Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Gossett Jr.

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

Lowest Rated: 0% Cover (2007)

Birthday: May 27, 1936

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Having been an acclaimed performer on stage and decorated for his work on screen, actor Louis Gossett, Jr. was unable to sustain the kind of quality career worthy of someone who has won both an Emmy and Academy Award. After making a splash on Broadway while only 16 years old, Gossett 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 strong 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 confined 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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miracle in East Texas Irving Tanner Jr. (Character) - 2019
44% 50% Supervized Pendle (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Foster Boy Judge George Taylor (Character) $19K 2019
71% No Score Yet The Cuban Luis Garcia (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gang Activists Unknown (Character) - 2019
90% 60% Hal Himself (Character) $32.7K 2018
100% No Score Yet Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart Himself (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 60% Double Play Coco (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 60% Breaking Brooklyn Miles Bryant (Character) - 2017
96% 88% Maya Angelou and Still I Rise Himself (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 26% Undercover Grandpa Mother (Character) - 2016
40% 80% King of the Dancehall The Bishop (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 35% A Fighting Man Unknown (Character) - 2014
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 53% Amazing Racer Max (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 77% Smitty Mr. Smith (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 55% The Lamp Charles Montgomery III (Character) - 2011
27% 68% Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? Porter (Character) $60.1M 2010
No Score Yet 28% Dog Jack Narrator - 2010
36% 82% The Grace Card George Wright (Character) $2.4M 2010
No Score Yet 100% 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
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweetwater Contemporary Sweetwater Clifton (Character) - 2009
57% 70% The Perfect Game Cool Papa Bell (Character) $1.1M 2008
11% 26% Delgo Zahn (Voice) $511.9K 2008
0% 78% Cover Unknown (Character) $62.2K 2007
26% 81% Daddy's Little Girls Willie (Character) $31.3M 2007
No Score Yet 0% All In Caps (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 23% Solar Strike President Ryan Gordon (Character) - 2006
75% 91% Lackawanna Blues Ol'lem Taylor (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 67% Left Behind: World at War President Gerald Fitzhugh (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 71% Jasper, Texas Unknown (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 60% Momentum Raymond Addison (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 57% 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 No Score Yet Y2K Morgan (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 14% The Highwayman Phil Bishop (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 67% Love Songs Reuben (Character),
Director
- 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Justice Vernon Jordan (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 11% The Inspectors Inspector Frank Hughes (Character),
Executive Producer
- 1998
No Score Yet 53% In His Father's Shoes Frank Crosby/Richard (Character),
Executive Producer
- 1997
No Score Yet 13% Bram Stoker's The Mummy Corbeck (Character) - 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 Captive Heart: The James Mink Story James Mink (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 75% Inside Questioner (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story Bob Kersee (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder Ray Alexander (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 36% Iron Eagle IV Charles `'Chappy'` Sinclair (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 50% Zooman Rueben Tate (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 12% Curse of the Starving Class Ellis (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 67% A Father for Charlie Walter Osgood (Character),
Executive Producer
- 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice Ray Alexander (Character) - 1994
10% 27% A Good Man in Africa Professor Sam Adekunle (Character) $2.2M 1994
No Score Yet 20% Flashfire Ben Durand (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father & Son: Dangerous Relations Unknown (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 22% Monolith Capt. MacCandless (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Keeper of the City Detective James Dela (Character) - 1992
60% 77% Diggstown "Honey" Roy Palmer (Character) $4M 1992
14% 25% Aces: Iron Eagle III Charles "Chappy" Sinclair (Character) $2.5M 1992
No Score Yet 71% The Josephine Baker Story Sidney Williams (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 18% Cover-Up Lou Jackson (Character) - 1991
36% 66% Toy Soldiers Dean Edward Parker (Character) $13.4M 1991
No Score Yet 67% Carolina Skeletons James Bragg (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 62% El Diablo Van Leek (Character) - 1990
28% 32% The Punisher Jake Berkowitz (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 100% Sudie and Simpson Simpson (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: Kennonite Professor Gideon Oliver (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gideon Oliver: Sleep Well, Professor Oliver Gideon Oliver (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 29% Iron Eagle II Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair (Character) $10.5M 1988
No Score Yet 80% Roots: The Gift Fiddler Reynolds (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goodbye, Miss 4th of July Big John Creed (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Father Clements Story Unknown (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder on the Bayou Mathu (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 59% A Gathering of Old Men Mathu (Character) - 1987
50% 51% The Principal Jake Phillips (Character) $18.8M 1987
20% 56% Iron Eagle Col. Charles "Chappy" Sinclair (Character) $21.5M 1986
8% 32% Firewalker Leo Porter (Character) $10.5M 1986
63% 68% Enemy Mine Jeriba "Jerry" Shigan (Character) $12.3M 1985
No Score Yet 88% The Guardian John Mack (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 25% Finders Keepers Century (Character) - 1984
12% 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 40% 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 No Score Yet Lawman Without a Gun Tom Hayward (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Critical List Lem Harper (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 Little Ladies of the Night Russ Garfield (Character) - 1977
48% 38% The Deep Henri Cloche (Character) - 1977
44% 40% The Choirboys Calvin Motts (Character) - 1977
57% 60% 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 82% The White Dawn Portagee (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's Good to Be Alive Sam Brockington (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sidekicks Jason O'Rourke (Character) - 1974
57% 47% The Laughing Policeman Insp. James Larrimore SFPD (Character) - 1973
57% 49% Travels With My Aunt Wordsworth (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 54% Skin Game Jason (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bushbaby Tembo (Character) - 1970
92% 79% The Landlord Copee Johnson (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Companions in Nightmare Lt. Adam McKay (Character) - 1968
94% 86% A Raisin in the Sun George Murchison (Character) - 1961

