Louis Gossett Jr.
Born on May 27, 1936
From Brooklyn, New York
Louis Gossett Jr. as "Mathu"
Following the death of a racist white farmer, suspicions fly about the murderer's identity. Soon, elderly black man Mathu (Louis Gossett Jr.), a local sharecropper, is pegged as the prime suspect. Concerned about the threat of a lynch mob, Mathu's kind boss, Candy Marshall (Holly Hunter), gathers his friends and co-workers together to protect him. When all Mathu's fellow old men confess to the crime, it makes the investigation by Sheriff Mapes (Richard Widmark) that much trickier.
|Emmy (Primetime) (1987)||Nominated||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie|
Louis Gossett Jr. as "Gunnery Sgt. Emil Foley"
Zack Mayo (Richard Gere), a new member of the U.S. Navy, has a bad attitude. When he signs up for the Aviation Academy, he is met with the strict leadership of Sgt. Emil Foley (Louis Gossett Jr.), who gives Zack a rude awakening in terms of relating with other people. Through Foley's guidance -- and an unexpected romance with Paula (Debra Winger), an outsider who hangs around the naval base -- Zack learns some tough lessons and discovers what he truly wants out of life.
|Academy Award (1982)||Won||Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Golden Globe (1982)||Won||Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture|