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Andre Braugher, the Emmy-winning actor best known for his roles on the series `Homicide: Life on the Street` and `Brooklyn 99`, died Monday at age 61.
Braugher`s publicist, Jennifer Allen, confirmed his death to the trade publication Variety.

About Andre Braugher

The Chicago-born actor had his breakthrough role in 1989`s `Glory`, starring alongside Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington, who won an Oscar for the film about an all-Black army regiment during the Civil War. Despite the part, he told The Associated Press in 2019 that he struggled to find work in Hollywood, where roles for African-American actors were “few and far between. Period.”

But he would establish himself with the role of Det. Frank Pembleton, which he would play for seven seasons in `Homicide: Life on the Street,` a gritty police drama on NBC based on a book by David Simon, who would go on to create `The Wire.`

Years later, he would play a very different kind of cop on a very different kind of show, shifting to comedy as Capt. Ray Holt on the Andy Samberg-starring Fox series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It would run for eight seasons, from 2013 to 2021. Braugher won two career Emmys out of 11 nominations.

Andre Braugher, Captain Holt of `Brooklyn Nine-Nine`, dies at age 61

Andre Braugher was most loved for his role as the strict Captain Raymond Holt on the police procedural comedy show `Brooklyn Nine-Nine`. The show starred Andy Samberg in a pivotal role as `Detective Jake Peralta. His character`s stoic personality and deep sense of right and wrong made him an instant favourite of the show.

Netizens have already flooded `X` with tributes to the actor:

He was married for more than 30 years to his `Homicide` co-star Ami Brabson. They had three sons. His death was first reported by Deadline. 

(With inputs from AP)

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