Louis Gossett Jr.
Birthday: May 27, 1936 Birth
Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Height: 6' 4"
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Gossett made his professional acting debut at the age of 17, winning the Donaldson Award as best newcomer to theatre. He went to NYU on a basketball scholarship and was invited to try out for the NY Knicks, yet he decided to continue his acting career with a role in the Broadway production of "A Raisin in the Sun".
Conceived and co-wrote the well known song "Handsome Johnny" with Richie Havens. As the opening act for the original Woodstock, Havens performed "Handsome Johnny", as the 8th song in that historic first set. According to Havens, "...(Gossett) had gotten it up to the 'Dunkirk war'...I brought it up to date..." (From liner notes in The Best of Richie Havens CD, 1993)
Was named as "King of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1990
He and his ex-wife, Cyndi James Gossett, have an adopted son.
Along with Stacy Keach, he was one of two actors considered for the role of the SGC's new commanding officer, General Hank Landry, on "Stargate SG-1" (1997). The role instead went to Beau Bridges however Gossett was cast as a Jaffa leader named Gerak.
He was the first male to be shown giving birth on screen, as Jeriba "Jerry" Shigan in _Enemy Mine (1983)_ .
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