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet FREE HBO: Watchmen Old Man (Character) 2020
96% 55% Watchmen Old Man (Character) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sister Circle Guest 2019
No Score Yet 71% Hawaii Five-0 Percy Grover Sr. (Guest Star) 2018
94% 89% Hap and Leonard Bacon (Character) 2018
97% 78% The Good Fight Carl Reddick (Guest Star) 2017
77% 62% Extant Unknown (Guest Star) 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet q Guest 2015
No Score Yet 78% Madam Secretary Father Laurent Vasseur (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen Latifah Show Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2013
89% 93% Psych Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unscripted Guest 2009
No Score Yet 80% ER Leo Malcolm (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 98% The Batman Unknown (Guest Voice) 2007
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Drill Sargent (Guest Voice) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Half & Half Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dead Zone Unknown (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 The Powers of Matthew Star Walt Shephard (Character) 1982-1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tonight Show Guest 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Kill a Cop Unknown (Character) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files Marcus Aurelius 'Gabby' Hayes (Guest Star) 1976-1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Unknown (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 Unknown (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 Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Charley Jameson (Guest Star) 1972 1968-1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
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

QUOTES FROM Louis Gossett Jr. CHARACTERS

Jake Berkowitz says: You're sick. You know that, don't you?

Frank Castle says: No I'm not.

Jake Berkowitz says: Then what the fuck do you call 125 murders in 5 years?

Frank Castle says: Work in progress.

Sgt. Emil Foley says: There's not gonna be any liberty for you, boys, because you'll be going home by then.

Sgt. Emil Foley says: In every class, there's always one joker who thinks that he's smarter than me. In this class, that happens to be you. Isn't it, Mayonnaise?

Zack Mayo says: I am talking to you, motherfucker!

Sgt. Emil Foley says: What did you call me?

Sgt. Emil Foley says: Mayo, I want you D.O.R.

Zack Mayo says: No, sir. You can kick me outta here, but I ain't quitting.

Sgt. Emil Foley says: Get into your fatigues, Mayo. By the end of this weekend, you'll quit.

Sgt. Emil Foley says: Mayonaise!

Dean Parker says: They're going to hunt you down, you know that, don't you? They'll eventually find you and then they will kill you.

Luis Cali says: You Americans always say that, but you never actually do it.

Drac says: Earthman, your Mickey Mouse is one big stupid dope!

Jackie says: That was a wonderful supper, Tembo. I'm full and happy, and not afraid anymore.

Tembo says: To be not afraid is not be careless.

Jackie says: What is there to fear, eh, Komba?

Tembo says: The galago fears little because he knows little. The lion fears much because he is wise and knows much.

Jackie says: Did you hear what he said? He thinks you're stupid. You're not stupid, are you, Komba?

Jackie says: Oh, he's so tiny.

Tembo says: He's a young one!

Jackie says: What shall I call him?

Tembo says: He has many names: bushbaby, galago.. In swahili he's called Komba.

Jackie says: Komba? That's marvelous. Hey Komba, Komba..! Oh thank you, Tembo. Asante sana.

Tembo says: Stahere, mtoto.

Jackie says: I'm sorry, Tembo. I should have gone to the police like you said.

Tembo says: There is a saying: "All the yesterdays cannot make one tomorrow."

Tembo says: There is a saying: All the yesterdays cannot make one tomorrow.

George Wright says: Never underestimate the power of grace.