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Louis Gossett Jr. Net Worth, Early and Personal Life, Career

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Louis Gossett Jr. Net Worth, Early and Personal Life, Career
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Louis Cameron Gossett Jr. is an 86-year-old  American actor born on May 27, 1936, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City.

In  1959, Louis performed in A Raisin in the Sun, and in 1961, he made his film debut in the film adaptation. From there, Gossett added numerous film and television roles to his resume, as well as music releases.

Gossett rose to prominence in 1977 as Fiddler in the popular miniseries Roots. He earned the Emmy Award for “Outstanding lead actor in a single appearance in a drama or comedy series” for this performance.

Gossett kept working in high-profile films and television shows. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1982 for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman, making him the first black actor to do so.

Gossett earned acting nominations for The Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen.  He won and was nominated for multiple awards, including the Golden Globes, Black Reel Awards, NAACP Image Awards, etc. Gossett is also well known for his role in the Iron Eagle film series.

Gossett has appeared in a variety of projects since his debut. Film projects include Hal Ashby’s The Landlord (1970), Paul Bogart’s Skin Game (1971), George Cukor’s Travels with My Aunt (1972), Stuart Rosenberg’s The Laughing Policeman (1974), Philip Kaufman’s The White Dawn (1974), etc.

Aside from Louis Gossett Jr.’s net worth, this article contains other interesting information such as her biography and career highlights.

Popular Name: Louis Cameron Gossett Jr.
Real Name: Louis Cameron Gossett Jr.
Birth Date: May 27, 1936
Birth Place: Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City.
Age: 86 years old
Gender: Male
Nationality/Citizenship: American
Height: N/A
Weight: 1.93 m
Sexuality: Straight
Marital Status: Divorce
Spouse(s): N/A
Children: Satie and Sharron
Profession: Actor
Years active: 1953–present
Net Worth:  $5 million
Last Updated: 2022

 

Early Life

Gossett was born and raised in New York City’s Coney Island to Hellen Rebecca,  a nurse, and Louis Gossett sr a porter. He did attend Mark Twain Intermediate School as well as Abraham Lincoln High School.

When a sports injury led to the decision to enroll in an acting class, he made his stage debut at the age of 17, in a school production of You Can’t Take It with You. Polio had already pushed back his graduation date.

His high school teacher inspired him to audition for a Broadway part, and he was selected from among 200 other actors for a starring role on Broadway in 1953, long before he enrolled at NYU.

He attended New York University after finishing high school at Abraham Lincoln High School in 1954, despite declining an athletic scholarship.

He was provided with the opportunity to play varsity basketball at NYU during his college years, standing 6 feet 1 inch tall, he turned down the basketball offer to concentrate on theater.

Career

Gossett appeared in the Broadway play Take a Giant Step in 1953. As Spencer Scott, he took over for Bill Gunn. The New York Times drama critics named the play one of the top ten shows of the year. He was 17, a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School, and had no formal drama training.

In 1959, Gossett continued his Broadway theater career as George Murchison in A Raisin in the Sun. Gossett was generally viewed as a gifted folk musician in the early 1960s. He was well-known as well. His singing career was aided by his appearance at New York’s Folk City venue.

Also in 1961, Gossett was an original member of the cast of Jean Genet’s The Blacks, the century’s longest-running off-Broadway play, which ran for 1,408 performances.

James Earl Jones, Roscoe Lee Browne, Cicely Tyson, Godfrey Cambridge, Maya Angelou, and Charles Gordone were also part of the original cast members.

Gossett showed up on Broadway in the play Tambourines to Glory in 1963 and  Gossett appeared on Broadway in the play Golden Boy in 1964.

Gossett’s first single titled, “Hooka’ Dooka’ was released in early 1964 on Powertree Records.

Gossett made his Broadway debut as Paulus in Harold J. Rome’s musical play The Zulu and the Zayda in 1965. Menasha Skulnik and Louis Gossett’s vocal performance of “It’s Good to Be Alive” was commended in a December 1965 review of the original cast recording of The Zulu, which was released on Columbia Records.

Gossett appeared on Broadway in the 1966 play My Sweet Charlie. Gossett collaborated with Richie Havens on the antiwar folk song “Handsome Johnny,” which Havens recorded in 1966.

