Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Gossett Jr. (born May 27, 1936-March 29, 2024) was an American film and television actor, best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the movie "An Officer and a Gentleman" and as Fiddler in the television miniseries "Roots". He has won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards in an acting career that spans over five decades.

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In His Father's Shoes (1997)

A fortyish cancer-stricken, emaciated Frank Crosby and his fifteen-year-old son Clay, who is the healthful, youthful image of his father, are spending an afternoon enjoying the atmosphere of Venice Beach. They enter Oddities, a store where the gypsy woman owner ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vic Sarin
CAST:  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Barbara Eve Harris  •  Rachael Crawford  •  Djanet Sears

A fortyish cancer-stricken, emaciated Frank Crosby and his fifteen-year-old son Clay, who is the healthful, youthful image of his father, are spending an afternoon enjoying the atmosphere of Venice Beach. They enter Oddities, a store where the gypsy woman owner ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vic Sarin
CAST:  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Barbara Eve Harris  •  Rachael Crawford  •  Djanet Sears

It's Good to Be Alive (1974)

This movie details the struggles of former Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella to adapt to life in a wheelchair following his crippling automobile accident in 1959. Cinematographer Ted Voigtlander was Emmy-nominated.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Landon
CAST:  Paul Winfield  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Ruby Dee  •  Ramon Bieri

This movie details the struggles of former Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella to adapt to life in a wheelchair following his crippling automobile accident in 1959. Cinematographer Ted Voigtlander was Emmy-nominated.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Landon
CAST:  Paul Winfield  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Ruby Dee  •  Ramon Bieri

All In (2006)

Six medical students with unique talents pool their resources to win the World Series of Poker.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Vallelonga
CAST:  Dominique Swain  •  Michael Madsen  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  James Russo

Six medical students with unique talents pool their resources to win the World Series of Poker.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Vallelonga
CAST:  Dominique Swain  •  Michael Madsen  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  James Russo

Roots: The Gift (1988)

On Christmas Eve 1770, a young African warrior, who three years prior had been captured and sold into slavery in America, leads a desperate group of runaway slaves as they attempt to reach freedom in the North.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Hooks
CAST:  LeVar Burton  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Jerry Hardin  •  Kate Mulgrew

On Christmas Eve 1770, a young African warrior, who three years prior had been captured and sold into slavery in America, leads a desperate group of runaway slaves as they attempt to reach freedom in the North.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Hooks
CAST:  LeVar Burton  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Jerry Hardin  •  Kate Mulgrew

The River Niger (1976)

An intimate look at life in the ghetto: Johnny Williams is a house painter who moonlights as a poet, struggling to financially and emotionally support his cancer-ridden wife Mattie. But times are tough and the poverty-troubled streets are even tougher, and it takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Krishna Shah
CAST:  James Earl Jones  •  Cicely Tyson  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Glynn Turman

An intimate look at life in the ghetto: Johnny Williams is a house painter who moonlights as a poet, struggling to financially and emotionally support his cancer-ridden wife Mattie. But times are tough and the poverty-troubled streets are even tougher, and it takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Krishna Shah
CAST:  James Earl Jones  •  Cicely Tyson  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Glynn Turman

A Good Man in Africa (1994)

Morgan Leafy is a secretary to the British High Commissioner to an Africa nation. Leafy is a man that makes himself useful to his boss, the snobbish Arthur Fanshawe, who has no clue about what's going on around him, but who wants to use his secretary to carry on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Beresford
CAST:  Colin Friels  •  Sean Connery  •  John Lithgow  •  Diana Rigg

Morgan Leafy is a secretary to the British High Commissioner to an Africa nation. Leafy is a man that makes himself useful to his boss, the snobbish Arthur Fanshawe, who has no clue about what's going on around him, but who wants to use his secretary to carry on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Beresford
CAST:  Colin Friels  •  Sean Connery  •  John Lithgow  •  Diana Rigg

Companions in Nightmare (1968)

One of the patients in a group-therapy session conducted by a famous psychiatrist is a murderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Lloyd
CAST:  Gig Young  •  Anne Baxter  •  Patrick O'Neal  •  Dana Wynter

One of the patients in a group-therapy session conducted by a famous psychiatrist is a murderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Lloyd
CAST:  Gig Young  •  Anne Baxter  •  Patrick O'Neal  •  Dana Wynter

Iron Eagle IV (1995)

While Chappy Sinclair is saddled with a bunch of misfits and delinquents for his flight school, he turns to his protégé Doug Masters to assist him in rounding them into shape for an important competition. During their training, they stumble upon a group of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney J. Furie
CAST:  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Jason Cadieux  •  Joanne Vannicola  •  Max Piersig

While Chappy Sinclair is saddled with a bunch of misfits and delinquents for his flight school, he turns to his protégé Doug Masters to assist him in rounding them into shape for an important competition. During their training, they stumble upon a group of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney J. Furie
CAST:  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Jason Cadieux  •  Joanne Vannicola  •  Max Piersig

Solar Attack (2006)

When the sun's increasing expulsions of plasma threaten to ignite methane in our atmosphere, international tensions rise while scientists race for a solution to avoid natural disaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Ziller
CAST:  Mark Dacascos  •  Joanne Kelly  •  Kevin Jubinville  •  Sugith Varughese

When the sun's increasing expulsions of plasma threaten to ignite methane in our atmosphere, international tensions rise while scientists race for a solution to avoid natural disaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Ziller
CAST:  Mark Dacascos  •  Joanne Kelly  •  Kevin Jubinville  •  Sugith Varughese

Iron Eagle II (1988)

