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      Louis Gossett Jr.

      Louis Gossett Jr.

      Highest Rated: 100% Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (2017)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: May 27, 1936

      Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

      After making a splash on Broadway while only 16 years old, Louis Gossett Jr. made his name with acclaimed performances in "The Desk Set" (1955) and "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959), while making slower strides on television and in feature films. He finally became a star with his Emmy-winning performance in the groundbreaking miniseries, "Roots" (ABC, 1977), which opened fewer doors than one would have imagined. With his solid performance as a tough-as-nails drill sergeant in "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982), Gossett became the first African-American to win an Academy Awards since Sidney Poitier in 1964. But the offers for quality material failed to roll in, which plunged the actor into a depression made worse by drug and alcohol abuse. He managed to pull himself out of his rut with numerous made-for-television movies and a well-liked role as an Air Force colonel in "Iron Eagle" (1985). Though sometimes limited to rather forgettable straight-to-video thrillers, Gossett's long and varied career allowed him to be regarded as one of the more respected performers of his generation.

      Highest rated movies

      The Landlord
      A Raisin in the Sun Foster Boy The Color Purple Three Months An Officer and a Gentleman
      Lackawanna Blues
      The Cuban

      Photos

      DIGGSTOWN, James Woods, Louis Gossett Jr., 1992, (c)MGM IRON EAGLE II, Louis Gossett Jr., 1988. ©TriStar Pictures IRON EAGLE II, Louis Gossett Jr., 1988. ©TriStar Pictures IRON EAGLE II, Louis Gossett Jr., 1988. ©TriStar Pictures A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett Jr., 1961 DELGO, Louis Gossett Jr., 2008. ©Freestyle Releasing AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, Louis Gossett Jr., 1982, (c)Paramount Pictures JAWS 3-D, Louis Gossett Jr., 1983, (c)Universal IRON EAGLE II, Louis Gossett, Jr., 1988, (c)TriStar Pictures A GOOD MAN IN AFRICA, Louis Gossett Jr., Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, 1994. ©Gramercy Pictures FIREWALKER, Louis Gossett Jr., Chuck Norris, 1986, (c)Cannon Films FINDERS KEEPERS, Louis Gossett Jr., 1984, (c)Warner Bros. FINDERS KEEPERS, Louis Gossett Jr., Beverly D'Angelo, Michael O'Keefe, 1984, (c)Warner Bros. DIGGSTOWN, James Woods, Louis Gossett Jr., 1992, (c)MGM ACES: IRON EAGLE III, Louis Gossett Jr., 1992, (c)New Line Cinema THE LEAST AMONG YOU, from left: Starletta DuPois, Louis Gossett Jr., 2009. ©Lionsgate DIGGSTOWN, Louis Gossett Jr., 1992, © MGM TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT, from left, Alec McCowen, Louis Gossett, 1972 THE RIVER NIGER, Louis Gossett, 1976 TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT, Louis Gossett, 1972