The song titled “Handsome Johnny” was released in 1967 on Richie Havens’ album Mixed Bag, which he co-wrote with Havens. Havens performed it on the Johnny Carson Show, having received a standing ovation that lasted two commercial breaks.

Gossett portrayed Fiddler in the 1977 television miniseries Roots, which was based on Alex Haley’s book Roots.  The miniseries aired for 8 straight nights and gained a rating of 44.9 and a viewers share of 66.

The show also rejected conventions by pitting black actors against white villains and helped popularize the night-to-night miniseries format.

It received many honors and received rave reviews. Gossett won the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama after receiving 43 nominations.

1978 to 1997: subsequent success

The television special The Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen: His Roots premiered on March 2, 1978. Actor Ben Vereen gets to share essential details of his life through dance and music.   Gossett was nominated for “Outstanding continuing or single performance by a supporting actor in variety or music” at the Emmys.

The mini-series Backstairs at the White House premiered on January 28, 1979. It is based on the book My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House, which is about White House maids who worked there during several presidential administrations.

His performance as drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He was the first black man to win an Oscar for a supporting role, the second for acting, and the third for overall achievement. Gossett also won “Best supporting actor” at the Golden Globes and “Outstanding actor in the motion picture” at the NAACP Image Awards.

In 1983, he starred in Sadat, a two-part miniseries about the life and assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

 Roles and Current works(1998)

Gossett starred in Bram Stoker’s The Legend of the Mummy in 1998.

Gossett voiced the Vortigaunts in the video game Half-Life 2 in 2004.

He portrayed the President of the United States in the 2005 film Left Behind: World at War. He showed up in several episodes of Season 9 of the sci-fi television series Stargate SG-1 that year as Free Jaffa Leader Gerak.

He appeared in Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls in 2007. That same year, he voiced Lucius Fox in The Batman animated series.

In 2008, he filmed the “Keep It Real” commercial series for Namibian lager Windhoek.

Gossett also contributed his voice to the Thomas Nelson audio Bible production The Word of Promise in 2009.

Gossett starred in the controversial drama Boiling Pot in 2013, which is based on true racist events that took place on college campuses across the United States during the 2008 Presidential election.

The Ashmawey brothers wrote and directed the film, which stars Danielle Fishel, Keith David, M. Emmet Walsh, and John Heard. Gossett plays a detective attempting to unravel a murder case driven by racism while disregarding his own prejudices. In 2014, the film Boiling Pot was released.

Gossett made a cameo appearance as founding partner Carl Reddick of Diane Lockhart’s new firm in the CBS All Access series The Good Fight.

Gossett cohosted as a guest programmer on Turner Classic Movies’ primetime lineup on July 18, 2016. When given the choice of choosing four films to air, he chose Blackboard Jungle, Lifeboat, Touch of Evil, and The Night of the Hunter.

Gossett will appear in the film Not To Forget, which aims to generate awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research. Valerio Zanoli directed the film, which stars Karen Grassle and five Academy Award nominees.

Gossett was cast in a supporting role in the upcoming American horror film Awaken the Reaper in 2022.

Personal Life

Gossett has been married 3 times, has one son, and has adopted another son. His first marriage was annulled to Hattie Glascoe. On August 21, 1973, he married Christina Mangosing for the second time and has a son with her (Satie).

In 1975, Gossett and Mangosing divorced. On December 25, 1987, he wedded Star Search champion Cyndi James-Reese for the third time. Sharron their adopted son was born in 1977. In 1992, Gossett and James-Reese divorced.

Louis is the first cousin of TNT’s The Closer actor Robert Gossett.

Gossett claims that police in Beverly Hills handcuffed him to a tree for three hours in 1966.

Gossett Gossett revealed his diagnosis of prostate cancer on February 9, 2010. He added that the disease was caught in its early stages, and he hoped to recover totally.

Gossett was hospitalized in Georgia with COVID-19 in late December 2020.

Louis Gossett’s Net Worth

Lou Gossett, Jr., an American actor known for his Academy Award-winning performance as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film “An Officer and a Gentleman,” has a net worth of $5 million dollars.

Summary

Louis Gossett has had a successful acting career, and in all of these, he could simply be described as a successful actor.

It is believed and expected that Louis Gossett’s net worth will rise in the future.

 

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