Andre Braugher was ready to bolt. After three seasons of playing icy loner Detective Frank Pembleton on "Homicide: Life on the Street," the actor was ready to move on - until writers decided his character would suffer a stroke that would force him to learn how to walk, and bark, all over again.
"It was necessary for me to stay a member of the show," Braugher told me on the drama's Baltimore set in 1996. "I need a compelling character. I need a challenge."