Robert Gossett starred with Jeff Bridges in "Arlington Road", appeared with Sandra Bullock in "The Net", and in "White Man’s Burden" with John Travolta. His Independent film credits are extensive, among them are "Jimmy Zip" Best Film Winner of the 1999 Hollywood Film Festival in which he starred , and the "The Inner Circle" with Michael O'Keefe. He starred in TNT's mega hit show "The Closer". He went on to reprise his role in the spinoff “Major Crimes.” Some of his favorites television credits include "Dragnet", "Philly", "Crossing Jordan", "First Monday", "Dark Angel", "NYPD. Blue", "Judging Amy", "Diagnosis Murder", “Chicago Med” and the comedy "Yes, Dear". Most recently he has had recurring guest appearances on “The Oath,” “Green Leaf,” “The Enemy Within”.
Robert began his professional career at the Berkshire Theatre Festival with the production of Ho, Ho, Ho directed by Garson Kanin and starring his wife Ruth Gordon. Robert Gossett played Lyons in Lloyd Richard's production of "Fences", Walter Lee in Hal Scott's "A Raisin In The Sun" and with Gregory Hines in Donald McKayle's "The Last Minstrel Show". Other notable theatre performances include "Manhattan Made Me", "Sons and Fathers Of Sons", "A Soldiers Play" and "Colored Peoples Time". All of which were performed with the famed Negro Ensemble Company of N. Y. under the direction Douglas Turner Ward. In Los Angeles , his awards include the NAACP Theatre award for The Best Performance by a Male and the Drama Logue Best Actor Award for his performance in "Indigo Blues". He also is the recipient of the L. A. Weekly Theatre Award and Drama Logue Best Actor Award for his performance in "Washington Square Moves." Robert was also an Ovation Award nominee for his performance (Featured Actor in a Play) for Center Theatre Group’s Los Angeles premier production of “The Royale”. In 2016, Robert was again an Ovation Award nominee for his performance (Featured Actor in a Play) in Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA’s production of “Watching OJ”. Other theatre includes : Trial of the Moke ( Milwaukee Repertory Theatre ), Miss Ever”s Boys , Hot L Baltimore ( Philadelphia Theatre Company ) , She Stoops to Conquer ( Geva Repertory Theatre ) , Dream On Monkey Mountian , The River Niger , First Breeze Of Summer ( Crossroads Theatre Company ) , A Raisin In The Sun ( Pioneer Memorial Theatre ) , Fraternity ( Ebony Repertory Theatre ) , Blues For An Alabama Sky ( Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Company ) , Fences ( Pittsburgh Public Theatre ) A Soldier”s Play ( Edinburgh Theatre Festival ) .
He was born in the Bronx, NY, son of a police officer and a Nurse. His 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Sharp introduced him to music via the flutaphone (poor man's recorder), the following year a music program was introduced by the board of ed. for schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Robert's entire life became about music. He discovered jazz listening to his father's old blue note recordings, reading all the music info he could find. His father bought him a clarinet and wanting his son to be tough enrolled him in a boxing program at the Gramercy Boys Club in the Bronx, Robert quickly found his way to the top floor, where he found the Gramercy Boys Club marching band. During this time he was tutored for free by Hamp Morton ( jazz pianist ), and Buddy White (jazz trumpeter) who, like Robert did not know the clarinet . So together they would consult the fingering chart , to determine how best to play the notes in the musical exercises he was studying at the time . When Robert was in the 5th grade, his father passed away. The loss drove him toward music , but also , the streets. Upon entering Jr. High he was befriended by a music teacher named Mrs. Shapiro. Junior High was rocky for Robert. During the summer, Mrs. Shapiro was able to get Robert into a summer program called Project PEP (Program To Excite Potential) Headed by John Motley, NY Board Of Education, this program took disadvantaged kids, with artistic talent in music , art and dance, and sent them , for the entire summer away to an art's camp. Robert was accepted into the famed High School of Performing Arts , in New York , and there he continued his music studies. However, it was here he discovered acting . A jobs program began around this time. Mayor John Lindsey of NY, called it “ Neighborhood Youth Corps “, and it paid $45.00 per week. The program included the Every Man Street Theatre Co. headed by Geraldine Fitzgerald. His first play was The Prodigal Daughter by J. E. Franklin, directed by Arthur Wilson. Robert finished High School as a musician, but an actor was born on those hot muggy streets of the Bronx. After High School, he landed his first "professional gig". It was a part in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the Mercer Arts Center in the Greenwich Village. Soon after, Robert joined The Afro American Total Theatre , headed by Hazel Bryant .He also joined another theatre company called The East River Players headed by Michael Whittaker . He appeared in many productions, including Amen Corner by James Baldwin and Burgers Of Calais by Edgar White. Robert attended The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts, where he received the Jelingher Award for his acting.