Braugher at the 2011 Peabody Awards
July 1, 1962|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Residence||South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Education||St. Ignatius College Prep|
Stanford University (BA; 1984)|
Juilliard School (MFA; 1988)
|Spouse(s)||Ami Brabson (m. 1991)|
Andre Braugher (//; born July 1, 1962) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as 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 Raymond Holt on the Golden Globe-winning comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
As a film actor, Braugher is best known for his supporting roles in successful movies like 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 and education
Braugher, the youngest of four children, was born July 1, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Sally, a postal worker, and Floyd Braugher, a heavy-equipment operator. 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), graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1988. He was acknowledged as the Most Outstanding Theater Student at graduation.
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 side-kick 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.
In 1997, he was selected by People as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World".
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.
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. He currently stars in the Golden Globe winning TV series Brooklyn Nine Nine as the precinct captain, Raymond Holt, for which he was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Braugher married Ami Brabson in 1991, an actress who later played Pembleton's wife Mary on Homicide. The couple have three sons; Michael (1992), Isaiah (1997), and John Wesley (2003). The family resides in South Orange, New Jersey. Braugher and his family are Unitarian Universalist.
|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|
|2007||Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer||General Hager|
|2007||The Mist||Brent Norton|
|2010||Salt||Secretary of Defense|
|2012||The Baytown Outlaws||Millard|
|2014||The Gambler||Dean Fuller|
|1989||Kojak: Ariana||Detective Winston Blake||Television movie|
|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|
|1993–98||Homicide: Life on the Street||Detective Frank Pembleton||100 episodes|
|1995||The Tuskegee Airmen||Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.||Television movie|
|1996||Law & Order||Detective Frank Pembleton||Episode: "Charm City"|
|1999||Passing Glory||Father Joseph Verrett||Television movie|
|1999||Love Songs||Ellis||Television movie|
|2000||Homicide: The Movie||Detective Frank Pembleton||Television movie|
|2000–01||Gideon's Crossing||Dr. Ben Gideon||20 episodes|
|2000–01||Jackie Chan Adventures||Derge (voice)||3 episodes|
|2001||The Practice||Dr. Ben Gideon||Episode: "Gideon's Crossover"|
|2002||10,000 Black Men Named George||A. Philip Randolph||Television movie|
|2002–04||Hack||Marcellus Washington||40 episodes|
|2003||Soldier's Girl||Sergeant Carlos Diaz||Television movie|
|2004||Salem's Lot||Matt Burke||Miniseries|
|2004||The Jury||Judge Loren Price||2 episodes|
|2006||Thief||Nick Atwater||6 episodes|
|2008||The Andromeda Strain||General George W. Mancheck||4 episodes|
|2009–12||House||Dr. Darryl Nolan||4 episodes|
|2010||Miami Medical||Dr. William Rayner||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2009–11||Men of a Certain Age||Owen Thoreau, Jr.||22 episodes|
|2011–15||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Bayard Ellis||6 episodes|
|2012–13||Last Resort||Captain Marcus Chaplin||13 episodes|
|2013–present||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Captain Ray Holt|| Main role|
|2015||Axe Cop||Lobster Man (voice)||Episode: "The Center of the Ocean"|
|2016||New Girl||Captain Ray Holt||Episode: "Homecoming"|
Awards and nominations
- Andre Braugher Film Reference bio
- "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.
- "Andre Braugher". All Movie Guide. The New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
- "Andre Braugher". People. Time Inc. 1997-05-12. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
- "News". Superman Homepage. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
- 2006 XX Olympics Opening Ceremony: NBC's Six Minutes of Passion, Four Hours of Fire Archived November 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Andre Braugher at the Internet Movie Database
- Andre Braugher at AllMovie
- Profile at E! Online website
- Profile at CBS website