Born July 1, 1962 in Chicago, Andre Braugher is an American movie and television actor. He has a background in Shakespearean theater and is attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree.
His first movie role was freed, educated black man Cpl. Thomas Searless in Glory
. His Breakout Role
was as Ensemble Darkhorse
Det. Frank Pembleton in Homicide Life On The Street
which he won multiple awards for. Braugher had a resurgence in popularity when he became a recurring guest character in House
playing House's therapist Dr. Darryl Nolan. Despite the fact the episode he debuted in was a massive Genre Shift
(having absolutely no medical jargon whatsoever) and fans were split
on that, Braugher's performance was universally praised. He is currently a main character on Brooklyn Nine-Nine
, once again set in a police station.
Tropes Associated with Braugher:
- Actor Allusion: Once again he's playing a hypercompetent cop in a crapsack precinct. But rather than the Cowboy Cop that he was in Homicide, in Brooklyn Nine-Nine he plays Reasonable Authority Figure and Trickster Mentor to the competent Cowboy Cop. Flashbacks reveal him to have been not unlike Pemdleton when he was a Detective.
- Badass Baritone: Deep voice, and usually plays a fairly badass character.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: His hair is, at its longest, extremely short and he often plays an authority figure of some sort.
- Classically Trained Extra: In many of his roles. He's taken many minor roles throughout his career, despite having a Masters of Fine Arts from the prestigious Julliard School.
- The Comically Serious: Most of his previous roles, and certainly his most well-known ones, have been quite stoic, serious men, so this is played for laughs on Brooklyn Nine-Nine where his character is so stoic, serious and impassive that the other characters literally cannot tell what emotion he might be feeling at any given moment.
- Cross Over: Appeared in Law & Order as Det. Pembleton and The Practice as Dr. Ben Gideon.
- Genius Bruiser: Braugher is a physically imposing man, but he often plays well-educated, well-spoken characters (having a Shakespearean background really helps for that).
- Real-Life Relative: Pembleton's wife Mary was played by Braugher's own wife Ami.