Andre Braugher Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Star Was 61

LOS ANGELES - SEP 16: Andre Braugher at the NBC & Vanity Fair's 2014-2015 TV Season Event at Hyde Sunset on September 16, 2014 in West Hollywood, CA — Photo by Jean_Nelson/Deposit Photos

Andre Braugher, a two-time Emmy winner known for his larger-than-life performances on Homicide: Life on the Street; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, has died. He as 61.

Braugher passed Monday following a short illness, his longtime rep Jennifer Allen told The Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times Tuesday evening.

The actor starred with Denzel Washington and Matthew Broderick in the 1989 Civil War drama Glory.

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His star rose higher on television, as brash “Det. Frank Pembleton” on Homicide: Life on the Street. As Pembleton worked murder cases in Baltimore, he was known for grilling suspects in the interrogation room known as “the box.”

Braugher starred on the series from 1993 to 1998, and took home a Primetime Emmy Award for his work on the show. He left the series before it concluded, but returned for Homicide: The Movie in 2000.

He picked up his second Emmy in 2006 for his work on the miniseries Thief.

He would later go on to play defense lawyer “Bayard Ellis” on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; “Owen Thoreau Jr.” on the comedy Men of a Certain Age, and “Capt. Raymond Holt” on the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

The actor was born in Chicago in 1962. After graduating from high school, he earned a B.A. in theatre from Stanford University and a master’s degree from Juilliard.

According to his IMDb page, he had roles in over 60 films and TV shows.

Among his many credits were the films Primal Fear (1996), Get on the Bus (1996), City of Angels (1998), Duets (2000), Salt (2010), and the TV shows Gideon’s Crossing, Hack, House, BoJack Horseman, and The Good Fight.

More recently, Braugher portrayed New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet in the critically acclaimed 2022 #MeToo film, She Said.

He is survived by his wife, actress Ami Brabson; sons Michael, Isaiah and John Wesley; his brother Charles; and mom Sally.