Andre Braugher Dead at 61

( – Two-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning film and television actor Andre Braugher is most recently known for his role as Captain Raymond Holt in the comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Sadly, the beloved and respected actor recently died at 61.

Variety reached out to Jennifer Allen, Braugher’s longtime publisher. She confirmed that he died after battling a brief illness on December 10 but didn’t provide additional details about his passing.

Braugher first hit the limelight playing Detective Frank Pembleton on “Homicide: Life on the Street,” a dramatic police series from 1993 to 1999. He won several awards for his work on that television program, including one from the nonprofit group Viewers for Quality Television, an NAACP Image Award, and a Television Critics Association Award.

Likewise, the actor took home two Critic’s Choice Television Awards for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” He also received 14 award nominations for his role as a supporting actor in a comedy series on the program.

Braugher also received two Golden Globe nominations, the first in 2001 as best actor in a dramatic television series for “Gideon’s Crossing.” Six years later, that prestigious organization nominated him as the best actor in a television film or miniseries for his role as master thief Nick Atwater in the thriller crime miniseries “Thief.”

Born and raised on Chicago’s West Side, Braugher was the youngest of four children. He graduated from Stanford University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater in 1984. Four years later, he graduated from Juilliard, the prestigious performing arts conservatory based in New York City.

Braugher played an educated, free black man who joined a Union Army black regiment during the Civil War in his first film role in the 1989 blockbuster hit, “Glory.” Around the same time, he played Telly Savalas’ sidekick in ABC’s revival of the television cop series “Kojak” in the late 1980s before joining the cast of Golden Globe Award-winning “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

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