Colman Domingo and Taylor Hackford honor 87-year-old Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Gossett Jr., 87, dies. Celebrity admirers and co-stars respond. “Open and generous. Kind beyond measure. Regal. Many thanks to him. His life was monumental.” Gossett's “The Color Purple” co-star Colman Domingo is on X.

“Master Sergeant Foley in ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ was white. When I visited the Navy Officers Flight Training Center in Pensacola, Florida, many drill instructors were men of color. I modified Sergeant Foley's casting profile then. Lou Gossett visited. I recruited him right away since he was a Ranger in the U.S. Army and a skilled actor.

Sergeant Foley, played by Lou Gossett, may have been the first Black American film figure to rule over whites. His flawless performance earned him an Oscar for best supporting actor. He truly deserved it.” Statement by “An Officer and a Gentleman” director Taylor Hackford.

In the projected feature film of my life, Lou was to play my grandfather. Missing my friend.” Statement by singer Dionne Warwick.

From ‘Roots’ to ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ to ‘The Color Purple’ and even beyond, Lou was a great artist and kind person to me.” Sheryl Lee Ralph on X.

I adored Lou. We starred in ‘Diggstown’ after performing ‘The Choirboys’ together. They became longtime friends after that. I always appreciated his talent, but I liked his modesty more. True gentleman.” Actor James Woods on X.

“Louis was a pioneer, brilliant, kind, and explosive on screen. Everybody was lucky to have him.” Actor/director Lee Grant on X. Your incredible talent and amazing performances will inspire future generations. Thank you for sharing your talents. Missing you greatly.” The NAACP on X.

We saw you as a leader despite your numerous amazing supporting roles. I appreciate your talent. Rest In Power!” Trial lawyer Ben Crump on X. As a city, we honor Louis Gossett Jr.'s life and talents and are grateful for his presence. Statement of Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens.

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