Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Gossett Jr. was born to a nurse mother and a janitor father, attending Abraham Lincoln School in Brooklyn. His theatrical debut at 17 in high school, performing in George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's "You Can't Take It with You," sparked his passion for acting. After graduating, he pursued theater at New York University, showcasing his athletic build and towering height (1.95 m) while also excelling in basketball.
With diligence and talent, Gossett Jr. secured roles in Broadway classics like "Take a Giant Step," "A Raisin in the Sun," "The Blacks," and "The Zulu and the Zayda." Concurrently, he made his film debut in Daniel Petrie's adaptation of "A Raisin in the Sun," starring alongside Sidney Poitier. His film career blossomed under directors Hal Ashby, George Cukor, Peter Yates, and Robert Aldrich.
Active since the late 1950s on television, Gossett Jr. appeared in numerous series such as The Young Rebels, Bonanza, The Jeffersons, and Police Story. His portrayal of Fiddler in the miniseries Roots earned him an Emmy Award.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he diversified into horror, action, science fiction, and comedy films, notably winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in "An Officer and a Gentleman" as Sergeant Emil Foley. In subsequent decades, he continued with roles in films like "Daddy's Little Girls," "The Perfect Game," and "The Dependables," alongside appearances in TV series like Stargate SG-1, ER, and Watchmen, where he portrayed Will Reeves.
Beyond acting, Gossett Jr. is recognized for his advocacy work, founding The Eracism Foundation in 2006 to combat racism. His final film role was in Blitz Bazawule's musical remake of "The Color Purple" in January 2024.



IF (2024)

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