Louis Gossett Jr.

Lowest Rated: 0% Cover (2007)
Birthday: May 27, 1936
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Louis Gossett Jr. ranks as one of the most respected African-American actors of stage, screen, and television. Tall, lanky, and bald-pated, Gossett was a basketball player in high school until a leg injury benched him and his interest turned toward acting. In 1953, at the age of 17, Gossett made his Broadway debut in Take a Giant Step, and ended up with a Donaldson Award for the year's best newcomer. Though working steadily on stage and television, Gossett was still interested in basketball. The New York Knicks drafted him out of college in 1958 and he played with them briefly before returning to performing. In 1961, Gossett reprised on film the role he played in the theatrical production of A Raisin in the Sun. It was a well-regarded beginning, and he continued to appear on stage and television, and beginning in 1967, the occasional feature film or television movie. During this early period, he also occasionally sang in nightclubs. Gossett did not become a bona fide star until his Emmy-winning performance in the landmark television miniseries Roots (1977). His career picked up considerably after that. In 1982, Gossett earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing a deceptively heartless drill sergeant in An Officer and a Gentleman. That same year, he also starred in another television series as the wise mentor to an alien prince in The Powers of Matthew Star (1982-1983). After the success of An Officer and a Gentleman, Gossett reprised his roll as the tough sergeant, albeit using different character names, in several films, including the Iron Eagle series, The Punisher (1989), and others. But though he makes an excellent rough guy, Gossett has showed a willingness to let his softer side show through in such made-for-TV movies as Sudie and Simpson (1990).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
44% Supervized Pendle 2019
No Score Yet Undercover Grandpa Mother 2017
100% Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart Actor 2017
No Score Yet Double Play Coco 2017
No Score Yet Breaking Brooklyn Miles Bryant 2017
No Score Yet King of the Dancehall Actor 2016
No Score Yet The Reason Actor 2016
No Score Yet Boiling Pot Detective Haven 2015
No Score Yet The Undershepherd Actor 2013
No Score Yet Pride of Lions (The Dependables) Actor 2013
No Score Yet A Fighting Man Cubby 2013
No Score Yet Smitty Mr. Smith 2012
No Score Yet Bring Your 'A' Game Actor 2012
No Score Yet The Home Actor 2012
No Score Yet Dog Jack Jed 2011
33% The Grace Card George Wright $2.5M 2011
No Score Yet The Lamp Actor 2011
57% The Perfect Game Cool Papa Bell $1.1M 2010
27% Why Did I Get Married Too Porter $48.6M 2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Executive Producer Actor 2010
No Score Yet Shannon's Rainbow Max 2009
No Score Yet The Least Among You Samuel Benton 2009
No Score Yet Let Freedom Sing Narrator 2009
No Score Yet Buttermilk Sky Actor 2009
12% Delgo King Zahn $0.6M 2008
No Score Yet The Black List: Volume One Actor 2008
0% Cover Det. Hicks 2007
No Score Yet All In Caps 2007
26% Daddy's Little Girls Willie $31.4M 2007
No Score Yet Rwanda Rising Actor 2007
No Score Yet African Footprint Actor 2007
No Score Yet All In Actor 2006
No Score Yet Left Behind: World at War President Gerald Fitzhugh 2005
75% Lackawanna Blues Old Lem Taylor 2005
No Score Yet Unspoken Truth Actor 2005
No Score Yet Solar Attack President of the US 2005
No Score Yet Momentum Raymond Addison 2003
No Score Yet Jasper, Texas R.C. Horn 2003
No Score Yet Momentum Actor 2003
No Score Yet Deceived Col. David Garrett 2002
No Score Yet What About Your Friends: Weekend Get-Away Dr. Barnes 2002
No Score Yet Terminal Countdown Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence Executive Producer Hank Barnes 2000
No Score Yet The Highwayman Phil Bishop 2000
No Score Yet Dr. Lucille David Mulera 2000
No Score Yet Love Songs Reuben Director 1999
No Score Yet Strange Justice Vernon Jordan 1999
No Score Yet The Inspectors Executive Producer Frank Hughes 1998
No Score Yet Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy Corbeck 1998
No Score Yet In His Father's Shoes Frank/Richard Crosby Frank Crosby Executive Producer 1997
No Score Yet The Wall That Heals Actor 1997
No Score Yet Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood Narrator 1997
