By Louis Gossett Jr., Phyllis Karas

ISBN-10: 0470574712

ISBN-13: 9780470574713

Award-winning African American actor Lou Gossett Jr. takes an unvarnished examine the daunting demanding situations and wonderful triumphs of his fifty-five 12 months careerLouis Gossett Jr. is without doubt one of the most beneficial African American level and display actors, who rose to reputation along 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 ny level showing with Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier in A Raisin within the solar, via his lengthy Hollywood occupation 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 medicines 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 memories 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 background, humans, and performancesHighlights the matter of racism in Hollywood and the demanding situations confronted by means of African American actors from the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties onwardAn Actor and a Gentleman penetrates the fame glitz and glamour to supply a good, heartfelt portrayal of the African American event either in Hollywood and the hot York theater global, as advised via one of many nation's such a lot enduring and hugely esteemed actors.

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My parents obviously “had” to get married. But regardless of how my dad became a father, he always made sure there was food on our plates and a roof over our heads. He was the perfect example of the African American father and husband I would like to salute today — the one who does not make headlines, the one whom our new president acknowledged in a speech after his election, asking that African 24 twice as good American men accept the responsibilities of taking care of their families. His speech echoed my thoughts about working with Congressman Charlie Rangel, to honor these men specifically at a Father’s Day event, hopefully in the near future.

Despite the ease with which I moved in the classroom, on the baseball field and the basketball court, and through the homes and the streets of Brooklyn, I was perpetually aware of my need to excel, of those rules that had been imprinted on me early, not only to be the best, but to be better than the best. Not just good, but twice as good. It was repeatedly drilled into me, by my parents and my uncles, that I was the chosen one, the exceptional one. I thought this over many times, trying to understand why this was happening.

My eyes locked with those of the guy holding the gun, and I knew I was looking into the face of death. He never blinked, just pulled the trigger and broke the rubber band. I should have been dead, but I wasn’t. The gun had not gone off. Shocked, the kids released my arms, and I took off. Until I reached Nostrand Avenue, I broke the world’s speed record. When I finally got to Nostrand, my pursuers stopped, as if facing a wall that barred their entrance onto the street. After I raced across the street, I allowed myself a look back, and there they were, the six of them, standing and staring at me.

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