Louis Gossett, Jr.
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Louis Gossett, Jr.
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.
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"Maya Angelou - And Still I Rise": The Caged Bird Sings!
Huffington Post - 27 days
Directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack have gifted us with a captivating, well-crafted, thoroughly entertaining documentary about the extraordinary writer, actress, singer, poet and political activist Maya Angelou. "Maya Angelou - And Still I Rise" is not just a biography. It is an artistic, social and political history of our time. The directors have captured the spirit of one of the most vital, self made creative artists of the Twentieth Century. We apprehend Maya (or Ms. Angelou as she sometimes liked to be called!) through vintage pictures, film and the words of her contemporaries: President Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, her son Guy Johnson, the rapper Common, film director John Singleton and the actors Louis Gossett, Jr., Alfre Woodward and Cicely Tyson. The film deftly captures the essence of a woman whose life and creativity distill main themes of the American experience from slavery to post industrialism. Maya's life had the dramatic u ...
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The Real Winner At This Year’s Academy Awards Was #OscarsSoWhite
Huffington Post - about 1 year
There was a bright spotlight on diversity in Hollywood at the Oscars on Sunday night, in spite of an industry that largely ignores it the rest of the year. Beginning with the red carpet, stars opined on what might have been, in other years, too delicate a subject to broach: the film industry's failure to include people of color. In his opening monologue, host Chris Rock gleefully went after the Academy’s all-white nominations and the broader practice of skipping over people of color for opportunities in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles event sparked conversation and #OscarsSoWhite awareness on social media, while others chose to boycott in protest. Here are some of the most talked about diversity moments from this year’s Academy Awards: Chris Rock spared no time jumping into #OscarsSoWhite ... "I counted at least 15 black people in that montage." -@ChrisRock opening the #Oscars — TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 29, 2016 ... Pulling out some jokes that rang ...
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Mo'Nique - "I'm Saying to a Community That Loves Me, I Love You Back. And Thank You"
Huffington Post - about 1 year
From the sitcom hilarity of "The Parkers" to the raw drama of "Precious", Mo'Nique is a powerhouse every time she hits the screen. Recently seen in "Blackbird" and "Bessie", Mo'Nique's love affair with the LGBT community shows no sign of letting up. Mo'Nique recently sat down with us to chat about a "difficult" reputation, what inspires her today, and shares where her love affair with the LGBT community truly began. How does it feel to be back on the road? "Queens of Comedy" seems like ages ago at times. It feels absolutely amazing. Any time you get to walk in your dream it feels amazing. I don't care if it's solo, with a group, or how it works out. Any time i get to walk out onto a stage you're looking at a little girl with a brush in her hand saying "one day"... Words like that could gives me chills! Honey, I give myself chills. Because I'm forty-seven and I'm still dreaming! Your comedy and lead roles in "Shadowboxer" and "Blackbird" bring a strength and rawness tha ...
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Emmy Contenders: Louis Gossett Jr. talks BET's 'Book of Negroes'
LATimes - almost 2 years
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Emmy Contenders: Join Louis Gossett Jr. of 'Book of Negroes' on Thursday
LATimes - almost 2 years
Lou Gossett Jr. will be stopping by the Los Angeles Times' studio on Thursday at 11 a.m. Pacific time to discuss "The Book of Negroes," BET's ambitious six-part miniseries that follows a West African woman's long search for freedom after she is sold into slavery around the time of the American...
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“Boardwalk Empire” prepares for doom
Salon.com - over 3 years
Last week's episode of "Boardwalk Empire" was an explosive one, what with three separate assassination attempts and the conflict over heroin heating up from New York to Tampa. All-out war appeared imminent in both Chicago and Atlantic City. But the episode also had its quiet moments. While it was impossible to miss the violent irony of Chalky White and Dr. Valentin Narcisse trading bullets through the shattered glass window of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, the image of a wounded White draped in dingy red, white and blue and holding a pistol in his one good hand was a far subtler statement. This week's episode follows White into exile and is filled with such moody, poignant moments (spoilers follow). In it, Chalky White and his battered mistress escape to rural Maryland and the meager protection of a prickly curmudgeon named Oscar played with spectacular acidity by veteran actor Louis Gossett Jr. ("An Officer and a Gentleman," "Enemy Mine"). Warning: The scenes of their ...
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<i>FALLOUT</i> and the Making of <i>ON THE BEACH</i>
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When my father, Stanley Kramer, made the film ON THE BEACH back in 1959, its images of the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust frightened movie goers. The film, based on the novel of the same name by British author Nevil Shute, starred Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins and is set in Australia, where the last survivors of an all-out nuclear war await the inevitable arrival of a radio-active fallout cloud that will finish off the last people on Earth. The cautionary movie tale alarmed movie goers around the world. In the 50 plus years since then, the real dangers of the film's message remain as witnessed most recently with the Fukushima nuclear reactor incident. For some, the shocking footage was a call to action. Dr. Helen Caldicott, who grew up in Melbourne, could never forget the images of the beautiful, elegant streets of her native city, "bereft of life and silent, as a blind gently flapped in the breeze, indicating the end of life on Earth" at the end of t ...
