By Louis Gossett Jr., Phyllis Karas
Award-winning African American actor Lou Gossett Jr. takes an unvarnished examine the daunting demanding situations and tremendous triumphs of his fifty-five yr careerLouis Gossett Jr. is among the most valuable African American level and reveal actors, who rose to reputation together with his Emmy-winning function within the tv miniseries Roots and Oscar-winning functionality in An Officer and a Gentleman. Now he tells the tale of his fifty-plus years within the leisure world—from his early luck at the big apple level showing with Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier in A Raisin within the solar, via his lengthy Hollywood occupation operating along numerous stars, together with Marilyn Monroe and Dennis Quaid. He writes frankly of his fight to get best roles and reasonable pay as a black guy in Hollywood, his issues of medicinal drugs and alcohol that took years to beat, and his present paintings to get rid of racism and violence and provides our kids a greater future.Includes revealing tales and memories regarding recognized performers, together with Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, Shirley sales space, Sammy Davis Jr., Steve McQueen, Richard Gere, Maggie Smith, Halle Berry, and Gena RowlandsSpans part a century of yankee theater and picture background, humans, and performancesHighlights the matter of racism in Hollywood and the demanding situations confronted by way of African American actors from the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties onwardAn Actor and a Gentleman penetrates the fame glitz and glamour to provide a good, heartfelt portrayal of the African American event either in Hollywood and the recent York theater international, as instructed by way of one of many nation's so much enduring and hugely esteemed actors.
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My father worked for that company, and somehow I was introduced to Mrs. Steers. She wrote me a few letters, in the most beautiful handwriting I’d ever seen, and made it a point to reach out and talk to me. “Your father and mother are good people,” she told me when I was in high school. ” She followed all of my activities and accomplishments and told my 27 an actor and a gentleman father that if I didn’t get a scholarship to college, she would pay my tuition. When I did get the scholarship to New York University, she told me to consider law or medicine.
I grew even taller that summer, and, at ﬁrst, all I wanted was to shoot hoops in the big yard and swim in the pool. There were frequent barbecues, and I did have time to swim in the pool and play basketball with some of my teachers. Best of all, the house had the most incredible library I had ever seen. It was to this room, completely lined with books from top to bottom, that I headed every evening after my classes ended. Obviously, my teachers knew what they were doing and left dozens of books lying around, especially those by Chekhov, Ibsen, and Shakespeare.
If you got one of those, there would be hell to pay. I learned early to do whatever it took to make sure I didn’t get one of those notes. 31 an actor and a gentleman The athletic prowess of the kids I grew up with was legendary. Once when I was about fourteen and playing for the Sugar Rays, the team sponsored by Sugar Ray Robinson (who was happily sponsored by the Maﬁa), I was up against Sandy Koufax, who was pitching for the Parkviews Fuel Company. All I knew that day was that this pitcher threw 100 miles per hour, and the day before had sent a kid to the hospital with his fastball.