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Louis Gossett Jr., the first Black man to win supporting actor Oscar, dies

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  • Louis Gossett Jr. dies.
  • He was the first Black man to win a supporting actor Oscar.
  • His distinguished career in film and television.

Louis Gossett Jr., the first Black man to win an Oscar for best supporting actor, passed away at the age of 87 in California.

The actor, also an Emmy winner, died in Santa Monica on Friday morning for reasons that have not been disclosed by the family.

«It is with our heartfelt regret to confirm our beloved father passed away this morning.»

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«We would like to thank everyone for their condolences at this time. Please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.»

This was shared by Louis Gossett Jr.’s publicist in the wake of the actor’s death.

Gossett won an Academy Award for his role as Marine instructor Emil Foley in the movie An Officer and a Gentleman (1982).

He co-starred with Richard Gere and Debra Winger.

He had a long and distinguished career

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When he received the Oscar, at 46 years of age, Louis Gossett Jr. was the first Black actor to win in the best supporting actor category.

He was the third Black Oscar winner after Hattie McDaniel and Sidney Poitier, who passed away in January 2022.

Previously, Gossett Jr. won an Emmy Award for his role as Fiddler in Roots.

It was an acclaimed 1977 television miniseries.

He discovered acting at a young age

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Born in 1936 in Brooklyn, New York, Louis Cameron Gossett Jr. made his Broadway debut at 17 while still a high school student.

His first big-screen appearance was in 1961, in the film A Raisin in the Sun, alongside Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee.

In those years, he continued his journey on Broadway stages, with works like Tambourines to Glory and The Zulu and the Zayda, among others.

His filmography includes titles like The Landlord (1970), The Deep (1977), and more recently Curse of the Starving Class (1994).

Louis Gossett Jr. also appeared on television

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Furthermore, Louis Gossett Jr. was a recurring face on the small screen, where he appeared in over a hundred series.

In 1989, he starred as the title character in Gideon Oliver.

Last year, he was in the movie The Color Purple, an adaptation of the Broadway musical.

The actor is survived by his two children, Satie and Sharron Gossett, and several grandchildren.

A final farewell to the actor

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It didn’t take long for social media to be flooded with farewell messages for Louis Gossett Jr.

His cousin remembered a man who walked with Nelson Mandela and who was also a great storyteller.

“Never mind the awards, never mind the glitz and glamor, the Rolls-Royces and the big houses in Malibu. It’s about the humanity of the people that he stood for.”

According to The Associated Press, in 2010 he announced that he had prostate cancer, which was detected in its early stages. In 2020 he was hospitalized for COVID-19.

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