Robert Gossett

Robert Gossett (born March 3, 1954) is an American actor. Gossett is the first cousin of actor Louis Gossett Jr.[1] and is best known for his role of Commander Russell Taylor on the TNT crime drama, The Closer and on its successor series Major Crimes.

Robert Gossett
Born (1954-03-03) March 3, 1954 (age 66)
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Michele Gossett
RelativesLouis Gossett Jr. (first cousin)


Gossett landed his first professional job after he graduated from high school in a production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He went on to act in the Broadway production of Lloyd Richard's Fences, Hal Scott's A Raisin in the Sun and Donald McKayle's The Last Minstrel Show. He also performed in the Negro Ensemble Company's productions of Manhattan Made Me, Sons & Fathers of Sons, A Soldier's Play and Colored People's Time. Robert also has extensive television experience with guest starring roles on Crossing Jordan, NYPD Blue, and Black Angel. In film, Gossett has acted in the Jeff Bridges/Tim Robbins film Arlington Road and the Sandra Bullock movie The Net.

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to theater director Michele Gossett.



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Over the Brooklyn Bridge Eddie
1992 Batman Returns TV Anchorman
1995 White Man's Burden John
1995 Phoenix Barker
1997 The Maker Partner
1999 Arlington Road FBI Agent Whit Carver
1999 Jimmy Zip Horace Metcalf
1999 The Living Witness Phil Jackson
2002 Devious Beings Damone
2005 The Inner Circle Leo
2009 Flying By Michael
2011 Tied to a Chair Detective Peter Farrell
2014 Revelation Road: The Black Rider The Shepherd
2018 How To Get Rid Of A Body (and still be friends) Mr. Morris


Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Cosby Show Stage Manager Episode: "Dance Mania"
1988 Heartbeat Dixon 2 episodes
1990 Quantum Leap Charles Griffin Episode: "Pool Hall Blues - September 4, 1954"
1992 Cheers Customer #3 Episode: "License to Hill"
1992 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper John Lee Episode: "Miracle in Oaktown"
1992 Silk Stalkings Lt. Hudson Main role
1993 NYPD Blue Lonnie Edwards Episode: "Oscar, Meyer, Wiener"
1995 The Net Ben Phillips TV film
1995 Melrose Place Detective Smith Episode: "Two Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
1995 Diagnosis Murder Dr. Max Frye Episode: "My Baby is Out of This World"
1996 Diagnosis Murder Jimmy Christopher Episode: "The Murder Trade"
1996 Second Noah Lyle Episode: "Dreamboat"
1996 Touched by an Angel Paul Stettling Episode: "The Journalist"
1997 Promised Land Robert Dixon 2 episodes
1997 Pacific Palisades Adam Winfield 4 episodes
1997 Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy Cummings TV film
1997 Beverly Hills, 90210 Detective Woods 4 episodes
1997 7th Heaven Doctor Episode: "Do Something"
1998 Sister, Sister Eddie Episode: "The Domino Effect"
1999 Working Executive Storyteller #1 Episode: "Romeo and Juliet"
1999 Charmed Mr. Franklin Episode: "Secrets and Guys"
2000 That's Life Photography Professor 2 episodes
2000 Dark Angel James McGinnis 4 episodes
2001 Judging Amy Dan Matson Episode: "Everybody Falls Down"
2001 Yes, Dear John Episode: "Mr. Fix It"
2002 Philly Malik Clay 2 episodes
2003 Dragnet Howard Sykes Episode: "The Big Ruckus"
2003 NYPD Blue Ken Gross Episode: "Only Schmucks Pay Income Tax"
2004 Crossing Jordan Jack Hayes Episode: "Most Likely"
2005 The Closer Russell Taylor Main role
2005 Bones Mr. Taylor Episode: "The Man in the Wall"
2007 The Young and the Restless Incident Commander 3 episodes
2008 ER Dr. Everett Daniels 2 episodes
2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Judge Willie Joe Blackwell Episode: "A Slip Slope"
2012 Major Crimes Russell Taylor Main role
2016 Chicago Med Reggie Dixon Episode: "Inherent Bias"
2018 The Oath Charles Ryder Recurring role
2018 Greenleaf District Attorney Price 3 episodes
2019 The Enemy Within Thomas Heffron 3 episodes


  • NAACP Theater Award for Best Performance by a Male, Indigo Blues (1993)
  • Dramalogue Best Actor Award, Indigo Blues (1993)
  • LA Weekly Theater Award, Washington Square Moves (1995)
  • Dramalogue Best Actor Award, Washington Square Moves (1995)


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