Andre Braugher

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Andre Braugher
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Braugher at the 2011 Peabody Awards
Born (1962-07-01) July 1, 1962 (age 52)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Education Stanford University (BA; 1984)
Juilliard School (MFA; 1988)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Ami Brabson (m. 1991)
Children 3

Andre Braugher (/ˈbrər/; born July 1, 1962) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Thomas Searles in the film Glory, Detective Frank Pembleton on Homicide: Life on the Street from 1993 to 1998 and again in the 2000 made-for-TV film, Owen Thoreau Jr. on the TNT show Men of a Certain Age, and his Emmy nominated performance as Captain Ray Holt on the Golden Globe-winning best comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Early life and education[edit]

Braugher, the youngest of four children, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Sally, a postal worker, and Floyd Braugher, a heavy-equipment operator.[1] He attended St. Ignatius College Prep and later graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in theater in 1984. He then attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division (Group 17: 1984-1988),[2] graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1988.[3] He was acknowledged as the Most Outstanding Theater Student at graduation.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Braugher's first film role was in the 1989's Glory as Thomas Searles, a free, educated black man from the North who joins the first black regiment in the Union Army.

He subsequently moved on to a role on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street as Det. Frank Pembleton, a self-righteous, fiery, unyielding, Jesuit-educated police detective. Playing opposite Kyle Secor (who portrayed Det. Tim Bayliss), Braugher became the series' breakout star. He received Television Critics Association awards for individual achievement in drama in 1997 and 1998. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a drama series in 1996 and 1998, winning in the latter year.

He left Homicide after its sixth season but returned for the successful reunion television film. He has also starred in the films City of Angels and Poseidon. He played Kojak's side-kick in the late-1980s ABC television film revival of Kojak.

In 1997 he was selected by People as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World".[4]

At New York City's Shakespeare in the Park Festival from June 18 to July 14, 1996 at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, Braugher played the title role in Henry V for which he received an Obie Award. In 2000, he played the title role as Ben Gideon in the series Gideon's Crossing, which lasted one season.

In 2002, Braugher narrated the award-winning, PBS-broadcast documentary Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, produced by Unity Productions Foundation and recently re-issued.

He played Detective Marcellus Washington in the TV series Hack from 2002-2004. In 2006, Braugher starred as Nick Atwater in the mini-series Thief for FX Networks, winning a second Emmy for his performance. He portrayed General Hager in the 2007 film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Braugher appeared on the TV series House, M.D. as Dr. Nolan, a psychiatrist who helps House recover from his addiction to Vicodin. He also appeared in the TNT series Men of a Certain Age, for which he was nominated twice as Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He also voiced the villain Darkseid in the animated film, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.[5]

Braugher co-starred in the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of The Whipping Man, off-Broadway, for a limited run from January–March 2011. He narrated the introduction to the Olympic Games on NBC from 2006 to 2010, succeeding James Earl Jones in the role.[6] Braugher also narrated James Patterson's Alex Cross book Cross Fire (2010).

He has a recurring role as defense attorney Bayard Ellis on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and appears as the lead character, Capt. Marcus Chaplin, in ABC's military drama TV series Last Resort. He stars in the fall 2013 TV series Brooklyn Nine Nine as the precinct captain Ray Holt.

Personal life[edit]

