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Louis Gossett Jr.

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Louis Gossett Jr.
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Biographical information

May 27, 1936

Place of birth

Brooklyn, New York, USA

  • Actor
  • Voice actor
  • Director
  • Writer
  • Producer
"One fun casting challenge was the Vortigaunt. We were getting some really bad audition tapes for this part, and gave the casting agents some additional direction: Look, we want somebody speaking human language, but not human. It's like Vincent D'Onforio doing Edgar in Men in Black. Or, another really good example is Lou Gossett, Jr. in Enemy Mine. That kind of approach is what we're looking for. Then we got the call that Lou Gossett, Jr. was interested in the part."
Bill Van Buren[src]

Louis "Lou" Gossett Jr. is the voice actor for the Vortigaunts in Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One. He was replaced by Tony Todd for Episode Two.


Gossett was born in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his Academy Award-winning role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman.

According to Bill Van Buren, in Half-Life 2, Lou Gossett's voice lent itself to a mystical and mysterious characterization of the Vortigaunts.[1]


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