An Actor and a Gentleman by Louis Gossett Jr., Phyllis Karas

By Louis Gossett Jr., Phyllis Karas

Award-winning African American actor Lou Gossett Jr. takes an unvarnished examine the daunting demanding situations and fantastic triumphs of his fifty-five yr careerLouis Gossett Jr. is without doubt one of the most beneficial African American degree and display actors, who rose to popularity 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 big apple degree 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 prime roles and reasonable pay as a black guy in Hollywood, his issues of medications and alcohol that took years to beat, and his present paintings to remove 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 movie historical past, humans, and performancesHighlights the matter of racism in Hollywood and the demanding situations confronted via 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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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. By the end of that summer, I was glad I had.

Years later, when I met Floyd and related what 39 an actor and a gentleman had nearly happened to me, he broke into tears. “It could have ruined two lives forever,” he said as he hugged me. I wasn’t terribly scared by the whole scene until I got home that evening, and the thought of what might have happened overwhelmed me. It made me despise violence even more, especially glamorized violence, so much of which I would see later in life. During those days, I was living a Walter Mitty fantasy life, dreaming that I could be the Green Hornet or Captain Marvel or anyone I wanted.

They always hurt the ones they loved the most, following the same patterns as many of their Southern relatives and leaving a legacy of broken bottles and crushed spirits that I would regretfully and helplessly continue. At that time, however, we children weren’t allowed to drink with them. Since I couldn’t stand the taste of the liquor, that was no problem for me. For us kids, the way to get rid of the same devil was to join our parents in their spirited hearty dances, the Lindy Hop, the Boogie Woogie, dances that would lose their fun spirit and turn wilder.

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