Louis Gossett, Jr.
Louis Gossett
Veteran TV/film actor Louis Gossett, Jr. made two guest appearances on "Good Times", in different roles.
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1936-05-27) May 27, 1936 (age 81)
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Career/Family Information
Actor, Voice actor, Director, Screenwriter and Producer
Character information
Appeared on: Good Times
Character played: Donald Knight in "Thelma's Young Man" (Season 1)
Uncle Wilbert in "Michael's Big Fall" (Season 3)

Louis Gossett, Jr. (born May 27, 1936) made two guest appearances on Good Times; first as Donald Knight, a new boyfriend of Thelma's who's closer to James's age in "Thelma's Young Man" in Season 1 and then as Uncle Wilbert, Florida's younger brother, in "Michael's Big Fall" in Season 3. Louis is perhaps best known for his role in the 1982 Oscar-Winning film An Officer and a Gentleman, and his role as Fiddler in the 1977 Emmy Award-winning ABC-TV miniseries Roots.


Lou is also well known for his role in the Iron Eagle film series. Gossett stepped into the world of cinema in the Sidney Poitier vehicle A Raisin in the Sun in 1961.

Since his film debut, Gossett has starred in numerous film productions such as The Deep, An Officer and a Gentleman, Jaws 3-D (as SeaWorld manager Calvin Bouchard), Enemy Mine, the Iron Eagle series, Toy Soldiers and The Punisher. His role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman, where he appeared opposite Richard Gere and Debra Winger showcased his talent and won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1986, he starred in another role as a military man in the film Iron Eagle with bodybuilder/actress Rachel McLish. It was followed by three sequels.


Gossett's Broadway theatre credits include A Raisin in the Sun (1959), Golden Boy (1964), and Chicago (2002).


He also has performed in other media, including television productions. His Emmy award-winning role of "Fiddler" in the 1977 groundbreaking television miniseries Roots first brought Gossett to the audience's attention. In 1983, he was cast in the title role in Sadat, a miniseries which chronicled the life and assassination of Anwar Sadat. While filming An Officer and a Gentleman, Gossett was also starring in the 1982–1983 NBC-TV science fiction series, The Powers of Matthew Star. He also played the role of US President Gerald Fitzhugh in the movie Left Behind: World at War.

Other workEdit

Gossett is the voice of the Vortigaunts in the video game Half-Life 2 (although he did not return for a later installment in the series, "Half-Life 2: Episode Two") and is also the Free Jaffa Leader (Gerak) in Season 9 of Stargate SG-1. He also provides the voice of Lucius Fox in The Batman. He recorded several commercials for a Nashville-based diabetic company, AmMed Direct, LLC.

In 1997 Lou presented When Animals Attack! 4, a one hour special on Fox.

He also co-wrote the antiwar folk song "Handsome Johnny" with Richie Havens.

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