Louis Gossett Jr. Biography

Louis Gossett Jr. Gossett
( 1936 - )
December 10, 2017

Facts of Louis Gossett Jr. Biography

Date of Birth: 1936 May 27
Age: 82 years old
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 6 Feet 4 Inch
Gender: Male

Louis Gossett Jr. is an American actor, well-known for his Academy Award-winning character as Gunner Sergent Emil Foley in the movie An Officer and a Gentleman.

Louis Gossett Jr. Early life and Education

Louis Gossett Jr. was born on 27th May 1936 in Brooklyn, New York. He was born to father, Louis Gossett Sr., a porter, and a mother, Hellen Rebecca, a nurse, and grew up along with his siblings.

During his high school, his teacher encouraged him to give audition for Broadway part which resulted in selection among 200 other in 1953.

Louis completed his graduation from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1954 and enrolled at New York University under an athletic scholarship. Due to his 6'4'', he was offered to play basketball during his college years, but he rejected in order to concentrate on theater.

Louis Gossett Jr. Career

Louis starred at the age of 17, in Broadways's Take a Giant Step, selected by The New York Times drama critics as one of the ten best shows of the year during his high school.

In 1961, he made his debut from the Sidney Poitier vehicles A Raisin in the Sun. The same year he appeared in the original cast of Jean Genet's The Blacks which was the longest-running off-Broadway play of the decade.

Louis role as a drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He was the first African-American to win an Academy Award in a supporting role and became the second African-American man to win for acting, as well as third African-American actor to win overall awards.

Louis Gossett Jr. holding Oscar

Moreover, Louis also featured in several other hit movies and TV series including A Raisin in the Sun, Iron Eagle, Left Behind: World at War, The Good Fight, etc.

During the Presidential election in 2008, he featured in the controversial drama, Boiling Pot, which was based on true events of racism that occurred on college campuses.

Louis Gossett Jr. Personal life

Louis seems to have little ups and downs in his love life as he married three times. Firstly, he married to Hattie Glascoe after short dating but couldn't last more than a year.

On 21 August 1973, he married Christina Mangosing and welcomed their first child, Satie, in 1974. After two years of marital relationship, the couple divorced in 1975.

Louis with Cyndi James-Reese

Eventually, after two unsuccessful relationships, he married Cyndi James-Reese, Star Search Champion, on 25th December 1987. The couple adopted a son, Sharron, born in 1974. After five years of marital relationship, the couple divorced, in 1992.

Louis Gossett with his wife

Louis Gossett Jr. Net worth 

Gossett earns a good sum of money in his career. He portrayed several characters in different movies and TV series through which he obtains a good sum of money. According to various sources, it was found out that he used to earn $300,000 -$400,000 per episode.

Louis also featured in several hit movies which struck with a millions dollar of box office collection. His movie An Officer and a Gentleman was successfully hit which earned millions of dollar and different prestigious awards. As per 2017, it is estimated that his current net worth is around $6 million.

December 10, 2017 by krijana


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