Louis Gossett Jr., 1st Black Man To Win Supporting Actor Oscar, Passes Away At 87

Louis Gossett Jr., the trailblazing actor known for his roles in “Roots” and “An Officer and a Gentleman,” has passed away at 87. Gossett’s nephew confirmed his death in Santa Monica, California, with no cause revealed.

Gossett’s career started with early success in high school and Broadway. He made his Broadway debut at age 16 and later became a star on Broadway, replacing Billy Daniels in “Golden Boy” with Sammy Davis Jr.

He faced racism in Hollywood but persevered, winning an Oscar and an Emmy. His legacy lives on in his impactful performances. Gossett’s success from a young age, led to his Academy Award for “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

Despite facing racism, his personal struggles , COVID, and prostate cancer Gossett’s legacy as a trailblazing actor and advocate for Black representation in Hollywood endures. He is survived by his sons, Satie and Sharron, whom he adopted, and his first cousin is actor Robert Gossett.

He leaves behind a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.