Oscar-winning actor Lou Gossett Jr. on his passion for acting, relocating to Atlanta

Actor Lou Gossett Jr. points to the fans as he is introduced during the NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors on Monday, March 10, 2014 at Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Academy Award-winning actor Lou Gossett Jr. says he gave up a professional career in basketball to pursue acting full-time.

“We all have something that we can’t do without, whether you do it for nothing, whether you do it, it’s a part of my system,” he said. “There’s no retirement for that.”

On a recent edition of “Closer Look,” program host Rose Scott pulls from the “Closer Look” archives to revisit a conversation she had with the veteran actor best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the film “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

During the conversation, Gossett travels down memory lane, discussing honing his craft and the many roles he’s played in films. He also talks about relocating to Atlanta.