Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Gossett Jr.

Age
78
Birthday
May. 27th, 1936
Born in
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height
6' 4"

Louis Gossett Jr.'s Main TV Roles

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

Main Movie Roles

2010 - Why Did I Get Married Too?
2009 - The Least Among You
2008 - Delgo
2007 - Daddy's Little Girls
2006 - All in
1995 - Iron Eagle IV
1994 - Blue Chips
1994 - A Good Man in Africa
1992 - Diggstown
1991 - Toy Soldiers
1989 - The Punisher
1988 - Iron Eagle II
1987 - The Principal
1986 - Firewalker
1986 - Iron Eagle
1985 - Enemy Mine
1984 - Finders Keepers
1983 - Jaws 3-D
1982 - An Officer and a Gentleman
1977 - The Deep
1976 - J.D.'s Revenge
1974 - The White Dawn
1973 - The Laughing Policeman
1972 - Travels With My Aunt
1971 - Skin Game
1961 - A Raisin In The Sun

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Gerak
5
Fiddler
4
Isom Pickett
3
Charley Jameson
3
Lucius Fox (Voiced)
3
Cmdr. Clash (Voiced)
3
Anderson Walker
3
Marcus Aurelius 'Gabby' Hayes
2
DA
2
Det. Virgil Barnes
2
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

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".


TRIVIA:
  • Was considered for the role of Lt. Traxler in _The Terminator (1984)_ (qv),.
  • Was named as "King of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1990.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • His foundation, Eracism, is devoted to eradicating racism.
  • He and his ex-wife, 'Cyndi James Gossett' (qv), have an adopted son.
  • 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!.


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