Brooklyn native Louis Gossett Jr never dreamed of being a star on the Broadway stage as a child, instead you Louis set his sights on being a professional athlete or maybe a doctor. He was even drafted by the New York Knicks. It wasn’t until several years later that he discovered acting and chose it as his profession.
Since making his Broadway debut in 1953, Gossett has appeared in over 200 stage, film, and television productions with another 200 as himself.
On September 18, 2019 Gossett was presented with the Niagara Falls International Film Festival Legacy Award. The Academy Award winning actor said that he was overwhelmed by the honour.
Along with being the first African-American actor to receive an Academy Award as the Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Drill Sergeant in the film “An Officer and a Gentleman”, Gossett has won a Los Angeles Dreama Critics Circle Award, an Emmy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards.
In 1992 he was presented with a star on the Holywood Walk of Fame. As a part of the award ceremonies Gossett was presented with a star for the upcoming Walk of Fame in Niagara Falls.
Louis Cameron Gossett Jr was born May 27. 1936 and made his acting debut on the Broadway stage in 1953 as Spencer Scott in “Take a Giant Step”. From there he went on to appear in nine more Broadway shows including “Chicago” in 1996.
He made his television acting debut in 1957 on “The Big Story”. Over the 50 plus years since that debut, his roles include appearances on “A Raisin in the Sun”, “The Bill Cosby Show”, “The Young Rebels”, “The Partridge Family”, “Bonanza”, “Mod Squad”, “Good Times”, “The Jeffersons”, “Six Million Dollar Man”, “Little House on the Prairie”, “Roots”, “The Rockford Files”, “An Officer and a Gentleman”, “Enemy Mine”, “Iron Eagle” films, “Firewalker”, “The Josephine Baker Story”, “Toy Soldiers”, “Return to Lonesome Dove”, “A Good Man in Africa”, “The Dead Zone”, “Stargate SG-1”, “Boardwalk Empire”, and “Hawaii Five-O”. Gossett also has several productions in various stages of completion
Gossett’s first television appearance as himself was on the “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964 as a dancer and singer. Other appearances as himself include talk shows, award shows, variety shows, documentaries, and a variety of special programs.