Fri, 03/29/2024

Remembering Louis Gossett, Jr.

Louis Gossett Jr.

We’re sad to learn that actor Louis Gossett, Jr. has passed away at the age of 87. Gossett studied at the Actors Studio before going on to celebrated parts on television, stage, and screen. He won an Emmy for his role as “Fiddler” in the groundbreaking miniseries Roots and was nominated for seven more Emmys, most recently in 2020 for his role in Watchmen.

Below are some selections from his 2018 interview:

On creating the character of “Fiddler” in Roots:

On seeking out socially conscious roles:

On advice for aspiring actors:

Watch Louis Gossett, Jr.’s full interview, which was produced in a joint venture with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and read his obituary in Variety.