First, actor Danny Glover lent his support to candidate John Barros. Now, another Hollywood heavyweight, Louis Gossett Jr., has weighed in on Boston’s mayoral race, with an endorsement of Charlotte Golar Richie.

“Bostonians will have an opportunity to not just make history, but be a part of it,” Gossett, an actor and activist, said in a statement released by Golar Richie’s campaign.

“I want to encourage you to vote for Charlotte Golar Richie. She has the leadership, experience and a proven track record to not just lead Boston but to alter history by becoming the first woman mayor of the city,” he said.

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Gossett won an Emmy for his role in the epic mini-series “Roots” and a Best Supporting Oscar for his portrayal of a tough, by-the-book drill sergeant in “An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982).

A key Golar Richie supporter, Boston public relations executive Colette Phillips, helped pave the way for the endorsement. Phillips is a close friend of Gossett, the campaign said.