Chappy Sinclair is called to gather together a mixed Soviet/U.S. strike force that will perform a surgical strike on a massively defended nuclear missile site in the Middle East. Chappy finds that getting the Soviet and U.S. Pilots to cooperate is only the most ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney J. Furie
CAST:  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Mark Humphrey  •  Stuart Margolin  •  Alan Scarfe

Chappy Sinclair is called to gather together a mixed Soviet/U.S. strike force that will perform a surgical strike on a massively defended nuclear missile site in the Middle East. Chappy finds that getting the Soviet and U.S. Pilots to cooperate is only the most ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney J. Furie
CAST:  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Mark Humphrey  •  Stuart Margolin  •  Alan Scarfe

Sidekicks (1974)

Travelling through the West right after the Civil War, two con men hatch a scheme to try to collect the fifteen thousand dollar bounty offered for the capture of an outlaw.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Burt Kennedy
CAST:  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Larry Hagman  •  Blythe Danner  •  Jack Elam

Travelling through the West right after the Civil War, two con men hatch a scheme to try to collect the fifteen thousand dollar bounty offered for the capture of an outlaw.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Burt Kennedy
CAST:  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Larry Hagman  •  Blythe Danner  •  Jack Elam

Diggstown (1992)

Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that Gabe can find a boxer that will knock out 10 Diggstown men, in a boxing ring, within 24 ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Ritchie
CAST:  James Woods  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Bruce Dern  •  Oliver Platt

Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that Gabe can find a boxer that will knock out 10 Diggstown men, in a boxing ring, within 24 ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Ritchie
CAST:  James Woods  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Bruce Dern  •  Oliver Platt

Enemy Mine (1985)

A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wolfgang Petersen
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Brion James  •  Richard Marcus

A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wolfgang Petersen
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Brion James  •  Richard Marcus

Firewalker (1986)

A pair of adventurers try to track down an ancient Aztec/Mayan/Egyptian/Apache horde of gold.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Chuck Norris  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Melody Anderson  •  Will Sampson

A pair of adventurers try to track down an ancient Aztec/Mayan/Egyptian/Apache horde of gold.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Chuck Norris  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Melody Anderson  •  Will Sampson

Daddy's Little Girls (2007)

Monty is a mechanic struggling to make ends meet as he raises his three young daughters. When the court awards custody of his daughters to his shady ex-wife, Monty desperately tries to win them back with the help of Julia, a beautiful, Ivy League-educated attorney. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tyler Perry
CAST:  Gabrielle Union  •  Idris Elba  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Tasha Smith

Monty is a mechanic struggling to make ends meet as he raises his three young daughters. When the court awards custody of his daughters to his shady ex-wife, Monty desperately tries to win them back with the help of Julia, a beautiful, Ivy League-educated attorney. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tyler Perry
CAST:  Gabrielle Union  •  Idris Elba  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Tasha Smith

Iron Eagle III (1992)

Chappy discovers a drug-smuggling scheme at his own air base. It turns out that the lives of some village people in Peru are at stake, and he decides to fly there with ancient airplanes and friends to free them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Glen
CAST:  Horst Buchholz  •  Fred Thompson  •  Rachel McLish  •  Paul Freeman

Chappy discovers a drug-smuggling scheme at his own air base. It turns out that the lives of some village people in Peru are at stake, and he decides to fly there with ancient airplanes and friends to free them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Glen
CAST:  Horst Buchholz  •  Fred Thompson  •  Rachel McLish  •  Paul Freeman

The Perfect Game (2009)

Based on a true story, a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico who become the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dear
CAST:  Clifton Collins Jr.  •  Cheech Marin  •  Moisés Arias  •  Emilie de Ravin

Based on a true story, a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico who become the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dear
CAST:  Clifton Collins Jr.  •  Cheech Marin  •  Moisés Arias  •  Emilie de Ravin

And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)

The story of the gold-plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize, AND THE OSCAR GOES TO... traces the history of the Academy itself, which began in 1927 when Louis B. Mayer, then head of MGM, led other prominent members of the industry in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Epstein  •  Jeffrey Friedman
CAST:  Anjelica Huston  •  Annette Bening  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Cher

The story of the gold-plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize, AND THE OSCAR GOES TO... traces the history of the Academy itself, which began in 1927 when Louis B. Mayer, then head of MGM, led other prominent members of the industry in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Epstein  •  Jeffrey Friedman
CAST:  Anjelica Huston  •  Annette Bening  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Cher

Pride of Lions (2014)

Five retired ex-military men attempt the unthinkable and dust off their old uniforms for one last explosive mission. The team quickly discovers that they are up against an enemy from their past. This time, The Dependables mission is personal. With guns blazing, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney J. Furie
CAST:  Bo Svenson  •  Margot Kidder  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Seymour Cassel

Five retired ex-military men attempt the unthinkable and dust off their old uniforms for one last explosive mission. The team quickly discovers that they are up against an enemy from their past. This time, The Dependables mission is personal. With guns blazing, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney J. Furie
CAST:  Bo Svenson  •  Margot Kidder  •  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Seymour Cassel

The Father Clements Story (1987)

In this provocative made-for-television drama, an African American Chicago priest takes on the Catholic church during his fight to adopt a troubled teen and save him from life on the streets.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edwin Sherin
CAST:  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Malcolm-Jamal Warner  •  Carroll O'Connor  •  Leon

In this provocative made-for-television drama, an African American Chicago priest takes on the Catholic church during his fight to adopt a troubled teen and save him from life on the streets.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edwin Sherin
CAST:  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Malcolm-Jamal Warner  •  Carroll O'Connor  •  Leon
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