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Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Cameron Gossett Jr. was born on May 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York City. He made his professional acting debut at age 17, winning the Donaldson Award as best newcomer to theatre. He went to New York University on a basketball scholarship and was invited to try out for the New York Knicks, yet he decided to continue his acting career with a ... See full bio »

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Enemy Mine
Enemy Mine Jeriba 'Jerry' Shigan
Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2 Vortigaunt
An Officer and a Gentleman
An Officer and a Gentleman Sgt. Emil Foley
Iron Eagle
Iron Eagle Col. Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair


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 2018 Buttermilk Sky (pre-production)
Judge Stanton
 2017 Breaking Brooklyn (completed)
Miles Bryant
 2017 Undercover Grandpa (completed)
  Artisans (announced)
  Redemption (announced)
  The Reason (post-production)
Pastor Jim
 2017 The Good Fight (TV Series)
Carl Reddick
- Reddick v Boseman (2017) ... Carl Reddick
 2017/I Double Play
 2016 King of the Dancehall
The Bishop
 2016 Come to the Garden
God (voice)
 2015 Boiling Pot
Detective Haven
 2014-2015 Extant (TV Series)
- The Other Side (2015) ... Quinn
- Before the Blood (2014) ... Quinn
- What on Earth Is Wrong? (2014) ... Quinn
- Shelter (2014) ... Quinn
 2015 The Spoils Before Dying (TV Mini-Series)
Duke Webster
- The Trip Trap (2015) ... Duke Webster (as Louis Gosset Jr.)
 2015 The Book of Negroes (TV Mini-Series)
Daddy Moses
- Episode #1.6 (2015) ... Daddy Moses
- Episode #1.5 (2015) ... Daddy Moses
 2014 The Miracle of Tony Davis (Video)
Voice of God (voice)
 2014 Madam Secretary (TV Series)
Father Laurent Vasseur
- The Call (2014) ... Father Laurent Vasseur
 2014/I 10 Minutes (Short)
Warden Johnson
 2014 Pride of Lions
Lou Jones
 2014 A Fighting Man
 2013 Miracle at Gate 213 (TV Movie)
Roy Peddington
 2013 Boardwalk Empire (TV Series)
Oscar Boneau
- Havre de Grace (2013) ... Oscar Boneau
 2013 Jewtholic (Video short)
 2013 Breaking at the Edge
 2012 Smitty
Mr. Smith
 2012 Psych (TV Series)
Lloyd Marr
 2012 The Undershepherd
Bishop Redford
 2011 The Lamp
Charles Montgomery III
 2010 The Grace Card
George Wright
 2010 Dog Jack
Grown up Jed (voice)
 2009 Shannon's Rainbow
Max Donovan
 2009 ER (TV Series)
Leo Malcolm
- The Family Man (2009) ... Leo Malcolm
 2009 The Least Among You
Samuel Benton
 2008 Delgo
King Zahn (voice)
 2007 Stories USA
Doc (segment "Club Soda")
 2007 Cover
Detective Hicks (as Lou Gossett Jr.)
 2007 The Orange Box (Video Game)
Vortigaunts (voice)
 2007 The Batman (TV Series)
Lucius Fox
- The Joining: Part 2 (2007) ... Lucius Fox (voice)
- The Joining: Part 1 (2007) ... Lucius Fox (voice)
 2007 Daddy's Little Girls
 2006 Family Guy (TV Series)
Drill Sargent
- Saving Private Brian (2006) ... Drill Sargent (voice)
 2006 Club Soda (Short)
 2006 Half-Life 2: Episode One (Video Game)
Vortigaunt (voice, as Lou Gossett jr.)
 2006 All In
 2005-2006 Stargate SG-1 (TV Series)
- Ex Deus Machina (2005) ... Gerak
- Beachhead (2005) ... Gerak
- Origin (2005) ... Gerak
 2005 Left Behind III: World at War
President Gerald Fitzhugh (as Lou Gossett Jr.)
