Actor Andre Braugher Dies at 61 Years Old

( – Emmy-winning actor Andre Braugher, who started in “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” died on Monday at the age of 61 from lung cancer, CBS News reported.

Born in 1962 in Chicago, Braugher grew up in the city’s Austin neighborhood on the West Side, graduating from St. Ignatius College Prep in 1980. He then attended Stanford University where he earned a bachelor of arts degree and went on to receive a master of fine arts from Julliard in New York.

Braugher, who made his film debut in the 1989 Civil War film “Glory,” achieved widespread critical acclaim in the 1990s for his portrayal of Detective Frank Pembleton in the episodic crime drama “Homicide: Life on the Street” for which he was nominated for a best lead actor Emmy in 1996 and won the award in 1998.

After the 1998 season, Braugher left “Homicide” only to return to play Detective Pembleton again in the 2000 made-for-TV film “Homicide: The Movie.”

Braugher’s Pembleton character also appeared in an episode of “Law & Order” in 1996.

The Emmy-winning actor went on to star in the TNT series “Men of a Certain Age,” earning two more Emmy nominations for best supporting actor.

Braugher returned to television to star in the long-running Fox police comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” playing Captain Raymond Holt for all eight seasons of the series.

Also known for his voice acting, Braugher appeared in several episodes of the Netflix series “Bojack Horseman” as well as the animated films “Spirit Untamed” and “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.”

Throughout his more than 30 years in television and film, Braugher earned 11 Emmy nominations, as well as two Golden Globe nominations and 22 nominations for the NAACP Image Awards.

Braugher also appeared in several productions from the New York Shakespeare Festival, including “Twelfth Night,” “Measure for Measure,” and “As You Like It,” and won an Obie Award for playing the title role in “Henry V” in 1997.

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