Louis Gossett Jr.

Actor, Producer, Director
Having been an acclaimed performer on stage and decorated for his work on screen, actor Louis Gossett, Jr. was unable to sustain the kind of quality career worthy of someone who has won both an Emmy and Academy Award ... Read more »
Born: 05/26/1936 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (189)

The Book Of Negroes 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Spoils Of Babylon 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Amazing Racer 2014 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Buttermilk Sky 2014 (Movie)

Judge Stanton (Actor)

Extant 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madam Secretary 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lamp 2014 (Movie)

Charles Montgomery III (Actor)

A Fighting Man 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boardwalk Empire 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Breaking at the Edge 2013 (Movie)

Floyd (Actor)

Pioneers of Television 2013 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Psych 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Grace Card 2011 (Movie)

George Wright (Actor)

The Perfect Game 2010 (Movie)

Reverend Clarence (Actor)

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? 2010 (Movie)

Porter (Actor)

9th Annual Celebration of Gospel 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Cover 2008 (Movie)

Detective Hicks (Actor)

Delgo 2008 (Movie)

Voice of King Zahn (Actor)

The Black List: Volume One 2008 (Movie)

Louis Gossett Jr. (Actor)

The Harlem Globetrotters: A New Generation 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Least Among You 2008 (Movie)

Samuel Benton (Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls 2007 (Movie)

Willie (Actor)

All In 2006 (Movie)

Caps (Actor)

Stargate SG-1 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Black in the '80s 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Half & Half 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Left Behind: World at War 2004 (Movie)

President Gerald Fitzhugh (Actor)

Moving Image Salutes Richard Gere 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dead Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Resurrection Blvd. 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

The Color of Love: Jacey's Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Songs 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Highwayman 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Port Chicago Mutiny 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Terminal Countdown 1998 (Movie)

Morgan (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

True Stories From Touched By an Angel 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

When Animals Attack 4 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

I Survived a Disaster 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Managua 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fifth Annual Trumpet Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Adventures of Captain Planet 1990 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

A Father For Charlie 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Curse of the Starving Class 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Iron Eagle IV 1995 (Movie)

Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair (Actor)

The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Good Man in Africa 1994 (Movie)

Adekunle (Actor)

Picket Fences 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jackson Family Honors 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Troubadours of Folk Music 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Day in the Life of Hollywood 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Caribbean Cool 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Father & Son: Dangerous Relations 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Television Moments: What We Watched 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Monolith 1993 (Movie)

Capt McCandless (Actor)

Nitecap 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Story of a People: A Dream Deferred 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th International Emmy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Ones: The National Sports Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Party For Richard Pryor 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Aces: Iron Eagle III 1992 (Movie)

Colonel Charles "Chappy" Sinclair (Actor)

Carolina Skeletons 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Diggstown 1992 (Movie)

"Honey" Roy Palmer (Actor)

The 13th Annual ACE Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

What About Me? I'm Only 3! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Cover-Up 1991 (Movie)

Jackson (Actor)

Sudie & Simpson 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Josephine Baker Story 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Toy Soldiers 1991 (Movie)

Dean Parker (Actor)

Starathon '90 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

There Really Is a Santa Claus 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Kennonite 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Sleep Well, Professor Oliver 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Straight Up 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Plane From Coramaya 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Punisher 1989 (Movie)

Jake Berkowitz (Actor)

Tongs 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Iron Eagle II 1988 (Movie)

Brigadier General Charles "Chappy" Sinclair (Actor)

Liza Minnelli in Sam Found Out: A Triple Play 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blessings of Liberty 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Principal 1987 (Movie)

Jake Phillips (Actor)

Welcome Home 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Firewalker 1986 (Movie)

Leo Porter (Actor)

Iron Eagle 1986 (Movie)

Chappy (Actor)

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Enemy Mine 1985 (Movie)

Jeriba Shiban--the Drac (Actor)

The Guardian 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Finders Keepers 1984 (Movie)

Century (Actor)

The Powers of Matthew Star 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

An Officer and A Gentleman 1982 (Movie)

Sergeant Foley (Actor)

Jaws 3-D 1982 (Movie)

Calvin Bouchard (Actor)

Don't Look Back 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstairs at the White House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Ben Vereen: His Roots 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Deep 1977 (Movie)

Henri Cloche (Actor)

J.D.'s Revenge 1976 (Movie)

Reverend Bliss (Actor)

The Choirboys 1976 (Movie)

Calvin Potts (Actor)

