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Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Gossett Jr. is one of the most respected and beloved actors on stage, screen and television and is also an accomplished writer, producer and director. Off-screen he is a social activist, educator and author dedicated to enriching the lives of others. Gossett was the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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An Officer and a Gentleman
An Officer and a Gentleman Sgt. Emil Foley
Enemy Mine
Enemy Mine Drac
Jaws 3-D
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  Artisans (announced)
  Redemption (announced)
  El Secreto del Retrato (pre-production)
Reverendo LeJuene
 2019 Buttermilk Sky (pre-production)
Judge Stanton
 2018 Watchmen (TV Series) (pre-production)
  The Cuban (filming)
Luis Garcia
 2018 Foster Boy (post-production)
Judge George Taylor
 2018 Breaking Brooklyn (completed)
Miles Bryant
 2018 Supervized (completed)
 2018 The Reason (completed)
Pastor Jim
 2018 Hap and Leonard (TV Series)
 2017 Undercover Grandpa
 2017 The Good Fight (TV Series)
Carl Reddick
 2017 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)
 2015 The Spoils Before Dying (TV Mini-Series)
Duke Webster
 2015 The Book of Negroes (TV Mini-Series)
Daddy Moses
 2014 The Miracle of Tony Davis (Video)
Voice of God (voice)
 2014/I 10 Minutes (Short)
Warden Johnson
 2014 Madam Secretary (TV Series)
Father Laurent Vasseur
 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
 2013 Jewtholic (Video short)
 2013 Breaking at the Edge
 2012 The Undershepherd
Bishop Redford
 2012 Smitty
Mr. Smith
 2012 Psych (TV Series)
Lloyd Marr
 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 The Perfect Game
Cool Papa Bell
 2009 ER (TV Series)
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 Batman (TV Series)
Lucius Fox
 2007 Daddy's Little Girls
 2006 Family Guy (TV Series)
Drill Sargent
 2006 Club Soda (Short)
 2006 Half-Life 2: Episode One (Video Game)
Vortigaunt (voice, as Lou Gossett Jr.)
 2006 Solar Attack (TV Movie)
President Ryan Gordon
 2006 All In
 2005-2006 Stargate SG-1 (TV Series)
 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
 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
 2002 Resurrection Blvd. (TV Series)
Ezekiel 'Zeke' Grant
 2002 What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway (TV Movie)
Dr. Barnes
 2002 Deceived (Video)
Col. David Garrett
 2001 The Grave Before the Chains (Short)
Toussaint L'ouverture
 2001 For Love of Olivia (TV Movie)
Daniel Stewart
 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
 1997 Early Edition (TV Series)
Jim Matthews
 1997 In His Father's Shoes (TV Movie)
Frank Crosby / Richard
 1997 Managua
 1997 To Dance with Olivia (TV Movie)
Daniel Stewart
 1997 Promised Land (TV Series)
Anderson Walker
 1997 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Anderson Walker
 1996 The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century (TV Mini-Series documentary)
W.E.B. Du Bois
 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
 1995 Iron Eagle IV
Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
 1995 Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder (TV Movie)
Ray Alexander
 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 Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice (TV Movie)
Ray Alexander
 1994 Picket Fences (TV Series)
Rick Jennings
 1994 Blue Chips
Father Dawkins (uncredited)
 1993 Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Mini-Series)
Isom Pickett
 1993 Monolith
Capt. MacCandless
 1992 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
 1992 Diggstown
'Honey' Roy Palmer
 1991-1992 Captain Planet and the Planeteers (TV Series)
Cmdr. Clash
 1992 Aces: Iron Eagle III
Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
 1991 Keeper of the City (TV Movie)
Detective James Dela
 1991 Carolina Skeletons (TV Movie)
James Bragg
 1991 Toy Soldiers
Dean Parker
 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)
 1989 The Last Plane from Coramaya (Video)
Gideon Olivier
 1989 The Punisher
Jake Berkowitz
 1989 Gideon Oliver (TV Series)
Gideon Oliver
 1988 Straight Up (TV Series)
 1988 Roots: The Gift (TV Movie)
Fiddler Reynolds
 1988 Goodbye, Miss 4th of July (TV Movie)
Big John Creed
 1988 Iron Eagle II
Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
 1988 Sam Found Out: A Triple Play (TV Movie)
 1987 The Father Clements Story (TV Movie)
Father Clements
 1987 The Principal
Jake Phillips
