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Other Works

  • (1971) Portrayed Pete in "Winesburg, Ohio," produced at the Santa Barbara Performing Arts Center in Santa Barbara, California.
  • (mid-1980s) Co-starred with Chad Allen in a 3-part anti-drug video entitled "Straight Up".
  • (1966) Co-starred in an unsold comedy/drama pilot called "The Happeners" about the struggles of a group of coffeehouse singers in Greenwich Village.
  • Music video for Melba Moore, "Lift Every Voice".
  • (May 2015 - June 2015) Public Service Announcement (PSA) TV commercial, "What is Love," with Deidre Hall, Robert Pine, Marla Gibbs, Morgan Fairchild, Louis Gossett Jr., and Ernie Hudson, for Shriner's Hospitals for Children (LoveShriners.org).
  • (1953) Stage Play: Take a Giant Step. Drama. Written by Louis Peterson. Directed by John Stix. Lyceum Theatre: 24 Sep 1953- 28 Nov 1953 (76 performances). Cast: Warren Berlinger (as "Johnny Reynolds"), Robert Brivic (as "Gussie"), Dorothy Carter (as "Christine"), Estelle Evans (as "May Scott"), Maxwell Glanville (as "Man"), Louis Gossett Jr. (as "Spencer Scott") [Broadway debut], Tarry Green (as "Bobby Reynolds"), Estelle Hemsley (as "Grandmother"), Helen Martin (as "Poppy"), Pauline Myers (as "Violet"), Frederick O'Neal (as "Lem Scott"), Bernard Rich (as "Iggie"), Fred Vogel (as "Tony"), Jane White (as "Carol"), Margaret Williams (as "Rose"), Frank Wilson (as "Frank"). Produced by Lyn Austin and Thomas Noyes.
  • (1955) 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 (as "Sadel Meyer"), Wayne Carson, Harry Ellerbe (as "The Man in Shirt-sleeves"), Anne Marie Geyer, Mary Gildea (as "The Lady in the Blue Suit"), Louis Gossett Jr. (as "Kenny"), Sterling Johnson, Doris Roberts (as "Miss Rumple"), Frank Roberts, Byron Sanders (as "Richard Sumner"), Mike Steen, Joyce Van Patten (as "Elsa"), Elizabeth Wilson. Produced by Robert Fryer and Lawrence Carr. Notes: (1) Filmed by 20th Century Fox as Desk Set (1957). (2) There was also a tour of this show; an Oakland newspaper from 25 Nov 1956 shows Ms. Booth in this play at the Curran Theater, co-starring Frank Milan, Byron Sanders, and Lee Patrick.
  • (1959) Stage Play: A Raisin in the Sun. Drama.
  • (1963) Stage Play: Tambourines to Glory. Written by Langston Hughes. Music by Jobe Huntley. Lyrics by Langston Hughes. Scenic Design by John Conklin. Directed by Nikos Psacharopoulos. Little Theatre: 2 Nov 1963- 23 Nov 1963 (24 performances + 2 previews that began on 30 Oct 1963). Produced by S&H Venture and Sydney S. Baron.
  • (1964) Stage Play: Golden Boy. Musical. Music by Charles Strouse. Lyrics by Lee Adams. Book by Clifford Odets and William Gibson. Based on the play by Clifford Odets. Musical Director: Elliot Lawrence. Music orchestrated by Ralph Burns. Dance arrangements by Dorothea Freitag. Additional music scoring by Elliot Lawrence. Music for Fight Ballet Assembled by Dorothea Freitag. Assistant Musical Dir.: Joyce Brown. Choreographed by Donald McKayle. Directed by Arthur Penn. Majestic Theatre: 20 Oct 1964- 5 Mar 1966 (568 performances + 25 previews). Cast: Sammy Davis Jr. (as "Joe Wellington"), Billy Daniels (as "Eddie Satin"), Kenneth Tobey (as "Tom Moody"), Paula Wayne, Ted Beniades, Johnny Brown (as "Ronnie"), Don Crabtree, Bob Daley, Marguerite Delain, Jeanette Du Bois, Lola Falana (as "Lola"), Maxwell Glanville, Roy Glenn, Louis Gossett Jr. (as "Frank"), Buck Heller, Baayork Lee, Theresa Merritt, Terrin Miles, Robin Miller, Sandy Neal, Benny Payne, Harold Pierson, Albert Popwell, Louise Quick, Mabel Robinson, Jaime Rogers, Amy Rousselle, Kenneth Scott, Stephen Taylor, Ralph Vucci, Lamont Washington, Charles Welch, Lester Wilson. Produced by Hillard Elkins. Associate Producer: George Platt.
