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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr.

Hickey, Matthew; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Actor Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr. was born on May 27, 1936, in Sheepshead Bay, New York. At Abraham Lincoln High School, Gossett was in the Broadway production of Take a Giant Step, and won the Donaldson Award for his performance. After graduation, Gossett enrolled at New York University on a basketball scholarship. At 6'4", Gossett was later drafted by the New York Knickerbockers in 1958. Deciding to forego sports for acting, Gossett studied at The Actors Studio with John Sticks and Peggy Fury. In 1977, Gossett won an Emmy for his portrayal of Fiddler in Alex Haley's Roots. In 1982, he received an Academy Award for his role as Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman; and, in 1991, Gossett won a Golden Globe Award for his performance in HBO's The Josephine Baker Story. Gossett also started the Eracism Foundation, creating entertainment that educates on issues of racism, ignorance, and societal apathy.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
227 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr.
Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr.
Credits
Videographer, Matthew Hickey.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Malibu, California 2005 March 30.
Recorded Malibu, California 2005 April 25.
Description
1 online resource (8 video files (3 hr., 46 min., 32 sec.)) : sound, color
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