The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, May 27, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 27, 2012.
By United Press International
Gossett Jr. treated for prostate cancer

Gossett Jr. treated for prostate cancer

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Louis Gossett Jr. Tuesday confirmed he is being treated for prostate cancer.
Della Reese producing Calif. concert

Della Reese producing Calif. concert

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) -- Singer and actress Della Reese has signed on to produce with Michael Stone a star-studded concert event at California's Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills.

ABC to make 'Raisin in the Sun' telepic

NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) -- Hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs will reprise his Broadway role in the stage classic "A Raisin in the Sun" in an ABC TV movie.

Lou Rawls remembered in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Lou Rawls was remembered with music and laughter during his 2 1/2 hour funeral Friday at the West Angeles Church of Christ in Los Angeles.

Author David Westheimer dead at 88

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Author David Westheimer, whose best known works were "Von Ryan's Express" and "My Sweet Charlie," has died in Los Angeles at age 88.

Brian Gibson, noted director, dies

LONDON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Brian Gibson, an award-winning film and television director, died Sunday in London after a two-year battle with a rare form of bone cancer.
Louis Gossett
Louis Gossett Jr. attends the 40th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles on February 12, 2009. (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten)

Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr. (born May 27, 1936) is an American actor best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman and Fiddler in the 1970's television miniseries Roots. Gossett has also starred in numerous film productions such as The Deep, Jaws 3-D (as SeaWorld manager Calvin Bouchard), Wolfgang Peterson's Enemy Mine, the Iron Eagle series, Toy Soldiers and The Punisher. He has won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and two Golden Globe Award's in an acting career that spans over five decades.

Gossett, Jr. was born in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York, to Hellen Rebecca (née Wray), a nurse, and Louis Gossett, Sr., a porter. His stage debut came at the age of 17, in a school production of You Can't Take It with You when a sports injury resulted in the decision to take an acting class. Polio had already delayed his graduation.

After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1954, he attended New York University, declining an athletic scholarship. Standing 6'4" (1.93 m), he was offered the opportunity to play varsity basketball during his college years at NYU, which he declined to concentrate on theater. His high school teacher had encouraged him to audition for a Broadway part, which resulted in his selection for a starring role on Broadway in 1953 from among 200 other actors well before he entered NYU.

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