show received great acclaim during its seven-season run. For his work, Braugher won an Emmy Award in 1998 while also getting two Emmy nominations, TVLine reports.
Andre Braugher Found New Direction With Comedy
After that show ended, Braugher also worked on shows like Gideon’s Crossing on ABC, Hack on CBS, and Men of a Certain Age for TNT. These were short-lived series. Braugher won another Emmy for being on the FX miniseries Thief.
But he would turn to comedy and join up with Andy Samberg’s vehicle Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He picked up four additional Emmy nominations. They were for best-supporting actor in a comedy.
At one point, Braugher even found himself thinking about his turn into comedy. After all, he’d played so many serious roles in his career. Braugher talked about his career turning into a new role with Variety.
“Everything’s new. I’d never done it before. Am I any good?” Braugher said, asking himself a question. “I remember turning to my wife and asking her, ‘Is this funny?’ And she said, ‘Yes, of course, you’re not being deceived.’ But I kept looking at it, saying to myself, is this good? I couldn’t judge.”
Actor Liked Playing Holt On Show
He added, “Holt is a really, really wonderful character, but I think in anybody else’s hands, it might have been something foolish, something silly.”
Some stars from that show have been posting their tributes to Braugher. Melissa Fumero wrote, “I will remember all the advice you gave me. I will remember all the times we laughed because your laugh was one of the all-time greatest laughs to have ever existed… I really thought I’d see you again.”
That show ended in 2021. Braugher was next seen in Paramount+’s The Good Fight and his most recent work was for Netflix’s The Residence.
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