Monday, June 17, 2024

RIP Great Actor Andre Braugher, 61, Star of “Homicide,” “Brooklyn Nine Nine,” Two Time Emmy Winner


The great actor Andre Braugher has died at age 61. The report says he had a short illness.

Braugher won 2 Emmy Awards on 11 nominations. He was an actor’s actor, the real deal, not the construct of publicity or the star making machine. He starred in “Homicide: Life on the Streets,” a drama, and then a comedy, “Brooklyn Nine Nine.” They were each hits.

Recently he played NY Times editor Dean Baquet in “She Said.”

Among his credits was the Angelina Jolie movie, “Salt,” which he was mostly cut out of. I asked him about it once and he looked at me and said, incredulously, “Was I in Salt?” and laughed.

Braugher started as a theater actor. He appeared in many productions of Shakespeare with the Public Theater in New York, and won an Obie in 1996 for “Henry V” and one for “The Whipping Man” in 2011. You know if had lived Braugher would have been a mainstay on Broadway in years to come.

What a loss!

Andre Braugher accepting the Emmy Award.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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