No Score Yet Inside Executive Producer Questioner 1996
No Score Yet Managua Paul Producer 1996
No Score Yet Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story Bob Kersee 1996
No Score Yet Harlem Globetrotters: 6 Decades of Magic Host 1996
No Score Yet Iron Eagle IV (Iron Eagle on the Attack) Chappy Sinclair 1995
No Score Yet Zooman Rueben Tate 1995
No Score Yet Flashfire Ben Durand 1994
10% A Good Man in Africa Prof. Sam Adekunle 1994
No Score Yet Curse of the Starving Class Ellis 1994
37% Blue Chips Father Dawkins 1994
No Score Yet High Lonesome Actor 1994
No Score Yet Goodbye, Miss 4th of July Actor 1993
No Score Yet On the Streets of L.A. Actor 1993
No Score Yet Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom Actor 1993
No Score Yet Monolith Capt. MacCandless 1993
57% Diggstown Honey Ray Palmer 1992
14% Aces: Iron Eagle III Colonel Charles "Chappy" Sinclair 1992
No Score Yet Carolina Skeletons James Bragg 1992
No Score Yet Keeper of the City Detective James Dela 1992
36% Toy Soldiers Dean Parker 1991
No Score Yet Father & Son: Dangerous Relations Leonard Clay 1991
No Score Yet Sudie and Simpson Actor 1990
No Score Yet El Diablo Van Leek 1990
No Score Yet The Josephine Baker Story Sidney Williams 1990
No Score Yet Cover Up Lou Jackson 1990
No Score Yet American Playhouse Actor 1990
28% The Punisher Jake Berkowitz 1989
No Score Yet A Raisin in the Sun Actor 1989
No Score Yet Straight Up Actor 1989
No Score Yet Roots: The Gift Fiddler 1988
No Score Yet Iron Eagle II Charles Sinclair 1988
No Score Yet The Father Clements Story Father Clements 1987
50% The Principal Jake Phillips 1987
No Score Yet A Gathering of Old Men (Murder on the Bayou) Mathu 1987
8% Firewalker Leo Porter 1986
20% Iron Eagle Chappy 1986
59% Enemy Mine Jeriba `Jerry' Shigan 1985
No Score Yet The Guardian John Mack 1984
No Score Yet Finders Keepers Century 1984
10% Jaws 3 Calvin 1983
No Score Yet Sadat Actor 1983
81% An Officer and a Gentleman Sgt. Emil Foley 1982
No Score Yet Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige Leroy "Satchel" Paige 1981
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Lazarus Syndrome Actor 1979
No Score Yet Roots: One Year Later Actor 1978
No Score Yet He Who Walks Alone Actor 1978
57% The Choirboys Motts 1977
38% The Deep Henri Cloche 1977
No Score Yet Little Ladies of the Night Actor 1977
No Score Yet The River Niger Dr. Dudley Stanton 1976
No Score Yet J.D.'s Revenge Rev. Bliss 1976
No Score Yet Sidekicks Jason 1974
No Score Yet It's Good to Be Alive Sam Brockington 1974
No Score Yet The White Dawn Portagee 1974
58% The Laughing Policeman James Larrimore 1973
50% Travels With My Aunt Wordsworth 1972
No Score Yet Skin Game Jason O'Rourke 1971
No Score Yet Leo the Last Actor 1970
92% The Landlord Copee 1970
No Score Yet WUSA Actor 1970
No Score Yet Bushbaby Tembo 1970
94% A Raisin in the Sun George Murchison 1961

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
Percy Grover Sr.
  • 2018
77% Extant
2014-2015
Quinn
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
Father Laurent Vasseur
  • 2014
92% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
Oscar Boneau
  • 2013
92% Psych
2006-2014
Lloyd
  • 2012
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2006
No Score Yet Stargate SG-1
1997-2007
Gerak
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Dead Zone
2002-2007
Rev. David Lewis
  • 2003
No Score Yet Ellen
1994-1998
Sgt. Timko
  • 1997
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Guest Anderson Walker
  • 1997
82% Picket Fences
1992-1996
  • 1994
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
  • 1990
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1982
86% Roots
1977
Fiddler
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Marcus Hayes/O'Brien Marcus "Gabby" Hayes
  • 1977
  • 1976
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Henry Hill
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
1975-1985
Wendell Brown
  • 1975
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
Uncle Wilbert Donald
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Walters
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1971
100% The Book of Negroes
2015
Daddy Moses
No Score Yet The Powers of Matthew Star
1982-1983
Walt Shephard
No Score Yet Watchmen
2019

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