LOUIS GOSSETT JR.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Today in Black History, 5/27/2013 - Louis Gossett, Jr. won the 1982 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “An Officer and a Gentleman,” making him the first black male to win an Oscar in a supporting role. For more info, check out today's notes!
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Louis Gossett, Jr., TV and film actor. He is best known for his Academy Award-winning role as Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, and his Emmy Award-winning role as Fiddler in the ABC television miniseries Roots. He was the first African-American male to win an Academy Award in a supporting role, the second to win for acting, and the third to win overall.