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Short Info

Net Worth$3 million, $3 million
Date Of BirthMay 27, 1936, May 27, 1936
SpouseCyndi James Gossett, Christina Mangosing, Hattie Glascoe, Cyndi James Gossett, Christina Mangosing, Hattie Glascoe
MarkDeep, commanding voice.
FactHis foundation, Eracism, is devoted to eradicating racism.

Louis Gossett Jr. was born on May 27, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Hellen Rebecca (Wray), a nurse, and Louis Gossett Sr., a porter. He is of African-American and Irish descent. His parents divorced when he was a child, and he was raised by his mother in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Gossett Jr. attended New York’s High School of Music and Art, where he was a classmate of future Academy Award-winning actress Faye Dunaway. He joined the U.S. Air Force after high school and served for four years.

Gossett Jr. made his film debut in an uncredited role in the 1956 film A Man Called Adam. He had his first major role in the 1959 film The Last Angry Man, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He went on to have starring roles in such films as The Deep (1977), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and Iron Eagle (1986).

Gossett Jr. has also appeared on television, most notably as Fiddler in the 1977 miniseries Roots, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He also starred in the short-lived television series The Powers That Be (1992) and Gideon’s Crossing (2000).

Gossett Jr. has been married three times: to Hattie Glascoe from 1956 to 1959; to Kaija Keel from 1961 to 1975; and to Cynthia Daniels from 1978 to present. He has three children: Louis Gossett III, Victoria Gossett, and Mavis Gossett.

Gossett Jr. has a net worth of $10 million. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one, and has also been nominated for three Emmy Awards, winning one.

General Info

Full NameLouis Gossett Jr.
Net Worth$3 million, $3 million
Date Of BirthMay 27, 1936, May 27, 1936
Height1.93 m, 1.93 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Film producer, Voice Actor, Television Director, Television producer, Film producer, Voice Actor, Television Director
EducationAbraham Lincoln High School, New York University, Abraham Lincoln High School, New York University
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseCyndi James Gossett, Christina Mangosing, Hattie Glascoe, Cyndi James Gossett, Christina Mangosing, Hattie Glascoe
ChildrenSatie Gossett, Sharron Gossett, Satie Gossett, Sharron Gossett
ParentsLouis Gossett, Sr., Hellen Rebecca Wray, Louis Gossett, Sr., Hellen Rebecca Wray


AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a...
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a ...
MoviesAn Officer and a Gentleman, Enemy Mine, Jaws 3-D, Diggstown, The Deep, Iron Eagle, Firewalker, Daddy's Little Girls, Skin Game, Iron Eagle II, Toy Soldiers, Aces: Iron Eagle III, The Punisher, A Raisin in the Sun, Travels with My Aunt, J. D.'s Revenge, The Josephine Baker Story, Left Behind: World a...
TV ShowsThe Book of Negroes, Touched by an Angel, Gideon Oliver, The Powers of Matthew Star, Palmerstown, U.S.A., The Young Rebels, Roots, Return to Lonesome Dove, Backstairs at the White House, Black in the 80s, The Lazarus Syndrome, The Book of Negroes, Touched by an Angel, Gideon Oliver, The Powers of Ma...

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#Marks / Signs
1Often plays military commanders and authority figures
2Deep, commanding voice.


