Actor Andre Braugher, known for his roles as a humble cop in ‘Homicide,’ has passed away at the age of 61.

Beloved Hollywood Actor Andre Braugher Dies at 61

Hollywood is mourning the loss of beloved actor Andre Braugher, who passed away on Monday at the age of 61 after a brief illness. Braugher was best known for his roles as police officers in television shows like “Homicide: Life On The Street” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

Early Life and Career

Born in Chicago in 1962, Braugher was a graduate of Stanford University before attending Juilliard School to study drama. His big screen debut came in the 1989 Denzel Washington movie Glory, in which he portrayed the Union soldier Thomas Searles, a free Black man who joins the first Black regiment.

Braugher’s big break came when he was cast as Detective Frank Pembleton on NBC’s “Homicide: Life On The Street” in 1993. He received critical acclaim and won the lead actor Emmy for his work on the series.

Later Years and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Following his success on Homicide, Braugher continued to act consistently, winning a second Emmy for his work in the 2006 FX miniseries “Heist.” In 2013, he returned to television success with a role on the hit police show, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” playing the character Captain Raymond Holt. This show brought Braugher four Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and introduced him to a whole new generation of fans.

Personal Life

Braugher is survived by his wife Ami Brabson, and their three sons. He prioritized time with his family over pursuing bigger roles that could have made him an A-list Hollywood star. “I wanted to be there through the course of their life because I know how important fathers are,” he said in 2020.

Tributes and Remembrances

Tributes are pouring in from fans and colleagues alike. Tom Fontana, showrunner of “Homicide: Life On The Street,” praised Braugher’s talent, saying, “He could say so much with his eyes. We’d write these incredibly glorious speeches for him, and then you would see him just look at someone, and we’d sometimes go: ‘Drop the monologue. He’s already sold it.’”

Braugher’s fans have taken to social media to express their sadness at the news of his passing, with many sharing their favorite memories and performances.

Final Projects

At the time of his passing, Braugher had two unreleased projects, indicating that he was still active in the industry right up until the end.

Support and Condolences

At this time of tragedy, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Andre Braugher. He has left behind a legacy of inspiring performances and will be dearly missed.


Andre Braugher was a talented and versatile actor who had a successful career spanning both drama and comedy. His performances in Homicide and Brooklyn Nine-Nine endeared him to audiences, and he will be remembered for his contributions to the entertainment industry. Braugher’s untimely passing is a great loss to his family, friends, and fans around the world.