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Louis Gossett, Jr.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   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 1970's television miniseries Roots. Gossett has also starred in numerous film productions such as 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, an Emmy Award, and two Golden Globe Award's in an acting career that spans over five decades.

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May 27, 1936 In Brooklyn - New York City - New York - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Series Watchmen 2019-10-20
Known For
Poster of Roots: The Gift
Poster of Roots
Poster of Travels with My Aunt
Series Watchmen 2019-10-20
Movie Hal Himself 2019-03-28
Movie Double Play Coco 2017-01-27
Movie Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes / Feeling Heart 2017-10-14
Movie Undercover Grandpa Mother 2017-07-07
Series The Spoils Before Dying 2015-07-08
Series The Book of Negroes Daddy Moses 2015-01-07
Movie Boiling Pot Detective Haven 2015-09-29
Movie A Fighting Man Cubby 2014-04-24
Movie Pride of Lions Lou Jones 2014-06-03
Series Extant Quinn 2014-07-09
Series Madam Secretary Father Laurent Vasseur 2014-09-21
Movie Miracle at Gate 213 Roy Peddington 2013-12-10
Movie Smitty Mr. Smith 2012-04-10
Movie The Grace Card George Wright 2011-02-25
Movie Dog Jack Grown up Jed 2011-12-02
Movie Why Did I Get Married Too? Porter 2010-04-02
Movie Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy Himself 2009-01-01
Movie The Least Among You Samuel Benton 2009-01-12
Movie The Perfect Game Cool Papa Bell 2009-11-09
Movie Delgo King Zahn (voice) 2008-12-12
Movie Daddy's Little Girls Willie 2007-02-14
Movie Cover Detective Hicks 2007-05-08
Movie Solar Attack President Ryan Gordon 2006-05-25
Movie All In Caps 2006-03-14
Series Psych Lloyd Marr 2006-07-07
Movie Left Behind: World at War President Geral Fitzhugh 2005-01-01
Movie Lackawanna Blues Ol'lem Taylor 2005-02-12
Series Black in the 80s 2005-02-01
Series The Batman Unknown 2004-09-11
Movie Momentum Raymond Addison 2003-03-26
Series The Dead Zone Unknown 2002-06-16
Movie Deceived Col. David Garrett 2002-03-26
Series Half & Half Unknown 2002-09-23
Movie The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence Frank 2000-03-12
Movie The Color of Love: Jacey's Story Lou Hastings 2000-03-19
Movie Y2K Morgan 1999-07-01
Movie Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy Corbeck 1998-01-01
Movie The Inspectors Inspector Frank Hughes 1998-09-20
Movie In His Father's Shoes Frank Crosby / Richard 1997-06-05
Movie Managua Paul 1996-04-09
Movie Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story Bob Kersee 1996-06-16
Movie Inside Questioner 1996-08-25
Series Early Edition Unknown 1996-09-28
Movie Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing Narrator 1995-01-01
Movie A Father for Charlie Walter Osgood 1995-01-01
Movie Iron Eagle IV Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair 1995-12-01
Movie The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995-06-05
Movie Blue Chips Father Dawkins 1994-02-18
Movie A Good Man in Africa 1994-07-14
Movie Curse of the Starving Class Ellis 1994-09-13
Series ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Movie Flashfire Ben Durand 1994-09-15
Movie Father & Son: Dangerous Relations 1993-04-19
Series Return to Lonesome Dove Isom Pickett 1993-11-14
Movie Monolith Capt. MacCandless 1993-05-27
Movie Iron Eagle III Charlos Chappy Snclair 1992-01-09
Movie Diggstown 'Honey' Roy Palmer 1992-08-14
Movie The Josephine Baker Story Sidney Williams 1991-03-16
Movie Cover-Up Lou Jackson 1991-02-22
Movie Carolina Skeletons James Bragg 1991-09-30
Movie Toy Soldiers Dean Edward Parker 1991-04-24
Movie Keeper of the City Detective James Dela 1991-12-20
Movie El Diablo Van Leek 1990-07-22
Series Captain Planet and the Planeteers Unknown 1990-09-15
Movie Sudie and Simpson Simpson 1990-09-11
Series Gideon Oliver 1989-02-20
Movie The Punisher Jake Berkowitz 1989-10-05
Movie Goodbye, Miss 4th of July Big John Creed 1988-12-03
Movie Iron Eagle II Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair 1988-11-11
Movie Roots: The Gift Fiddler 1988-12-11
Movie A Gathering of Old Men Mathu 1987-05-10
Movie The Principal Jake Phillips 1987-09-18
Movie Iron Eagle Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair 1986-01-17
Movie Firewalker Leo Porter 1986-11-21
Movie Enemy Mine Jeriba 'Jerry' Shigan 1985-12-12
Movie Finders Keepers Century 1984-05-18
Movie The Guardian John Mack 1984-10-20
Movie Jaws 3-D Calvin Bouchard 1983-07-22
Movie An Officer and a Gentleman Sergeant Emil Foley 1982-07-28
Series The Powers of Matthew Star Walter "Walt" Shepherd (D'Hai) 1982-09-17
Series Palmerstown, U.S.A. Unknown 1980-03-20
Movie It Rained All Night the Day I Left Leo Garcia 1980-08-05
Series Backstairs at the White House Houseman Levi Mercer 1979-01-29
Series The Lazarus Syndrome 1979-09-04
Movie The Lazarus Syndrome Dr. MacArthur St. Clair 1978-01-01
Series Roots Fiddler 1977-01-23
Movie Little Ladies of the Night Russ Garfield 1977-01-16
Movie The Deep Henri Cloche 1977-06-17
Movie The Choirboys Calvin Motts 1977-12-23
Movie The River Niger Dr. Dudley Stanton 1976-04-14
Movie J.D.'s Revenge Rev. Elija Bliss 1976-08-25
Movie Black Bart Black Bart 1975-01-01
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Series The Jeffersons Unknown 1975-01-18
Movie It's Good to Be Alive Sam Brockington 1974-02-22
Movie Sidekicks Jason O'Rourke 1974-03-21
Series Good Times Unknown 1974-02-08
Series Harry O Unknown 1974-09-12
Series Petrocelli Unknown 1974-09-11
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Movie The White Dawn Portagee 1974-07-21
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Unknown 1973-04-02
Movie The Laughing Policeman Insp. James Larrimore SFPD 1973-12-20
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Movie Travels with My Aunt Wordsworth 1972-12-17
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Movie Skin Game Jason O'Rourke 1971-09-30
Movie The Landlord Copee Johnson 1970-05-20
Series McCloud Unknown 1970-02-17
Series The Young Rebels 1970-09-20
Movie The Bushbaby Tembo 1969-09-01
Series The Bill Cosby Show Unknown 1969-09-14
Series The Mod Squad Unknown 1968-09-24
Movie Companions in Nightmare Lt. Adam McKay 1968-11-23
Movie A Raisin in the Sun George Murchison 1961-05-28
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20