Louis Gossett, Jr.
Mr. Louis Gossett Jr. is one of the most treasured and respected American African (his preferred terminology which will be discussed, tune in!) actors of stage, screen, and television. One of our most talented artists, he made his Broadway debut at age seventeen in "Take a Giant Step" winning the Donaldson Award as the year's best newcomer. His Emmy-wining 1977 performance in the landmark miniseries "Roots" made him a star, and in 1982 he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "An Officer and a Gentleman." In 2006 he launched Eracism Foundation, a foundation dedicated to eradicating racism, violence, and ignorance and especially to creating programs to give at-risk children a helping hand. He was heavily involved in campaigning for Barack Obama, especially raising money and involving other celebrities in the campaign.