In May 2018, when Fox announced that it was canceling “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” the outrage from fans on social media was overwhelming. The police comedy’s devoted fan base was so outspoken about its heartbreak, in fact, that NBC quickly agreed to pick up Fox’s discarded show for at least one more season.
That’s how beloved this show is: It was brought back from the dead by the sheer loyalty and love of its fans.
Part of the appeal for fans of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is the cast’s obvious camaraderie and affection for each other. But what about the cast’s off-screen love lives? From new courtships and recent weddings to marriages that have lasted decades, here are the romantic realities of the “Nine-Nine”‘s regular, recurring and guest actors.
Terry Crews (Terry Jeffords)
On “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Terry Crews’ character, Terry Jeffords, is a hard worker and a solid family man, devoted to his wife Sharon and his three kids. Crews’ real life is not all that different now, as the NFL-football-player-turned-actor is married to Rebecca King-Crews and the two have five kids. Married in 1990, Crews’ relationship with King-Crews has withstood a series of challenges, including Crews’ addiction to pornography.
The pair appeared on “Dr. Phil” in 2018 and Crews expressed his appreciation for his wife’s steadfast belief in him. “When someone knows you from good all the way to the rottenest, dirtiest part of you, and loves you anyway, that’s the rarity, that’s where you want to be,” Crews said on the show.
Andre Braugher (Capt. Ray Holt)
Andre Braugher’s background in dramatic acting prepared him well for the role of the ever-serious Captain Holt on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — because nobody does deadpan better than Braugher. In a cast of talented actors, Braugher stands out as consistently hilarious in his performance as the precinct’s literal-minded captain.
Off-screen, Braugher is married to the actor-singer Ami Brabson and they have three sons together. Although Braugher’s sitcom films in Los Angeles, the actor flies home to the East Coast every weekend for family time, rarely engaging in Hollywood schmoozing in favor of seeing his wife and kids. “I would be neglecting something important for something not so important,” he recently told the Associated Press. “So there’s a lot of parties I’ve missed. But that’s OK.”
Chelsea Peretti (Gina Linetti)
In a cast of vibrant characters, the precinct’s office administrator, Gina Linetti (played by comedian Chelsea Peretti), is one of the most colorful. Sassy and blunt, Linetti loves social media, dancing and taunting her co-workers. Sadly, the character has left the show as of January 2019, to the dismay of fans everywhere. Still, she’ll be dancing in our hearts forever.
Peretti’s real life is likely one that Gina Linetti would deeply envy. She is married to Oscar-winning director Jordan Peele, and the two welcomed a baby boy in 2017. Unlike castmate Melissa Fumero, Linetti’s pregnancy wasn’t hidden on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”; it was written into the show, and now Gina has a daughter named Enigma.
Dirk Blocker (Hitchcock)
As one half of the 99’s bumbling duo, Scully and Hitchcock, Dirk Blocker does a good job acting like a clueless buffoon. His better half in real life is wife Danielle Aubuchon, whom he married in 1990. The couple has two children together.
Marc Evan Jackson (Kevin Cozner)
Marc Evan Jackson has a recurring role on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as Captain Holt’s husband, a serious man who is perhaps the only person in the world whose deadpan, matter-of-fact demeanor can rival Holt’s.
In real life, Jackson married veterinarian Beth Hagenlocker in 2002. Together with a few other performers from Detroit, Jackson and Hagenlocker co-founded the Detroit Creativity Project, a nonprofit that teaches improv to public school students as a way of providing them with communication skills, support and community.
Kyra Sedgwick (Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch)
Kyra Sedgwick is a welcome sight on any TV show, and her guest role on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was no exception. The actress has appeared on nine episodes of the show as Captain Holt’s nemesis, Madeline Wuntch. Fun fact: Sedgwick shares her Aug. 19 birthday with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” cast member Melissa Fumero.
In reality, Sedgwick married Kevin Bacon in 1988, and the couple has two children together. For Bacon and Sedgwick, it seems admiration and mutual respect are the keys to longevity in their Hollywood marriage. Bacon recently proclaimed his tremendous admiration for his wife — and he even confessed to feeling jealous at times of her success.
Andy Samberg (Jake Peralta)
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is such a vibrant ensemble comedy, but at the heart of it still is one “Die Hard”-loving detective known as Jake Peralta, played by Andy Samberg. And the central love story on the show follows the precinct romance (now marriage) between Jake and Amy Santiago (played by Melissa Fumero), which is endearingly hilarious.
