By Louis Gossett Jr., Phyllis Karas
Award-winning African American actor Lou Gossett Jr. takes an unvarnished examine the daunting demanding situations and marvelous triumphs of his fifty-five 12 months careerLouis Gossett Jr. is likely one of the most valuable 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 good fortune at the ny 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 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 eliminate racism and violence and provides our kids a greater future.Includes revealing tales and memories concerning 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 yank theater and movie background, humans, and performancesHighlights the matter of racism in Hollywood and the demanding situations confronted via African American actors from the 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 adventure either in Hollywood and the hot York theater international, as informed via one of many nation's such a lot enduring and hugely esteemed actors.
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As the evening wore on and my friends’ snickers grew into giggles, I felt more demeaned by the whole scene. In the kitchen, my father slapped me for some imagined mistake on my part and sent me home before the party ended. “Never again will you work at one of those parties,” he told me when he and my mom arrived home that night. In retrospect, I realize now how desperate my family was for money and how much we had needed the money that night. But my father never asked me to work with him again.
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. Something had shifted in my life. I was being allowed entry into another world. “You’ve got talent,” they told me before I left, and although I had no real idea what talent was, I understood that it was a God-given gift and I should be grateful.
I was hooked — and so was my audience. 44 twice as good God had given me this gift that I had never realized I possessed. 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.
An Actor and a Gentleman by Louis Gossett Jr., Phyllis Karas