Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. dies at age 87


Actor Louis Gosset Jr. - attends the 2019 Bounce TV Trumpet Awards on January 19th 2019 at the Cobb Energy Performance Arts Center in Atlanta^ Ga - USA

Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. has died at age 87.  Gossett Jr.’s household stated in a press release obtained and shared by PEOPLE: “It’s with our heartfelt remorse to substantiate our beloved father handed away this morning. We wish to thank everybody for his or her condolences at the moment. Please respect the household’s privateness throughout this troublesome time.”

Gossett’s first cousin Neal L. Gossett informed The Related Press that the actor died in Santa Monica, California, with a press release from the household sharing that Gossett died Friday morning. No explanation for dying was revealed, nonetheless, Gossett battled prostate most cancers and respiratory sickness brought on by poisonous mildew in his former residence previous to his dying.

Gossett was greatest recognized for his Emmy award profitable work in Roots and for his Oscar-winning efficiency within the 1982 movie An Officer and a Gentleman, wherein he portrayed Sgt. Emil Foley.  Gossett’s win for Greatest Supporting Actor made him the primary Black man to earn an Academy Awards in that class. Different notable roles embrace  his Golden Globe-winning efficiency as Sidney Williams within the HBO movie The Josephine Baker Story.

Gossett’s most up-to-date credit embrace Will Reeves within the HBO sequence Watchmen and Ol’ Mister within the 2023 adaptation of The Shade Purple.  Gossett was married 3 times and is survived by two sons — Satie, a producer-director from his second marriage (to Christina Mangosing, which resulted in divorce in 1975), and son Sharron, a chef whom Gossett adopted at 7-years-old. Gossett can also be survived by his first cousin, actor Robert Gossett.

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