Andre Braugher, the talented actor who brought Captain Raymond Holt to life in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, passed away at the age of 61 on December 11, 2023. Though the details of his departure remain shrouded in privacy, the legacy he leaves behind is one of laughter, inspiration, and a touch of deadpan brilliance.
As we bid farewell to this remarkable actor, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some of the best Captain Holt moments that have etched themselves into the hearts of fans worldwide.
1. Captain Holt vs. Jake Peralta at Halloween Heists
One recurring theme that tickled the funny bones of Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans was the annual Halloween heist rivalry between Captain Holt and Jake Peralta. The duo’s competitive spirit and comedic timing shone through, especially in moments like Holt obsessively preparing for the heist at an ungodly hour of 3 am. Dressed in his captain uniform, he calmly devoured Jake’s breakfast while the couple engaged in a less-than-professional argument. Holt’s deadpan demeanor and strategic genius added a layer of humor that will forever be synonymous with the Halloween heists.
2. Captain Holt knew Amy Santiago like no one else
In the precinct, Captain Holt’s ability to understand his colleagues, even in the minutest details, was a testament to his leadership. When Amy Santiago was “70 seconds” late for work, Holt’s uncanny ability to deduce her whereabouts brought forth a burst of unexpected enthusiasm – “Hot damn!” he exclaimed, much to the surprise of his colleagues. This moment encapsulates Holt’s unexpected bursts of humor and his endearing connection with his team.
3. When Rosa Diaz got off on Captain Holt’s wrong foot
One of the most uproarious moments in the series occurred when Rosa Diaz suggested that Captain Holt needed to “bone” his husband. Holt’s reaction was nothing short of comedic brilliance, as he unleashed a 21-minute tirade, repeatedly screaming “BOOOOONE.” Andre Braugher’s impeccable delivery turned a seemingly innocent suggestion into a hilarious, unforgettable scene that showcased his comedic prowess.
4. When Jake accidentally called Captain Holt his “dad”
In a touching and amusing twist, Jake Peralta, grappling with his “daddy issues,” accidentally referred to Captain Holt as his “dad.” Holt, ever the master of deadpan, seized the opportunity to inject humor into the situation. “Son. Do you want to talk about it later over a game of catch?” he responded, simultaneously addressing Jake’s slip of the tongue and embracing the fatherly role he unknowingly assumed in Jake’s life.
5. When Rosa came out as bisexual to her parents, but it did not go well
Brooklyn Nine-Nine often balanced its comedic elements with poignant and sensitive issues. When Rosa Diaz came out as bisexual to her unaccepting parents, Captain Holt, a gay man himself, became her pillar of support. In a beautifully crafted scene, Holt shared words of encouragement, stating, “Every time someone steps up and says who they are, the world becomes a better, more interesting place. So, thank you.” This moment not only highlighted the character’s depth but also underscored Andre Braugher’s ability to convey genuine warmth and empathy.
A Fond Farewell
As we bid adieu to Andre Braugher, we are left with a treasure trove of Captain Holt moments that will continue to elicit laughter and resonate with fans for years to come. His portrayal of the stoic yet endearing captain brought a unique blend of humor, wisdom, and humanity to Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Andre Braugher’s legacy extends beyond the screen; it lives on in the hearts of those who found solace, inspiration, and joy in the characters he brought to life. So, here’s to you, Captain Holt – thank you for the laughter, the lessons, and the indelible mark you’ve left on the world of entertainment. Goodbye, Andre Braugher; you will be dearly missed.