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Oscar-winning star Louis Gossett Jr. breathes his last at 87

Louis Gossett Jr. became the third black actor to be nominated for an Oscar in the supporting actor category

Javeria Ahmed

Oscar-winning star Louis Gossett Jr. breathes his last at 87

Louis Gossett Jr. became the third black actor to be nominated for an Oscar in the supporting actor category

Oscar-winning star Louis Gossett Jr. breathes his last at 87
Oscar-winning star Louis Gossett Jr. breathes his last at 87

Louis Gossett Jr., the actor known for his iconic role in An Officer and a Gentleman and his Oscar-winning performance, has passed away at the age of 87.

The family officially announced the tragic news of the actor’s passing through a statement, confirming the death, "It is with our heartfelt regret to confirm our beloved father passed away this morning.”

It added further, "We would like to thank everyone for their condolences at this time. Please respect the family's privacy during this difficult time."

In 1983, the Roots star became the third black actor to be nominated for an Oscar in the supporting actor category.

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Louis won the award for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the movie An Officer And A Gentleman alongside Richard Gere and Debra Winger in 1982.

He opened up about his triumph in his 2010 memoir, An Actor and a Gentleman, Louis wrote: "More than anything, it was a huge affirmation of my position as a Black actor."

For film expert Dave Karger's 2024 book, 50 Oscar Nights, he penned his thoughts, "The Oscar gave me the ability of being able to choose good parts in movies like Enemy Mine, Sadat, and Iron Eagle."

Louis’ last performance was in the 2023 musical remake of The Color Purple, in which he played patriarch Ol' Mister Johnson, starring alongside Halle Bailey, Danielle Brooks, and Colman Domingo.

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