Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr. (born May 27, 1936) is an American actor best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman and Fiddler in the 1970s television miniseries Roots. Gossett has also starred in numerous film productions including The Deep, Jaws 3-D (as SeaWorld manager Calvin Bouchard), Wolfgang Peterson's Enemy Mine, the Iron Eagle series, Toy Soldiers and The Punisher. He has won an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globe…

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Raisin in the Sun is based upon a black family's experiences in the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood. Starring Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Ivan Dixon, Louis Gossett, Jr. and John Fiedler.

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Richard Gere and Louis Gossett Jr. in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

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Although he was picked to play for the New York Knicks, Louis Gossett Jr. decided instead to pursue an acting career, making his Broadway debut in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun in 1959. In 1983, he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in An Officer and a Gentleman. Gossett has also had great success on television, earning an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe.

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Louis Gossett Jr., Actor: Enemy Mine. 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 role in the Broadway production of "A Raisin in the...

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