Dirk Blocker, widely recognized for portraying Detective Hitchcock in the popular television series 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', recently shared heartfelt memories of his late co-star Andre Braugher. Braugher, who passed away on December 11 at 61, was remembered by Blocker as the "father figure" of the show's cast, an interview with People Magazine revealed.
The dynamics of the 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' cast were significantly influenced by Braugher, whose sudden passing sent shockwaves across the world. Blocker fondly recalled how Braugher always supported his fellow cast members, ensuring everyone felt valued and included.
He especially highlighted Braugher's efforts to ensure he and Joel McKinnon Miller, who played Scully, were integrated with the main cast, reflecting the inclusivity Braugher championed.
Braugher's Supportive Spirit
A poignant moment Blocker shared involved Braugher's reaction to the release of short introductory videos about Hitchcock and Scully by Fox.
Braugher, in a gesture meant to boost the morale of Blocker and Miller, made sure to gather everyone to watch the video. Blocker vividly remembers Braugher's enthusiasm as he highlighted their contributions, turning the moment into a joyful and inclusive experience for all involved.
This act, according to Blocker, was symbolic of Braugher's character. He wasn't just laughing; he was celebrating the efforts and integration of his fellow actors into the larger tapestry of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine.' "He wanted us to know that he appreciates what we’re doing, that we’re fitting in, and we’re doing a good job – and he needed to let us know that,” Blocker said, highlighting the depth of Braugher's compassion and leadership.
Describing Braugher as the "captain" of the cast, Blocker expressed how the warmth, kindness, and love that Braugher exuded were genuinely exceptional. His reminiscences paint a picture of a man who was not only a brilliant actor but a nurturing figure who fostered a sense of family and camaraderie among the cast.
The legacy Braugher leaves behind is one of outstanding professional achievement and profound human connection and mentorship, a testament to his character both on and off the screen.