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Louis Gossett Jr, First Black Man to Win Supporting Actor Oscar, Dies at 87

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Louis Gossett Jr., the first Black man to win the best supporting actor Oscar, has passed away at the age of 87. The New York-born actor achieved this historic milestone in 1982 for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the film “An Officer and a Gentleman”

Gossett’s career spanned over six decades, during which he left an incredible mark on the entertainment industry.

Gossett also won an Emmy in 1978 for his portrayal in the ground-breaking TV mini-series “Roots”, which explored the painful history of slavery.

He made his Broadway debut as a teenager and starred in productions such as “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Golden Boy”.

Gossett continued acting into later life, with his last role in the 2023 musical remake of “The Color Purple”. In this reimagining of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, he played Ol’ Mister Johnson, the father of Albert “Mister” Johnson (portrayed by Colman Domingo).

Colman Domingo, who worked alongside Gossett in “The Color Purple”, described him as “a true great” and “a true legend.” Fantasia Barrino, who played the lead character Celie in the film, expressed her gratitude for Gossett’s contributions, saying he had “paved the way for black actors and actresses”.

Louis Gossett Jr. passed away in Santa Monica, California. His cousin, Neal L. Gossett, confirmed the actor’s death. However, the specific cause of death has not been revealed.

Louis Gossett Jr.’s legacy will continue to inspire generations of artists and audiences alike. May he rest in peace.

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