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet IF Unknown (Character) - 2024
      82% 95% The Color Purple Old Mister (Character) $60.6M 2023
      90% 83% Sidney Self - 2022
      79% 84% Three Months Unknown (Character) - 2022
      62% 75% Not to Forget Pastor John (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Reason Pastor Jim (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet 98% Miracle in East Texas Irving Tanner Jr. (Character) - 2019
      83% 65% Foster Boy Judge George Taylor (Character) $19.0K 2019
      74% 58% The Cuban Luis Garcia (Character) - 2019
      44% 28% Supervized Pendle (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gang Activists Unknown (Character) - 2019
      90% 67% Hal Self $32.7K 2018
      100% No Score Yet Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart Self - 2017
      No Score Yet 75% Breaking Brooklyn Miles Bryant (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 78% Double Play Coco (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 27% Undercover Grandpa Mother (Character) - 2016
      96% 88% Maya Angelou and Still I Rise Self - 2016
      40% 71% King of the Dancehall The Bishop (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 0% A Pride of Lions Lou Jones (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 86% Boiling Pot Detective Haven (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 34% A Fighting Man Unknown (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 59% Amazing Racer Max (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 77% Smitty Mr. Smith (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 58% The Lamp Charles Montgomery III (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 28% Dog Jack Narrator - 2010
      36% 81% The Grace Card George Wright (Character) $2.4M 2010
      27% 68% Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? Porter (Character) $60.1M 2010
      No Score Yet 83% For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Executive Producer - 2010
      No Score Yet 37% The Least Among You Samuel Benton (Character) - 2009
      58% 70% The Perfect Game Cool Papa Bell (Character) $1.1M 2008
      12% 26% Delgo Zahn (Voice) $511.9K 2008
      0% 79% Cover Unknown (Character) $62.2K 2007
      No Score Yet 0% All In Caps (Character) - 2007
      26% 81% Daddy's Little Girls Willie (Character) $31.3M 2007
      No Score Yet 23% Solar Strike President Ryan Gordon (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 67% Left Behind: World at War President Gerald Fitzhugh (Character) - 2005
      75% 91% Lackawanna Blues Ol'lem Taylor (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 71% Jasper, Texas Unknown (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 59% Momentum Raymond Addison (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 55% Deceived Col. David Garrett (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What About Your Friends: Weekend Get-Away Dr. Barnes (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Love of Olivia Daniel Stewart (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Lucille David Mulera (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 20% The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence Inspector Frank Hughes (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Color of Love: Jacey's Story Lou Hastings (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2000
      No Score Yet 73% Love Songs Reuben (Character),
      Director
      - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Y2K Morgan (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 14% The Highwayman Phil Bishop (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Justice Vernon Jordan (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 18% The Inspectors Inspector Frank Hughes (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1998
      No Score Yet 15% Bram Stoker's The Mummy Corbeck (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 58% In His Father's Shoes Frank Crosby/Richard (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet To Dance With Olivia Daniel Stewart (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Managua Paul (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story Bob Kersee (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Captive Heart: The James Mink Story James Mink (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 77% Inside Questioner (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 50% Zooman Rueben Tate (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 37% Iron Eagle IV Charles `'Chappy'` Sinclair (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 12% Curse of the Starving Class Ellis (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 71% A Father for Charlie Walter Osgood (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder Ray Alexander (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 20% Flashfire Ben Durand (Character) - 1994
      10% 27% A Good Man in Africa Professor Sam Adekunle (Character) $2.2M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice Ray Alexander (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Father & Son: Dangerous Relations Unknown (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 20% Monolith Capt. MacCandless (Character) - 1993
      14% 24% Aces: Iron Eagle III Charles "Chappy" Sinclair (Character) $2.5M 1992
      60% 78% Diggstown "Honey" Roy Palmer (Character) $4.0M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Keeper of the City Detective James Dela (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 67% Carolina Skeletons James Bragg (Character) - 1991
      41% 66% Toy Soldiers Dean Edward Parker (Character) $13.4M 1991
      No Score Yet 17% Cover-Up Lou Jackson (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 73% The Josephine Baker Story Sidney Williams (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 100% Sudie and Simpson Simpson (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 60% El Diablo Van Leek (Character) - 1990
      25% 33% The Punisher Jake Berkowitz (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gideon Oliver: By the Rivers of Babylon Gideon Oliver (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gideon Oliver: The Last Plane From Coramaya Gideon Oliver (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gideon Oliver: Tongs Gideon Oliver (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gideon Oliver: Sleep Well, Professor Oliver Gideon Oliver (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gideon Oliver: Kennonite Professor Gideon Oliver (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 78% Roots: The Gift Fiddler Reynolds (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 29% Iron Eagle II Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair (Character) $10.5M 1988
      No Score Yet 100% Goodbye, Miss 4th of July Big John Creed (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder on the Bayou Mathu (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 61% A Gathering of Old Men Mathu (Character) - 1987
      44% 51% The Principal Jake Phillips (Character) $18.8M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Father Clements Story Unknown (Character) - 1987
      8% 33% Firewalker Leo Porter (Character) $10.5M 1986
      20% 57% Iron Eagle Col. Charles "Chappy" Sinclair (Character) $21.5M 1986
      59% 68% Enemy Mine Jeriba "Jerry" Shigan (Character) $12.3M 1985
      No Score Yet 25% Finders Keepers Century (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 78% The Guardian John Mack (Character) - 1984
      11% 17% Jaws III Calvin Bouchard (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sadat Anwar al-Sadat (Character) - 1983
      79% 81% An Officer and a Gentleman Gunnery Sgt. Emil Foley (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Benny's Place Benny Moore (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy Satchel Paige Leroy `'Satchel'` Paige (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 33% The Lazarus Syndrome Dr. MacArthur St. Clair (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet This Man Stands Alone Tom Hayward (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 80% Roots: One Year Later Unknown (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lawman Without a Gun Tom Hayward (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It Rained All Night the Day I Left Leo Garcia (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Critical List Lem Harper (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Ladies of the Night Russ Garfield (Character) - 1977
      40% 39% The Choirboys Calvin Motts (Character) - 1977
      42% 38% The Deep Henri Cloche (Character) - 1977
      50% 61% J.D.'s Revenge Rev. Elija Bliss (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cut Man Caper Freddie (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Delancey Street: The Crisis Within Otis James (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sidekicks Jason O'Rourke (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 82% The White Dawn Portagee (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It's Good to Be Alive Sam Brockington (Character) - 1974
      56% 48% The Laughing Policeman Insp. James Larrimore SFPD (Character) - 1973
      50% 46% Travels With My Aunt Wordsworth (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 56% Skin Game Jason (Character) - 1971
      93% 79% The Landlord Copee Johnson (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bushbaby Tembo (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Companions in Nightmare Lt. Adam McKay (Character) - 1968
      90% 86% A Raisin in the Sun George Murchison (Character) - 1961

      TV

      Credit
      96% 57% Watchmen Old Man (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet 70% Hawaii Five-0 Percy Grover Sr. (Guest Star) 2018
      94% 88% Hap and Leonard Bacon (Character) 2018
      95% 65% The Good Fight Carl Reddick (Guest Star) 2017
      77% 62% Extant Unknown (Guest Star) 2014-2015
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2015
      100% No Score Yet The Book of Negroes Daddy Moses (Character) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show Unknown (Character) 2015
      No Score Yet 80% Madam Secretary Father Laurent Vasseur (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2013
      89% 94% Psych Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 85% ER Leo Malcolm (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 91% The Batman Unknown (Guest Voice) 2007
      No Score Yet 65% Family Guy Drill Sargent (Guest Voice) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Half & Half Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 85% The Dead Zone Pastor David Lewis (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Early Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Return to Lonesome Dove Unknown (Character) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Powers of Matthew Star Walt Shephard (Character) 1982-1983
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Host 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files Marcus Aurelius 'Gabby' Hayes (Guest Star) 1976-1977
      76% 68% Roots Fiddler (Character) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Henry Hill (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Det. Virgil Barnes (Character) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man O'Flaherty (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons Wendell Brown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Times Uncle Wilbert (Guest Star) 1974-1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Petrocelli Unknown (Guest Star) 1974-1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Dewey Justin (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Charley Jameson (Guest Star) 1968-1969 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Longstreet Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Partridge Family Sam Simon (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Daktari Unknown (Guest Star) 1968