Actor Andre Braugher Died of Lung Cancer

Publicist of 'Homicide' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' star reveals his illness
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2023 11:20 PM CST
Updated Dec 14, 2023 2:05 PM CST
Homicide Star Andre Braugher Dead at 61
Andre Braugher arrives at An Evening With "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" at Bing Theatre, May 7, 2015, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)
UPDATE Dec 14, 2023 2:05 PM CST

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andre Braugher's unexpected death this week was from lung cancer, his publicist said Thursday. The 61-year-old actor had received the diagnosis only a few months ago, reports NBC News. No further details were provided. The New York Times reported in a 2014 profile that Braugher had quit smoking and drinking years prior to the profile.

Dec 12, 2023 11:20 PM CST

Andre Braugher, the Emmy-winning actor known for his six seasons on Homicide: Life on the Street and eight seasons on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, died Monday at age 61. The actor's death came after a brief illness, Deadline reports. No further details were given. Braugher, who got his master's degree from Juilliard after graduating from Stanford University, made his screen acting debut in 1989's Glory, Variety reports. By 1992, he was playing Homicide's Detective Frank Pembleton, for which he won an Emmy. He was later nominated for four Emmys—and won two Critics Choice Awards—for his portrayal of Brooklyn's Captain Ray Holt.

His second Emmy win was for portraying master criminal Nick Atwater as the star of the FX miniseries Thief in 2006; he was also nominated for Emmys for his roles in TNT's Men of a Certain Age, ABC's Gideon's Crossing, and HBO's miniseries The Tuskeegee Airmen. Tributes poured in, and the Hollywood Reporter rounds some up. "Andre Braugher. God. I've worked with a lot of wonderful actors. I'll never work with one better," wrote David Simon, whose book inspired Homicide: Life on the Street. "Stunned and thinking of [wife] Ami and his sons and so many memories of this good man that are now a blessing. But too damn soon." (More Andre Braugher stories.)

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