Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Stephen King The Mist Actor Dead At 61

By Charlene Badasie | Published

Andre Braugher, known for his roles in the comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the 2007 adaptation of the Stephen King novella The Mist, has died at the age of 61.

Andre Braugher Passes At 61

The actor passed away on December 11 after battling a recent illness, his representative told People. No further details about his death have been revealed to the public.

Andre Braugher had a distinguished career, making significant contributions to the entertainment industry through his work on the big and small screens.

Born on July 1, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois, Braugher was a graduate of Stanford University and The Juilliard School, showcasing a commitment to excellence in his craft at an early age.

Big Break In Glory

His break came in 1989 when he starred alongside Denzel Washington in the critically acclaimed Glory.

The film marked the beginning of Andre Braugher’s career, which would span various genres, showcasing his ability to pull off dramatic and comedic roles. One of his notable early achievements was his work on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street.

Thief And The Mist

Andre Braugher

Andre Braugher’s portrayal of Detective Frank Pemberton earned him widespread acclaim and his first Emmy Award in 1998. The actor won a second Emmy for the 2006 miniseries Thief. 

In 2007, he appeared in The Mist, a horror thriller directed by Frank Darabont. Based on the novella by Stephen King, the film tells the story of a group of people trapped in a supermarket by a mysterious mist.

Andre Braugher portrayed Brent Norton, a neighbor of the protagonist David Drayton, played by Thomas Jane. Norton is a lawyer who, along with other residents of the small town, seeks refuge in a supermarket when a thick mist envelops the area.

As the story unfolds, tensions rise among the trapped group as they face the unknown horrors lurking in the mist outside.

Captain Raymond Holt On Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Andre Braugher

In 2013, Andre Braugher took on the role of Captain Raymond Holt in the hit television series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Known for his stoic demeanor and deadpan humor, the character became one of Braugher’s most iconic portrayals.

His performance earned four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

A Voice For Others

Andre Braugher

Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Andre Braugher’s Captain Raymond Holt was a hit with viewers.

However, amid the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, Braugher took a moment to reflect on the impact of his roles as a police officer in fictional settings and their influence on public perceptions of law enforcement.

In an interview with Variety at the time, Andre Braugher expressed concern about the pervasive influence of cop shows, stating, “Cops breaking the law to quote, ‘defend the law,’ is a real terrible slippery slope.

It has given license to the breaking of law everywhere, justified it, and excused it. That’s something that we’re going to have to collectively address – all cop shows.”

Co-Stars Devastated

Andre Braugher

Following his passing, Andre Braugher’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star Terry Crews took to Instagram to express his disbelief at the untimely loss. Crews lauded Braugher’s wisdom, advice, kindness, and friendship, paying tribute to a life well-lived and an irreplaceable talent.

“Can’t believe you’re gone so soon,” Crews wrote. “I’m honored to have known you, laughed with you, worked with you.”

Andre Braugher is survived by his wife, Ami Brabson, who was also his co-star in Homicide: Life on the Street, with whom he exchanged vows in 1991.

His surviving family members include his sons Michael, Isaiah, and John Wesley; his brother Charles Jennings; and his mother, Sally Braugher.