Black Bart 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Sidekicks 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The River Niger 1974 (Movie)

Dr Dudley Stanton (Actor)

The Fuzz Brothers 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Laughing Policeman 1973 (Movie)

Larrimore (Actor)

The White Dawn 1973 (Movie)

Portagee (Actor)

The Living End 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Travels With My Aunt 1972 (Movie)

Wordsworth (Actor)

Skin Game 1971 (Movie)

Jason (Actor)

The Bushbaby 1970 (Movie)

Tembo (Actor)

The Landlord 1970 (Movie)

Copee (Actor)

A Raisin in the Sun 1961 (Movie)

George Murchison (Actor)

A Gathering of Old Men (TV Show)

Actor

Benny's Place (TV Show)

Actor

Companions in Nightmare (TV Show)

Actor

Crimes of Violence (TV Show)

Actor

El Diablo (TV Show)

Actor

Flashfire (TV Show)

Actor

For Love of Olivia (TV Show)

Actor

Goodbye, Miss 4th of July (TV Show)

Actor

In His Father's Shoes (TV Show)

Actor

Inside (TV Show)

Actor

It's Good to Be Alive (TV Show)

Actor

Jasper, Texas (TV Show)

Actor

Keeper of the City (TV Show)

Actor

Lackawanna Blues (TV Show)

Actor

Little Ladies of the Night (TV Show)

Actor

Momentum (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Actor

Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Roots: The Gift (TV Show)

Actor

Sadat (TV Show)

Actor

Strange Justice (TV Show)

Actor

The Critical List (TV Show)

Actor

The Father Clements Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Inspectors (TV Show)

Actor

The Lazarus Syndrome (TV Show)

Actor

The Young Rebels (TV Show)

Actor

This Man Stands Alone (TV Show)

Actor

To Dance With Olivia (TV Show)

Actor

To Kill a Cop (TV Show)

Actor

Zooman (TV Show)

Actor

Zora Is My Name! (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

("Handsome Johnny") (Song)
Producer (1)

Managua 1997 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

Having been an acclaimed performer on stage and decorated for his work on screen, actor Louis Gossett, Jr. was unable to sustain the kind of quality career worthy of someone who has won both an Emmy and Academy Award. After making a splash on Broadway while only 16 years old, Gossett made his name with acclaimed performances in "The Desk Set" (1955) and "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959), while making slower strides on television and in feature films. He finally became a star with his Emmy-winning performance in the groundbreaking miniseries, "Roots" (ABC, 1977), which opened fewer doors than one would have imagined. With his strong performance as a tough-as-nails drill sergeant in "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982), Gossett became the first African-American to win an Academy Awards since Sidney Poitier in 1964. But the offers for quality material failed to roll in, which plunged the actor into a depression made worse by drug and alcohol abuse. He managed to pull himself out of his rut with numerous made-for-television movies and a well-liked role as an Air Force colonel in "Iron Eagle" (1985). Though sometimes confined to rather forgettable straight-to-video thrillers, Gossett's long and varied career allowed him to be regarded as one of the more respected performers of his generation.

Relationships

Hattie Glascoe

Wife
Married August 1964 Marriage later annulled

Cyndi James Gossett Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 25, 1987 in Israel Gossett filed for divorce Jan. 7, 1992 Divorced 1992

Louis Gossett

Father
started as a porter for the local gas company, eventually becoming head of the billing department

Helen Gossett

Mother
son's early success enabled her to quit job as a domestic and return to finish her high school education

Satie Gossett

Son
born c. 1974 mother, Christina Mangosing Gossett granted custody after court battle

Sharron Gossett

Son
born in 1977 Gossett became his legal guardian after seeing Sharron on ABC news segment on poverty among children in 1985

Christina Mangosing

Wife
Married 1973 Divorced 1975

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1959

trained for stage with Frank Silvera, Nola Chilton, Eli Rill and Lloyd Richards

Abraham Lincoln High School

Brooklyn , New York 1954
lettered in baseball, basketball and track; named class president

Milestones

2007

Starred in Tyler Perry's "Daddy's Little Girls"

2005

Had a recurring role in "Stargate SG-1"

2005

Cast in the HBO original movie "Lackawanna Blues" based on Ruben Santiago-Hudson autobiographical one man show

2002

Returned to Broadway playing Billy Flynn in the long-running revival of "Chicago"; left production after about a week reportedly due to ill health

2001

Starred in and was executive producer of the sequel "For Love of Olivia"

2000

Played the tough owner of a telemarketing firm with a cameo in the Canadian independent thriller "The Highwayman"

