Robert Gossett stars in drama series Major Crimes as Assistant Chief Russell Taylor, a role he originated in the hit series The Closer.
Born in the Bronx, New York, after high school, Gossett landed his first professional gig in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest at the Mercer Arts Center in Greenwich Village. He 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, under the direction of Douglas Turner Ward. He has also appeared in plays at numerous regional theatres across the country, including Geva Repertory, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Milwaukee Rep. and, most recently, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre of San Francisco in its production of Blues for an Alabama Sky.
In Los Angeles, Gossett has appeared at the Doolittle Theatre (Lloyd Richards' production of Fences), Mojo Ensemble, Los Angeles Theatre Center and, last fall, Ebony Repertory's production of Fraternity. Gossett's awards include an NAACP Theater Award for Best Performance by a Male and a Drama-Logue Best Actor Award for his performance in Indigo Blues, with the Mojo Ensemble. He also earned the LA Weekly Theater award and a Drama-Logue award for Washington Square Moves.
In film, Gossett has starred in Arlington Road, with Jeff Bridges; Irwin Winkler's The Net, alongside Sandra Bullock; Tim Hunter's The Maker, with Matthew Modine; White Man's Burden, with John Travolta; and others. Gossett's independent film credits include Jimmy Zip, a Best Film winner at the Hollywood Film Festival. His television credits are numerous.