1[on preparing to portray the historical life of black people] You have to make an adjustment. I remember my elders and how we handled the hard times, and there's a lot of feeling that comes out of it, a lot of music that comes out of it. We got from one day to the next with a sense of humanity, joie de vivre - whatever it takes to get from night to the next day. You have to learn how to withstand it and get through it, break through it like water off a duck's back.
2I'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.
3[in 1983] Here I am, a black actor getting attention, and suddenly I'm asked to do "Othello." I'll do "Richard III, I'll do "Macbeth," but I don't have any interest in doing "Othello." James Earl Jones is good enough for me.
4[on his 9 year-old son Satie in 1983] As much energy and love I put into my acting, I put into him. I have to be careful he's not my shadow, that he can create his own personality and be what he wants. That means walking a tightrope as a parent.
5[on about his absence from 1970s blaxploitation films] Sometimes it was by choice, sometimes by coincidence. I did have other jobs during that entire era.
6[on his receiving an Academy Award] The only Oscar I ever knew was a cousin.
7[1983 interview] What happens in real life should be represented on the screen, but it isn't. Just glance inside a restaurant, or look out onto the streets. You will see more black people there than you do on the screen. In that sense the movies are letting us down.
8[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, the people I hung out with most of the time. So they said, "Everybody's going to have late coffee and breakfast at Roman Polanski's house". Right around the corner is where my house is, so I'm going to go to the house, take a shower, and put on some fresh clothes. I take a shower, put on some fresh clothes, and turn on the TV, and there the news is. So I dodged a bullet.
9[2010, on The Landlord (1970)] Hal Ashby was a great man. A great man. I had some great experiences with Hal and Diana Sands and Beau Bridges and Pearl Bailey and Lee Grant. We had a very good time. For a lot of us, it was our first major motion picture, and we had a ball. An absolute ball. My favorite scene is when "Copee" goes crazy. It's a magic scene there. I was very satisfied with that performance. That entire movie.
10[2010, on winning the Oscar for An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)] It did create a lot of opportunities, but I thought there would be more. I thought it would be a windfall. But it wasn't. It was what it was. It only affected me for a little while, and then it stopped affecting me. I just come out the other end.
11[2010, on An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)] When I went in for that part, I don't know what my agent said, but when I knocked on the door, he looked at me and said, "You've got the part". I didn't have to do anything. It was a case of "be careful what you ask for", because now that I've got the part, I've really got to deliver the goods. I took 30 days and went down to San Diego, where I studied drill instructors and studied with them for 28 of those days. Then I came to the set with one of them, and when I showed up, I said I was the DI. I had to move away from them, because they didn't take me seriously. So I didn't hang out with anybody. I just moved away...It took a bit of a toll. But I was getting ready to do anything in order to do that performance. It was my shot, and I was doing as much as I could to do a good performance.
12[2010, on filming Enemy Mine (1985)] That was a challenge. I prefer a challenge, because when you've done that, you've done something. That was something where nobody could see my face or my eyes; I was giving somebody a performance through that makeup. That was six months in Germany. A lot of pain in the eyes and stuff.
13The Lord may not come when you want Him, but he's always going to be there on time.
14I can do more than anyone suspects. I pride myself on my versatility. It took 32 years of difficult parts, second leads, villains and juveniles. The Oscar changed the quality of the roles I was being offered.
15When I'm offered a role, I look at what I think I can do with it. I look to see if I can project myself into it.
16If a role isn't different, it's not worth doing.


1He was awarded the 1970 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Performance for the play, "Murderous Angels" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2Attended Brooklyn's Abraham Lincoln High School.
3Gossett was drafted by the New York Knickerbockers.
4He was cast in his Oscar winning role in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) after Jack Nicholson turned down the role, and none of the other actors who the producers wanted proved available at the time. Screenwriter Douglas Day Stewart then did research on a Navy base in Pensacola, Florida and found out the top drill instructors they had there were African-American. Upon realizing this, Gossett was cast in what can now arguably be his best remembered role.
5Father of Satie Gossett.
6In 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.
7Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on May 20, 1992.
8Attended Woodstock. He said, "I wanted to be in the now. There were a whole bunch of us there, in the now. Anywhere anything exciting was happening, we were there.".
9(February 8, 2010) Diagnosed with prostate cancer.
10His foundation, Eracism, is devoted to eradicating racism.
11First cousin of Robert Gossett.
12Was originally cast as Gale Sayers in the television movie Brian's Song (1971). Just days before shooting began, Gossett tore his Achilles' tendon while working out for the film. The studio execs scrambled and quickly hired Billy Dee Williams as a replacement. Gossett, depressed over missing his "shot", was promised by producer David L. Wolper the first great role that came along. About six years later, Wolper called Gossett to play Fiddler in Roots (1977), the Emmy Award-winning role that made him a star.
13Was considered for the role of Lieutenant Ted Traxler in The Terminator (1984), which went to Paul Winfield.
14He was the first male to be shown giving birth on screen, as Jeriba "Jerry" Shigan in Enemy Mine (1985).
15Along with Stacy Keach, he was one of two actors considered for the role of the SGC's new commanding officer, General Hank Landry, on Stargate SG-1 (1997). The role instead went to Beau Bridges, however Gossett was cast as a Jaffa leader named Gerak.
16He and his ex-wife Cyndi James Gossett have an adopted son.
17Was named as "King of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1990.
18Conceived 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).