 2005/I Window (Short)
Ralph Stanley
 2005 Lackawanna Blues (TV Movie)
Ol'lem Taylor
 2004 Half & Half (TV Series)
Ray Willis
- The Big Thanks for Nothing Episode (2004) ... Ray Willis
- The Big Lover, My Brother Episode (2004) ... Ray Willis
 2004 Half-Life 2 (Video Game)
Vortigaunt (voice)
 2003 Momentum (TV Movie)
Raymond Addison
 2003 Jasper, Texas (TV Movie)
R.C. Horn
 2003 The Dead Zone (TV Series)
Pastor David Lewis
- Zion (2003) ... Pastor David Lewis
 2002 Resurrection Blvd. (TV Series)
Ezekiel 'Zeke' Grant
- Esperando Lagrimas (2002) ... Ezekiel 'Zeke' Grant
- En un Momento (2002) ... Ezekiel 'Zeke' Grant
 2002 What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway (TV Movie)
Dr. Barnes
 2002 Deceived (Video)
Col. David Garrett
 2001 Dr Lucille: The Lucille Teasdale Story (TV Movie)
David Mulera
 2000 The Highwayman
Phil Bishop
 2000 The Color of Love: Jacey's Story (TV Movie)
Lou Hastings
 2000 The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence (TV Movie)
 1999 Strange Justice (TV Movie)
Vernon Jordan
 1999 Y2K
 1999 Love Songs (TV Movie)
Reuben (segment "Love Song for Dad, A")
 1998 Hercules (TV Series)
 1998 The Inspectors (TV Movie)
Inspector Frank Hughes
 1998 Legend of the Mummy
 1997 Ellen (TV Series)
Sgt. Timko
- G.I. Ellen (1997) ... Sgt. Timko
 1997 Early Edition (TV Series)
Jim Matthews
- The Medal (1997) ... Jim Matthews
 1997 In His Father's Shoes (TV Movie)
Frank Crosby / Richard
 1997 Managua
 1996 Inside (TV Movie)
 1996 Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story (TV Movie)
Bob Kersee
 1996 Captive Heart: The James Mink Story (TV Movie)
James Mink
 1996 The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century (TV Mini-Series)
W.E.B. Du Bois
- Collapse (1996) ... W.E.B. Du Bois (voice)
 1995 Zooman (TV Movie)
Rueben Tate
 1995 A Father for Charlie (TV Movie)
Walter Osgood
 1994 Flashfire
Ben Durand
 1994 A Good Man in Africa
Prof. Sam Adekunle
 1994 Picket Fences (TV Series)
Rick Jennings
- Terms of Estrangement (1994) ... Rick Jennings
 1994 Blue Chips
Father Dawkins (uncredited)
 1993 Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Mini-Series)
Isom Pickett
- The Passing (1993) ... Isom Pickett
- The Forge (1993) ... Isom Pickett
- The Vision (1993) ... Isom Pickett
 1993 Monolith
Capt. MacCandless
 1992 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
 1991-1992 Captain Planet and the Planeteers (TV Series)
Cmdr. Clash
- Mission to Save Earth: Part 2 (1991) ... Cmdr. Clash (voice, as Lou Gossett Jr.)
- Mission to Save Earth: Part 1 (1991) ... Cmdr. Clash (voice, as Lou Gossett Jr.)
 1991 Keeper of the City (TV Movie)
Detective James Dela
 1991 Carolina Skeletons (TV Movie)
James Bragg
 1991 The Josephine Baker Story (TV Movie)
Sidney Williams
 1991 Cover-Up
Lou Jackson
 1990 Sudie and Simpson (TV Movie)
 1990 El Diablo (TV Movie)
Van Leek
 1990 American Playhouse (TV Series)
- Zora Is My Name! (1990)
 1989 Gideon Oliver (TV Series)
Gideon Oliver
- Kennonite (1989) ... Gideon Oliver
- By the Waters of Babylon (1989) ... Gideon Oliver
- The Last Plane from Coramaya (1989) ... Gideon Oliver
- Tongs (1989) ... Gideon Oliver
- Sleep Well, Professor Oliver (1989) ... Gideon Oliver
 1989 The Last Plane from Coramaya (Video)
Gideon Olivier
 1988 Roots: The Gift (TV Movie)
Fiddler Reynolds
 1988 Goodbye, Miss 4th of July (TV Movie)
Big John Creed
 1988 Sam Found Out: A Triple Play (TV Movie)
 1988 Straight Up (TV Series)
 1987 The Father Clements Story (TV Movie)
Father Clements
 1987 The Principal
Jake Phillips
 1987 A Gathering of Old Men (TV Movie)
 1984 The Guardian (TV Movie)
John Mack
 1984 Finders Keepers
 1982-1983 The Powers of Matthew Star (TV Series)
