Louis Gossett Jr. Bio, Ethnicity, Age, Height, Affair, Divorce

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This article is about Louis Gossett Jr, who is an influencial actor in the States. To find out more about him, continue reading.

Who is Louis Gossett Jr.?

Louis Gossett Jr. is an American stage, screen, and television character actor.

He is best recognized for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film, An Officer and a Gentleman.

Louis Gossett Jr.: Age, Family, Siblings, Ethnicity

Louis was born on May 27, 1936, as Louis Cameron Gossett Jr. He hails from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.

He is the son of Louis Gossett Sr. (father) and Hellen Rebecca (mother). His father is a porter whereas his mother is a nurse by profession.

He is of American nationality and belongs to the African-American ethnicity.


Talking about his academics, he went to Mark Twain Intermediate School 239 and later transfer to Abraham Lincoln High School, graduating in 1954. Louis then joined New York University.

Louis Gossett Jr.: Professional Life, Career

  • At the age of 17, Louis made his stage debut in a school production of You Can’t Take It with You. He played the role of Spencer Scott in Broadway’s Take a Giant Step, replacing Bill Gunn.
  • In 1958, he made his first television appearance in an episode of The Big Story as Jamie Goodwin. He made a big-screen debut through Daniel Petrie’s film, A Raisin in the Sun where he portrayed the role of George in 1961.
  • In the following years, he guest-starred in several TV shows such as The Nurses, Cowboy in Africa, The Invaders, Saktari, and more.
  • He played Paulus in the Broadway musical play ‘The Zulu and the Zayda’ in 1965. In 1968, he was cast in the role of Lieutenant Adam McKay in the NBC television film, Companions in Nightmare.
  • Furthermore, he has featured in the films like An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Jaws 3-D (1983), Finders Keepers (1984), Enemy Mine (1985), A Gathering of Old Men (1987), Left Behind: World at War (2005), and more.
  • Recently, he made an appearance in the film, Not To Forget which aims to raise awareness and funds for the fight against Alzheimer’s in 2021.

Awards, Nomination

Louis has been nominated and won numerous awards throughout his career till date. Some of them are,

Years Awards Category Result
2001 Satellite Awards Best Performance in a Miniseries, The Color of Love: Jacey’s Story Nominated
2004 Temecula Valley International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award Won
2004 Image Awards (NAACP) Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie, Jasper, Texas Nominated
2012 Image Awards (NAACP) Outstanding Actor in a TV movie, The Least Among You Nominated
2012 WorldFest Houston Remi Lifetime Achievement Won
2020 INOCA Best Supporting Actor Nominated

Rumors, Controversy

As of now, Louis hasn’t been part of any sorts of rumors and scandals that create headlines in the media. He stays miles away from such controversial matters.

Louis Gossett Jr.: Net Worth, Salary

The actor is living a lavish lifestyle. As of 2022,  he has accumulated an estimated net worth of $5 million throughout his successful acting career.

He sold a 2800-square-foot house in Malibu for $3.25 million in September 2018.

Body Measurement: Height, Weight

Talking about Louis’s physical appearance, he has a dark complexion. Likewise, he has a towering height of 6 feet 1 inch. He is bald and he has a brown pair of eyes.

However, his weight and other body measurement are still under review.

Social Media

The actor is active on Instagram under the username @iamlouisgossettjr where he has more than 2.9k followers. He has a verified Twitter account with 9.6k followers.

Louis is also active on Facebook with 1k followers. He has also shared his phone number +1 310-457-5799.

Relationship Facts of Louis Gossett Jr.

  • Louis Gossett Jr. is not having an affair with anyone presently.
  • His sexual orientation is straight.
  • He has been married three times to date.


  • His nickname is Lou.
  • As of 2021, Louis is 85 years old.
  • His Sun sign is Gemini.
  • Throughout his acting career, he often plays military commanders and authority figures.
  • In 1990, he was named as “King of Brooklyn” at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival.
  • Louis is the first cousin of Robert Gossett.
  • He was diagnosed with prostate cancer on February 8, 2010.
  • Louis is a good friend of John Amos, Esther Rolle, and Cicely Tyson.
  • He has founded the foundation, Eracism which is devoted to eradicating racism.



1. Is Louis Gossett Jr still making movies?
 He is best known for his performance as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

2. What is Louis Gossett’s Net Worth?

$5 Million

3. How old is Louis Gossett?

 85 years old(May 27, 1936)

4. What is Morgan Freeman’s age?
84 Years old

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