In real life, Samberg is married to singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom. The two reportedly met through Samberg’s old “Saturday Night Live” co-star, Fred Armisen, and they started dating. In the fall of 2013, Samberg and Newsom wed, and their daughter arrived almost exactly four years later, in August 2017.
Jason Mantzoukas (Adrian Pimento)
On “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Jason Mantzoukas’ character is a delightfully unhinged cop who has a very peculiar — but oddly romantic — relationship with Rosa. The two even get engaged at one point, though their relationship is ultimately ill-fated.
The actor’s love life is harder to pin down. He has been linked to various women in the past, including Connie Britton, and he is the subject of much fan admiration (as one example, several writers at The Cut collaborated on a piece titled “Jason Mantzoukas Is … Totally Kind of Hot?“). But if Mantzoukas is currently dating anyone in particular, he’s keeping it tightly under wraps.
Dean Winters (Detective Pembroke)
Dean Winters always seems to portray smarmy, obnoxious characters — even in the Allstate commercials in which he plays “Mayhem.” His recurring role on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has been no different, as Winters’ character Detective Pembroke, known as “The Vulture,” practically terrorizes the precinct.
Winters keeps his romantic life quite private. Last year, he purchased a $3.5 million penthouse apartment in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood (he favors New York over “soul-crushing” Los Angeles, he said), but it’s unknown whether he shares the new digs with a special someone.
Melissa Fumero (Amy Santiago)
Melissa Fumero’s real-life romance with her now-husband David Fumero actually started, well, on-screen. The two met while co-starring on the soap opera “One Life to Live,” a role that Fumero booked right after graduating from college, no big deal.
Melissa and David married in 2007 and their son, Enzo, came along in March 2016. Melissa worked on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” even while nine months pregnant, almost all the way up to Enzo’s arrival — an experience she likely wouldn’t repeat if she has another baby.
“My ankles would get really swollen,” she told People. “[Enzo] was born, like, five days after we wrapped. I don’t recommend it. It’s hard to think about anything other than being pregnant when you’re that pregnant.”
Kyle Bornheimer (Teddy)
Kyle Bornheimer has popped up in many shows over the years, consistently effective as a comedic performer on series like “Perfect Couples,” “Better Call Saul” and “Casual.” His role on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” saw him in the role of Teddy, an NYPD officer from another precinct who once dated Amy … and definitely isn’t over her.
In real life, Bornheimer is rather quiet about his home life. The actor is married and has two sons. “I love being a dad,” Bornheimer told interviewer Bob Andelman in 2017 of his boys. “They’re both adorable and I’m cherishing this time in my life.”
Jimmy Smits (Victor Santiago)
As is the case with all of the casting decisions on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Jimmy Smits is an inspired choice in the role of Amy’s steely, impossible-to-impress dad, Victor. In his off-screen life, Smits has two adult children from his marriage to Barbara Smits, his high school sweetheart, which ended in 1987. Since then, Smits has been in a long-term relationship with actress Wanda De Jesus.
Katey Sagal (Karen Peralta)
Perhaps best known for her role as Peggy Bundy on “Married … With Children,” Katey Sagal also enjoyed success as a voice actor on “Futurama,” among other TV roles, before joining the cast of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as Jake’s mom, Karen Peralta.
Off-screen, Sagal is, indeed, married with children, having wed “Sons of Anarchy” showrunner Kurt Sutter in 2004 and welcomed daughter Esme with him, via surrogate, in 2007. Sagal also has two other children, Sarah and Jackson, from her ex-husband, musician Jack White (no relation to the White Stripes musician).
Joe Lo Truglio (Charles Boyle)
Charles Boyle is a decent detective, but he’s an even better friend, wearing his earnest heart on his sleeve at all times, especially in his loyal bromance with Jake. In reality, actor Joe Lo Truglio is married to another amazing comedic actor, Beth Dover, having wed in the spring of 2014 with 300 guests in attendance — including many of Lo Truglio’s “Brooklyn” castmates.
In March 2016, the couple welcomed a son, Eli James, who looks very much like a mini-me replica of Lo Truglio.
