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Andre Braugher, Star of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ Passes Away at the Age of 61

In a notable loss to the entertainment industry, Andre Braugher, celebrated for his roles in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Homicide: Life on The Street,” has died at the age of 61. The announcement of his passing was made by his publicist, Jennifer Allen, who revealed that the actor succumbed to a brief illness on Monday.

A Breakthrough in “Glory” and Early Struggles

Born in Chicago, Braugher achieved widespread recognition with his breakthrough role in the 1989 film “Glory,” sharing the screen with Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington. Despite this success, he candidly discussed the challenges faced by African American actors in Hollywood, where opportunities were scarce.

Emmy Triumphs with “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Thief”

Braugher solidified his standing with the role of Det. Frank Pembleton in “Homicide: Life on the Street,” earning an Emmy in 1998 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. His second Emmy came in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for the limited series “Thief” on FX, contributing to a total of 11 Emmy nominations in his illustrious career.

Shifting to Comedy with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

In a significant departure from his dramatic roles, Braugher embraced comedy as Captain Raymond Holt in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” a series that spanned eight seasons from 2013 to 2021. This marked a notable shift for the actor, known for his association with dark and intense dramas.

Legacy and Personal Life

Married to his ‘Homicide’ co-star Ami Brabson for over 30 years, Braugher leaves behind a legacy of exceptional performances. His impact on both drama and comedy resonates through the entertainment world. The news of his passing was initially reported by Deadline.

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