Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lou Gossett Jr - An Actor and A Gentleman

Wed. Feb. 22, 2012

November 8, 2010
Lou Gossett Jr. Author, Actor, Activist
Phyllis Karas Biographer, Professor of Journalism
Lou Gossett, Jr. is one of the most respected African American stage and screen actors, rising to fame with his Emmy-winning role in the television miniseries Roots and Oscar-winning performance in An Officer and a Gentleman. From his early success on the New York stage appearing with Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier in A Raisin in the Sun and through most of his long career in Hollywood, he has struggled to get leading roles and fair pay as a black actor. Gossett speaks frankly of his problem with drugs and alcohol that took years to overcome and his current work to eradicate racism and violence and give our children a better future. He is joined by his writer, Phyllis Karas, biographer and professor of journalism.
Presented by WGBH and Ford Hall Forum

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