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Sun, 07.01.1962

Andre Braugher, Actor born.

Andre Braugher

*Andre Braugher was born on this date in 1962. He was a Black actor.

Andre Keith Braugher was born in Chicago, the youngest of four children born to Sally, a postal worker, and Floyd Braugher, a heavy equipment operator. He lived in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago's West Side. He attended St. Ignatius College Prep for high school and earned a scholarship to attend Stanford University, where Braugher graduated with a BA in theatre in 1984. He then attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division, graduating in 1988.

1991, Braugher married actress Ami Brabson, who co-starred in Homicide: Life on the Street. They had three sons, Michael, Isaiah, and John Wesley, and lived in New Jersey. As part of the Shakespeare in the Park series at the Delacorte Theater in New York City's Central Park, Braugher played the title role in the 1996 production of Henry V, for which he received an Obie Award. In 2002, Braugher narrated the award-winning PBS-broadcast documentary Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, produced by Unity Productions Foundation. He narrated The Murder of Emmett Till for PBS. Braugher co-starred in the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of The Whipping Man, off-Broadway, for a limited run from January–March 2011. He narrated the introduction to the Olympic Games on NBC from 2006 to 2010.

He is best known for his roles in the police drama series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999), in the comedy-drama series Men of a Certain Age (2009–2011), and the police comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013–2021). Braugher received two Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Award nominations for his television work. Braugher's first film role was in the 1989 film Glory as Thomas Searles, a free, educated Black man from the North who joined the first Black regiment in the Union Army.

He had other supporting roles in films such as Glory (1989), Primal Fear (1996), Spike Lee's Get On The Bus (1996), City of Angels (1998), Frequency (2000), Duets (2000), Poseidon (2006), The Mist (2007), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), Salt (2010), The Gambler (2014), and She Said (2022). Braugher also appeared in numerous series such as ThiefThe Good FightBoJack HorsemanHouse, and New Girl. Andre Braugher died on December 11, 2023, at the age of 61, of lung cancer.

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