Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba Gooding Jr.

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    • January 2nd, 1968
Cuba Gooding was born in Bronx, New York to Shirley, a singer with the Sweethearts, and Cuba Gooding, Sr., a lead vocalist of soul group The Main Ingredient. He has two brothers, musician Tommy Gooding and fellow actor Omar Gooding, and sister, April Gooding. His family moved to Los Angeles after Gooding Sr.'s music group had a hit single with "Everybody Plays the Fool" in 1972 but abandoned his family two years later. Gooding Jr. was raised by his mother and attended four different high schools: North Hollywood High School, Tustin High School, Apple Valley High School, and John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills in Los Angeles. He served as class president in three of them. His first job as a professional entertainer was as a break-dancer performing with singer Lionel Richie at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. After high school, Gooding studied Japanese martial arts for three years, before turning his focus toward acting. Early on, he landed guest starring roles on shows like Hill Street Blues (1981) and MacGyver (1985). His first major role was in the John Singleton's box office surprise and critical hit Boyz n the Hood (1991). He followed this success with roles in major films like A Few Good Men (1992), Lightning Jack (1994), Outbreak (1995), Men of Honor (2000), Rat Race (2001), and The Fighting Temptations (2003) in which he co-starred alongside Beyoncé Knowles. In 1996, he was cast as an arrogant football player on the brink of a career-ending injury in Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire (1996). The film was a success and earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. His "Show Me The Money" line in the film became a nationwide catchphrase. In 1997, he had a notable supporting role in As Good As It Gets (1997). The next several years, his films were inconsistently successful; Boat Trip (2002), Norbit (2007), and Daddy Day Camp (2007), all of which had received extremely negative reviews and performed poorly at the box office. Gooding also starred in a film titled A Murder of Crows, which he co-produced with his long time friend and business partner Derek Broes. The film was Gooding's first attempt at producing.  Since then, he has had series of starring roles in grittier films released direct-to-DVD such as the revenge dramas Hero Wanted and Wrong Turn at Tahoe, as well as the sci-fi action pic Hardwired and the action comedy Lies & Illusions. A well-received performance as Ben Carson in Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009) and a small supporting role in Ridley Scott's American Gangster (2007) both proved to be exceptions to this trend. An appearance in the World War II film, Red Tails, produced by George Lucas and with other prominent actors such as Terrence Howard, will mark his only return to the big screen since American Gangster. Gooding is married to Sara Kapfer; they have two sons, Spencer and Mason.  

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Acting (63 Credits)

2020Life in a Year as Xavier
2018Bayou Caviar as Rodney Jones
2015The Book of Negroes as Sam Fraunces
2014Freedom as Samuel
2014Selma as Fred Gray
2013Summoned as Detective Callendar
2013Absolute Deception as John Nelson
2013Life of a King as Eugene
2013Lee Daniels' The Butler as Carter Wilson
2013Machete Kills as El Camaleon
2013Don Jon as Hollywood Actor #2
2012Firelight as DJ
2012One in the Chamber as Ray Carver
2012Red Tails as Major Emanuelle Stance
2011Ticking Clock as Lewis Hicks
2011Sacrifice as John Hebron
2011The Hit List as Jonas Arbor
2009The Way of War as David Wolfe
2009The Devil's Tomb as Mack
2009Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story as Ben Carson
2009Wrong Turn at Tahoe as Joshua
2009Hardwired as Luke Gibson
2009Lies & Illusions as Isaac
2008Linewatch as Michael Dixon
2008Hero Wanted as Liam Case
2008Harold as Cromer
2007What Love Is as Tom
2007Daddy Day Camp as Charlie Hinton
2007American Gangster as Nicky Barnes
2007The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends as Loofah (voice)
2007Norbit as Deion Hughes
2006End Game as Alex Thomas
2005Shadowboxer as Mikey
2005Dirty as Salim Adel
2004Home on the Range as Buck (voice)
2003Radio as Radio
2003The Fighting Temptations as Darrin Hill
2002Snow Dogs as Ted Brooks
2002Boat Trip as Jerry Robinson
2001Rat Race as Owen Templeton
2001Pearl Harbor as Doris Miller
2001In the Shadows as Draven
2001Zoolander as Cuba Gooding Jr.
2000Men of Honor as Senior Chief Carl Brashear
1999Chill Factor as Arlo
1999Instinct as Dr. Theo Caulder
1998A Murder of Crows as Lawson Russell
1998What Dreams May Come as Albert Lewis
1998Welcome to Hollywood as Cuba Gooding Jr.
1997As Good as It Gets as Frank Sachs
1996Jerry Maguire as Rod Tidwell
1995Outbreak as Salt
1995Losing Isaiah as Eddie Hughes
1995The Tuskegee Airmen as Billy Roberts
1994Lightning Jack as Ben Doyle
1994Blown Away as Bomb Squad Class Member
1993Judgment Night as Mike Peterson
1993Daybreak as Torch
1992Gladiator as Abraham Lincoln Haines
1992A Few Good Men as Cpl. Carl Hammaker
1991Boyz n the Hood as Tré Styles
1989Sing as Stanley
1988Coming to America as Boy Getting Haircut

Director (1 Credits)

2018Bayou Caviar

Writer (1 Credits)

2018Bayou Caviar

Himself (1 Credits)



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