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By Louis Gossett Jr., Phyllis Karas

Award-winning African American actor Lou Gossett Jr. takes an unvarnished examine the daunting demanding situations and remarkable triumphs of his fifty-five yr careerLouis Gossett Jr. is without doubt one of the most useful African American degree and reveal actors, who rose to repute along with his Emmy-winning position 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 ny level showing with Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier in A Raisin within the sunlight, via his lengthy Hollywood profession 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 remove racism and violence and provides our youngsters a greater future.Includes revealing tales and memories related to 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 yank theater and picture heritage, humans, and performancesHighlights the matter of racism in Hollywood and the demanding situations confronted by way of African American actors from the Fifties and Sixties onwardAn Actor and a Gentleman penetrates the fame glitz and glamour to provide a decent, heartfelt portrayal of the African American adventure either in Hollywood and the hot York theater international, as advised by way of one of many nation's so much enduring and hugely esteemed actors.

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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 took her advice seriously and decided to become a doctor. When I was growing up, I’d been devastated to see so many family members die too soon, cousins older and younger than me.

I also suspect that he’d had no intention of becoming a father so early in his relationship with my mother. It wasn’t until I was a grown man that I discovered that my birth certificate had been altered; my real birth date was several months before the birthday I’d always celebrated. ” My parents obviously “had” to get married. But regardless of how my dad became a father, he always made sure there was food on our plates and a roof over our heads. He was the perfect example of the African American father and husband I would like to salute today — the one who does not make headlines, the one whom our new president acknowledged in a speech after his election, asking that African 24 twice as good American men accept the responsibilities of taking care of their families.

The South was our natural habitat; there we could live a simpler life where money wasn’t as important as fresh food and making sure the children had the love and support they needed. The farm itself disappeared from our family when my Uncle Guvnor died, and the sheriff showed up with a dog and a shotgun and told my aunt she had to leave. He claimed the taxes hadn’t been paid on the land, and poor Aunt Sib, who couldn’t read or write, had no way to dispute his claims. The sheriff found Aunt Sib a small apartment in Athens and told her never to go back to the farm.

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