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, where he plays The Comically Serious Captain Holt.
- Homicide: Life on the Street
- Gideon's Crossing
- TV Miniseries Hack
- Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
- Men of a Certain Age
- Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
- Last Resort
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Tropes Associated with Braugher:
- 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.
- Crossover: 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).