Louis Gossett Jr.

American actor (1936–2024)

Louis Cameron Gossett Jr. (May 27, 1936 – March 29, 2024) was an American actor and producer.[1] He was best known for his Academy Award winning role as Emil Foley in the 1982 romantic drama movie An Officer and a Gentleman. He was also known for his role as Fiddler in the 1977 television series Roots. He also won an Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.

Gossett Jr. in 2015



In 1959, Gossett was in the Broadway play A Raisin In The Sun. He was also in the 1961 movie of the same name.[2]

Life and death


Gossett was born on May 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York.

In December 2020, Gossett was hospitalized and diagnosed with COVID-19 in Georgia.[3]

Gossett died in Santa Monica, California, on March 29, 2024, at the age of 87.[4] The cause of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; with heart failure and atrial fibrillation also listed.[5]


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  2. Louis Gossett Jr. The Britannica. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  3. "Louis Gossett Jr. Hospitalized with COVID, But Left Out of Fear". TMZ. December 31, 2020. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  4. Harris, Beth. "Louis Gossett Jr., 1st Black man to win supporting actor Oscar, dies at 87". Associated Press. Retrieved March 29, 2024.
  5. "Louis Gossett Jr. Cause Of Death Revealed". Yahoo News. 2024-04-19. Retrieved 2024-04-20.