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Louis Gossett Jr., Award Winner –

Gossett in An Officer and a Gentleman.

Louis Gossett Jr.: Best
Supporting Actor 1982:


Louis Gossett Jr. won his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman. He was the first black actor to win an Oscar in a supporting role.

About Louis Gossett Jr. (1936 – )

At the age of 17, a leg injury forced Gossett out of basketball, so he took up acting to fill up the time and soon won a part in the Broadway production of Take a Giant Step. His work in that play won him the Donaldson Award for being the best newcomer. Louis then went to NYU on a basketball scholarship.

Louis Gossett, Jr. was drafted the NY Knicks, but decided to continue in his acting career on Broadway instead. Throughout his career he has specialized in characters with tough exteriors but kind hearts. His career highlights include both the film and Broadway productions of A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Iron Eagle (1986), and Toy Soldiers (1991).

Louis Gossett Jr.'s notable movie credits include...

A Raisin In The Sun (1961)
The Landlord (1970)
Skin Game (1971)
The River Niger (1976)
Firewalker (1986)
Iron Eagle (1986)
Enemy Mine (1985)
The Principal (1987)
Iron Eagle 2 (1986)
The Punisher (1989)
El Diablo (TV Movie) 1990
Toy Soldiers (1991)
Aces: Iron Eagle 3 (1992)
Keeper Of The City (TV Movie) 1991
Cover Up (1991)
Diggstown (1992)
Monolith (1993)
Flashfire (1994)
Inside (TV Movie) (1996)
Managua (1996)
The Wall That Heals
Legend Of The Mummy (1998)
Y2K (1999)
The Highwayman (2000)
Momentum (TV Movie)
Window (Short) (2005)
All In (2006)
Club Soda (Short) (2006)
Daddy's Little Girls (2007)
Cover (2007)
Delgo (2008)
The Perfect Game (2009)
Shannon's Rainbow (2009)
The Least Among You (2009)
Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)
The Grace Card (2010)
The Lamp (2011)
Smitty (2012)

Louis Gossett Jr.'s television credits include...

The Young Rebels (TV Series 1970-1971)
Sidekicks (TV Movie) (1974)
Shivaree On Delancey Street (1974)
Roots: The Gift (TV Movie) (1988)
The Choirboys (1977)
To Kill A Cop (TV Movie) (1978)
Don't Look Back: The Story Of Leroy 'Satchel Paige' (TV Movie) (1981)
The Guardian (Cable) (TV Movie) (1984)
The Lazarus Syndrome (TV Series 1979)
The Powers Of Matthew Starr (TV Series 1982-1983)
Return To Lonesome Dove (TV Mini-Series 1993)
Story Of A People (TV Mini-Series 1993)
The Great War And The Shaping Of The 2Oth Century (TV Mini-Series 1996)




Louis Gossett, Jr. in An Officer And A Gentleman (1982).



Louis Gossett, Jr. in The Deep (1977).