Louis Gossett, Jr.

Louis Gossett, Jr.

Basketball Player
Born May 27, 1936

Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr. is an American actor famous for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman and Fiddler in the 1970s television miniseries Roots. Gossett has also starred in numerous film productions including The Deep, Jaws 3-D (as SeaWorld manager Calvin Bouchard), Wolfgang Peterson's Enemy Mine, the Iron Eagle series, Toy Soldiers and The Punisher.… Read More

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1936 Birth Gossett was born in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York on May 27, 1936, to Hellen Rebecca (née Wray), a nurse, and Louis Gossett, Sr., a porter. … Read More


1953 17 Years Old His high school teacher had encouraged him to audition for a Broadway part, which resulted in his selection for a starring role on Broadway in 1953 from among 200 other actors well before he entered NYU. … Read More


1961 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Gossett stepped into the world of cinema in the Sidney Poitier vehicle A Raisin in the Sun in 1961.


1967 31 Years Old Gossett wrote the antiwar folk song "Handsome Johnny" with Richie Havens which Havens recorded in 1967.
1975 39 Years Old …  Gossett and Mangosing divorced in 1975.


1977 41 Years Old His Emmy Award-winning role of Fiddler in the 1977 television miniseries Roots first brought Gossett to the audience's attention.
…  He is perhaps best known for his Academy Award-winning role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, and his Emmy Award-winning role as Fiddler in the 1977 ABC television miniseries Roots. … Read More
1983 47 Years Old In 1983, he was cast in the title role in Sadat, a miniseries which chronicled the life and assassination of Anwar Sadat.


1986 50 Years Old In 1986, Gossett starred in another role as a military man (Colonel Chappy Sinclair) in the film Iron Eagle. … Read More
1987 51 Years Old His third marriage, to Star Search champion Cyndi James-Reese, took place on December 25, 1987. … Read More
1992 56 Years Old Gossett and James-Reese divorced in 1992. … Read More


1997 61 Years Old In 1997, Gossett presented When Animals Attack! 4, a one-hour special on Fox.
2005 69 Years Old He plays the role of fictional U.S. President Gerald Fitzhugh in the 2005 film Left Behind: World at War.
2008 72 Years Old In 2008 he filmed the "Keep It Real" series of commercials for the Namibian lager Windhoek.
2009 73 Years Old In 2009, Gossett also lent his voice talents in the Thomas Nelson audio Bible production known as The Word of Promise. … Read More
2010 74 Years Old On February 9, 2010, Gossett announced that he is suffering from prostate cancer. … Read More
2013 77 Years Old In 2013, Gossett starred in the controversial drama, Boiling Pot, which is based on true events of racism that occurred on college campuses across the country during the 2008 Presidential election.
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