Emmy Award-Winning Actor Andre Braugher Has Joined the Ancestors


December 15, 2023

The Emmy Award-winning actor leaves a legacy of outstanding performances.

Andre Braugher was born on July 1, 1962 in Chicago. As the youngest of four children his early life in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago’s West Side laid the foundation for his admired career, Block Club Chicago reports.

Initially pursuing engineering at Stanford University, he discovered his love for acting, ultimately graduating with a BA in theatre in 1984. He continued honing his craft at the Juilliard School’s Drama Division, graduating in 1988.

Braugher’s career took flight with his first film role in the 1989 film “Glory,” portraying Thomas Searles, a free, educated black man joining the first black regiment in the Union Army. His role as Detective Frank Pembleton in the television series “Homicide: Life on the Street” earned him critical acclaim, including Television Critics Association awards and a Primetime Emmy Award in 1998. Beyond television, Braugher showcased his versatility in films such as “City of Angels,” “Frequency,” and “Poseidon.”

In 2006, Braugher starred in the mini-series “Thief,” earning him a second Emmy, and portrayed General Hager in the 2007 film “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” He continued to make impactful appearances in series like “House, M.D.,” “Men of a Certain Age,” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” From 2013 to 2021, Braugher graced the screen as Captain Raymond Holt in the Golden Globe-winning TV series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” His performance earned him four Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

On December 11, 2023, Jennifer Allen, Braugher’s publicist, announced that he passed away after a brief illness. He was 61. His death marks the end of a storied career, leaving a void in the entertainment industry. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Braugher is remembered for his warmth and kindness, with co-stars expressing gratitude for the privilege of working alongside such a talented and genuine individual.


Braugher is survived by his wife, actress Ami Brabson, and their three sons – Michael, Isaiah, and John Wesley.

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