Audiences can’t get enough of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Die-hard fans know everything there is to know about the characters, but what about the cast? Sure, everyone knows Terry Crews is an accomplished painter, but can you name his first TV appearance? Can Melissa Fumero actually dance? Who are The Pistol Shrimps and what connection do they have to Stephanie Beatriz?
How much do you know about the men and women behind the men and women of Brooklyn’s best precinct? Here are 10 little-known facts about the cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
On screen, Jake Peralta and Gina Linetti, played by Andy Samberg and Chelsea Peretti, grew up together and went to the same elementary school. It turns out this is true in real life as well. In 2014, it was revealed that Chelsea not only went to school with Andy, she also claims to have had a crush on him as well. During a 2014 interview on Conan, she said "I used to call his house on like those old-timey phones that we used to have. I would call and hang up, call and hang up as some young girls do. Irritating young girls.". The above picture also surfaced, with Chelsea in the backseat and a befuddled Andy in the trunk. Here’s hoping the writers find a way to work this into the show.
9. I Love You, Man
2009’s I Love You, Man is one of those films you look back on and realize that everyone in this movie is famous now - even Aziz Ansari makes an appearance. Looking back at Peter Klaven, played by Paul Rudd, and his groomsmen and you’ll see that Andy Samberg shares the screen with Joe Lo Truglio, who plays Lonnie in I Love You, Man and Charles Boyle in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
8. Friday After Next
Joel McKinnon Miller, who plays Scully, is no stranger to roles as a cop on both the big and small screen; but his role as Officer Hole in 2002’s Friday After Next holds a special distinction. Joel plays the role on the opposite side of the law as Terry Crews, who plays Damon in the film. While they never shared the screen like Joe and Andy in the previous point, it’s fun think that they may have shaken hands backstage.
7. Battle Dome
1999 was a great year. Pokemon fever gripped the world and The Matrix was released in theaters. But on the small screen, an unknown Terry Crews made his small-screen debut. During its short 30 episode run, Battle Dome tried to capitalize on the popularity of its predecessor American Gladiator. In this series, Terry played T-Money, a fighter who as essentially a caricature of the late 90’s hip-hop scene. It’s possible that this is first glimpse the world got of Scary Terry.
6. Professional Dancer
On screen, Amy Santiago, played by Melissa Fumero, is known for her inability to dance. In the real world, however, Melissa is a professionally trained dancer. In a 2016 tweet, she revealed that while in high school, she even taught ballet. As it turns out, Melissa isn’t the only secret dancer on the set of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
5. The Pistol Shrimps
In 2015, Stephanie Beatriz, who plays Rosa Diaz, revealed she is a member of a dance squad called the L.A. Municipal Dance Squad. They occasionally perform during half-time of an all-female basketball rec league. This rec league is something else on its own. Many of the players are actresses, models, and writers. This league and dance squad was the source of a 2016 movie called The Pistol Shrimps that followed the rec team of the same name. It features Aubrey Plaza, from Parks and Rec, and founder Maria Blasucci from Drunk History as themselves. Hopefully, we’ll get to see Stephanie break out some of those moves on set.
4. Frank Pembleton
Andre Braugher, who plays Captain Raymond Holt, is another cast member who has previously portrayed a member of law enforcement. In the 1993 TV series Homicide: Life on the Street Andre played Frank Pembleton for six seasons. It’s very easy to see Andre’s depiction of Captain Holt as the polar opposite of his days as Frank Pembleton. In the series, Andre plays a very eccentric and hot-headed homicide detective that skirts the rules where he can to get the job done. Given a lot of hard work and practiced discipline, maybe Frank would be the kind of cop that would make Captain Holt proud one day. Also, Andre’s real-life wife Ami Brabson played his wife on the series.
3. Old Spice Guys
Everyone remembers the original Old Spice commercials featuring Isaiah Mustafa, “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like.” Those commercials were geared towards the women buying deodorant for the men in their lives. Terry, however, was for the men buying it for themselves. During a Reddit AMA in 2015, Terry Crews revealed that he and Isaiah are actually good friends. While it’s not clear if they were friends prior or became friends during shoots, they currently remain friends now that their paths have split.
2. Cagney & Lacey
In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Terry and his wife Sharon, played by Merrin Dungey, have two twin girls named Cagney and Lacey. It turns out they are named after the 1980s police procedural TV show Cagney and Lacey. In that series, the two main characters were female cops named Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey. The characters made a return to the small screen in the 2018 made-for-TV-movie of the same name, but missed an opportunity to return the shout-out Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s way.
1. Where is Davies?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine's pilot episode contains a perplexing mystery. When Captain Holt asks for Jeffords’ opinion of the squad, the Sergeant points out Scully, Hitchcock, and a woman named Daniels as being good for nothing except the morning’s coffee. To this day, no one outside of the show knows what happened to Detective Daniels. A search on IMDB reveals no information and the role is uncredited on the show.