Louis Gossett Jr. Dies: ‘Roots’ & ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ Actor Was 87

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, Louis Gossett Jr., 1982.
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Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. has died, the performer known for roles in RootsAn Officer and a Gentleman, and Watchmen was 87 years old.

News of Gossett Jr.’s death was announced on the Associated Press where his nephew shared the news that the actor died Thursday night in Santa Monica, California. No cause of death has been revealed at this time.