Half-Life 2: Episode One2006Video GameVortigaunt (voice, as Lou Gossett jr.)
Solar Attack2006TV MoviePresident Ryan Gordon
All In2006Caps
Stargate SG-12005-2006TV SeriesGerak
Left Behind III: World at War2005President Gerald Fitzhugh (as Lou Gossett Jr.)
Window2005/IShortRalph Stanley
Lackawanna Blues2005TV MovieOl'lem Taylor
Half & Half2004TV SeriesRay Willis
Half-Life 22004Video GameVortigaunt (voice)
Momentum2003TV MovieRaymond Addison
Jasper, Texas2003TV MovieR.C. Horn
The Dead Zone2003TV SeriesPastor David Lewis
Resurrection Blvd.2002TV SeriesEzekiel 'Zeke' Grant
What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway2002TV MovieDr. Barnes
Deceived2002VideoCol. David Garrett
For Love of Olivia2001TV MovieDaniel Stewart
Dr Lucille: The Lucille Teasdale Story2001TV MovieDavid Mulera
The Highwayman2000Phil Bishop
The Color of Love: Jacey's Story2000TV MovieLou Hastings
The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence2000TV MovieFrank
Strange Justice1999TV MovieVernon Jordan
Love Songs1999TV MovieReuben (segment "Love Song for Dad, A")
Hercules1998TV SeriesChiron
The Inspectors1998TV MovieInspector Frank Hughes
Legend of the Mummy1998Corbeck
Ellen1997TV SeriesSgt. Timko
Early Edition1997TV SeriesJim Matthews
In His Father's Shoes1997TV MovieFrank Crosby / Richard
To Dance with Olivia1997TV MovieDaniel Stewart
Promised Land1997TV SeriesAnderson Walker
Touched by an Angel1997TV SeriesAnderson Walker
Inside1996TV MovieQuestioner
Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story1996TV MovieBob Kersee
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story1996TV MovieJames Mink
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century1996TV Mini-SeriesW.E.B. Du Bois
Iron Eagle IV1995Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder1995TV MovieRay Alexander
Zooman1995TV MovieRueben Tate
A Father for Charlie1995TV MovieWalter Osgood
Flashfire1994Ben Durand
Curse of the Starving Class1994Ellis
A Good Man in Africa1994Prof. Sam Adekunle
Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice1994TV MovieRay Alexander
Picket Fences1994TV SeriesRick Jennings
Blue Chips1994Father Dawkins (uncredited)
Return to Lonesome Dove1993TV Mini-SeriesIsom Pickett
Monolith1993Capt. MacCandless
Father & Son: Dangerous Relations1993TV Movie
American Experience1992TV Series documentaryNarrator
Diggstown1992'Honey' Roy Palmer
Captain Planet and the Planeteers1991-1992TV SeriesCmdr. Clash
Aces: Iron Eagle III1992Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
Keeper of the City1991TV MovieDetective James Dela
Carolina Skeletons1991TV MovieJames Bragg
Toy Soldiers1991Dean Parker
The Josephine Baker Story1991TV MovieSidney Williams
Cover-Up1991Lou Jackson
Sudie and Simpson1990TV MovieSimpson
El Diablo1990TV MovieVan Leek
American Playhouse1990TV Series
The Punisher1989Jake Berkowitz
Gideon Oliver1989TV SeriesGideon Oliver
The Last Plane from Coramaya1989VideoGideon Olivier
Roots: The Gift1988TV MovieFiddler Reynolds
Goodbye, Miss 4th of July1988TV MovieBig John Creed
Iron Eagle II1988Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
Sam Found Out: A Triple Play1988TV MovieSam
Straight Up1988TV SeriesCosmo
The Father Clements Story1987TV MovieFather Clements
The Principal1987Jake Phillips
A Gathering of Old Men1987TV MovieMathu
Firewalker1986Leo Porter
Iron Eagle1986Col. Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
Enemy Mine1985Jeriba 'Jerry' Shigan
The Guardian1984TV MovieJohn Mack
Finders Keepers1984Century
Jaws 3-D1983Calvin Bouchard
The Powers of Matthew Star1982-1983TV SeriesWalt Shepherd
Sadat1983TV SeriesAnwar al-Sadat
Saturday Night Live1982TV SeriesHost / Various
An Officer and a Gentleman1982Sgt. Emil Foley
Benny's Place1982TV MovieBenny Moore
Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige1981TV MovieLeroy 'Satchel' Paige
Palmerstown, U.S.A.1981TV SeriesBessie's father
It Rained All Night the Day I Left1980Leo Garcia
The Lazarus Syndrome1979TV SeriesDr. MacArthur St. Clair
Backstairs at the White House1979TV Mini-SeriesHouseman Levi Mercer
