Andre Braugher

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Andre Braugher
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Braugher in June 2011
Born
Andre Keith Braugher

(1962-07-01) July 1, 1962 (age 57)
EducationStanford University (BA)
Juilliard School (MFA)
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)
Ami Brabson
(m. 1991)
Children3

Andre Keith Braugher (/ˈbr.ər/; born July 1, 1962) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his starring roles as Frank Pembleton in the police drama series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1998) and its companion television film Homicide: The Movie (2000), Owen Thoreau Jr. in the comedy-drama series Men of a Certain Age (2009–2011), and Raymond Holt in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013–present). Braugher has received two Primetime Emmy Awards, from ten nominations, and two Golden Globe Award nominations.

Braugher is also known for his supporting roles in films, including Glory (1989), Primal Fear (1996), City of Angels (1998), Frequency (2000), Poseidon (2006), The Mist (2007), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), and The Gambler (2014).

Early life[edit]

Andre Keith Braugher was born July 1, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of four children born to postal worker Sally and heavy equipment operator Floyd Braugher.[1] He attended St. Ignatius College Prep and graduated from Stanford University with a BA in theatre in 1984. He then attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division, graduating with an MFA in 1988.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Braugher's first film role was in the 1989 film Glory as Thomas Searles, a free, educated black man from the North who joins the first black regiment in the Union Army. He played Kojak's sidekick in the late-1980s ABC television film revival of Kojak. He subsequently moved on to a role on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street as Detective Frank Pembleton, a self-righteous, fiery, unyielding, Jesuit-educated police detective. Playing opposite Kyle Secor (who portrayed Detective 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 a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead 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 reunion television film. He has also co-starred in the films City of Angels, Frequency and Poseidon. In 1997, he was selected by People as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World".[4]

As part of the Shakespeare in the Park series at the Delacorte Theater in New York City's Central Park, Braugher played the title role in the 1996 production of 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. Braugher also narrated The Murder of Emmett Till for PBS. He played Detective Marcellus Washington in the TV series Hack from 2002–2004.[5] 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. Darryl 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.[6] 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. 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 appeared as the lead character, Capt. Marcus Chaplin, in ABC's military drama TV series Last Resort. Braugher also had a recurring role in season 4 of the Netflix animated series Bojack Horseman as California Gov. Woodchuck Coodchuck-Berkowitz. He currently stars in the Golden Globe-winning TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine as the precinct captain, Raymond Holt, for which he has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Personal life[edit]

In 1991, Braugher married actress Ami Brabson, who later played his character's wife on Homicide. They have three sons: Michael (born 1992), Isaiah (born 1997), and John Wesley (JW) (born 2002). The family resides in South Orange, New Jersey. He and his family are Unitarian Universalists.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Glory Cpl. Thomas Searles
1993 Striking Distance District Attorney Frank Morris
1996 Primal Fear Tommy Goodman
1996 Get on the Bus Flip
1998 Thick as Thieves Dink
1998 City of Angels Cassiel
1999 It's the Rage Tim
2000 A Better Way to Die Cleveland
2000 Frequency Satch DeLeon
2000 Duets Reggie Kane
2006 Poseidon Captain Bradford
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer General Hager
2007 Live! Don
2007 The Mist Brent Norton
2008 Passengers Perry
2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Darkseid (voice)
2010 Salt Secretary of Defense
2012 The Baytown Outlaws Millard
2014 The Gambler Dean Fuller

Television films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Kojak: Ariana Detective Winston Blake
1990 Kojak: Flowers for Matty Detective Winston Blake
1990 Kojak: It's Always Something Detective Winston Blake
1990 Murder in Mississippi Dennis
1990 Kojak: None for Blind Detective Winston Blake
1990 Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture Dan Weston
1990 The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson
1991 Kojak: Fatal Flaw Detective Winston Blake
1993 Class of '61 Lucius
1995 The Tuskegee Airmen Benjamin O. Davis Jr.
1999 Passing Glory Father Joseph Verrett
1999 Love Songs Ellis
2000 Homicide: The Movie Detective Frank Pembleton
2002 10,000 Black Men Named George A. Philip Randolph
2003 Soldier's Girl Sergeant Carlos Diaz

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993–1998 Homicide: Life on the Street Detective Frank Pembleton 98 episodes
1996 Law & Order Detective Frank Pembleton Episode: "Charm City"
2000–2001 Gideon's Crossing Dr. Ben Gideon 20 episodes
2000–2001 Jackie Chan Adventures Derge (voice) 3 episodes
2001 The Practice Dr. Ben Gideon Episode: "Gideon's Crossover"
2002–2004 Hack Marcellus Washington 39 episodes
2004 Salem's Lot Matt Burke 2 episodes
2004 The Jury Judge Loren Price 2 episodes
2006 Thief Nick Atwater 6 episodes
2008 The Andromeda Strain General George W. Mancheck 4 episodes
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
2011–2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bayard Ellis 6 episodes
2012–2013 Last Resort Captain Marcus Chaplin 13 episodes
2013–present Brooklyn Nine-Nine Raymond Holt 143 episodes
2015 Axe Cop Lobster Man (voice) Episode: "The Center of the Ocean"
2016 New Girl Captain Raymond Holt Episode: "Homecoming"
2017 BoJack Horseman Woodchuck Coodchuck-Berkowitz (voice) 4 episodes
2019 Live in Front of a Studio Audience James Evans 2 episodes[7]

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 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 Won
1997 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Won
1997 Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Won
1998 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
1998 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Won
1998 Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Won
1998 Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
1999 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 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 Nominated
2001 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2002 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2003 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Hack Won
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 Nominated
2007 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2007 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Won
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 Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2012 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Brooklyn Nine-Nine Won
2014 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2014 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won
2015 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won
2016 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2016 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2016 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2017 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2019 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andre Braugher Biography (1962–)". www.filmreference.com.
  2. ^ Collins, Glenn (1989-03-26). "'Glory' Resurrects Its Black Heroes". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  3. ^ Thomson Gale (2005). "Braugher, Andre". Contemporary Black Biography. Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  4. ^ "Andre Braugher". People. 1997-05-12. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  5. ^ "Andre Braugher as Marcellus Washington". Archived from the original on 2005-12-25. Retrieved 2004-07-25.
  6. ^ "Darkseid". Comic Vine. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  7. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (12 December 2019). "Live Good Times Cast: Viola Davis, Andre Braugher, Tiffany Haddish, Jharrel Jerome and 3 Others". TVLine.

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