Louis Gossett Jr. Recapturing My Youth ... Hurts Like a Bitch

8/5/2015 12:30 AM PDT

Louis Gossett Jr. -- Recapturing My Youth Hurts Like a Bitch (PHOTOS)

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Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. is 79-years-old, but NOT too old to rock some new ice in his ear ... much like the average teenager.

Louis got his left ear re-pierced Monday at T-Man Tattoo in Studio City, CA. He told staffers he first got it pierced back in '74 for a movie role, but it closed up when he stopped wearing earrings sometime in the '80s.

T-Man owner Howard Teman says the 'Officer and a Gentleman' star brought in an eraser-sized diamond stud to fill the hole -- and entertained everyone by busting out the alien voice from “Enemy Mine.”

All told, he dropped $45 for the piercing and aftercare products ... plus a generous tip.

Fun fact: LGJ just edged out a couple of elderly pierced gents -- Morgan Freeman is 78, and Harrison Ford, a spry 73.