Walt Shepherd
- Starr Knight (1983) ... Walt Shepherd
- Swords and Quests (1983) ... Walt Shepherd
- The Road Rebels (1983) ... Walt Shepherd
- The Great Waldo Shepherd (1983) ... Walt Shepherd
- Brain Drain (1983) ... Walt Shepherd
 1983 Sadat (TV Series)
Anwar al-Sadat
 1982 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Host / Various
 1982 Benny's Place (TV Movie)
Benny Moore
 1981 Palmerstown, U.S.A. (TV Series)
Bessie's father
- Future City (1981) ... Bessie's father
 1979 Backstairs at the White House (TV Mini-Series)
Houseman Levi Mercer
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... Houseman Levi Mercer
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Houseman Levi Mercer
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Houseman Levi Mercer
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Houseman Levi Mercer
 1978 Lawman Without a Gun (TV Movie)
Tom Hayward
 1978 The Critical List (TV Movie)
Lem Harper
 1978 To Kill a Cop (TV Movie)
Everett Walker
 1977 The Choirboys
Calvin Motts
 1977 Freeman (TV Movie)
Rex (as Lou Gossett)
 1977 Visions (TV Series)
- Freeman (1977) ... Rex
 1977 The Deep
Henri Cloche (as Louis Gossett)
 1977 Little Ladies of the Night (TV Movie)
Russ Garfield
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
- Part IV (1977) ... Fiddler
- Part V (1977) ... Fiddler
- Part VI (1977) ... Fiddler
- Part III (1977) ... Fiddler
- Part II (1977) ... Fiddler
 1976 J.D.'s Revenge
Rev. Elija Bliss (as Lou Gossett)
 1976 The River Niger
Dr. Dudley Stanton (as Lou Gossett)
 1976 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Henry Hill
- The Long Road Home (1976) ... Henry Hill (as Lou Gossett)
 1975-1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Det. Virgil Barnes / Freddie
- 50 Cents-First Half Hour, $1.75 All Day (1976) ... Det. Virgil Barnes (as Lou Gossett)
- The Cut Man Caper (1975) ... Freddie (as Lou Gossett)
 1975 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
- Clark Templeton O'Flaherty (1975) ... O'Flaherty (as Lou Gossett)
 1975 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Wendell Brown
- George's Best Friend (1975) ... Wendell Brown (as Lou Gossett)
 1974-1975 Good Times (TV Series)
Uncle Wilbert / Donald Knight
- Michael's Big Fall (1975) ... Uncle Wilbert (as Lou Gossett)
- Thelma's Young Man (1974) ... Donald Knight (as Lou Gossett)
 1975 Harry O (TV Series)
Cleon Jackson
- Shades (1975) ... Cleon Jackson (as Lou Gossett)
 1975 Caribe (TV Series)
David Wallace
- The Assassin (1975) ... David Wallace (as Lou Gossett)
 1975 Insight (TV Series)
- The Man from Inner Space (1975) ... Spaceman
 1975 Delancey Street: The Crisis Within (TV Movie)
Otis James
 1975 Black Bart (TV Movie)
Black Bart (as Lou Gossett)
 1974-1975 Petrocelli (TV Series)
District Attorney Kurt Olson / Kurt Olson, DA
- A Fallen Idol (1975) ... District Attorney Kurt Olson (as Lou Gossett)
- A Very Lonely Lady (1974) ... Kurt Olson, DA (as Lou Gossett)
 1975 Lucas Tanner (TV Series)
Bobby Koball
- Bonus Baby (1975) ... Bobby Koball
 1974 McCloud (TV Series)
Dewey Justin
- Shivaree on Delancy Street (1974) ... Dewey Justin (as Lou Gossett)
 1974 The White Dawn
Portagee (as Lou Gossett)
 1974 Sidekicks (TV Movie)
Jason O'Rourke
 1974 It's Good to Be Alive (TV Movie)
Sam Brockington (as Lou Gossett)
 1973 The Laughing Policeman
Larrimore (as Lou Gossett)
 1973 The Fuzz Brothers (TV Movie)
Francis Fuzz (as Lou Gossett)
 1973 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
Lt. Carl Fellows
- An Often and Familiar Ghost (1973) ... Lt. Carl Fellows (as Lou Gossett)
 1972 Travels with My Aunt
Wordsworth (as Lou Gossett)
 1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Freddy (segment "Love and the Mystic")
