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Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Cameron Gossett Jr. was born on May 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York City. He made his professional acting debut at age 17, winning the Donaldson Award as best newcomer to theatre. He went to New York University on a basketball scholarship and was invited to try out for the New York Knicks, yet he decided to continue his acting career with a role in the Broadway production of "A Raisin in the Sun". Gossett stepped into the world in cinema in the Sidney Poitier version of A Raisin in the Sun (1961). His role as the tough drill sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) showcased his talent and won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was the first African-American male to win an Academy Award in a supporting role, the second to win for acting, and the third to win overall. He also starred as United States Air Force pilot Colonel Charles "Chappy" Sinclair in the action film Iron Eagle (1986) and its sequels.

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May 27, 1936 In Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Bonanza 1959-09-12
Latest Project:
Series The Book of Negroes 2015-02-16

Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 20 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Extant
Poster of Boardwalk Empire
Poster of Psych
Poster of Family Guy
The Book of Negroes Daddy Moses 2 episodes, 2015 2015-02-16
Extant Unknown 2014-07-09
Madam Secretary Unknown 2014-09-21
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
Boardwalk Empire Unknown 2010-09-19
Pioneers of Television Self 1 episode, 2013 2008-01-02
Celebrity Ghost Stories Unknown 2008-10-25
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
Psych Unknown 2006-07-07
The Batman Unknown 2004-09-11
The Dead Zone Unknown 2002-06-16
Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Hercules Unknown 1998-08-31
Stargate SG-1 Unknown 1997-07-27
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Early Edition Unknown 1996-09-28
1914-1918 Unknown 1996
Ellen Unknown 1994-03-29
Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Picket Fences Unknown 1992-09-18
Captain Planet and the Planeteers Unknown 1990-09-10
Wheel of Fortune Unknown 1983-09-19
Roots Fiddler 3 episodes, 1977 1977-01-23
The Jeffersons Unknown 1975-01-18
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown 1974-01-18
Good Times Unknown 1974-02-08
Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-03-30
The Rockford Files Unknown 1974-03-27
Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
The Partridge Family Unknown 1970-09-25
The Invaders Unknown 1967-01-10
Bonanza Unknown 1959-09-12