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Andre Braugher: Emmy-Winning Actor & ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Star Passes Away At 61

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Andre Braugher attends the red carpet event for "She Said" during the 60th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on October 13, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for FLC)

Andre Braugher, the two-time Emmy-winning actor who is beloved for his roles in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Homicide: Life on the Street,” died Monday after a brief illness. He was 61.

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The news of Andre’s sudden passing sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry and sparked an outpouring of tributes via social media. 

Hill Harper, who co-starred with Andre Braugher in Spike Lee’s 1996 drama, Get On The Bus, took to Instagram and shared a beautiful tribute. 

I am truly shocked and saddened by the passing of one of the world’s greatest actors and talents.

At the outset of my career, one of my first roles in a big project was playing “Xavier” in “Get on the Bus” and I knew Spike Lee had also cast the great Andre Braugher.

I was so excited to meet and work with him. He played “Flip” the actor and I played “X” the student filmmaker. Once you heard the deep, melodic velvet tones of his voice it seemed to resonate and live in you. You can’t get it out of your head.

The picture above brings back so many memories, sitting next to him, improvising with him, working with him, from that moment, I knew I was in the presence of not just an extraordinary actor, but a remarkable human being.

Andre had a way of bringing depth and humanity to every role he played, effortlessly blending strength with vulnerability & power. His portrayal of characters was not just acting; it was a revelation of the human spirit.

Working with him was an education in itself. He had this incredible ability to elevate every scene he was in, pushing those around him to dig deeper, to find the truth in their performances.

Andre was not just my colleague; he became an unknowing mentor. His wisdom, both on and off the screen, was a guiding light. His passing leaves a void not just in the world of acting, but in the hearts of everyone who knew him.

Andre’s legacy is not just in the memorable characters he brought to life, but in the kindness, integrity, and passion he shared with the world.

He taught us all how to be better actors, better storytellers, and, most importantly, better human beings.

The legacy of his work will continue to inspire generations to come. Thank you for the deep laughter, the lessons, and the light you brought into our lives.

Rest in power, my friend. Your memory will always be a beacon for those who strive to create with authenticity and heart.

You are the man, the dude, the best. You are my Brother. With ultimate love and respect. Fly. 🕊️

See Hill Harper’s original tribute post to Andre Braugher below.


My sincerest condolences to Mr. Braugher’s family friends, and all who knew and loved him and were impacted by is incredible talent.

May he rest in paradise.

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