Andre's decision to become an actor defied his parents' wishes. They wanted him to have a career in engineering which is what he was studying at college.
Andre met future wife Amy in New York City, where they were in acting school in the '80s. They met at a bar. Andre though she had great legs. Amy thought, 'here is this engaging man introducing himself'. Her friends found his presence intimidating and wondered about this serious man in her life.
Andre lives in New Jersey. He has been quoted saying that he does not want to raise his children in California as he doesn't want to live in a place where the business is everything. He has said that he likes bumping elbows with people and likes being east of the Mississippi.
Andre has directed one vignette of Showtime's trilogy Love Song.
Andre has stated that he's not interested in reprising his role as Frank in a second Homicide: Life on the Streets movie. He has been quoted saying that after six years he feel he has explored the character of Frank to his satisfaction and that he has moved on to other characters.
In the past, Andre enjoyed reading the Conan the Barbarian series and admits that these days the closest thing to modern-day science fiction that he enjoys is Thomas Pynchon's book Gravity's Rainbow.
Andre originally planned to major in Pre-Med in college but ended up switching to Drama.
Andre's real wife, Ami Brabson, had a recurring role on Homicide: Life on the Street as his TV wife Mary.
Andre has been married to Ami Brabson from the 28th December 1991. They have three children: Michael Braugher (born in 1992), Isaiah Braugher (born in 1997) and John Wesley (born in 2003).
Andre narrated the audio version of the best-selling novel The Color of Water by James McBride.
While starring in Homicide, Andre appeared in 1 of NBC's The More You Know public service announcments. His topic was teacher appreciation.
Andre has won several awards during his career and has been nominated for several more.
For Homicide Life on the Street Andre has won the following awards:
1995 - Q Award in the category 'Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series'
1997 - TCA Award in the category 'Individual Achievement in Drama'
1998 - TCA Awards in the category 'Individual Achievement in Drama'
1998 - Emmy Award in the category 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series'
For Thief, Andre has won the following Award:
2006 - Emmy award in the category 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie'
For Frequency, Andre won the following Award:
2001 - Blockbuster Entertainment Award in the category 'Favorite Supporting Actor - Suspense'
Braugher won the 2006 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie" for his role as Nick Atwater on Thief.
Andre was scheduled to star in the 1998 movie Sphere but he pulled out because he wanted to spend more time with his family. Samuel L. Jackson was later cast in the role.
Braugher played the title role in Shakespeare's Henry V during the 1996 'Shakespeare in the Park' festival in New York.
In 1997 Andre was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
Andre: (on being able to do things he always wanted to do in between movies, instead of seating by the phone and waiting for it to ring) So I took a bike trip to Kansas in May. I got on my bike one day, packed up my junk, waived goodbye to my wife and five weeks later I'm in Kansas. Sometimes I was recognized, but most people didn't believe it was me. It was like, 'What are you doing here on a bike in the middle of nowhere?'.
Andre: 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.
Andre: (on what attracted him to The Mist) I read The Mist before I read the adaptation. I knew that Frank Darabont had done it. I had seen both The Green Mile as well as The Shawshank Redemption so I knew he was quite a fine director. I knew he had some insight of Stephen King's work and then I read The Mist, the novella to see what Frank had drawn on and whether it was true to Stephen King's work. Looking at the character, which is not a big character in the film, I was surprised that was this much publicity on my part. I knew I wanted to be a part of this film because I sensed that it would be special. It has all the pedigree of Stephen King, whom I am a great admirer of and Frank Darabont, who has demonstrated time and time again that he is a good director and I wanted to be a part of it.
Andre: (when asked if and how the Million Man March has changed him) I know for myself that I've been changed. I can't judge it by the change with anyone else other than myself. 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. I know for my wife and myself, our commitment as a family to the African community has increased, because we're going to adopt a child. And that's not simply because nature has betrayed us or anything to that effect, but there are kids languishing in foster care or in institutions who need parents. We have a lot of love, and when I asked myself how I could be of greatest service to my community - of maximum benefit to the people around me - it's not by hoarding what I have; it's by sharing. I came away with a commitment to raise a child, to allow the revolution to begin at home.
Andre: (on his philanthropic projects when asked about them) I do make contributions but prefer to do what I do quietly. I do it anonymously when possible and just leave it at that. You may notice you don't hear a lot about me. I share my thoughts about this film and things like that, but that's about it.
Andre: (when asked if he was a science fiction fan) I have been at various times in my life. In my youth, it was more the Conan the Barbarian or Red Sonja--Edgar Rice Burroughs [type] fantasy worlds. And then, later in my college years, I started to deal with parallel worlds, where if you change one aspect, it changes the world. ... More recently, it's more about demographics, evolutionary forces, the next horizons, be it mental or space or deep-sea.
Andre: (when asked how he handled playing a man in 1969 and the same man 30 years later in the movie Frequency) The body deteriorates, but the mind doesn't. You know, I still feel like I'm 25. ... It's not really [an issue] of a changing psyche, but one of physicality. ... [Playing an older man in] the present ... is challenging, without a doubt. Beyond the tedious aspects of the latex special effects, it is interesting to play a 59-year-old man, only in that he has a different perspective on life than his 29-year-old counterpart in the past.
Andre: (when asked if it was fun to get to play the bad guy in Thief and Poseidon after playing a cop several times) Yeah, it's different. 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 there's a certain mindset to playing a thief that differs from playing a cop. And so it took me a certain amount of research to sort of get into the mindset of a thief. I read several books and talked to my technical adviser many times to try to get to the point of understanding what's going on in the mind of a thief. And I also read several books that helped me get to that point.