The Lazarus Syndrome1978TV MovieDr. MacArthur St. Clair
Lawman Without a Gun1978TV MovieTom Hayward
The Critical List1978TV MovieLem Harper
To Kill a Cop1978TV MovieEverett Walker
The Choirboys1977Calvin Motts
Freeman1977TV MovieRex (as Lou Gossett)
Visions1977TV SeriesRex
The Deep1977Henri Cloche (as Louis Gossett)
Little Ladies of the Night1977TV MovieRuss Garfield
Roots1977TV Mini-SeriesFiddler
J.D.'s Revenge1976Rev. Elija Bliss (as Lou Gossett)
The River Niger1976Dr. Dudley Stanton (as Lou Gossett)
Little House on the Prairie1976TV SeriesHenry Hill
Police Story1975-1976TV SeriesDet. Virgil Barnes / Freddie
The Six Million Dollar Man1975TV SeriesO'Flaherty
The Jeffersons1975TV SeriesWendell Brown
Good Times1974-1975TV SeriesUncle Wilbert / Donald Knight
Harry O1975TV SeriesCleon Jackson
Caribe1975TV SeriesDavid Wallace
Insight1975TV SeriesSpaceman
Delancey Street: The Crisis Within1975TV MovieOtis James
Black Bart1975TV MovieBlack Bart (as Lou Gossett)
Petrocelli1974-1975TV SeriesDistrict Attorney Kurt Olson / Kurt Olson, DA
Lucas Tanner1975TV SeriesBobby Koball
McCloud1974TV SeriesDewey Justin
The White Dawn1974Portagee (as Lou Gossett)
Sidekicks1974TV MovieJason O'Rourke
It's Good to Be Alive1974TV MovieSam Brockington (as Lou Gossett)
The Laughing Policeman1973Larrimore (as Lou Gossett)
The Fuzz Brothers1973TV MovieFrancis Fuzz (as Lou Gossett)
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1973TV SeriesLt. Carl Fellows
Travels with My Aunt1972Wordsworth (as Lou Gossett)
Love, American Style1972TV SeriesFreddy (segment "Love and the Mystic")
Mod Squad1968-1972TV SeriesCharley Jameson / Lloyd / Smitty
The Rookies1972TV SeriesToby Jones
The Living End1972TV MovieDoug Newman (as Lou Gossett)
Alias Smith and Jones1971TV SeriesJoe Sims
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1971TV SeriesDr. Karnes
Skin Game1971Jason (as Lou Gossett)
Longstreet1971TV SeriesSergeant Cory
Bonanza1971TV SeriesBuck Walter
The Partridge Family1971TV SeriesSam Simon
Big Fish, Little Fish1971TV MovieJimmie Luton
The Young Rebels1970-1971TV SeriesIsak Poole
The Landlord1970Copee (as Lou Gossett)
The Bill Cosby Show1970TV SeriesHurricane Smith
The Bushbaby1969Tembo (as Lou Gossett)
Companions in Nightmare1968TV MovieLt. Adam McKay
Daktari1968TV SeriesMkono
The Invaders1968TV SeriesOllie
Cowboy in Africa1967-1968TV SeriesJoseph Hemera / Fulah
East Side/West Side1964TV SeriesMartin Powers
The Doctors and the Nurses1962TV SeriesWilliam Taylor
A Raisin in the Sun1961George Murchison (as Louis Gossett)
The Big Story1957-1958TV SeriesJamie Goodwin / Mac
The Portrait's Secret2018pre-productionReverend LeJuene
Don't Call Me Sir!2017pre-productionJoe
Breaking Brooklyn2016post-productionMiles Bryant
Double Play2016post-productionCoco
The Reason2016/IIpost-productionPastor Jim
Undercover Grandpa2016completedMother
Capture the Flagpre-productionLou Adams
King of the Dancehall2016The Bishop
Come to the Garden2016God (voice)
Boiling Pot2015Detective Haven
Extant2014-2015TV SeriesQuinn
The Spoils Before Dying2015TV Mini-SeriesDuke Webster
The Book of Negroes2015TV Mini-SeriesDaddy Moses
The Miracle of Tony Davis2014VideoVoice of God (voice)
Madam Secretary2014TV SeriesFather Laurent Vasseur
10 Minutes2014/IShortWarden Johnson
Pride of Lions2014Lou Jones
A Fighting Man2014Cubby
Miracle at Gate 2132013TV MovieRoy Peddington
Boardwalk Empire2013TV SeriesOscar Boneau
Jewtholic2013Video shortNarrator
Breaking at the Edge2013Floyd
Smitty2012Mr. Smith
Psych2012TV SeriesLloyd Marr
The Undershepherd2012Bishop Redford
The Lamp2011Charles Montgomery III
The Grace Card2010George Wright
Dog Jack2010Grown up Jed (voice)
Why Did I Get Married Too?2010Porter
Shannon's Rainbow2009Max Donovan
The Perfect Game2009Cool Papa Bell
ER2009TV SeriesLeo Malcolm
The Least Among You2009Samuel Benton
Delgo2008King Zahn (voice)
Stories USA2007Doc (segment "Club Soda")
Cover2007Detective Hicks (as Lou Gossett Jr.)
The Orange Box2007Video GameVortigaunts (voice)
The Batman2007TV SeriesLucius Fox
Daddy's Little Girls2007Willie
Family Guy2006TV SeriesDrill Sargent
Club Soda2006ShortDoc