 1987 A Gathering of Old Men (TV Movie)
 1986 Firewalker
Leo Porter
 1986 Iron Eagle
Col. Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
 1985 Enemy Mine
 1984 The Guardian (TV Movie)
John Mack
 1984 Finders Keepers
 1983 Sadat (TV Series)
Anwar al-Sadat
 1983 Jaws 3-D
Calvin Bouchard
 1982-1983 The Powers of Matthew Star (TV Series)
Walt Shepherd
 1982 An Officer and a Gentleman
Sgt. Emil Foley
 1982 Benny's Place (TV Movie)
Benny Moore
 1981 Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige (TV Movie)
Leroy 'Satchel' Paige
 1981 Palmerstown, U.S.A. (TV Series)
Bessie's Father, Fredrick Douglas Jackson
 1979 The Lazarus Syndrome (TV Series)
Dr. MacArthur St. Clair
 1979 Backstairs at the White House (TV Mini-Series)
Houseman Levi Mercer
 1978 The Lazarus Syndrome (TV Movie)
Dr. MacArthur St. Clair
 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)
 1977 The Deep
Henri Cloche (as Louis Gossett)
 1976-1977 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Marcus Aurelius 'Gabby' Hayes / Marcus Aurelius Hayes / O'Brien
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
 1977 Little Ladies of the Night (TV Movie)
Russ Garfield
 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
 1975-1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Det. Virgil Barnes / Freddie
 1975 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
 1975 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Wendell Brown
 1974-1975 Good Times (TV Series)
Uncle Wilbert / Donald Knight
 1975 Harry O (TV Series)
Cleon Jackson
 1975 Caribe (TV Series)
David Wallace
 1975 Insight (TV Series)
 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
 1975 Lucas Tanner (TV Series)
Bobby Koball
 1974 McCloud (TV Series)
Dewey Justin
 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
 1972 Travels with My Aunt
Wordsworth (as Lou Gossett)
 1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Freddy (segment "Love and the Mystic")
 1968-1972 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Charley Jameson / Lloyd / Smitty
 1972 The Rookies (TV Series)
Toby Jones
 1972 The Living End (TV Movie)
Doug Newman (as Lou Gossett)
 1971 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Joe Sims
 1971 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
Dr. Karnes
 1971 Skin Game
Jason (as Lou Gossett)
 1971 Longstreet (TV Series)
Sergeant Cory
 1971 Bonanza (TV Series)
Buck Walter
 1971 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
Sam Simon
 1971 Big Fish, Little Fish (TV Movie)
Jimmie Luton
 1970-1971 The Young Rebels (TV Series)
Isak Poole
 1970 The Landlord
Copee (as Lou Gossett)
 1970 The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
Hurricane Smith
 1969 The Bushbaby
Tembo (as Lou Gossett)
 1968 Companions in Nightmare (TV Movie)
Lt. Adam McKay
 1968 Daktari (TV Series)
 1968 The Invaders (TV Series)
 1967-1968 Cowboy in Africa (TV Series)
Joseph Hemera / Fulah
 1964 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Martin Powers
 1962 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
William Taylor
 1961 A Raisin in the Sun
George Murchison (as Louis Gossett)
 1960 The New Girl (Short)
Mary's Brother (uncredited)
 1957-1958 The Big Story (TV Series)
Jamie Goodwin / Mac
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Chicago. Musical comedy (revival). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Interviews | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Louis Gosset Jr. | Lou Gosset Jr. | Louis Gosset | Lou Gossett Jr. | Louis Gossett | Lou Gossett | Louis Gossett Jnr. | Lou Gossett Jr


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I'm the first generation born in the north after the migration from the south to the north, so I grew up in a very diverse neighborhood. My parents knew all about lynchings and all that kind of stuff, but I didn't know anything about it. They kept an eye on me , they worried about me and slowly and surely I survived and was able to get them to this wonderful mentality of things going very well. See more »


Conceived and co-wrote the well known song "Handsome Johnny" with Richie Havens. As the opening act for the original Woodstock, Havens performed "Handsome Johnny," as the 8th song in that historic first set. According to Havens, "...(Gossett) had gotten it up to the 'Dunkirk war'...I brought it up to date..." (From liner notes in The Best of Richie Havens CD, 1993). See more »


Often plays military commanders and authority figures See more »



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