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Louis Gossett Jr. Biography

Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

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

Awards

  • 1992Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 1987Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special: nominated
  • 1984Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1982Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 1979Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music: nominated

Relationships

  • Christina Mangosing -- Ex-wife
  • Cyndi James-Reese -- Ex-wife
  • Hattie Glascoe -- Ex-wife
  • Louis Gossett -- Father
  • Helen (Wray) Gossett -- Mother
  • Satie Gossett -- Son
  • Sharron Anthony Gossett -- Son