Louis Gossett Jr.


Louis Gossett Jr. Trivia


  • Trivia

    • In 1998, Louis was nominated an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special playing Frank Crosby / Richard and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Special in his work on  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.

  • Quotes

    • 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.