Half-Life 2 actor Louis Gossett Jr dies aged 87

Louis Gossett Jr., the first Black man to win a supporting actor Oscar and known to millions as the voice of Half-Life 2’s vortigaunts, has died at the age of 87.

Whilst the aliens were voiced by Tony Todd in Episode Two and Half-Life: Alyx, the original versions in Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One were voiced by Gossett.

“Never mind the awards, never mind the glitz and glamour, the Rolls-Royces and the big houses in Malibu. It’s about the humanity of the people that he stood for,” Gossett’s cousin, Neal L. Gossett, said via a family statement.

Lou Gossett Jr. touched the hearts of many with his compelling performances, earning himself both an Oscar for his role in “An Officer and a Gentleman” and an Emmy for his unforgettable portrayal in “Roots”.

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