Louis Gossett Jr.

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  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/27/1936, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor
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Louis Gossett Jr. Fast Facts:Made his professional acting debut while still in high school in the Broadway production of Take a Giant Step and won the Donaldson Award for best newcomer of the year.
  • Received an athletic-drama scholarship to New York University, where he played on the varsity basketball team.
  • Was invited to try out for the NBA's New York Knicks after graduating from NYU, but chose to pursue an acting career instead.
  • Prepared for his Oscar-winning role in An Officer and a Gentleman by spending 10 days training at Camp Pendleton's school for drill instructors.
  • Cowrote the protest song "Handsome Johnny" with Richie Havens, who performed it at Woodstock in 1969.
  • In 2006, founded the Eracism Foundation, a nonprofit working to eliminate racism.
  • Wrote an autobiography, An Actor and a Gentleman, which was published in 2010.
  • Louis Gossett Jr. Relationships:
  • Hattie Glascoe - Ex-wife
  • Sharron Anthony Gossett - Son
  • Louis Gossett - Father
  • Helen (Wray) Gossett - Mother
  • Cyndi James-Reese - Ex-wife
  • Christina Mangosing - Ex-wife
  • Satie Gossett - Son
  • Louis Gossett Jr. Awards:
  • 1984 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1978 Emmy: Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music - Nominee
  • 1992 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Winner
  • 1983 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1979 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special - Nominee
  • 1984 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special - Nominee
  • 1997 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1981 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1977 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series - Winner
  • 1987 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
  • 1982 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Winner
  • College:
  • New York University, New York, NY (BA, 1959)

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