Andre Keith Braugher (//; born July 1, 1962) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Frank Pembleton on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street and in the television film Homicide: The Movie, as well as his roles as Owen Thoreau Jr. on the television series Men of a Certain Age and Raymond Holt on the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Braugher has received two Golden Globe Award nominations and ten Primetime Emmy Award nominations (winning two).
Braugher in June 2011
Andre Keith Braugher
July 1, 1962
|Residence||South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Education||Stanford University (BA)|
Juilliard School (GrDip)
Ami Brabson (m. 1991)
In film, he is best known for his supporting roles in many successful films such as 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).
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. He attended St. Ignatius College Prep and graduated from Stanford University with a BA in theater in 1984. He then attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division, graduating with an MFA in 1988.
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".
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. Braugher also narrated The Murder of Emmett Till for PBS. 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. 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.
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 (born 2002). The family resides in South Orange, New Jersey. He and his family are Unitarian Universalists.
|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||Superman/Batman: Apocalypse||Darkseid (voice)|
|2010||Salt||Secretary of Defense|
|2012||The Baytown Outlaws||Millard|
|2014||The Gambler||Dean Fuller|
|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|
|2000||Homicide: The Movie||Detective Frank Pembleton|
|2002||10,000 Black Men Named George||A. Philip Randolph|
|2003||Soldier's Girl||Sergeant Carlos Diaz|
|1993–98||Homicide: Life on the Street||Detective Frank Pembleton||98 episodes|
|1996||Law & Order||Detective Frank Pembleton||Episode: "Charm City"|
|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"|
|2002–04||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|
|2009–12||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||Raymond Holt||Main Role|
|2015||Axe Cop||Lobster Man (voice)||Episode: "The Center of the Ocean"|
|2016||New Girl||Captain Ray Holt||Episode: "Homecoming"|
|2017||BoJack Horseman||Woodchuck Coodchuck-Berkowitz (voice)||4 episodes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- "Andre Braugher Biography (1962–)". www.filmreference.com.
- Collins, Glenn (March 26, 1989). "'Glory' Resurrects Its Black Heroes". New York Times. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
- "Braugher, Andre". Contemporary Black Biography. Detroit: Gale, 2005. Available online via Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
- "Andre Braugher". People. Time Inc. 1997-05-12. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
- "News". Superman Homepage. Retrieved October 29, 2012.