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<i>12 Years A Slave</i>: More Than a History Lesson
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Millions of Americans will soon see the poignant story of a man who was ripped from his family in the 1800s and brutalized by a vicious slaveholder before finally breaking free. It's important to remember that the events depicted in 12 Years a Slave are still happening today. Slavery didn't end with the Civil War or the Emancipation Proclamation. It was outlawed, but not ended. There are 21-30 million people trapped in various forms of modern slavery around the world today, about 60,000 of them right here in the United States. Human trafficking is the modern-day slave trade. If you see the film 12 Years a Slave, as the closing credits roll and you're walking out of the theater, please remember that today's slavery victims need a helping hand just as Solomon Northup did more than a century ago. The movie is based on a real story. Northup was a literate, free African-American living in upstate New York. He was tricked by a slaver who had promised good work, then kidnapped and traffi ...
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EXCLUSIVE: Richard Gere On The Two Massive Hits He Didn't Even Like
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Think of Richard Gere, and it's invariably not long before the theme to either 'An Officer and a Gentleman' or ' Pretty Woman' turns up in your head. But it turns out these were the two films of in 40-year career that he struggled the most to like – initially. “I wasn't innately drawn to them as projects,” he explains to me in London. “I agreed to them because I needed the money or some other reason, and then I did the work to make it something I cared about. And they turned out to be two of my most successful movies, and ones I liked the most. “I was only ambivalent from that point in the beginning. By the time I make anything, I'm enthusiastic. I can't do it otherwise. I don't walk through anything. I never have done, and I never will.” Richard Gere with Julia Roberts in 'Pretty Woman' At this point, something miraculous occurs. Beneath the silver mane of hair which makes Richard Gere now look like a twinkly grandfather, or an elegant ambassador to Europe, no lo ...
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Big Honor For Oscar-Winning Actor
Popeater - about 4 years
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. has become the first out-of-state resident honored by a Utah human rights group. The 76-year-old Gossett received the Drum Major Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Utah Human Rights Commission during a luncheon Friday in West Valley City. Then-Gov. Michael Leavitt signed an executive order creating the commission in 1999 in an effort to promote principles of human rights. Gossett stressed the importance of education and being sensitive to other cultures during an address to a crowd of about 200. Gossett has appeared in dozens of films. He won an Oscar for best supporting actor in 1983 for his portrayal of the no-nonsense Navy flight school sergeant who whips Richard Gere into shape in "An Officer and a Gentleman."
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Martin Newman: Jack Reacher Is Kicking Ass at the Box Office but What Are the Best Ever Movie Punch-Ups?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In new action blockbuster Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise is surrounded by thugs when he gives a calm, chilling appraisal of their situation: "Remember, you wanted this". What comes next is a predictable staple of just about every Hollywood action flick made today. And in a market crowded with such franchises, making these fight scenes bigger and badder than anything before is a continual challenge for writers and choreographers. But what really makes a memorable movie punch-up? The James Bond films set a standard for the tough-guy butt-kicker and since the advent of Hong Kong martial arts movies the model has been refined and reiterated over the decades. New film franchises like the Die Hard, Mission Impossible, Matrix, Batman and Bourne series have kept the box office ticking over. But they have also become dangerously generic. Whether it's Daniel Craig or Matt Damon you always know the brutal outcome. They are heroes who don't break a sweat enroute to battering ...
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Marilyn Monroe: People who knew her recall the real person
LATimes - over 4 years
Marilyn Monroe died 50 years ago. Don Murray, Martin Landau, Louis Gossett Jr., Mitzi Gaynor and others talk about the talented, fragile Marilyn they knew. Once upon a time, before she was the ultimate screen sex symbol, before she became an icon and source material for generations of writers and artists, Marilyn Monroe was a working actress.
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Celeb birthdays for the week of May 27-June 2
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
May 27: Actor Christopher Lee is 90. Actress Lee Meriwether is 77. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 77. Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is 76. Country singer Don Williams is 73. Actor Bruce Weitz is 69. Singer Cilla Black is 69. Singer Bruce Cockburn is 67. Actor Richard Schiff ("The West Wing") is 57. Singer Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees is 55. Singer-guitarist Neil Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz is 54. Actress Peri Gilpin ("Frasier") is 51. Actress Cathy Silvers ("Happy Days") is 51. Comedian Adam Carolla is 48. Actor Todd Bridges ("Diff'rent Strokes") is 47. Drummer Sean Kinney of Alice in Chains is 46. Actor Paul Bettany ("The Da Vinci Code," ''A Beautiful Mind") is 41. Singer-guitarist Brian Desveaux of Nine Days is 41. Actor Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock") is 39. Rapper Andre 3000 of Outkast is 37. Rapper Jadakiss is 37. Actor Chris Colfer ("Glee") is 22. Actor Ethan Dampf ("American Dreams") is 18.
