In 1998,Â Louis was nominated an Emmy Award forÂ Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special playingÂ Frank Crosby / Richard and won an Emmy Award forÂ Outstanding Children's Special in his work on Â In His Father's Shoes.
In 2004, Louis was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Temecula Valley International Film Festival.
In 2001, Louis was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award at the Satellite Awards in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for his role in the television movie The Color of Love: Jacey's Story.
In 1984, Louis was nominated for a Razzie Award at the Razzie Awards in the category of Worst Supporting Actor
for his role in the 1983 film Jaws 3-D.
In 1986, Louis was nominated for a Saturn Award at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA for his role in the 1985 film Enemy Mine.
In 1983, Louis won an Oscar in the category of Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman.
Lou beat out 400 candidates to land his first theatrical role in Take a Giant Step. He was 16.
Louis's height is 6' 4" (1.93m).
He and Stacy Keach were both considered for the role of General Hank Landry on Stargate SG-1 but they both lost out to Beau Bridges. Gossett still ended up on the show anyway as he was cast as a Jaffa leader named Gerak.
At the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1990, Gossett was named "King of Brooklyn".
All This In 1936: While not particularly well known as a singer, Gossett performed "Elevator Of Fate," the title tune from the three-part public television production Straight Up, in which he starred with a pre-Dr. Quinn Chad Allen. Moreover, Lou was born just one month before singer-actor Kris Kristofferson (and just one month after actor-director Dennis Hopper).
He and his ex-wife, Cyndi James Gossett, have an adopted son.
Louis: If a role isn't different, it's not worth doing.
Lou: Violence is a war, and the energy we exert on war, I would like to pray that energy gets reverted back to a communal effort to save the planet. So perhaps in my own small way I can generate some energy toward the salvation of the planet because when we win a war we win a dying planet.
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