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Cuba Gooding Jr.

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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Jan 2, 1968 In Bronx, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Oscar (The Academy Awards) 1953-03-18
Latest Project:
Series American Crime Story 2016-02-02
Known For
Poster of Don Jon
Poster of American Gangster
Poster of Jerry Maguire
Poster of Algunos hombres buenos
Series American Crime Story O. J. Simpson 2016-02-02
Series The Book of Negroes Sam Fraunces 2015-01-07
Series Big Time in Hollywood, Florida Cuba Gooding Jr. 2015-03-25
Series Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter Unknown 2015-08-02
Pelicula Libertad Samuel 2014-08-21
Pelicula Selma Fred Gray 2014-12-25
Pelicula El engaño John Nelson 2013-06-10
Pelicula Timmy Muldoon and the Search for the Shadoweyes Bandit Shadoweyes 2013-01-01
Pelicula Life of a King Eugene 2013-06-22
Pelicula Muerte al jurado Detective Callendar 2013-06-01
Pelicula Don Jon Hollywood Actor #2 2013-07-26
Pelicula El mayordomo Carter Wilson 2013-08-16
Pelicula Machete Kills El Camaleon 2013-09-12
Pelicula Red Tails Major Emanuelle Stance 2012-01-19
Pelicula Una bala en la recámara Ray Carver 2012-08-21
Pelicula La luz del fuego DJ 2012-04-22
Pelicula Al límite Lewis Hicks 2011-01-04
Pelicula Marcados para morir Jonas Arbor 2011-04-02
Series American Horror Story Dominic Banks / Matt Miller 2011-10-05
Pelicula Sacrifice John Hebron 2011-04-26
Pelicula Conspiración militar David Wolfe 2009-02-20
Pelicula La tumba del diablo Mack 2009-05-26
Pelicula El mundo en sus manos Ben Carson 2009-02-07
Pelicula A un paso de la muerte Joshua 2009-11-16
Pelicula Mentiras e ilusiones Isaac 2009-08-26
Pelicula Enchufado a la red Luke Gibson 2009-11-03
Pelicula Frontera límite Michael Dixon 2008-01-01
Pelicula Harold Cromer 2008-07-13
Pelicula En busca de un héroe Liam Case 2008-03-28
Pelicula What Love Is Tom 2007-03-23
Pelicula Norbit Deion Hughes 2007-02-08
Pelicula Papá canguro 2 Charlie Hinton 2007-08-08
Pelicula American Gangster Nicky Barnes 2007-11-02
Pelicula End Game Alex Thomas 2006-03-22
Pelicula Shadowboxer Mikey 2005-09-09
Pelicula La ley de la calle (Dirty) Salim Adel 2005-11-10
Pelicula Zafarrancho en el rancho Buck (voice) 2004-04-02
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Pelicula Me llaman Radio Radio 2003-10-24
Pelicula Luchando con las tentaciones Darrin Hill 2003-09-17
Pelicula Aventuras en Alaska Ted Brooks 2002-01-18
Pelicula Boat Trip: Este barco es un peligro Jerry Robinson 2002-10-01
Series V Graham Norton Unknown 2002-05-06
Pelicula La sombra del crimen Draven 2001-06-24
Pelicula Pearl Harbor Petty Officer Doris Miller 2001-05-21
Pelicula Ratas a la carrera Owen Templeton 2001-08-17
Pelicula Zoolander (Un descerebrado de moda) Himself 2001-09-28
Pelicula Hombres de honor Senior Chief Carl Brashear 2000-09-13
Pelicula Instinto Dr. Theo Caulder 1999-06-04
Pelicula Chill Factor Arlo 1999-09-01
Pelicula Nido de cuervos Lawson Russell 1999-07-06
Pelicula Welcome to Hollywood Cuba Gooding Jr. 1998-10-01
Pelicula Más allá de los sueños Albert Lewis 1998-10-02
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Pelicula Mejor... imposible Frank Sachs 1997-12-19
Series Las noticias de Jon Stewart Unknown 1996-07-22
Pelicula Jerry Maguire Rod Tidwell 1996-12-13
Pelicula Estallido Salt 1995-03-10
Pelicula Instinto maternal Eddie Hughes 1995-03-17
Pelicula Escuadrón de combate 332 Billy Roberts 1995-08-25
Series MADtv Unknown 1995-10-14
Pelicula Relámpago Jack Ben Doyle 1994-03-11
Pelicula Los jueces de la noche Mike Peterson 1993-10-15
Series The Untouchables Unknown 1993-01-11
Pelicula Daybreak Torch 1993-05-08
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Pelicula Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story Tyree 1992-01-06
Pelicula Gladiator Abraham Lincoln Haines 1992-03-06
Pelicula Algunos hombres buenos Cpl. Carl Hammaker 1992-12-11
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Pelicula Los chicos del barrio Tré Styles 1991-07-12
Pelicula Sing Stanley 1989-03-31
Series Mancuso, F.B.I. Unknown 1989-10-13
Series Nasty Boys Poptop 1989-09-21
Pelicula El príncipe de Zamunda Boy Getting Haircut 1988-09-16
Series The Bronx Zoo Unknown 1987-03-19
Series 227 Unknown 1985-09-14
Series MacGyver Unknown 1985-09-29
Series Canción triste de Hill Street Unknown 1981-01-15
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Series Barrio Sésamo Unknown 1969-11-10
Series Oscar (The Academy Awards) Unknown 1953-03-18