Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Roots, An Officer and a Gentleman
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Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr. (born May 27, 1936) is an American Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and Academy Award-winning actor. Gossett, Jr. was born in Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. He was raised by his mother, Hellen Rebecca (née Wray), a nurse, and his father, Louis Gossett, Sr., a porter. His stage debut came at age 16 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. After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1954, he attended New York University, on an athletic scholarship. Standing 6`4" (1.93 m), he played varsity basketball during his college years at NYU.
In 2007, Gossett, Jr., was the honored guest and keynote speaker for the alumni hall of fame gala benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast, St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Gossett has appeared every year supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He is an alumnus himself and has continued to work for and with the organization.
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Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr.
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Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr. (born May 27, 1936) is an American actor. 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. 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.
Abraham Lincoln High School (1954)
New York University
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(2011) Appeared in a PSA for "Help Hospitalized Veterans" (HHV.org).
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