Andre Braugher Biography


Birthday: July 1, 1962 (Cancer)

Born In: Chicago, Illinois

Andre Braugher was an American actor best recognized for playing the role of Detective Frank Pembleton in the series ‘Homicide: Life on the Street,’ Captain Raymond Holt in the series, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and Owen Thoreau Jr. in the show ‘Men of a Certain Age’. He also appeared in many other TV programs including 'Gideon's Crossing', 'Jackie Chan Adventures', 'Hack', 'Thief' and ‘Last Resort'. The actor also did several TV movies such as 'Murder in Mississippi', 'The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson', 'The Tuskegee Airmen', 'Love Songs', 'Soldier's Girl' and '10,000 Black Men Named George', to name a few. As a film actor, he appeared in supporting roles in various movies like ‘Primal Fear’, ‘Glory’, ‘Frequency’, ‘City of Angels’, ‘The Mist’, ‘Poseidon’ and ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’. Talking about Braugher’s awards and honors, he received the ‘NAACP Image Award’ for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in ‘Homicide: Life on the Street.’ The same performance also fetched him the ‘Satellite Award’ under the category Best Actor – Television Series Drama and the Primetime Emmy Award under the category ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series’. Besides these, the American star won a Primetime Emmy Award as well as an NAACP Image Award for ‘Thief.’ His performance in ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ fetched him two Critics' Choice Television Awards and a Satellite Award.

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Also Known As: Andre Keith Braugher

Died At Age: 61


Spouse/Ex-: Ami Brabson (m. 1991)

father: Floyd Braugher

mother: Sally Braugher

children: Isaiah Braugher, John Wesley Braugher, Michael Braugher

Born Country: United States

Actors Black Actors

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males

Died on: December 11, 2023

City: Chicago, Illinois

U.S. State: Illinois, African-American From Illinois

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education: St. Ignatius College Prep, Stanford University, Juilliard’s School


Andre Braugher made his film debut in the year 1989 with the flick ‘Glory’. After this, he did the TV movie ‘Murder in Mississippi’. Then in 1993, he was cast as Detective Frank Pembleton in the series ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’, a role he played until 1998. During this time, the actor also appeared in the films ‘Primal Fear’, ‘Get on the Bus’ and ‘City of Angels’. Soon after this, he had a role in the television movies ‘Passing Glory’ and ‘Love Songs’.

During 2000 and 2001, Braugher did a handful of TV and big-screen projects, such as ‘A Better Way to Die’, ‘Frequency’, ‘Gideon's Crossing’ and ‘Jackie Chan Adventures’. He was then cast as Marcellus Washington in the series ‘Hack’ in 2002. Two years later, the American actor got featured in the miniseries ‘Salem's Lot’ as well as in the program ‘The Jury’.

From 2006 to 2008, Braugher had roles in the series ‘Thief’ and ‘The Andromeda Strain’ and in the films ’Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’, ‘The Mist’ and ‘Passengers’. Soon after this, he appeared in the shows ‘House’ and ‘Men of a Certain Age’. In 2011, the actor was cast as Bayard Ellis in ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’. The following year, he began playing Captain Marcus Chaplin on ‘Last Resort’. Then in 2013, Braugher joined the cast of the series ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ as Captain Ray Holt. The show ran for 8 seasons and aired its final episode in 2021. In 2014, he played Dean Fuller in the crime drama flick ‘The Gambler’.

He went on to star in television series and films such as ‘Emily & Tim,’ ‘New Girl,’ ‘BoJack Horseman,’ ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience,’ ‘The Good Fight,’ ‘Spirit Untamed,’ and ‘She Said.’ In 2023, he starred as a narrator in the episode "The Lie Detector" of the television program ‘American Experience.’ That same year, he was cast to play ‘A.B. Wynter’ in the mystery-drama streaming television series ‘The Residence.’ The show marked his final on-screen performance.

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Personal Life

Andre Braugher was born on July 1, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois, USA to Floyd and Sally Braugher. He grew up with three older siblings. He studied at the St. Ignatius College Prep and later attended Stanford University. He then enrolled at the Juilliard School's Drama Division and graduated from there in 1988.

Talking about the actor’s love life, he married actress Ami Brabson in 1991. The couple has three sons: Michael, Isaiah, and John.

He died on December 11, 2023, at the age of 61, following a brief illness.


Primetime Emmy Awards
2006 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Thief (2006)
1998 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993)

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