Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Gossett Jr.

May. 27th, 1936
Born in
Brooklyn, New York, USA
6' 4"

Louis Gossett Jr.'s Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Book of Negroes (CA) TV Show
Book of Negroes (CA)
The Powers of Matthew Star TV Show
The Powers of Matthew Star
Later with Bob Costas TV Show
Later with Bob Costas
Gideon Oliver TV Show
Gideon Oliver
The Young Rebels TV Show
The Young Rebels
The Lazarus Syndrome TV Show
The Lazarus Syndrome

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Gossett made his professional acting debut at the age of 17, winning the Donaldson Award as best newcomer to theatre. He went to NYU on a basketball scholarship and was invited to try out for the NY Knicks, yet he decided to continue his acting career with a role in the Broadway production of "A Raisin in the Sun".

  • Along with 'Stacy Keach' (qv), he was one of two actors considered for the role of the SGC's new commanding officer, General Hank Landry, on _"Stargate SG-1" (1997)_ (qv). The role instead went to 'Beau Bridges (I)' (qv) however Gossett was cast as a Jaffa leader named Gerak.
  • He and his ex-wife, 'Cyndi James Gossett' (qv), have an adopted son.
  • Conceived and co-wrote the well known song "Handsome Johnny" with 'Richie Havens' (qv). As the opening act for the original Woodstock, Havens performed "Handsome Johnny," as the 8th song in that historic first set. According to Havens, "...(Gossett) had gotten it up to the 'Dunkirk war'...I brought it up to date..." (From liner notes in The Best of Richie Havens CD, 1993).
  • First cousin of 'Robert Gossett' (qv).
  • Was named as "King of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1990.
  • Was originally cast as 'Gale Sayers' (qv) in the 1971 TV movie _Brian's Song (1971) (TV)_ (qv). Just days before shooting began, Gossett tore his Achilles' tendon while working out for the film. The studio execs scrambled and quickly hired 'Billy Dee Williams' (qv) as a replacement. Gossett, depressed over missing his "shot", was promised by producer 'David L. Wolper' (qv) the first great role that came along. About six years later, Wolper called Gossett to play "Fiddler" in _"Roots" (1977)_ (qv), the Emmy-winning role that made him a star!.
  • He was the first male to be shown giving birth on screen, as Jeriba "Jerry" Shigan in _Enemy Mine (1985)_ (qv).
  • His foundation, Eracism, is devoted to eradicating racism.

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