In 1991, Braugher married Ami Brabson, an actress who later played Pembleton's wife Mary on Homicide. The couple has three sons: Michael (1992), Isaiah (1997), and John Wesley (JW) (2003). They reside in South Orange, New Jersey. Braugher and his family are Unitarian Universalists.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Kojak: Ariana Detective Winston Blake Television movie
1989 Glory Cpl. Thomas Searles
1990 Kojak: Flowers for Matty Detective Winston Blake Television movie
1990 Kojak: It's Always Something Detective Winston Blake Television movie
1990 Murder in Mississippi Dennis Television movie
1990 Kojak: None for Blind Detective Winston Blake Television movie
1990 Somebody has to Shoot the Picture Dan Weston Television movie
1990 The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson Television movie
1991 Kojak: Fatal Flaw Detective Winston Blake Television movie
1993 Class of '61 Lucius Television movie
1993 Striking Distance District Attorney Frank Morris
1995 The Tuskegee Airmen Benjamin O. Davis Television move
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1996 Primal Fear Tommy Goodman
1996 Get on the Bus Flip
1998 Thick as Thieves Dink
1998 City of Angels Cassiel Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
1999 Passing Glory Father Joseph Verrett Television movie
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1999 Love Songs Ellis Television movie
1999 It's the Rage Tim
2000 A Better Way to Die Cleveland
2000 Homicide: The Movie Detective Frank Pembleton Television movie
2000 Frequency Satch DeLeon Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Suspense
2000 Duets Raggie Kane
2002 10,000 Black Men Named George A. Philip Randolph Television movie
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2003 Soldier's Girl Sergeant Carlos Diaz Television movie
2004 Salem's Lot Matt Burke Television movie
2006 Poseidon Captain Bradford
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer General Hager
2007 The Mist Brent Norton
2008 Passengers Perry
2009 Live! Don
2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Darkseid
2010 Salt Secretary of Defense
2012 The Baytown Outlaws Millard

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993–1998 Homicide: Life on the Street Detective Frank Pembleton 100 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (1997–98)
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1996–99)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series
1996 Law & Order Detective Frank Pembleton Episode: "Charm City"
2000–2001 Gideon's Crossing Dr. Ben Gideon 20 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2000–01)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
2000–2001 Jackie Chan Adventures Derge 3 episodes
2001 The Practice Dr. Ben Gideon Episode: "Gideon's Crossover"
2002–2004 Hack Marcellus Washington 40 episodes
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
2004 The Jury Judge Loren Price 2 episodes
2006 Thief Nick Atwater 6 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2008 The Andromeda Strain General George W. Mancheck 4 episodes
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2009–2012 House Dr. Darryl Nolan 4 episodes
2010 Miami Medical Dr. William Rayner Episode: "Pilot"
2009–2011 Men of a Certain Age Owen Thoreau, Jr. 22 episodes
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2010–11)
2011–2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bayard Ellis 5 episodes
2012–2013 Last Resort Captain Marcus Chaplin 13 episodes
2013–present Brooklyn Nine-Nine Captain Ray Holt 22 episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1995 Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series Homicide: Life on the Street Won
1996 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Homicide: Life on the Street Nominated
1996 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie The Tuskegee Airmen Nominated
1996 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Homicide: Life on the Street Nominated
1996 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie The Tuskegee Airmen Nominated
1997 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Homicide: Life on the Street Nominated
1997 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Homicide: Life on the Street Nominated
1997 Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Homicide: Life on the Street Won
1998 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Homicide: Life on the Street Nominated
1998 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Homicide: Life on the Street Won
1998 Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Homicide: Life on the Street Won
1998 Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series Homicide: Life on the Street Nominated
1999 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Homicide: Life on the Street Nominated
1999 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture City of Angels Nominated
2000 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Passing Glory Nominated
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor – Suspense Frequency Won
2001 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Gideon's Crossing Nominated
2001 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Gideon's Crossing Nominated
2001 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Gideon's Crossing Nominated
2002 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Gideon's Crossing Nominated
2003 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Hack Nominated
2003 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 10,000 Black Men Named George Nominated
2006 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Thief Won
2006 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Thief Nominated
2007 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Thief Nominated
2007 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Thief Nominated
2009 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie The Andromeda Strain Nominated
2010 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Men of a Certain Age Nominated
2011 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Men of a Certain Age Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Men of a Certain Age Nominated
2012 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Men of a Certain Age Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Brooklyn Nine-Nine Won
2014 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated
2014 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andre Braugher Film Reference bio
  2. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Andre Braugher". All Movie Guide. The New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Andre Braugher". People (Time Inc.). 1997-05-12. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  5. ^ "News". Superman Homepage. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ 2006 XX Olympics Opening Ceremony: NBC's Six Minutes of Passion, Four Hours of Fire

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