‘Homicide’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Actor Andre Braugher Dies at 61

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He was best recognized for his roles as stern police officers in two critically praised television programs that were extremely different from one another. One of the shows was a comedy, and the other was a drama.

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The year 2018 saw Andre Braugher. The majority of his fame came from his roles in a number of critically regarded television series.
It was announced on Monday that Andre Braugher, an actor who had won an Emmy Award and was best known for his roles as stoic police detectives on the television shows “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Homicide: Life on the Street,” had passed away. He was 61 years old.

The news of his passing was announced on Tuesday by Jennifer Allen, who had been his publicist for many years. She informed me that Mr. Braugher, who resided in New Jersey, had passed away following a brief bout with illness. She did not provide any other details.

There was a crime drama in Baltimore in the 1990s called “Homicide,” which documented the challenges of policing a city that was plagued with killings. Mr. Braugher had a breakthrough role as an obsessive police officer on the show. In the final years of his life, he spent his time portraying another serious police officer in the series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” but in a totally different register. The series was a sitcom, and he performed his character as a police commander for the purpose of providing an entertaining experience. Additionally, he was praised for his portrayal of an out gay police officer who did not conform to any preconceived notions.

In the interim, he demonstrated his versatility by portraying roles as varied as Henry V from Shakespeare, Owen Thoreau Jr., a car salesman, and an executive editor of The New York Times who was struggling with the investigative reporting that would usher in the #MeToo era.”I’ve worked with a lot of wonderful actors,” David Simon, a former writer for the Baltimore Sun who penned the book that “Homicide” was based on years before he developed the legendary crime drama “The Wire,” said in a post on social media. “I’ve worked with a lot of actors.” The phrase “I’ll never work with one better”The first day of July, 1962, Andre Keith Braugher was born in Chicago, and he spent his childhood on the West Side of the city. A member of the United States Postal Service, Sally Braugher was his mother’s place of employment. He was named after his father, Floyd Braugher, who worked for the state of Illinois as a heavy-equipment operator.

According to what he said to The New York Times in 2014, “We lived in a ghetto.” It would have been possible for me to pretend that I was tough or hard and not a square. Ultimately, I did not find myself in any difficulties. Even though I don’t consider myself to be particularly wise, I will admit that it is pretty obvious that some people want to go, while others do not want to leave what they are in. I desired to leave.”

 

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Mr. Braugher received a scholarship to attend Stanford University after completing his high school education at St. Ignatius College Prep, a Jesuit Catholic high school located in Chicago. A prominent institution. When he gravitated toward acting instead of becoming an engineer, his father, who had always wanted his son to be an engineer, was furious.

His father urged him at the time, “Show me Black actors who are earning a living,” and he was pleased to hear this. “Juggle and travel the country? What the hell are you going to do with your entire life?”

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Stanford University, Mr. Braugher went on to receive a master’s degree in fine arts from the Juilliard School.

The film “Glory,” which was released in 1989 and won an Academy Award, was one of his first professional acting jobs. The film was about African-American soldiers who fought for the Union during the American Civil War. There were a number of well-known actors in the cast, including Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, and Matthew Broderick.

“I’d rather not work than do a part I’m ashamed of,” Mr. Braugher said in an interview with The Times in that year. As of right now, I am able to say that my mother will be pleased with me when she sees me performing in this capacity.

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There is a troop of African-American soldiers who are clothed in Union uniforms.
In the film “Glory,” Mr. Braugher is pictured on the far left, next to Denzel Washington. One of his first parts in a professional acting career was this one.Image courtesy of Everett Collection, courtesy of Alamy

In spite of the fact that he frequently lived and worked in California, Mr. Braugher persisted on residing in New Jersey. He would go on to star in a great number of additional films. Two films that stood out as particularly noteworthy were “Get on the Bus” (1996), which told the story of a group of African-American men who were on their way to Washington for the Million Man March, and “City of Angels” (1998), which told the story of an angel (Nicolas Cage) who falls in love with a physician (Meg Ryan).


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