Academy Award winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. announced Tuesday that he was battling prostate cancer. The 73-year-old actor said the disease was caught early and he expects to make a full recovery.
He said he wanted to go public “to set an example for the large number of African-American men who are victims of this disease because of the comparatively low emphasis in our community on preventive examinations and early treatment.”
Gossett won a supporting actor Oscar for his role as Sgt. Emil Foley in the 1982 romantic drama “An Officer and A Gentleman” starring Richard Gere. He will also appear in the upcoming Tyler Perry comedy “Why Did I Get Married Too” in April.