“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Star Andre Braugher Passes Away At 61

The creators of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” released a statement expressing sorrow on the actor’s passing.

Andre Braugher, the acclaimed actor known for his roles in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Homicide: Life on the Street,” passed away at the age of 61 on December 10.

His death was caused by “a brief illness,” as confirmed by his publicist Jennifer Allen on December 11.

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In “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Andre starred alongside Andy Samberg as Captain Ray Holt for eight seasons, spanning from 2013 to 2021. His performance earned him four Emmy nominations and two Critics Choice awards for the best supporting actor in a comedy series.

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Dan Goor and Michael Shur, the creators of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” expressed sorrow and reminisced about their collaboration with Andre on the show in a statement to Deadline.

“Like everyone who was fortunate enough to know Andre, we are heartbroken by the news of his passing. He was one of the most talented dramatic actors in history, and then he decided to try comedy, and he was instantly one of the funniest people ever to do it.”

They added, “But even greater than his acting talent was the happiness and joy he brought to those around him.”

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Before he got into comedy, Andre established himself as a dramatic actor through his role as Detective Frank Pembleton in “Homicide” from 1992 to 1998. This breakout role earned him his first Emmy in 1998 for the lead actor in a drama series.

His acting skills got him another Emmy win for lead actor in a miniseries in 2006, where he portrayed Nick Atwater in “Thief.”

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Andre’s final film role was as New York Times Editor Dean Baquet in “She Said,” a film talking about the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of sexual abuse and harassment in show business and the media.

More details regarding Andre’s cause of death have not yet been released as of the time of writing.

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