Andre Braugher died following a brief battle with lung cancer.
His publicist, Jennifer Allen, confirmed the cancer diagnosis to The New York Times Thursday — four days after the beloved actor passed away at the age of 61. (According to a 2014 New York Times Magazine profile, Braugher, a former smoker, had quit “years ago.”)
Born in Chicago, Braugher made his film debut in the 1989 Oscar winner Glory
Following Homicide, Braugher starred in a number of short-lived TV shows, including ABC’s Gideon’s Crossing, CBS’ Hack and TNT’s Men of a Certain Age. (He won a second Emmy for the FX miniseries Thief.) In 2013, he turned to comedy as stoic captain Raymond Holt in the Fox/NBC sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Andy Samberg. That role earned Braugher four more Emmy nominations, this time for best supporting actor in a comedy.
Several of Braugher’s Nine-Nine co-stars have paid touching tribute, including Melissa Fumero, who wrote in part, “I will remember all the advice you gave me. I will remember all the times we laughed because your laugh was one of the all time greatest laughs to have ever existed… I really thought I’d see you again.” (Additional remembrances can be found here.)
Nine-Nine wrapped up its eight-season run in 2021. He later recurred on the final season of Paramount+’s The Good Fight, and was recently attached to the Netflix murder mystery The Residence, which was midway through production on Season 1 at the time of his passing.
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