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In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

so sad!

Louis Gossett Jr., 'An Officer and a Gentleman' Oscar Winner, Dead at 87 (people.com)

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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

Great actor. Icon. He lived a long life.
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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

Enemy Mine is still a favorite. And Jaws 3D.
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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

Sad news. Gossett Jr.seemed to be a staple in our house when I was growing up. He seemed to be in ALL the movies my dad watched on Saturday afternoons.
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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

An Officer and a Gentleman is where i knew him best. just classic performance that earned a much deserved Oscar.
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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

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An Officer and a Gentleman is where i knew him best. just classic performance that earned a much deserved Oscar.
Yeah first time I remember seeing him as well. Such a powerful performance that stuck with long after the movie was over.

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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

Late in his career, he was great in Watchmen on HBO.
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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

An Officer and Gentleman was his career best and giving is long career he wasn't in a lot good stuff, but there are a few other roles I really liked, A Gathering of Old Men, Enemy Mine, Diggstown and Roots.
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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

He was in Iron Beag...I mean Iron Eagle, I remember enjoying the heck out of at least the first film or two in that series when I was a kid. I could swear that I might have seen the first film in the series in a theater, but it has been over 35(!) years since that film was released so my memory of seeing it in a theater is a wee bit fuzzy.

I never did watch An Officer and Gentleman or even Roots all the way to completion (Roots was on my family TV when I was growing up, but I was too young to have really internalized any memories of this tv event series). His roles in Jaws 3D, Iron Eagle, schlocky stuff like that, I eat that stuff up and have fond memories of him as an actor in those films and some of the tv stuff he did.

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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

Yeah Iron Eagle is a guilty pleasure especially when I was a kid. Watched it again within the last 2 years.

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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

RIP. Always enjoyed seeing him in movies over the years. Enemy Mine, Jaws 3D and Iron Eagle were all childhood favorites of mine.
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Rest in peace to the greatest Drac in the galaxy.
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RIP Gunnery Sgt Foley...
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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

RIP Louis.
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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

The man could elevate any project he was in.
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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

The first performances I think of in reviewing his career are his cop portrayals in THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN (1973) and THE CHOIRBOYS (1977) and the preacher with a secret he plays in J.D.'S REVENGE (1976), with his former Broadway co-star (from the original cast of "A Raisin in the Sun"), Glynn Turman. And on TV, Fiddler in "Roots."
People Magazine did a profile of him earlier this year in its January 22, 2024 issue. He was still going strong.
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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

Louis Gossett Jr. will always be best known to me as "Chappy" Sinclair from the Iron Eagle movies. I know the 1st one was a rip-off of Top Gun and the rest were forgettable straight to video movies. I know in the film world he will mostly be known for An Officer and a Gentlemen. Enemy Mine was also another solid one he did even though he was in prosthetic makeup.

I first became aware of him when I was around 9 on some cheesy 80s show called "The Powers of Matthew Star" I have zero recollection of it, but I remember seeing bits of it as a kid on NBC. In the late 90s, I remember watching him in the Showtime "The Inspectors" cable movies where he was the co-lead with Jonathan Silverman. They were pretty successful back then.

It's pretty amazing that he continued to work well into his late 80s. I last watched him act on the recent Color Purple musical update. And I see on IMDB he has a few more roles he filmed before his death.

RIP He had a pretty long career in Hollywood. Not everything he did was good, but he was a memorable actor.
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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

RIP

It was not his best movie Enemy Mine would air in a loop on HBO back in the 80's.

For some reason I thought he was on Sesame Street too but that was just a guy who looked like him.
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Re: In Memoriam...Louis Gossett Jr. (1936-2024)

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
Sad news. Gossett Jr.seemed to be a staple in our house when I was growing up. He seemed to be in ALL the movies my dad watched on Saturday afternoons.
Same, my Father would usually only go to the theater for movies he was in - I remember that clearly growing up "who's in it?" lol

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