Accomplished Actor André Braugher Passes Away Suddenly at Age 61

( – There are some actors that stand apart from others with their ability to completely own the roles they play. André Braugher was one such person who reached through the TV screens and into the homes of the people who watched his shows. Sadly, he passed away at the age of 61, leaving behind big shoes to fill.

On Tuesday, December 12, Braugher’s publicist, Jennifer Allen, confirmed that the actor had died the previous day. She said his death followed him fighting a brief illness, but there was no other information available at the time of writing.

Braugher, who was born in Chicago in 1962, didn’t always want to be an actor. He originally attended Stanford University, seeking an engineering degree, but discovered his true passion lay in the arts. After Stanford, he pursued this further, attending the Julliard School for Drama.

While Braugher was most notable for his roles in two series, “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” where he played a detective and police captain, respectively, his ability to slide into any character became evident in the various films he starred in. In “Poseidon,” he was a ship’s captain. In “Get on the Bus,” he was part of a group of black men headed to the Million Man March in Washington. He also played an executive director in “She Said” and a soldier in “Glory,” which tells the tale of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, a black fighting unit in the Civil War.

For his talents, Braugher received two Emmy Awards, including for his role in the “Homicide” series, and was nominated for several others. At the time of his death, he was waiting for filming to begin for a murder-mystery drama, “The Residence,” in which he was cast as White House Chief Usher A.B. Wynter.

The talented actor is survived by his wife and three children.

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