Nick Cannon (Marcus)
Nick Cannon had a recurring role on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as Captain Holt’s nephew, Marcus. Over the course of six episodes, Marcus also served as a love interest for Rosa, though they ultimately part ways because Marcus proves to be far too emotional for the hard-edged Rosa.
In addition to having dated Kim Kardashian, Cannon’s most well-known relationship was, of course, his marriage to Mariah Carey, with whom he has twin children, Moroccan and Monroe. (Cannon also has a son, Golden, with Brittany Bell.)
Although they ultimately divorced, Cannon still has great compassion and respect for his ex-wife. “I’m in awe of her strength,” he told People Now of Carey’s struggles with bipolar disorder. “Every family has to deal with something, but through love and understanding is how anyone gets through any adversity. And that’s what we’ve always been about.”
Bradley Whitford (Roger Peralta)
Between his role as Jake’s dad on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and the sinister father of Chris’ girlfriend in “Get Out,” Bradley Whitford is getting a lot of practice in playing bad dads. At least on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Roger Peralta seems to be turning over a new leaf, as he and Jake’s mom, Karen, have reunited.
Whitford was married to “Malcolm in the Middle” actress Jane Kaczmarek for 16 years, and they had three children together before divorcing in 2010. Whitford began dating his co-star on “Transparent,” Amy Landecker, in 2015 and the two confirmed they were engaged in March 2018.
Mary Lynn Rajskub (Genevieve Mirren-Carter)
Comedic actress Mary Lynn Rajskub plays Genevieve on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” a weirdo whose odd personality somehow meshes perfectly with the equally-weird Boyle. The two characters ultimately fall in love and adopt a son together.
In reality, Rajskub has spoken openly about her bisexuality, and she is currently married to Matthew Rolph, with whom she shares a son.
Merrin Dungey (Sharon Jeffords)
As Terry would probably tell you himself (in third person), “Terry loves his wife!” Played by Merrin Dungey, Sharon is Terry’s spouse, and they have three daughters together on the show: twins Cagney and Lacey, and baby Ava.
In reality, Dungey herself has a husband and two daughters. She married Matthew Drake in 2007 and welcomed her girls in 2008 and 2011.
Craig Robinson (Doug Judy)
For fans of “The Office,” any appearance by Craig Robinson — aka Darryl Philbin — on another show is cause for celebration. And the comedian’s guest role as Doug Judy, the con artist known as the Pontiac Bandit, over six episodes of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” definitely did not disappoint.
Unlike many other actors, Robinson doesn’t share much personal information on social media, reserving his Twitter account mostly for promoting his performances and wishing everyone happy holidays. If Robinson is currently dating anyone seriously, he’s keeping that info to himself.
Marilu Henner (Vivian Ludley)
Before he met his soul mate in Genevieve, Boyle dated — and even became engaged to — fellow foodie Vivian Ludley, played by Marilu Henner. The pair had a unique romance, but ultimately it was not meant to be, as Vivian wanted to move to Canada and Boyle is, of course, dedicated to the 99.
In Henner’s real romantic life, the actress has been married to her third husband, Michael Brown, since 2006. Their strong relationship has withstood the strain of a cancer diagnosis for Brown — which came right at the beginning of their courtship. “Even just a couple months into being together, I thought: He is the love of my life, and I want to spend the rest of my life with him,” Henner told Prevention magazine in 2017. “The only thing that had to shift was taking on this additional role of caregiver, but the love that we had already made that easy.”
Eva Longoria (Sophia)
Eva Longoria had a recurring guest role on several episodes of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as defense attorney Sophia, a love interest for Jake (before he and Amy were a thing, of course). Despite their compatibility — including a shared love of “Die Hard” — their romance ultimately doesn’t work out.
Longoria is now married to her third husband, José Bastón, whom she wed in 2016. The couple welcomed a baby boy, Santiago Enrique Bastón, in June 2018.
Gina Gershon (Lt. Melanie Hawkins)
Gina Gershon’s recurring role on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is the tough-talking (and ultimately duplicitous) police lieutenant that Jake and Rosa idolize — until they discover Hawkins’ true colors.
Over the years, Gershon has been linked to several high-profile paramours, including Owen Wilson and John Cusack, but her current on-again, off-again boyfriend of many years is Belgian-German soccer-player-turned-entrepreneur Robert Dekeyser.
