Andre Braugher has been nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his role as Captain Ray Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine for the third time. If he wins, it would be Braugher’s third Emmy – he won previously for roles in Homicide: Life on the Street and Thief – and a justly deserved one.
Braugher’s performance as Holt is a thing of deadpan beauty, playfully tweaking his “Serious Actor” reputation and displaying a mastery of comic timing that had only been hinted at in other roles.
Within the show’s world, Captain Holt is an outlier as an openly gay African-American member of the NYPD, which the show addresses: Holt created and led a group that supported gay African-American NYPD members.
Drawing on years of playing Homicide‘s famously intense Frank Pembleton, Braugher’s Holt is by and large a stern and emotionless leader, which makes his occasional displays of emotion that much more hilarious.
Braugher also took on the title role in Henry V at New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park Festival in 1996, which certainly befits Holt’s regal bearing.
More fun facts: Braugher has a B.A. in theater from Stanford University and an MFA from Juilliard.
Also, Braugher made PEOPLE’s 1997 Most Beautiful list: “He has the most winning smile,” his wife Ami (they’re still married and have three children) told the magazine at the time. “There’s no one he couldn’t win over with that smile.”
Similarly, Homicide costar Richard Belzer told PEOPLE that Braugher possessed “one of the most beautiful bald heads in show business.” We’ll take him at his word.
Oh, and if you needed any more reasons that Braugher totally deserves another Emmy and a lifelong place in your heart: He took over the unenviable task of narrating the introduction to the Olympic Games on NBC from none other than James Earl Jones. And he rocked it. Give Andre Braugher an Emmy for his portrayal of Captain Ray Holt. For America.
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will broadcast live this Sunday on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.