For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots2010TV Movie documentary executive producer
ReNew Orleans2007TV Series documentary executive producer
For Love of Olivia2001TV Movie executive producer
The Color of Love: Jacey's Story2000TV Movie executive producer
The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence2000TV Movie executive producer
The Inspectors1998TV Movie executive producer
In His Father's Shoes1997TV Movie executive producer
To Dance with Olivia1997TV Movie executive producer
Inside1996TV Movie executive producer
Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story1996TV Movie executive producer
A Father for Charlie1995TV Movie executive producer
Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice1994TV Movie co-executive producer
Father & Son: Dangerous Relations1993TV Movie co-executive producer


Taking Woodstock2009writer: "Handsome Johnny"
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Woodstock1970Documentary writer: "Handsome Johnny"
The Ed Sullivan Show1964TV Series performer - 1 episode


Love Songs1999TV Movie segment "Love Song for Champ, A"
The Powers of Matthew Star1983TV Series 1 episode


Captive Heart: The James Mink Story1996TV Movie executive consultant


Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host / Narrator
The Wall That Heals1997DocumentaryNarrator
The 49th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
When Animals Attack 41997TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Special
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1993-1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 68th Annual Academy Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The Ultimate Athlete: Pushing the Limit1996TV Movie documentaryHimself / Narrator
The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favorite Dramatic Television Series
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1995TV SpecialHimself
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Wheel of Fortune1995TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Golf: The Greatest Game1994TV Movie documentary
The 1994 Annual Diversity Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Winner
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1994TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Jackson Family Honors1994TV Special documentaryHimself
Golden Globes 50th Anniversary Celebration1994TV MovieHimself
26th NAACP Image Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Gridiron Gang1993TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Story of a People1993TV Mini-Series documentaryHost
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 1th Annual Minority Motion Picture Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Loft1993TV SeriesGuest
The Annual Daily Variety Honors. A Salutes to Army Archerd1993TV MovieHimself
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Host
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier1992TV SpecialHimself
Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II1992TV Movie documentaryReader (voice)
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1992TV SeriesHimself - Guest
What About Me? I'm Only 3!1992TV MovieHimself
The 21th Annual Friends of Tel Hashomer Gala1992TV MovieHimself
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 13th Annual CableACE Awards1992TV SpecialHimself
The Annual Artists Rights Foundation Gala1991TV MovieHimself
A Party for Richard Pryor1991TV Special documentaryHimself
Caribbean Cool1991TV Movie documentaryHost - Narrator
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Ebony/Jet Showcase1983-1990TV SeriesHimself
Later with Bob Costas1990TV SeriesHimself
7th Annual American Cinema Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
22nd NAACP Image Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1989TV SeriesHimself
There Really Is a Santa Claus1989TV MovieHimself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Crimes of Violence1988TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
The 60th Annual Academy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards1988TV Special documentaryHimself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Television Drama Program
20th NAACP Image Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHimself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 8th Annual Cable ACE Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
The 4th Annual American Cinema Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
The 16th Annual Shelby Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
The 58th Annual Academy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Documentary Feature
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy / Musical (as Lou Gossett Jr.)
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV & Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a TV-Series Drama
A Celebration of Life: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.1984TV Special documentaryHimself / Host
Circus of the Stars #81983TV Special documentaryHimself - Ringmaster
The 1983 Annual American Image Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Making of 'Jaws 3-D': Sharks Don't Die1983TV Movie documentaryHimself / Narrator
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1983TV SeriesHimself
The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite Female Performer in New Television Program
An Evening at the Improv1982TV SeriesHimself
I Love Liberty1982TV SpecialHimself
The 2nd Annual Black Achievement Awards1979TV SpecialHimself
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special / Presenter: Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series & Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music
The Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen: His Roots1978TV MovieHimself
Roots: One Year Later1978TV Movie documentaryNarrator (as Louis Gossett)
The Mike Douglas Show1977TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself - Guest
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series and Presenter
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Special Award to Roots
The David Frost Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show1964TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Dancer
Breaking Bones, Breaking Barriers2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Last of the Showmen2017Documentary filmingHimself
Bad IQ2016Documentary filmingHimself
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Johnnie Be GoodannouncedHimself
The Needs of Kim StanleyDocumentary post-productionHimself
Today2016TV SeriesHimself
AC Green: Iron Virgin2016TV Movie documentary
E! Live from the Red Carpet2016TV SeriesHimself
The 88th Annual Academy Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: In Memoriam
The 47th NAACP Image Awards2016TV MovieHimself
Maya Angelou and Still I Rise2016DocumentaryHimself
Cinerockom2014-2015TV SeriesHimself - Diamond Award Best Actor Winner / Himself - Lifetime Award Winner
The Hollywood Review2015TV SeriesHimself - Host (2016)
Where Have All the Fathers Gone2015DocumentaryLou Gossett Jr.
23rd Annual Trumpet Awards2015TV SpecialHimself
The View2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards2015TV SpecialHimself
4TH NAFCA: African Oscar2014TV MovieHimself - Lifetime Achievement Awards in Cinema
The Nicole Barrett Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dish Nation2014TV SeriesHimself
BET Awards 20142014TV SpecialHimself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
45th NAACP Image Awards2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Life After2013TV SeriesHimself
Lifestyle Magazine2013TV Series documentaryHimself
The Punisher: Gag Reel2013Video documentary shortHimself
Pioneers of Television2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
81st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2012TV MovieHimself
The 84th Annual Academy Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
43rd NAACP Image Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
Thalians 55th Anniversary Gala2012VideoHimself
80th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2011TV MovieHimself
Celebrity Close Calls2011TV SeriesHimself
42nd NAACP Image Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber2010TV Series
Tavis Smiley2006-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The John Kerwin Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots2010TV Movie documentary voice
Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement2009DocumentaryNarrator
78th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2009TV MovieHimself
17th Annual Trumpet Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 40th NAACP Image Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
ADHDtv: With Lew Marklin2008-2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Celebrity Guest
Bring Your 'A' Game2009Documentary shortHimself - Actor (as Lou Gossett Jr.)
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy2009DocumentaryHimself
Eyes on Kenya2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 80th Annual Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
A Love Story of Today2008Video shortHimself
A Special Kind of Love2008Video shortHimself
Stanley Kramer: A Man's Search for Truth2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Black List: Volume One2008DocumentaryHimself
ReNew Orleans2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
Screen Nation Television and Film Awards 20072007TV SpecialHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHimself
Roots Remembered2007TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Lou Gossett Jr)
Marines of Montford Point, Fighting for Freedom2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Miniseries
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
An Officer and a Gentleman: 25 Years Later2007Video documentary shortHimself
The 5th Annual TV Land Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Winner ("30th Anniversary")
38th NAACP Image Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 79th Annual Academy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Rwanda Rising2007DocumentaryEyewitness (voice)
The 50 Greatest Television Dramas2007TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Louis Gossett Jnr.)
Pride Against Prejudice: The Larry Doby Story2007TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice, as Lou Gossett Jr.)
Gylne tider2006TV Series documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sean Connery2006TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Audience Member
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The Distance2005DocumentaryActor
Stadium of Fire: 25th Anniversary2005TV MovieHimself
The 77th Annual Academy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Black in the 80s2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Audience Member
The 76th Annual Academy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Asthma: Fighting to Breathe2003TV Movie documentaryHost / Narrator
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Past Winner
Opening Ceremony Salt Lake Paralympic Winter Games2002TV SpecialNarrator
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Walking After Midnight1999TV Series
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Past Winner (uncredited)

