An Actor and a Gentleman
Award-winning African American actor Lou Gossett Jr. takes an unvarnished look at the daunting challenges and incredible triumphs of his fifty-five year career
Louis Gossett Jr. is one of the most respected African American stage and screen actors, who rose to fame with his Emmy-winning role in the television miniseries Roots and Oscar-winning performance in An Officer and a Gentleman. Now he tells the story of his fifty-plus years in the entertainment world—from his early success on the New York stage appearing with Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier in A Raisin in the Sun, through his long Hollywood career working alongside countless stars, including Marilyn Monroe and Dennis Quaid. He writes frankly of his struggle to get leading roles and fair pay as a black man in Hollywood, his problems with drugs and alcohol that took years to overcome, and his current work to eradicate racism and violence and give our children a better future.
An Actor and a Gentleman penetrates the celebrity glitz and glamour to offer an honest, heartfelt portrayal of the African American experience both in Hollywood and the New York theater world, as told by one of the nation's most enduring and highly esteemed actors.
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Review: An Actor and a GentlemanUser Review - Gwen - Goodreads
A good read. Godsett shares the struggle that he and other African Americans artists had to endure. His struggle with addiction , parenting and finances are highlighted through out the book. Read full review
Review: An Actor and a GentlemanUser Review - Bridgit Brown - Goodreads
I met Mr. Gossett when his book first came out. I was touched by his story and found that while his relationship with Hollywood began in the 50s and 60s, still black men/actors struggle with race issues there. Read full review