May 27, 1936 Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr., stage, film, and television actor, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Gossett earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 1959. Gossett made his Broadway debut in 1953 in “Take a Giant Step” and his film debut in 1961 in “A Raisin in the Sun.” Other Broadway credits include “Golden Boy” (1964) and “Chicago” (2002). In 1977, Gossett won an Emmy Award for his performance in the television mini-series “Roots.” He was also nominated for an Emmy for his title role in “Sadat” in 1983. In 1982, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “An Officer and a Gentleman,” making him the first African American male to win an Oscar in a supporting role and the second black male to win for acting. Other film roles include “Iron Eagle” (1986), “Legend of the Mummy” (1997), and “Why Did I Get Married Too?” (2010). Gossett is an alumnus of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and continues to work with the organization.