Archive Footage

The Punisher : Violence Down Under - Interview with Mark Goldblatt2016Video documentary shortJake Berkowitz
Extra2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
'Punisher' vu par Mark Goldblatt2016Video documentary shortHimself / Jake Berkowitz
Premio Donostia a Richard Gere2007TV SpecialGunnery Sergeant Emil Foley
Manufacturing Dissent2007DocumentaryHimself - at 75th Annual Academy Awards (uncredited)
Michael Moore, el gran agitador2004TV Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Century of Black Cinema2003Video documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryHimself (from Jaws 3-D)
Biography1996TV Series documentaryHimself
The Jeffersons1978TV SeriesWendell Brown


Won Awards

2013Lifetime Achievement Diamond AwardCineRockom International Film FestivalLifetime Achievement AwardBest Actor with a great social impact by founding Erascism Foundation
2008Mary Pickford AwardSatellite Awards
2007Anniversary AwardTV Land AwardsRoots (1977)
2004Lifetime Achievement AwardTemecula Valley International Film Festival
2000Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best DirectorLove Songs (1999)
1998Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's SpecialIn His Father's Shoes (1997)
1998Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)
1997Maverick AwardTaos Talking Picture Festival
1992Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 20 May 1992. At 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Josephine Baker Story (1991)
1983Special AwardShoWest Convention, USABest Supporting Actor
1983OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleAn Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
1983Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureAn Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
1982Image AwardImage AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Motion PictureAn Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
1977Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy SeriesRoots (1977)

Nominated Awards

2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best Supporting ActorSmitty (2012)
2012Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialThe Least Among You (2009)
2004Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a TV Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic SpecialJasper, Texas (2003)
2003Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class SpecialOpening Ceremony Salt Lake Paralympic Winter Games (2002)
2001Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Color of Love: Jacey's Story (2000)
2000Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best ActorLove Songs (1999)
1998Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialIn His Father's Shoes (1997)
1997CableACECableACE AwardsChildren's Special - 7 and OlderIn His Father's Shoes (1997)
1997CableACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actor in a Movie or MiniseriesInside (1996)
1997Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-SeriesCaptive Heart: The James Mink Story (1996)
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)
1992CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Movie or MiniseriesSudie and Simpson (1990)
1987Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialA Gathering of Old Men (1987)
1986Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorEnemy Mine (1985)
1985ACECableACE AwardsActor in a Movie or MiniseriesThe Guardian (1984)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a SpecialSadat (1983)
1984Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorJaws 3-D (1983)
1984Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionSadat (1983)
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesPalmerstown, U.S.A. (1980)
1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a SpecialBackstairs at the White House (1979)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or MusicThe Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen: His Roots (1978)
1971Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureSkin Game (1971)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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