- Love and the Christmas Punch/Love and the Mystic/Love and the Tycoon (1972) ... Freddy (segment "Love and the Mystic") (as Lou Gossett)
 1968-1972 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Charley Jameson / Lloyd / Smitty
- Can You Hear Me Out There? (1972) ... Charley Jameson (as Lou Gossett)
- The Uptight Town (1969) ... Lloyd (as Lou Gossett)
- When Smitty Comes Marching Home (1968) ... Smitty (as Lou Gossett)
 1972 The Rookies (TV Series)
Toby Jones
- Covenant with Death (1972) ... Toby Jones (as Lou Gossett)
 1972 The Living End (TV Movie)
Doug Newman (as Lou Gossett)
 1971 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Joe Sims
- The Bounty Hunter (1971) ... Joe Sims
 1971 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
Dr. Karnes
- One Lonely Step (1971) ... Dr. Karnes (as Lou Gossett)
 1971 Skin Game
Jason (as Lou Gossett)
 1971 Longstreet (TV Series)
Sergeant Cory
- The Way of the Intercepting Fist (1971) ... Sergeant Cory (as Lou Gossett)
 1971 Bonanza (TV Series)
Buck Walter
- The Desperado (1971) ... Buck Walter (as Lou Gossett)
 1971 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
Sam Simon
- Soul Club (1971) ... Sam Simon (as Lou Gossett)
 1971 Big Fish, Little Fish (TV Movie)
Jimmie Luton
 1970-1971 The Young Rebels (TV Series)
Isak Poole
- To Kill a Traitor (1971) ... Isak Poole (as Lou Gossett)
- Unbroken Chains (1970) ... Isak Poole (as Lou Gossett)
- The Infiltrator (1970) ... Isak Poole (as Lou Gossett)
- Dangerous Ally (1970) ... Isak Poole (as Lou Gossett)
- Valley of the Guns (1970) ... Isak Poole
 1970 The Landlord
Copee (as Lou Gossett)
 1969 The Bushbaby
Tembo (as Lou Gossett)
 1968 Companions in Nightmare (TV Movie)
Lt. Adam McKay
 1968 Daktari (TV Series)
- Adam and Jenny (1968) ... Mkono (as Louis Gossett)
 1968 The Invaders (TV Series)
- The Vise (1968) ... Ollie (as Louis Gossett)
 1967-1968 Cowboy in Africa (TV Series)
Joseph Hemera / Fulah
- The Quiet Death (1968) ... Joseph Hemera (as Louis Gossett)
- Fang and Claw (1967) ... Fulah (as Louis Gossett)
 1964 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Martin Powers
- Here Today (1964) ... Martin Powers (as Louis Gossett)
 1962 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
William Taylor
- The Prisoner (1962) ... William Taylor (as Louis Gossett)
 1961 A Raisin in the Sun
George Murchison (as Louis Gossett)
 1957-1958 The Big Story (TV Series)
Jamie Goodwin / Mac
- The Stubbornest Man (1958) ... Jamie Goodwin (as Louis Gosset)
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Stage Play: The Desk Set. Comedy. Written by William Marchant [final Broadway credit]. Scenic Design and Lighting Design by George Jenkins. Directed by Joseph Fields. Broadhurst Theatre: 24 Oct 1955- 5 July 1956 (296 performances). Cast: Dorothy Blackburn, Shirley Booth (as "Bunny Watson"), Frank Milan (as "Abe Cutler"), Clarice Blackburn ... See more »

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[2010, on coming close to being killed by the Manson Family] When I was living in Laurel Canyon, we were there to welcome The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles were in town, and they were staying at the Chateau Marmont Hotel. We had taken pictures and were talking and stuff. Roman Polanski was there, and his wife, she was pregnant. It was a nice bunch of people. The Mamas and the Papas were there, ... See more »


In the early 1990s, Rich Little offered him the chance to be his opening act in Las Vegas, but he turned it down, a move that he deeply regrets. He sent his wife, Cyndi James Gossett, in his place. See more »


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