  • (1965) Stage Play: The Zulu and the Zayda. Musical comedy. Book by Howard Da Silva and Felix Leon. Music by Harold Rome. Lyrics by Harold J. Rome. Based on a story by Dan Jacobson. Music orchestrated by Meyer Kupferman. Scenic Design and Lighting Design by William Eckart and Jean Eckart. Directed by Dore Schary. Cort Theatre: 10 Nov 1965- 16 Apr 1966 (179 performances + 24 previews that began on 18 Oct 1965). Cast: Norman Barrs (as "Tommy Layton"), Sarah Cunningham (as "Helen Grossman"), Ossie Davis (as "Johannes"), Peter DeAnda (as "Peter"), Louis Gossett Jr. (as "Paulus"), Ed Hall (as "William"), Robert Hewitt (as "Groenwald"), James Higgins (as "Koofer"), Max Jacobs (as "Dyckboom"), John Randolph Jones (as "Eric"), Sandra Kent (as "Woman with Baby Carriage/Nurse"), Yaphet Kotto (as "John") [Broadway debut], Sholom Ludvinsky (as "Mourner"), David Mogck (as "Policeman"), Charles Moore (as "Mr. Lamene"), John Pleshette (as "David Grossman") [Broadway debut], Joe Silver (as "Harry Grossman"), Menasha Skulnik (as "Zayda"), Christine Spencer (as "Joan"), Ella Thompson (as "Mrs. Lamene"), Phil Vandervort (as "Arthur Grossman"). Understudies: Sandra Kent (as "Helen Grossman"), Charles Moore (as "Peter/William") and Ella Thompson (as "Joan"). Replacement actors: Salem Ludwig (as "Mourner"), Leslie Redford (as "Tommy Layton"). Understudies: Ed Hall (as "Johannes"), Yaphet Kotto (as "Paulus"), Salem Ludwig (as "Harry Grossman/Zayda"). Produced by Dore Schary and Theodore Mann.
  • (1966) Stage Play: My Sweet Charlie. Written by David Westheimer. Lighting and Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Costume Design by Jack Martin Lindsay. Directed by Howard Da Silva. Longacre Theatre: 6 Dec 1966- 31 Dec 1966 (31 performances + 12 previews that began on 24 Nov 1966). Cast: Bonnie Bedelia (as "Marlene Chambers"), Sarah Cunningham, Louis Gossett Jr. (as "Charles Roberts"), John Randolph (as "Mr. Treadwell"), David Tabor (as "Doctor Kercheval"), Gar Wood (as "Jack Larrabee"). Produced by Bob Banner Associates.
  • (1968) Stage Play: Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights. Comedy. Written by Robert Alan Aurthur. Directed by Sidney Poitier. John Golden Theatre: 27 Feb 1968- 2 Mar 1968 (7 performances + 1 preview). Cast: Johnny Brown (as "Henry Hardy"), Louis Gossett Jr. (as "Willie Nurse"), Diane Ladd (as "Alma Sue Bates"), David Steinberg (as "Seymour Levin"), Cicely Tyson (as "Myrna Jessup"). Produced by Arnold Saint-Subber. Produced in association with Harold Loeb.
  • (1971) Stage Play: Murderous Angels. Written by Conor Cruise O'Brien. Directed by Gordon Davidson. Playhouse Theatre: 20 Dec 1971- 9 Jan 1972 (24 performances + 9 previews that began on 11 Dec 1971). Cast: Humbert Allen Astredo, Jean-Pierre Aumont (as "Dag Hammarskjold"), John Baragrey, Tyrone Brown, John Clarkson (as "British Consul/White Settler"), Barbara Colby (as "Mme. Rose Rose"), Richard Easton (as "James Bonham"), Neil Fitzgerald, Stephen Goff, Louis Gossett Jr. (as "Patrice Lumumba"), Gilbert Green, Ben Hammer, Leonard Jackson, Herbert Jefferson Jr., Jack Landron, William Larsen, Sharon Laughlin, Joseph Mascolo, Gerry Murphy, Les Roberts, Mabel Robinson, Donald Symington, Richard Venture (as "Baron d'Auge"), Ula Walker, Lynda Wescott (as "One of the U.N. Soldiers, Congolese Men and Women"), Elwoodson Williams, Stephen Zulick. Produced by The Phoenix Theatre (T. Edward Hambleton: Co-Founder and Managing Director. Norris Houghton: Co-Founder). Produced by arrangement with Elliot Martin and George W. George.
  • (1996) Stage Play: Chicago. Musical comedy (revival).
  • (1986) Music video for King Kobra - Never Say Die (from the film Iron Eagle (1986)).
  • (1980's) Spokesman in the Coast Guard recruiting ads in the 80s.
  • (2011) Appeared in a PSA for "Help Hospitalized Veterans" (HHV.org).
  • (2010) Release of his autobiography, "An Actor and a Gentleman", by Louis with Phyllis Karas. Foreword by Christopher Lawford.
  • (February 11, 1959) He played George Murchison in Lorraine Hansberry's play, "A Raisin in the Sun," at the Blackstone Theatre in Chicago, Illinois with Ruby Dee (Ruth Younger); Glynn Turman (Travis Younger); Sidney Poitier (Walter Lee Younger); Diana Sands (Beneatha Younger); Claudia McNeil (Lena Younger); Ivan Dixon (Joseph Asagai); Lonne Elder III (Bobo); John Fiedler (Karl Lindner) and Douglas Turner and Ed Hall (moving men) in the cast. Philip Rose and David J. Cogan were producers. Lloyd Richards was director.
  • (July 2016) Turner Classic Movies guest programmer.
  • (January 24 to March 22, 1970) He acted in Conor Cruise O'Brien's play, "Murderous Angels," in a world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Gordon Davidson was director.

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