Minority Oscar Winners in Major Acting Categories: Louis Gossett, Jr.

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Jennie Wood

Louis Gossett, Jr.
Best Actor in a Leading Role for An Officer and a Gentleman, 1982
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr. became the first African-American to win a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role of Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in 1982's An Officer and a Gentleman. He also won an Emmy in 1977 for his role as Fiddler in the television miniseries Roots.
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