Robert Gossett was born in the Bronx and, after high school, landed his first professional gig in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the Mercer Arts Center in Greenwich Village.
Gossett 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. 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.
Gossett’s awards include the NAACP Theater Award for The Best Performance by a Male and the Dramalogue Best Actor Award for his performance in Indigo Blues, directed by his wife, Michele Gossett. In film, Gossett has starred with Jeff Bridges in Arlington Road, with John Travolta in White Man’s Burden and The Spring in Her Step.