Actor Louis Gossett Jr., Oscar winner for 'An Officer and a Gentleman', dies at 87 | Culture | EUROtoday

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He will all the time be remembered because the intimidating teacher of the Marines in Officer and gentleman (1982. Challenge to future, in Latin America). With his shiny bald head and his wiry physique, he gave Richard Gere and the opposite officer candidates a tough time. For that efficiency he gained an Oscar as a supporting actor, the primary black man to win it on this class and the second black actor to win a statuette, after Sidney Poitier for greatest main actor in 1964. The American performer Louis Gossett Jr ., one of the crucial acknowledged supporting actors in American cinema through the Eighties, has died on the age of 87. He was additionally highly regarded for the warfare film franchise metal eagle.

The actor's loss of life has been confirmed by his nephew to the TMZ information portal and later verified by his household in a press release collected by CNN. “We are with all our hearts sorry to confirm that our beloved father passed away this morning. We would like to thank everyone who has sent us their condolences. Please respect the privacy of the family during this difficult time,” the actor's household stated, however has not reported the reason for loss of life. Gossett introduced in 2010 that he had prostate most cancers.

Louis Gossett, Jr. at an awards show in Pasadena, California, in February 2016.
Louis Gossett, Jr. at an awards present in Pasadena, California, in February 2016. Danny Moloshok (REUTERS)

Born on May 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York, Gossett made his Broadway debut in 1953 at simply 16 years outdated. He studied on the well-known Actors Studio, the place he met James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Landau and Steve McQueen. In 1959, Gossett obtained vital popularity of his function within the Broadway manufacturing A spot within the solar, the place he met Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee and Diana Sands. In 1978 she gained an Emmy for the sequence Roots. Gossett earned six different Emmy nominations all through her lengthy profession engaged on sequence. He additionally labored in Boardwalk Empire in 2013, enjoying a mentor to Chalky.

When he obtained the Oscar in 1983, he hoped to make the leap up the class and play main roles, nevertheless it was the opposite method round: they solely supplied him secondary jobs. This scenario turned irritating. “There were times when I wanted to give up my acting career completely. Because my job was basically fulfilling Hollywood stereotypes about black people and all the mocking mentality that came with that,” he stated. For the function of Officer and Gentleman, directed by Taylor Hackford educated for 30 days on the Marine Corps Recruiting Division, north of San Diego. “I knew I had to go through at least some degree of this comprehensive transformation,” he stated.

For a few years he needed to struggle drug and alcohol habit.

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