2000

Executive produced and starred in the CBS TV-movie "The Color of Love: Jacey's Story"

1999

Contributed to the Showtime anthology drama "Love Songs", directing the "A Love Song For Champ" segment and acting in the other two segments of the dramatic trilogy

1999

Played Vernon Jordan in the Showtime original film "Strange Justice"

1998

Was executive producer and star of the Showtime original thriller "The Inspectors"; reprised role and producer duties in the 2000 sequel "The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence"

1998

Featured in "Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy", aired on HBO

1998

Narrated the AMC special "Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood"

1997

Co-produced and starred in feature film "Managua"

1997

Executive produced and starred in the TV-movies "To Dance With Olivia" (CBS) and "In His Father's Shoes" (Showtime); latter won a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Children's Special

1996

Executive produced and starred in two Showtime movies, "Inside", directed by Arthur Penn, and "Run For the Dream: The Gail Devers Story", in which he played track coach Bob Kersee

1994

First producing credit (as co-executive producer), the NBC movie "Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice"; also starred

1992

Played 'Honey' Roy Palmer in "Diggstown", with Bruce Dern and James Woods; then-wife Cyndi played on-screen wife

1989

Starred as an anthropologist in the rotating ABC adventure series "Gideon Oliver"

1988

Reprised his Emmy-winning role as Fiddler in the ABC holiday TV-movie, "Roots: The Gift"

1987

Picked up another Emmy nomination for his performance in "A Gathering of Old Men" (CBS)

1986

Created the role of Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair in "Iron Eagle"; reprised role in two feature sequels and one TV-movie

1985

Offered a feature sci-fi turn as the lizard-like Jeriba Shiban in "Enemy Mine"

1983

Earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Anwar Sadat in the synicated miniseries "Sadat"

1982

Won Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the tough drill sergeant in "An Officer and a Gentleman"

1981

Portrayed legendary baseball pitcher Satchel Paige in ABC movie "Don't Look Back"

1977

Played Fiddler on the landmark ABC miniseries "Roots"; garnered Emmy Award

1975

Acted alongside James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson in "The River Niger", a feature film based on the 1972 Tony-winning play

1972

Provided comic relief in George Cukor's "Travels With My Aunt", playing Maggie Smith's fortune-telling companion

1969

TV series regular on "The Young Rebels" (ABC), set during the American Revolutionary War era; played blacksmith Isak Poole

1968

Wrote protest song, "Handsome Johnny", performed by Richie Havens at Woodstock music festival

1968

Played Willie Nurse on Broadway in Sidney Poitier's directorial debut, "Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights"

1964

Acted on Broadway in musical version of "Golden Boy", starring Sammy Davis Jr

1961

Film debut, "A Raisin in the Sun"

1959

Received an offer to play for the New York Knicks but turned it down to take a stage role in "A Raisin in the Sun"

1955

Returned to Broadway supporting Shirley Booth in "The Desk Set"

1954

TV debut on "Philco Television Playhouse"

1953

Broadway debut, "Take a Giant Step"

Co-starred as the alien Dehay (alias Walt Shepherd) on NBC sci-fi series, "The Powers of Matthew Star"

Was a nightclub singer at the Bitter End, Folk City, Gaslight Club, Black Pussy Cat and Cafe Id in New York during the 1960s

Raised in Brooklyn, New York

Starred as Dr MacArthur St Clair on the short-lived ABC medical series "The Lazarus Syndrome"

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources list 1937 as the year of Mr. Gossett's birth.

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Among Gossett's numerous charities are The Muscular Dystrophy Association, The United Negro College Fund, The United Nations "World Summit For Children", the Children's Candlelight Vigil, PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), Boy's Hope, The End Hunger Network, National Rainbow Coalition, and Coalition to Stop the Violence. He is a recipient of the Wings of Hope Anti-Drug Award, the Martin Luther King Jr Alumni Award, an Honorary Big Brother Award, and Indiana State Senator, Carolina Mosby's Above and Beyond Award.

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Gossett on his role as a black drill sergeant who is the mentor of Jason Gedrick's teenage hero in "Iron Eagle": "I like the part of Chappy because the character's a father figure for a black man -- a hero for a change. The movies have such an impact on children these days that a positive role like this takes racism and throws it away. It's my pleasant duty to jump into any role like that." --quoted in the "Iron Eagle" press kit, 1987.

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Gossett announced on Feb. 9, 2010 that he was diagnosed with the early stages of prostate cancer.

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