Born in The Bronx on March 3, 1954, Robert Gossett landed his first professional gig soon after graduating from high school in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest at the Mercer Arts Center in Greenwich Village. From there, he went on to perform in Lloyd Richard's Broadway production of Fences, Hal Scott's A Raisin in the Sun and Donald McKayle's The Last Minstrel Show. His other notable theater performances include Manhattan Made Me, Sons and Fathers of Sons, A Soldier's Play and Colored People's Time, all of which were performed with the famed Negro Ensemble Company of New York.
And on television, he has appeared over the years on such series as The Cosby Show, Amen, Cheers, L.A. Law, Bones, Charmed, and ER, and opposite his first cousin, Oscar-winner Lou Gossett, Jr., in a made-for-TV movie, Ray Alexander. But today, Robert is best known as Commander Taylor on The Closer, TNT's hit crime drama starring Kyra Sedgwick.
Here, he shares his thoughts on his career and on about the show which recently started its fourth season.
KW: Where in The Bronx did you grow up?
KW: Bookworm Troy Johnson is curious to know, what was the last book you read?
RG: The very last book I read was The Prophet by Khalil Gibran.
RG: we're first cousins. Our fathers are brothers.
KW: Did Lou influence you in terms of your interest in acting?
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