- Peace Link Live
October 30 2012
LOUIS CAMERON GOSSETT, JR. was born on May 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York City. He made his professional acting debut at age 17, winning the Donaldson Award as best newcomer to theatre. He went to New York University on a basketball scholarship and was invited to try out for the New York Knicks, yet he decided to continue his acting career with a role in the Broadway production of "A Raisin in the Sun". Gossett stepped into the world in cinema in the Sidney Poitier version of A Raisin in the Sun (1961). His role as drill sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) showcased his talent and won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was the first African-American male to win an AcademyAward in a supporting role, the second to win for acting, and the third to win overall. He also starred as United States Air Force pilot Colonel Charles "Chappy" Sinclair in the action film Iron Eagle (1986) and its sequels.
Today he is concentrating on films with an emphasis on faith-based stories. He is primarily dedicating 'the last quadrant' of his life to an all-out conscious offensive against racism, violence, ignorance and social apathy. His Eracism Foundation will provide classes and workshops for teens and pre-teens to help them understand and eliminate racism by creating a living environment where racism and injustice have difficulty in existing.He feels our #1 agenda for all mankind is the salvation of the planet and the mentoring and encouragement of all young people
This is PEACE LINK LIVE's second year bringing together incredible performances and speakers globally to promote a culture of peace with messages of unity through music and words.
For 2012 they have spread out to be live in 3 major cities across the country - New York, Miami, and Los Angeles as well as broadcasting to thousands of communities around the world.