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Andre Braugher

  • American actor
  • Born July 1, 1962

Andre Keith Braugher (; born July 1, 1962) is an American actor. He is most known for his television role as Frank Pembleton on the series Homicide: Life on the Street and its companion television film Homicide: The Movie, as well as his roles as Owen Thoreau Jr. on the television series Men of a Certain Age and Raymond Holt on the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Braugher has received two Golden Globe Award nominations and ten Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning two. In film, he is best known for his supporting roles in many successful films such as Glory (1989), Primal Fear (1996), City of Angels (1998), Frequency (2000), Poseidon (2006), The Mist (2007), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), and The Gambler (2014).


I was a child when the March on Washington led by Martin Luther King occurred, and I wanted to hear what was going on. I wanted to be a part of it. I wanted to contribute in the best way I possibly could.




So I think what you see in this show is it's really not a just world at all, but you get what you give. So in terms of world view, I would say that's where the differences lie.




I worked with people I admire; Josh Lucas, who I'd worked with many many years ago on a pilot called The Class of 61 and Kurt Russell, and so there were a variety of different people that I enjoyed working with.




Often times people complain about the lack of time in television, but I have to say, you don't have any more time to film in feature films then you do in television. It's just a question of how many scenes you'll be doing in the course of a day.




The only dangerous scene is when James Cromwell put a stake in my chest. But other than that, it turned out to be quite a punch. I didn't think much of it.




For me the march was a labor - a labor of love - but I was busy handing out flyers for the National Association of Black Social Workers, so I really wasn't standing in the crowd listening and observing. I was busy.




I'm always a fan of a good horror film.




My family life and my ideals, my commitment to the community and to other people - all people - has been improved. I think less about myself and more about my community today.




If you go back to the Conan the Barbarian series, I really liked that.




And I thought that was the best way for me to participate, because standing in the crowd and listening is a fantastic education, but it's not my nature. I need to be involved. So I did that instead.




I'm not a good enough singer to pull off the effect.




To me, the psychology behind the character is critical. So I work very hard to get into the mind of the man that I'm going to be playing, because number one, I want to understand why he's doing what he's doing. It's essential, it's absolutely essential.




Cops and robbers resemble each other, so there's not a lot to learn in terms of learning the logistics of committing the crime or investigating the crime.




But only if I believe that my directing talents will improve the material I'd be working on. I want to make sure I don't sacrifice beautiful material on the altar of my direction.




They're mutually incompatible I feel; being a wise thief and a wise father.




It was good to travel to the other side of the world.




If the story's interesting and it's a compelling script, I'd be thrilled to be a part of it.



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