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Louis Gossett, Jr.

Honorary HSDFF25 Co-Chairman

LOUIS GOSSETT, JR  is one of stage, film and television’s most recognized and lauded actors, with over three hundred roles to his credit. Perhaps best known for his Academy Award-winning role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, and his Emmy Award-winning role as Fiddler in the 1977 ABC television miniseries Roots, Gossett has also starred in numerous film productions including A Raisin In The Sun, Skin Game,Travels with My Aunt, The Laughing Policeman, The Deep, Wolfgang Petersen's Enemy Mineand the Iron Eagle series, Toy Soldiers and The Punisher.  In an acting career that spans six decades, he has earned some of the industry’s highest honors in addition to his Oscar,  including Emmys, Golden Globes, and NAACP Image Awards, and  has now added  author, director, and humanitarian to his accomplishments.


Gossett has also had an impressive career in the theater. When he was still in high school and with no formal drama training, he auditioned and won the role of Spencer Scott in Broadway's Take a Giant Step. His New York stage credits also include A Raisin in the Sun, and the musical play, Zulu and the Zayda, as well as the  original cast of Jean Genet's The Blacks alongsideJames Earl Jones, Roscoe Lee Browne, Cicely Tyson, Godfrey Cambridge and Maya Angelou.


Louis Gossett, Jr  has chosen to dedicate the last phase of his life to communicating with younger generations and transmitting to them the values of community, self-love, and purpose. In that spirit, he  has established Louis Gossett Jr’s Eracism Foundation (www.eracismfoundation.org), dedicated to providing young adults with the tools they need to lead a life rich in racial diversity and cultural inclusion.


Gossett  has most recently appeared in  CBS-TV’s Madam Secretary, Extant, and the BET mini-series The Book of Negroes. He will make his feature film directorial debut in 2017.

Travels with My Aunt, The Laughing Policeman, The Deep, Wolfgang Petersen's Enemy Mine and the Iron Eagle series, Toy Soldiers and The Punisher.  In an acting career that spans six decades, he has earned some of the industry’s highest honors in addition to his Oscar,  including Emmys, Golden Globes, and NAACP Image Awards, and  has now added  author, director, and humanitarian to his accomplishments.


Gossett has also had an impressive career in the theater. When he was still in high school and with no formal drama training, he auditioned and won the role of Spencer Scott in Broadway's Take a Giant Step. His New York stage credits also include A Raisin in the Sun, and the musical play, Zulu and the Zayda, as well as the  original cast of Jean Genet's The Blacks alongside James Earl Jones, Roscoe Lee Browne, Cicely Tyson, Godfrey Cambridge and Maya Angelou.


Louis Gossett, Jr  has chosen to dedicate the last phase of his life to communicating with younger generations and transmitting to them the values of community, self-love, and purpose. In that spirit, he  has established Louis Gossett Jr’s Eracism Foundation (www.eracismfoundation.org), dedicated to providing young adults with the tools they need to lead a life rich in racial diversity and cultural inclusion.


Louis Gossett, Jr. has most recently appeared in  CBS-TV’s Madam Secretary, Extant, and the BET mini-series The Book of Negroes. He will make his feature film directorial debut in 2017.