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Actor Lou Gossett Jr. to speak at Bellflower BRAVO Awards

BELLFLOWER — Award-winning actor Lou Gossett Jr. will serve as the keynote speaker at the 22nd annual Bellflower BRAVO Awards program at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 in the William and Jane Bristol Auditorium inside Bellflower City Hall, 16600 Civic Center Drive.

The program recognizes individuals based in Bellflower from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the county Fire Department and community heroes who performed acts of valor, heroism and community service in support of public safety in Bellflower during the past year, a city spokesperson said.

BRAVO stands for Bellflower Recognizes Acts of Valor and Outstanding achievement.

Gossett captured an Emmy, television’s highest honor, in 1977 for his portrayal of “Fiddler” in the television mini-series, Roots. In 1982 he portrayed a relentless military sergeant in the film “An Officer and a Gentleman,” earning him the an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

He struck gold again in 1992 for his work in HBO’s The Josephine Baker Story, and garnered a Golden Globe. Even in a guest-starring role for the popular CBS series “Touched by an Angel,” Gossett’s work was singled out and he received the 1998 NAACP Image Award, the spokesperson said.

“We are honored to have legendary actor Louis Gossett Jr. speak at our upcoming 22nd annual BRAVO Awards ceremony,” Mayor Scott A. Larsen said. “Gossett exemplifies the spirit of the BRAVO awards through his community efforts behind the scenes and we look forward to his visit to the city of Bellflower as we pay tribute to our local community heroes.”

The BRAVO Awards ceremony is funded through sponsorships from area businesses and individuals and represents one of the city of Bellflower’s most prestigious honors.