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Get To Know The Cast Of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

Noah Camarena |
October 2, 2014 | 6:29 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

We all know about popular workplace comedies such as "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation," but one comedy is just getting its feet wet and deserves to be in the limelight.

Fox’s "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," a show about a police precinct, kicked off its second season and if you did not watch this two-time Golden Globe winning show, it is time to get to know the cast.

Andy Samberg

Andy Samberg plays Jake Peralta, a goofy detective who, despite his childlike demeanor, is great at his job and has the best arrest rate in the precinct. Playing characters such as Peralta is something that is familiar to Samberg, who is best known for his time on "Saturday Night Live." 

Before he made a name for himself, Samberg spent his time making sketch comedy videos with his two childhood friends, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. They were friends since high school and they moved to Los Angeles after Samberg graduated from New York University in 2000. The trio became known as The Lonely Island, a name that originally referred to the apartment that they all shared.

Their videos started to gain attention on the Internet and in 2005, the group was asked to write for the MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Jimmy Fallon. Fallon introduced the group to SNL creator Lorne Michaels, who offered them all an audition, eventually casting Samberg and bringing on the other two as staff writers.

The Lonely Island quickly made a name for themselves with their Digital Shorts on SNL, but it was not until 2007 when Samberg and the group became famous nationwide. Samberg teamed up with Justin Timberlake for the Emmy-award-winning song “D*ck in a Box.” Samberg’s success did not stop there however, he was later nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with T-Pain for “I’m On a Boat.”

Samberg also made the leap to the big screen with his roles in "Hot Rod," "I Love You, Man" and "That’s My Boy." 

Samberg announced in June of 2012 that he was leaving "SNL," however he returned in April of 2014 to host the season finale.

Samberg has enjoyed continued success since his departure from "SNL." He married longtime girlfriend Joanna Newsom in September of 2013 and he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Comedy or Musical for his work as Peralta in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Stephanie Beatriz

Beatriz plays hardnose Detective Rosa Diaz on her hit show but she was a relatively unknown actress before her role on the sitcom.

Beatriz was born in Argentina but moved to the United States at the age of three. She grew up in Texas before attending Stephens College and moving to New York to pursue acting following her graduation in 2002.

She was prepared for her role as a detective through two of her previous roles in police television shows "The Closer" and "Southland." Although her most prominent role prior to "Brooklyn" was when she appeared on "Modern Family." In an episode that aired during the show’s fourth season, Beatriz played the sister of Sofia Vergara’s character Gloria.

Even though Beatriz did not have much screen time prior to her hit show, she plays a crucial role in "Brooklyn" and consistently delivers some of the funniest moments.

Terry Crews

While Crews might be best known for his cameos in many movies, he plays a leading role on this sitcom as Detective Sergeant Terry Jeffords, the loving and caring leader of the squad. 

Crews actually did not start his career as an actor. He received a full-ride athletic scholarship for football at Western Michigan University. As a defensive end, Crews helped lead his team to a Mid-American Conference championship in 1988. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft. Crews played in the league for five years, including stints with the San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles.

After Crews retired from the NFL, he pursued a career in acting with his first gig being a role on the television series Battle Dome. He later appeared in films such as "White Chicks," "Click" and "The Longest Yard." He started to gain more fame with his role as the father on the television show "Everybody Hates Chris."

Crews has also appeared in multiple commercials for Old Spice and he even started his own reality show "The Family Crews" on BET about his family that includes his wife and five kids.

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Melissa Fumero

Fumero plays the uptight, rule following Amy Santiago who does everything she can to impress the captain of the precinct, which often leads to her disappointment. She is also Jake Peralta’s partner with whom he constantly bickers.

Before Fumero played a cop on the comedy, she was a bit more dramatic as she appeared in the popular soap opera "One Life to Live." She won the role on her last day as a student as New York University and even met her future husband, David Fumero, on the set of the show.

Even before she got her start as an actress, Fumero was a dancer. She started dancing as a child and she still likes to dance to this day. 

Joe Lo Truglio

Lo Truglio plays Charles Boyle, one of the nicest guys in the office but also one of the clumsiest, often placing him into sticky situations. He is very good at his job but not very good at his personal life.

He got his start in a sketch comedy group at New York University where he met a lot of his future cast members. Many of the students that formed this group went on to become the cast of MTV’s sketch comedy series "The State." 

After The State ended in 1995, Lo Truglio went on to do other projects such as a role in "Wet Hot American Summer" and later in "Superbad," "Pineapple Express" and "Role Models." 

Even though the majority of his roles were cameos, Lo Truglio gained fame for his unique demeanor on the screen which landed him his role on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Chelsea Peretti

Peretti plays Gina Linetti, the assistant to the precinct’s captain. She usually seems like she has no idea what is going on and does not seem to care much about her job, however she adds a humorous contrast to the serious captain.

Before her role on the show, Peretti worked mostly as a stand-up comedian and a writer for shows like "Parks and Recreation."

Peretti actually went to elementary school with Andy Samberg, and who knows, maybe that is when they developed their comedic skills.

She has appeared on various shows such as "Louie," "The Sarah Silverman Program" and "Tosh.0." In July of 2010, Peretti appeared on Variety magazine’s “Ten Comics to Watch in 2010.”

Andre Braugher

Braugher plays Captain Ray Holt, the strict and serious Commanding Officer of the precinct. While he seems to be all business all the time, he does have a soft side and occasionally likes to give Peralta a hard time.

Braugher graduated from Juilliard with a Master of Fine Arts degree and was named the Most Outstanding Theatre Student of his graduating class.

His most well known role is as Detective Frank Pembleton in the television series "Homicide: Life on the Street." His work on the program earned him an Emmy nomination in 1996 and an Emmy win for best actor in a drama series in 1998.

This would not be the only award that Braugher would win in his earlier career. Along with being named to People magazine’s list of “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” in 1997, Braugher received a second Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie from his work as Nick Atwater in "Thief." He also receive two Emmy nominations for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for his role in Men of a Certain Age.

Braugher proved that he was much more than just a good drama actor with his work on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Earlier this year he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

After learning about this amazing cast, how could you not want to watch this show?

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