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).