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 extraordinary triumphs of his fifty-five 12 months careerLouis Gossett Jr. is without doubt one of the most beneficial African American degree and reveal 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 good fortune at the big apple 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 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 eliminate racism and violence and provides our youngsters a greater future.Includes revealing tales and recollections 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 yankee theater and picture historical past, humans, and performancesHighlights the matter of racism in Hollywood and the demanding situations confronted through African American actors from the Fifties and Nineteen 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 means of one of many nation's such a lot enduring and hugely esteemed actors.

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They were pleased to see that I was on a big farm and that I was eating fresh vegetables and drinking lots of milk. I grew even taller that summer, and, at first, all I wanted was to shoot hoops in the big yard and swim in the pool. There were frequent barbecues, and I did have time to swim in the pool and play basketball with some of my teachers. Best of all, the house had the most incredible library I had ever seen. It was to this room, completely lined with books from top to bottom, that I headed every evening after my classes ended.

I might have been a bit nervous before the show began, but the minute I hit the stage, something kicked in. I got a feeling from the bottoms of my toes to the top of my head that directed me around the stage. It was an ability that I learned later usually took other actors years to develop. I still wanted to be a doctor, but this acting experience had been something else. Mr. Blum told me I had a gift, one I should never take for granted. And I never have. Still, when he insisted that my mother bring me into Manhattan for the tryouts of Take a Giant Step, telling us, “What could you lose?

They found out that there was a contract to beat me up, and they did whatever fighting had to be done to get the contract removed. I had no idea what I had done to make these other black kids so angry. ” 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.

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