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Andre Braugher spent five critically acclaimed years playing zealous justice-seeker Detective Frank Pembleton on NBC's "Homicide" (NBC, 1993-99), where his character was the galvanizing, if hard-to-like, center of the ensemble drama. Naturally, the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor was sought out to star in other television offerings, including the short-lived medical drama "Gideon's Crossing" (CBS, 2000-01), the buddy dramedy "Men of a Certain Age" (TNT, 2009-11) and the Emmy-winning miniseries, "Thief" (FX, 2005), in which he broke with his upstanding image to star as a morally conflicted high-stakes thief. The character-driven actor's flair for decisive confidence led to memorable film roles as men-in-charge in "10,000 Black Men Named George" (Showtime, 2002), "Poseidon" (2006) and "The Andromeda Strain" (A&E, 2008). In 2009, Braugher was cast in a recurring role on "House M.D." (Fox, 2004-12) as the doctor with the unenviable task of weaning the cranky title character off his addiction to prescription painkillers. Later that year, Braugher was cast alongside Ray Romano and Scott Bakula in Romano's first post-"Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996-2005) creation, "Men of a Certain Age" (TNT, 2009-2011). The well-received comic drama focused on a trio of middle-aged friends facing forty-something issues, and Braugher proved surprisingly adept at subtle comedy with his role as a father and husband yoked with financial responsibility, but resentful of having to sell cars at his father's dealership. Braugher's deft performance justly earned him Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2010 and 2011, although the series was canceled after only two seasons. Meanwhile, he ventured back into features to play the secretary of defense in the action spy thriller "Salt" (2010), starring Angelina Jolie. He returned to television in the cop sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox 2013- ), playing a sly comic tweak on his hard-nosed policeman persona as the stiff new commander of a New York borough who clashes with his easygoing lead detective (Andy Samberg). The series was critically acclaimed, winning multiple Golden Globes in its first season and garnering a Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Emmy nomination for Braugher. For his commitment to three-dimensional characters and his high-caliber work in primetime and beyond, Braugher helped pave the way for African-American actors to be accepted in a much wider range of roles than ever before.
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Acted in the New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF) productions of "Twelfth Night" and "Coriolanus"
Made feature film debut in "Glory"
Played a police detective in a series of "Kojak" TV-movies starring Telly Savalas; the first, "Ariana" (1989) marked his TV debut
Played the title role in the TV movie "The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson"
Featured in the "Simple Justice" installment of the PBS docudrama series "The American Experience"
Played police detective Frank Pembleton on the NBC drama series "Homicide: Life on the Street"
Featured in the HBO original war film "The Tuskegee Airmen"
Returned to the New York Shakespeare Festival to play "Henry V"
Played supporting role of a heavenly being in "City of Angels"
Featured in the Showtime dramatic trilogy "Love Songs," directing one segment and starring in another
Played a hard-driving, idealistic priest in the TNT original movie "Passing Glory"
Stared in the short "Louisville," which aired as part of the "Showtime Black Filmmaker Showcase"
Featured in the independent "Thick as Thieves," which premiered on HBO
Played a gay lawyer who becomes mixed up in a handgun-related incident in "It's the Rage/All the Rage"
Reprised role of Frank Pembleton in "Homicide: The Movie" (NBC)
Starred as a physician on the ABC medical drama "Gideon's Crossing," created by Paul Attanasio; received Emmy nomination
Narrated the Motown-classics documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown"
Starred as civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph in the Showtime drama "10,000 Black Men Named George"
Cast as Sergeant Carlos Diaz in the Showtime original movie "A Soldier's Girl," the true story of a young soldier beaten to death for falling in love with a transgendered nightclub performer
Cast in the TNT miniseries "Salem's Lot," written by Stephen King
Played a veteran robber rounding up his team for a new heist in the FX drama "Thief"
Starred in director Wolfgang Petersen's remake of "The Poseidon Adventure"
Cast in the superhero sequel "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer"
Co-starred in Stephen King's "The Mist"
Co-starred with Ray Romano and Scott Bakula in the TNT's "Men of a Certain Age"
Landed recurring guest role on "House M.D." (Fox)
Cast as the Secretary of Defense in the action thriller "Salt," starring Angelina Jolie
Guest starred on NBC crime drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
Played the commanding captain Marcus Chaplin on submarine-set thriller "Last Resort" (ABC)
Co-starred as Captain Ray Holt on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Co-starred with Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman and Jessica Lange in "The Gambler"
Had a cameo as Captain Ray Holt on an episode of "New Girl"