Louis Gossett Jr. is 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.

Louis Gossett Jr. is 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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 141

Birthday 1936-05-27

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr.
  • Louis Gossett, Jr.

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Watchmen (1 episode)
2019 Hal as Himself
2018 Breaking Brooklyn as Miles Bryant
2017 Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart
2017 King of the Dancehall as The Bishop
2017 Undercover Grandpa as Mother
2017 The Good Fight (1 episode) as Carl Reddick
2017 Double Play as Coco
2016 Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise as Himself
2015 Boiling Pot as Detective Haven
2015 The Spoils Before Dying (6 episodes)
2015 The Book of Negroes (6 episodes) as Daddy Moses
2014 Madam Secretary (1 episode) as Father Laurent Vasseur
2014 Extant (3 episodes) as Quinn
2014 Pride of Lions as Lou Jones
2014 A Fighting Man as Cubby
2013 Miracle at Gate 213 as Roy Peddington
2012 Smitty as Mr. Smith
2011 Dog Jack as Grown up Jed
2011 The Grace Card as George Wright
2010 Why Did I Get Married Too? as Porter
2010 The Perfect Game as Cool Papa Bell
2009 Celebrity Ghost Stories (1 episode)
2009 The Least Among You as Samuel Benton
2009 Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy as Himself
2008 Delgo as King Zahn (voice)
2008 The Black List: Volume One as Himself
2007 Cover as Detective Hicks
2007 Daddy's Little Girls as Willie
2006 Psych (1 episode) as Lloyd Marr
2006 Solar Attack as President Ryan Gordon
2006 All In as Caps
2005 Lackawanna Blues as Ol'lem Taylor
2005 Black in the 80s (3 episodes)
2005 Left Behind III: World at War as President Geral Fitzhugh
2004 The Batman (3 episodes)
2003 Momentum as Raymond Addison
2002 Half & Half (2 episodes)
2002 The Dead Zone (1 episode)
2002 What About Your Friends: Weekend Get-Away as Dr. Barnes
2002 Deceived as Col. David Garrett
2000 The Color of Love: Jacey's Story as Lou Hastings
2000 The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence as Frank
2000 The Highwayman as Phil Bishop
1999 Strange Justice as Vernon Jordan
1999 Y2K as Morgan
1999 Family Guy (1 episode)
1998 The Inspectors as Inspector Frank Hughes
1998 Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy as Corbeck
1997 Stargate SG-1 (5 episodes) as Gerak
1997 In His Father's Shoes as Frank Crosby / Richard
1997 To Dance with Olivia as Daniel Stewart
1996 Early Edition (1 episode)
1996 Promised Land (1 episode) as Anderson Walker
1996 Inside as Questioner
1996 Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story as Bob Kersee
1996 Captive Heart: The James Mink Story as James Mink
1996 Managua as Paul
1995 The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies
1995 Ray Alexander: A Menu For Murder as Ray Alexander
1995 Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing as Narrator
1995 A Father for Charlie as Walter Osgood
1995 Iron Eagle IV as Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
1994 Touched by an Angel (1 episode) as Anderson Walker
1994 ER (1 episode)
1994 Flashfire as Ben Durand
1994 Curse of the Starving Class as Ellis
1994 A Good Man in Africa
1994 Ray Alexander: A Taste For Justice as Ray Alexander
1994 Blue Chips as Father Dawkins
1993 Return to Lonesome Dove (4 episodes) as Isom Pickett
1993 Monolith as Capt. MacCandless
1993 Father & Son: Dangerous Relations
1992 Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II as Reader
1992 Diggstown as 'Honey' Roy Palmer
1992 Iron Eagle III as Charlos Chappy Snclair
1991 Keeper of the City as Detective James Dela
1991 Carolina Skeletons as James Bragg
1991 Toy Soldiers as Dean Edward Parker
1991 The Josephine Baker Story as Sidney Williams
1991 Cover-Up as Lou Jackson
1990 Captain Planet and the Planeteers (2 episodes)
1990 Sudie and Simpson as Simpson
1990 El Diablo as Van Leek
1990 Zora is My Name!
1989 The Punisher as Jake Berkowitz
1989 Gideon Oliver (5 episodes)
1988 Roots: The Gift as Fiddler
1988 Goodbye, Miss 4th of July as Big John Creed
1988 Iron Eagle II as Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
1987 The Principal as Jake Phillips
1987 A Gathering of Old Men as Mathu
1986 Firewalker as Leo Porter
1986 Iron Eagle as Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
1985 Enemy Mine as Jeriba 'Jerry' Shigan
1984 The Guardian as John Mack
1984 Finders Keepers as Century
1983 Sadat (2 episodes) as Anwar al-Sadat
1983 Jaws 3-D as Calvin Bouchard
1982 The Powers of Matthew Star (22 episodes) as Walter "Walt" Shepherd (D'Hai)
1982 An Officer and a Gentleman as Sergeant Emil Foley
1980 It Rained All Night the Day I Left as Leo Garcia
1980 Palmerstown, U.S.A. (1 episode)
1979 The Lazarus Syndrome (10 episodes) as Dr. MacArthur St. Clair
1979 Backstairs at the White House (4 episodes) as Houseman Levi Mercer
1978 Lawman Without a Gun as Tom Hayward
1977 The Choirboys as Calvin Motts
1977 The Deep as Henri Cloche
1977 Roots (8 episodes) as Fiddler
1977 Little Ladies of the Night as Russ Garfield
1976 J.D.'s Revenge as Rev. Elija Bliss
1976 The River Niger as Dr. Dudley Stanton
1975 Saturday Night Live (1 episode)
1975 The Jeffersons (1 episode)
1975 Black Bart as Black Bart
1974 The Rockford Files (1 episode) as Marcus Aurelius 'Gabby' Hayes (1 episode) as Marcus Aurelius Hayes / O'Brien (as Lou Gossett)
1974 Harry O (1 episode)
1974 Petrocelli (1 episode)
1974 Little House on the Prairie (1 episode)
1974 The White Dawn as Portagee
1974 Sidekicks as Jason O'Rourke
1974 It's Good to Be Alive as Sam Brockington
1974 Good Times (2 episodes)
1973 The Laughing Policeman as Insp. James Larrimore SFPD
1973 Police Story (2 episodes)
1973 The American Film Institute Salute to ... (1 episode)
1972 Travels with My Aunt as Wordsworth
1972 The Rookies (1 episode)
1971 Skin Game as Jason O'Rourke
1971 Alias Smith and Jones (1 episode)
1970 The Young Rebels (15 episodes)
1970 McCloud (1 episode)
1970 The Landlord as Copee Johnson
1969 The Bill Cosby Show (1 episode)
1969 The Bushbaby as Tembo
1968 Companions in Nightmare as Lt. Adam McKay
1968 The Mod Squad (3 episodes)
1961 A Raisin in the Sun as George Murchison
1953 The Academy Awards (2 episodes)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (1 episode)


1997 In His Father's Shoes Executive Producer
1995 A Father for Charlie Executive Producer


1982 The Powers of Matthew Star (1 episode)Director

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