Early Life and Education
Braugher, the youngest of four children, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Sally, a postal worker, and Floyd Braugher, a heavy-equipment operator. He attended St. Ignatius College Prepand later graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in theater in 1984. He then attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division (Group 17: 1984-1988), graduating with a Master of Fine Artsdegree in 1988. He was acknowledged as the Most Outstanding Theater Student at graduation.
He subsequently moved on to a role on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street as Det. Frank Pembleton, a self-righteous, fiery, unyielding, Jesuit-educated police detective. Playing opposite Kyle Secor (who portrayed Det. Tim Bayliss), Braugher became the series' breakout star. He received Television Critics Association awards for individual achievement in drama in 1997 and 1998. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a drama series in 1996 and 1998, winning in the latter year.
He left Homicide after its sixth season but returned for the successful reunion television film. He has also starred in the films City of Angels and Poseidon. He played Kojak's side-kick in the late-1980s ABC television film revival of Kojak.
In 1997 he was selected by People as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World".
At New York City's Shakespeare in the Park Festival from June 18 to July 14, 1996 at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, Braugher played the title role in Henry V for which he received an Obie Award. In 2000, he played the title role as Ben Gideon in the series Gideon's Crossing, which lasted one season.
In 2002, Braugher narrated the award-winning, PBS-broadcast documentary Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, produced by Unity Productions Foundation and recently re-issued.
He played Detective Marcellus Washington in the TV series Hack from 2002-2004. In 2006, Braugher starred as Nick Atwater in the mini-series Thief for FX Networks, winning a second Emmy for his performance. He portrayed General Hager in the 2007 film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Braugher appeared on the TV series House, M.D. as Dr. Nolan, a psychiatrist who helps House recover from his addiction to Vicodin. He also appeared in the TNT series Men of a Certain Age, for which he was nominated twice as Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He also voiced the villain Darkseid in the animated film, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.
Braugher co-starred in the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of The Whipping Man, off-Broadway, for a limited run from January–March 2011. He narrated the introduction to the Olympic Games on NBC from 2006 to 2010, succeeding James Earl Jones in the role. Braugher also narrated James Patterson's Alex Cross book Cross Fire (2010).
In 1991, Braugher married Ami Brabson, an actress who later played Pembleton's wife Mary on Homicide. The couple has three sons: Michael (1992), Isaiah (1997), and John Wesley (JW) (2003). They reside in South Orange, New Jersey. Braugher and his family are Unitarian Universalists.
- Glory (1989)
- Kojak (5 TV films) (1989–1990)
- Somebody Has To Shoot the Picture (1990)
- The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson (1990)
- Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1998)
- Class of '61 (1993)
- Striking Distance (1993)
- The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
- Primal Fear (1996)
- Get on the Bus (1996)
- Thick as Thieves (1998)
- City of Angels (1998)
- Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery (1998)
- Passing Glory (1999)
- Love Songs (1999)
- It's the Rage (1999)
- A Better Way to Die (2000)
- Homicide: The Movie (2000)
- Frequency (2000)
- Duets (2000)
- Gideon's Crossing (2000)
- 10,000 Black Men Named George (2002) (as André Braugher)
- Hack (2002–2004)
- Soldier's Girl (2003)
- Salem's Lot (2004)
- Thief (2006)
- Poseidon (2006)
- Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
- Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet (2007)
- The Mist (2007)
- The Andromeda Strain (2008)
- Passengers (2008)
- S.M.A.S.H. (2009)
- "Live!" (2009)
- House, M.D. (2009–2010)
- Miami Medical (2010)
- Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)
- Salt (2010)
- Men of a Certain Age (2009–2011)
- Law & Order: SVU (2011–present)
- The Baytown Outlaws (2012)
- Last Resort (2012–2013)
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013-present)
- ^ Andre Braugher Film Reference bio
- ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2007.
- ^ "Andre Braugher". All Movie Guide. The New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
- ^ "News". Superman Homepage. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
- ^ 2006 XX Olympics Opening Ceremony: NBC's Six Minutes of Passion, Four Hours of Fire