Andre Braugher biography
Date of Birth: July 1, 1962
Chicago, Illinois native Andre Braugher graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. and a M.F.A
from Julliard. He took up acting to meet girls but later changed his major to acting after
getting a taste for it in a production of Hamlet. His first paying acting job was for the
Berkeley Shakespeare Festival.
Braugher has performed on stage with the New York Shakespeare Festival in Much Ado about Nothing,
King John, and Henry V for which he received an Obie award. He also performed at the Joseph Papp's Public
Theatre, the Folger Shakespeare Festival, and The Philadelphia Drama Guild.
Braugher got his first gig as a detective on a T.V. film called Kojak: Fatal Flaw (1989).
The film was so successful that two sequels and a series followed. Braugher and his character, Detective Winston
Blake, returned in all of them.
While he was working on these projects, he was offered the opportunity to be cast in the 1989 Civil
War film Glory. The film was a hit, winning countless awards, including three Oscars.
After the film, Braugher returned to television working on such TV films as the civil rights drama
Simple Justice, and in the title role in Cable TV's The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson.
Modest and retiring in real life, Braugher achieved stardom as the verbose, intense,
overbearing Detective Frank Pembleton on the 1990's TV series Homicide: Life on the Street.
Ironically, his audition for the role went badly and he didn't really click with the producers
until he tossed away the script.
During the '90s however, Braugher tried his hand again at film. Some of his credits include
Striking Distance (1993), Primal Fear (1996), City Of Angels (1989) and Frequency (2000). In the new millenium, he's played recurring roles in series such as Gideon's Crossing, Hack, The Jury and Thief, and played a role in the big budget disaster remake, Poseidon (2006).
He was slated for Samuel L. Jackson's role in Sphere, but pulled out to
spend more time with his family.
He is married to his Homicide on-screen wife Ami Brabson, has two children and lives in
Andre Braugher Filmography