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Local script gains star power - Shreveport Times
Google News - almost 6 years
Filmmaker Tim DeWayne (left) and screenwriter Joey Kent (right) pose with Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. Gossett has signed to star in and be a producer for the duo&#39;s forthcoming film, &quot;One More River to Cross
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Louis Gossett, Jr.
  • 2013
    Age 76
    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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  • 2010
    Age 73
    On February 9, 2010, Gossett announced that he is suffering from prostate cancer.
    More Details Hide Details He added the disease was caught in its early stages, and expects to make a full recovery. 1964: Supporting role, Broadway musical adaptation of Odets' Golden Boy. 2006 Dvorak's New World: Chamber Music Plus. Louis Gossett, Jr., narrator, with Aubrey Allicock (Baritone), Sanda Schuldmann (piano), and Harry Clark (writer).
  • 2009
    Age 72
    In 2009, Gossett also lent his voice talents in the Thomas Nelson audio Bible production known as The Word of Promise.
    More Details Hide Details In this dramatized audio, Gossett played the character of John the Apostle. The project also featured a large ensemble of well known Hollywood actors including Jim Caviezel, John Rhys-Davies, Jon Voight, Gary Sinise, Jason Alexander, Christopher McDonald, Marissa Tomei and John Schneider.
  • 2008
    Age 71
    In 2008 he filmed the "Keep It Real" series of commercials for the Namibian lager Windhoek.
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  • 2005
    Age 68
    He plays the role of fictional U.S. President Gerald Fitzhugh in the 2005 film Left Behind: World at War.
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  • 1997
    Age 60
    In 1997, Gossett presented When Animals Attack! 4, a one-hour special on Fox.
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  • 1992
    Age 55
    Gossett and James-Reese divorced in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Louis is the uncle of actor Robert Gossett who stars on TNT's The Closer. According to a DNA analysis, he descended, chiefly, from people of Liberia and Sierra Leone.
  • 1987
    Age 50
    His third marriage, to Star Search champion Cyndi James-Reese, took place on December 25, 1987.
    More Details Hide Details They adopted a son, Sharron (born 1977).
  • 1986
    Age 49
    In 1986, Gossett starred in another role as a military man (Colonel Chappy Sinclair) in the film Iron Eagle.
    More Details Hide Details It was followed by three sequels. Gossett is the voice of the Vortigaunts in the video game Half-Life 2 and is the Free Jaffa Leader Gerak in Season 9 of the sci-fi television series Stargate SG-1. He provides the voice of Lucius Fox in The Batman animated series. He recorded several commercials for a Nashville-based diabetic company, AmMed Direct, LLC.
  • 1983
    Age 46
    In 1983, he was cast in the title role in Sadat, a miniseries which chronicled the life and assassination of Anwar Sadat.
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  • 1982
    Age 45
    His role as drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first African-American male to win an Oscar in a supporting role, the second black male to win for acting, and the third African-American actor to win overall.
    While filming An Officer and a Gentleman, Gossett was also starring in the 1982–1983 science fiction series, The Powers of Matthew Star.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Gossett has also starred in numerous film productions including A Raisin In The Sun, Skin Game, Travels with My Aunt, The Laughing Policeman, The Deep, Jaws 3-D, Wolfgang Petersen's Enemy Mine, the Iron Eagle series, Toy Soldiers and The Punisher, in an acting career that spans over five decades.
  • 1977
    Age 40
    His Emmy Award-winning role of Fiddler in the 1977 television miniseries Roots first brought Gossett to the audience's attention.
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  • 1975
    Age 38
    Gossett and Mangosing divorced in 1975.
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  • 1967
    Age 30
    Gossett wrote the antiwar folk song "Handsome Johnny" with Richie Havens which Havens recorded in 1967.
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  • 1961
    Age 24
    Also in 1961, Gossett appeared in the original cast of Jean Genet's The Blacks, the longest running off-Broadway play of the decade, running for 1,408 performances.
    More Details Hide Details The original cast also featured James Earl Jones, Roscoe Lee Browne, Cicely Tyson, Godfrey Cambridge, Maya Angelou and Charles Gordone.
    Gossett stepped into the world of cinema in the Sidney Poitier vehicle A Raisin in the Sun in 1961.
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  • 1953
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Gossett replaced Bill Gunn as Spencer Scott in Broadway's Take a Giant Step, which was selected by The New York Times drama critics as one of the 10 best shows of the year. He was 17, and still a student at Abraham Lincoln High School, with no formal drama training. Gossett's Broadway theatre credits include A Raisin in the Sun (1959).
  • 1936
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He is an alumnus of Mark Twain Intermediate School 239 and Abraham Lincoln High School. His stage debut came at the age of 17, in a school production of You Can't Take It with You when a sports injury resulted in the decision to take an acting class. Polio had already delayed his graduation. After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1954, he attended New York University, declining an athletic scholarship. Standing 6'4" (1.93 m), he was offered the opportunity to play varsity basketball during his college years at NYU, which he declined to concentrate on theater.
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