Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Gossett Jr.

actor, producer, director

Louis Gossett Jr. was born on May 27, 1936 in USA. Louis Gossett Jr.'s big-screen debut came with The New Girl directed by Lewis Freedman in 1960, strarring Mary's Brother (uncredited). Louis Gossett Jr. is known for Watchmen directed by Nicole Kassell, Regina King stars as Angela Abar and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar. Louis Gossett Jr. has got 19 awards and 27 nominations so far. The most recent award Louis Gossett Jr. achieved is Film Arts and Hearts Film Festival. The upcoming new movie Louis Gossett Jr. plays is The Color Purple which will be released on Dec 20, 2023.

Louis Gossett Jr. is one of the most respected and beloved actors on stage, screen and television and is also an accomplished writer, producer and director. Off-screen he is a social activist, educator and author dedicated to enriching the lives of others. Gossett was the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his unforgettable performance as drill Sergeant Emil Foley in "An Officer and a Gentleman." Among his other awards are an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor for his portrayal of Fiddler in the groundbreaking ABC series "Roots," a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for "The Josephine Baker Story" and a Golden Globe for "An Officer and a Gentleman." He has been nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, one Academy Award, five Images Awards, two Daytime Emmy Awards and in 1992 received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Gossett has also received numerous other honors throughout his illustrious career. His film debut was in the 1961 classic movie "A Raisin in the Sun" with Sidney Poitier. Other film credits include "The Deep," "Blue Chips," "Daddy's Little Girls," Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married Too?," "Firewalker," "Jaws-3D," "Enemy Mine" and "Iron Eagle" 1-4, among many others. Television credits include "Extant," "Madam Secretary," "Boardwalk Empire," "Family Guy" and "ER," among dozens of others. Gossett is the author of the bestselling autobiography "An Actor and a Gentleman," in which he chronicles the challenges and triumphs of his 50+ year career. Gossett is recognized as much for his humanitarian efforts as he is for his accomplishments as an actor. In 2006, Gossett founded The Eracism Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating racism. The foundation provides young adults with tools to live a racially diverse and culturally inclusive life. Programs focus on fostering cultural diversity, historical enrichment, education and anti-violence initiatives. Gossett was born in Brooklyn and made his stage debut when he was 17 in "Take a Giant Step," which was selected as one of the 10 best Broadway shows of 1953 by The New York Times. He has two adult sons and resides in Malibu, California.

  • Birthday

    May 27, 1936
  • Place of Birth

    Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
  • Also known

    Louis Gossett, Jr., Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr.

Known For


19 wins & 27 nominations

Film Arts and Hearts Film Festival
Best Drama
Winner - Film Festival Award
Not to Forget (2021)
MegaFlix Film Awards
Best Performance
Winner - Platinum Award
Not to Forget (2021)
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