Refresh to see the latest… André Braugher was an actor – someone who absorbed a character and, like a superstar athlete, made the cast around him better.

As the showbiz community digests the terrible news of his death today at age 61, reactions from friends, former co-stars and others have reached social media. Read a sample of them below.

The versatile Braugher is a two-time Emmy winner and 11-time nominee who has accumulated more than 100 TV and film credits over a 35-year film career. He started out playing a detective alongside Telly Savalas in a series of Kojak television films, and during this time Braugher arrived on the big screen with a key role in Glory, Edward Zwick's 1989 Civil War-set film starring Matthew Broderick, who would earn Denzel Washington his first Oscar.

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This would lead to her starring role in the criminally under-watched 90s NBC drama. Homicide: Life on the Street. His detective Frank Pembleton was a no-nonsense – well, maybe a small absurd – member of Baltimore's “murder police” with a talent for solving crimes and an intolerance for fools.

The character suffered an on-screen stroke while interrogating a murder suspect, and Braugher's riveting performance in those few minutes – and the rest of his brilliant performance in that fourth season – would lead to the actor's first Emmy nomination for the role, in 1996.

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Braugher continued to land roles – and awards – for the rest of his career in TV, film and animation. He appeared on the big screen in Spike Lee's film Get in the bus and was in HBO's telefilms The Tuskegee Airmen. Braugher was the highlight of the early 2000s ABC drama Gideon's Crossing, starred in the CBS crime drama Hack and would claim a second Emmy for her lead role in the 2006 FX miniseries Burglar. He also starred with Ray Romano and Scott Bakula in the 2009-11 TNT comedy-drama. Men of a certain age, racking up Emmy nominations for both seasons.

Most recently, he co-starred alongside Andy Samberg in the long-running Fox/NBC crime comedy. Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the CBS All Access/Paramount+ drama The good fight, scoring Emmy nominations for both.

Here's what people are saying about the late actor:

Statement from NBC and Universal Television:
“Andre Braugher was the actor that other professionals in the profession always aspired to be. He infused Det. Frank Pembleton in 'Homicide: Life on the Street' with righteous ferocity and quiet dignity. In addition to his dramatic acting prowess, his comedic talent was also on full display as the determined and passionate Captain Holt on 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'. His performances will continue to inspire future generations and we will miss him greatly.”

Statement from Fox Entertainment:
“Everyone at Fox is devastated by the sudden loss of our friend and colleague, the incredibly talented Andre Braugher. He will certainly be remembered for his iconic comedic and dramatic roles in film and television, but he will be remembered most for his big heart, kindness, and the lasting impact he made on his friends, family, and fans everywhere. Andre was the heart and soul of the Nine-Nine and will forever be our Captain. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Andre’s family and loved ones at this time.”

Joint statement of Brooklyn Nine-Nine executive producers writers:
“Like everyone who was lucky enough to know Andre, we are heartbroken by the news of his passing. He was one of the most talented dramatic actors in history and then decided to try comedy, and was instantly one of the funniest people to ever do it. But even greater than his acting talent was the happiness and joy he brought to those around him. And his smile… he had the biggest, brightest, most wonderful smile. Our thoughts and love go out to his beautiful, amazing family, who he loved more than anything. We are grateful for the time we spent with him.”