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Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr. May 27, 1936 (age 75) Brooklyn, New York, United States

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Although he was picked to play for the New York Knicks, Louis Gossett Jr. decided instead to pursue an acting career, making his Broadway debut in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun in 1959. In 1983, he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in An Officer and a Gentleman. Gossett has also had great success on television, earning an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe.

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Academy Award Winning Black Actors Louis Gossett Jr. | Loop21

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Best Supporting Actor: Louis Gossett Jr

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