‘The Deep’ Actor Louis Gossett Jr. Dies At 87

March 30, 2024 | 0 Comments

[Written by Patrick Bean]

Louis Gossett Jr., who became the first Black, male actor to win both an Oscar Award and an Emmy Award died at the age of 87.

The New York-born Gossett captured an Emmy in 1978 for his role in the ground-breaking TV mini-series Roots, which was based around late author Alex Haley’s slavery novel of the same name. He won the supporting actor Academy Award in 1982 for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman.

Bermudians may also remember Gossett for his role in ‘The Deep’ which was largely filmed on the Island in 1977, with much of the action taking place at a specially constructed site adjacent to Lefroy House in Dockyard.

During the Bermuda-made movie Gossett again was cast in a supporting role, acting as the character Henri Cloche, who famously mouthed the line in response to a troublesome fellow movie character, “If his tongue moves again, cut it!”

According to reports Gossett’s first cousin Neal L. Gossett revealed the actor to have died in Santa Monica, California. A statement from the family said Gossett died Friday morning. No cause of death was realesed.

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