Actor André Braugher, who starred in Homicide: Life on the Street and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, passed away from lung cancer several months after receiving a diagnosis, his agent revealed to Deadline on Thursday. Braugher passed away on Monday. The actor’s agent announced at the time that he had passed away following an acute illness. Probably most recognised for his major role as Detective Frank Pembleton in David Simon’s grim police drama Homicide: Life On The Street, which followed the Baltimore Police Department’s homicide group, was actor Braugher, a two-time Emmy winner. On NBC, it aired for seven consecutive seasons.
NBC Entertainment paid tribute to Braugher in an announcement on Tuesday, calling him a “actor that others in the profession would always aspire to be.” “In addition to his prowess as a dramatic actor, his comedy chops were also on full display as the determined and passionate Capt. Holt in ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine.’ We will miss him tremendously,” the press release said.
He lately featured with Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, two New York Times journalists whose research resulted in Harvey Weinstein’s arrest and ignited the #MeToo movement, in the emotionally charged film ‘She Said’. He played the role of the Times’ Head Editor Dean Baquet, who was in charge of the two reporters. Glory (1989), in which he starred with Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington (who received an Oscar for the picture depicting an all-Black Army regiment throughout the Civil War), was his breakout performance.