Maya Rudolph (Karen Haas)
Maya Rudolph joined the cast of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” for the episodes that found Jake and Captain Holt working undercover in Florida. Rudolph plays a tough U.S. Marshal named Karen Haas, who also happens to be struggling with staying faithful to her husband.
Rudolph’s real-life relationship with director Paul Thomas Anderson seems solid as a rock. The two have been together for 17 years, and they have four kids together. Rudolph calls Anderson her husband, though they are not technically married.
Sandra Bernhard (Darlene Linetti)
In yet another stroke of casting genius, legendary comedian Sandra Bernhard joined “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” in a guest role as Gina’s mom, Darlene. Much to Gina’s consternation, Darlene falls in love with Boyle’s dad, Lynn, and the lovebirds even get married in the season two episode, “Boyle-Linetti Wedding.”
In her off-screen life, Bernhard has been open about her bisexuality and she currently lives in New York City with her longtime partner, Sara Switzer. Bernhard also has a 20-year-old daughter, Cicely.
Ken Marino (Capt. Jason Stentley)
Ken Marino is a comedy pro who’s appeared on too many TV shows to name. He delivered the goods again on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as the utterly hapless Captain Stentley, who fills in as captain of the 99 while Captain Holt and Jake are undercover in Florida.
Off-screen, Marino married screenwriter-director Erica Oyama in 2005, and the couple has two children together, son Riley and daughter Ruby.
Patton Oswalt (Fire Marshall Boone)
Comedian Patton Oswalt often plays goofy, bumbling characters, and his role on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as the clumsy yet sensitive fire marshall was no different. In real life, Oswalt is far more sharp, especially on Twitter, where he uses his platform to get political and sometimes to change people’s lives for the better.
Oswalt has been very open about the tragic loss of his first wife, Michelle McNamara, in 2016, with whom he had a daughter, the now-9-year-old Alice. Oswalt is now remarried to actress Meredith Salenger.
Nick Offerman (Frederick)
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Fans of Nick Offerman likely already know all about his romantic life, as his marriage to the hilarious Megan Mullally is a match made in comedy heaven. Offerman had a guest role on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as Captain Holt’s ex-boyfriend, Frederick, which was cute and funny, but the actor’s real-life relationship is even more adorable. Offerman and Mullally perform together and they even co-wrote a book, humbly titled “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History.” If anyone in Hollywood is the embodiment of #relationshipgoals, it’s this pair.
Gina Rodriguez (Alicia)
Gina Rodriguez’s guest spot on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was delightful not just because Rodriguez is a beloved actress and a sweet addition to the police comedy, but also because her character gave the stony Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) an opportunity to crush on someone — hard.
Rodriguez’s real-life love is Joe LoCicero, to whom she is now engaged. The two met in 2016 when LoCicero appeared on Rodriguez’s CW show, “Jane the Virgin.” She recently told Cosmopolitan that she appreciates that LoCicero doesn’t feel threatened by her success.
“As a successful woman, it is so hard because of our cultural norms that, like, the man has to be the breadwinner!” Rodriguez told the magazine. “And the man has to be the more powerful one. It was so difficult for me to find a man who didn’t want me to dim my light for his ego.”
Stephanie Beatriz (Rosa Diaz)
Stephanie Beatriz, who plays the tough, poker-faced Rosa Diaz on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” has been open about her bisexuality, and in fact, the writers of the show wrote in a storyline for Rosa’s character in which she, too, comes out as bisexual, inspired by Beatriz’s real life.
In October 2018, Beatriz married Brad Hoss, and she credits her experiences on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” with leading her to him. “I never would’ve gotten to the place where I would’ve even been open to Brad as a partner if it hadn’t been for my time on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,'” she told People. “And it really has helped mold me into the person that I am and the partner that I think I can be for Brad.”
Joel McKinnon Miller (Scully)
Lunch with my bride. Haven’t been here forever. Guess where…
— Joel McKinnon Miller (@JoelMcKMiller) November 14, 2017
Although there are juicier love stories on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” the bromance between Scully and Hitchcock has quickly become a favorite element of the show, and both actors have received more screen time over the seasons because of it. The two actors are aware of their special connection, as Miller once put it to Paste magazine, “Dirk and I have a rapport and a chemistry. We genuinely like each other.”
In his off-screen life, Miller has great rapport and chemistry with his wife, Tamara McKinnon, and the couple has two kids together.