Andre Brugger, the powerful actor who won an Emmy for “Homicide: Life on the Street” and demonstrated his versatility on the comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” died at age 61 Monday of a brief illness, his publicist Jennifer Allen said. CNN.
Prager had dozens of film and television credits after his stunning debut as a sensitive soldier in the 1989 film “Glory,” about a unit of black soldiers during the Civil War.
He followed that by playing baseball great Jackie Robinson in the TV movie “The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson” before landing his breakout role in “Homicide,” an adaptation of David Simon’s book about Baltimore detectives, for which he won an Emmy. For the NBC series as Detective Frank Pembleton.
Braugher remained in high demand after that series, co-starring in the thriller “Primal Fear”, as well as Spike Lee’s “Get on the Bus”, and the sci-fi thriller “Frequency” before starring in his own series, “Gideon’s Crossing”. “, as a brilliant oncologist training young doctors.
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Andre Braugher played the beloved character Ray Holt in the comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
Braugher received his second Emmy Award in 2006 for the FX miniseries “Thief,” earning 11 nominations overall.
He then spent three seasons opposite Ray Romano in another series, “Men of a Certain Age,” before returning as another cop, Captain Ray Holt, in Andy Samberg’s comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which ran for eight seasons. Braugher received Emmy nominations for both shows.
Actor Terry Crews, who co-starred in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, stars in the film. Instagram Mourning the late actor.
“I can’t believe you’re gone so soon. I’m honored to have known you, laughed with you, worked with you and shared 8 glorious years watching your irreplaceable talent. It hurts. You left us too soon,” Cruz wrote. “You taught me so much. I will be forever grateful for the experience of knowing you. Thank you for your wisdom, advice, kindness, and friendship. My sincere condolences to your wife and family at this difficult time. You showed me what a life well lived looks like.
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Prager has won two Emmy Awards, including one for his role as Detective Frank Pembleton in Homicide: Life on the Street.
NBC and Universal Television issued a statement mourning Braugher on Tuesday night.
“Andre Braugher was the actor that others in the profession always aspired to be. He instilled Det. Frank Pembleton speaks about ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ with both righteous ferocity and quiet dignity,” the statement read. “As well as his virtuosity. As a dramatic actor, his comedic chops were also on full display in the role of the determined and passionate Captain Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. “His performances will continue to inspire generations to come and he will be sorely missed.”
Brugger was born in Chicago, graduated from Stanford University and then attended Juilliard University.
He has shown versatility throughout his career, appearing on stage at the New York Shakespeare Festival and voicing the villainous Darkseid in the animated film “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.”
Actors Guild SAG-AFTRA called Prager “a powerful and dynamic actor in both drama and comedy.”
“We will miss him terribly. Our condolences go out to his family and friends,” the union said on social media mail.
Prager’s wife, Ami Brabson, is also an actress. The two married in 1991.
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