By Louis Gossett Jr., Phyllis Karas
Award-winning African American actor Lou Gossett Jr. takes an unvarnished examine the daunting demanding situations and exceptional triumphs of his fifty-five 12 months careerLouis Gossett Jr. is among the most dear African American degree and monitor 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 manhattan degree showing with Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier in A Raisin within the sunlight, via his lengthy Hollywood occupation operating along numerous stars, together with Marilyn Monroe and Dennis Quaid. He writes frankly of his fight to get top 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 recollections related to well-known 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 means of African American actors from the Nineteen 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 hot York theater international, as advised by way of one of many nation's such a lot enduring and hugely esteemed actors.
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When word was out that there would be gang activity or any sort of trouble, I was sent out of town, to stay with relatives in Georgia or, equally wonderful, in the Bahamas. Those annual summer trips to Georgia were motivated, in part, by an attempt to help me avoid the race riots that erupted as the temperatures rose. It was a concerted effort on the part of my cousins to keep me far away from the gang ﬁghts. No one could touch me. My slate was to be clean. If someone was gunning for me on those streets, my cousins would deﬂect the bullets — literally.
It was more than possible that I had also been Othello. John Stix made sure I saw lots of movies that summer, especially ﬁlms by Orson Welles and those starring Laurence Olivier. John always pointed out which movies were good and which were not. But no matter which movie or book or play everyone in the house exposed me to, these theater people were relentless. I was there to learn — as much as they could teach me in ten weeks. During one of my parents’ visits, I decided that I’d had enough and begged to come home, but my mother insisted I stay.
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. Although up to this time Shakespeare’s plays had bored me, his sonnets blew me away. They were the best poetry I had ever read. I used to memorize them and let them carry me off to places I could never have even imagined. ” have never left my mind.
An Actor and a Gentleman by Louis Gossett Jr., Phyllis Karas