Louis Gossett Jr. dies at 87

The actor won an Emmy for his role in Roots.

Louis Gossett Jr. has passed away at the age of 87. 

He was the first Black man to win a supporting actor Oscar. 


Driving the news: Gossett also won an Emmy for his part in the TV miniseries Roots. 

  • Gossett began his acting career at a young age and achieved success with his Academy Award-winning role in An Officer and a Gentleman.
  • He had a diverse acting career, appearing in Broadway productions, films, and TV shows, and working with notable actors such as James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and Steve McQueen.
  •  In his 2010 memoir, Gossett shared his experiences with racism and discrimination, but also his determination to rise above it.
  • Gossett founded the Eracism Foundation to help combat racism and create a world where it doesn’t exist.
  • His breakthrough role came in the 1977 miniseries Roots, and he went on to win an Oscar and Golden Globe for his performance in An Officer and a Gentleman.
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