Image of Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba Gooding Jr.

1968-01-02 Bronx, New York, USA

Image of 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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Selma Fred Gray 2014-12-25
Life of a King Eugene 2013-06-22
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Absolute Deception John Nelson 2013-06-10
Machete Kills El Camaleon 2013-09-12
Summoned Detective Callendar 2013-06-01
Red Tails Major Emanuelle Stance 2012-01-19
Firelight DJ 2012-04-22
Double Victory: The Tuskegee Airmen at War Narrator (voice) 2012-01-13
One in the Chamber Ray Carver 2012-08-21
Ticking Clock Lewis Hicks 2011-01-04
The Enduring Significance of Boyz n the Hood 2011-07-19
The Hit List Jonas Arbor 2011-04-02
Sacrifice John Hebron 2011-04-26
Wrong Turn at Tahoe Joshua 2009-11-16
Hardwired Luke Gibson 2009-11-03
Lies & Illusions Isaac 2009-08-26
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story Ben Carson 2009-02-07
The Devil's Tomb Mack 2009-05-26
The Way of War David Wolfe 2009-02-20
Hero Wanted Liam Case 2008-03-28
Linewatch Michael Dixon 2008-01-01
Harold Cromer 2008-07-13
The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends Loofah (voice) 2007-11-27
Daddy Day Camp Charlie Hinton 2007-08-08
What Love Is Tom 2007-03-23
Norbit Deion Hughes 2007-02-08
American Gangster Nicky Barnes 2007-11-02
End Game Alex Thomas 2006-03-22
Dirty Salim Adel 2006-01-20
Shadowboxer Mikey 2005-09-09
A Dairy Tale Buck(voice) 2004-09-14
Home on the Range Buck (voice) 2004-04-02
Friendly Fire: Making of an Urban Legend 2003-09-02
The Fighting Temptations Darrin Hill 2003-09-17
Radio Radio 2003-10-24
Snow Dogs Ted Brooks 2002-01-18
Boat Trip Jerry Robinson 2002-10-01
Zoolander Cuba Gooding Jr. 2001-09-28
Pearl Harbor Doris Miller 2001-05-21
Rat Race Owen Templeton 2001-08-17
In the Shadows Draven 2001-06-24
America: A Tribute to Heroes Himself 2001-09-21
Men of Honor Senior Chief Carl Brashear 2000-09-13
A Murder of Crows Lawson Russell 1999-07-06
Chill Factor Arlo 1999-09-01
Instinct Dr. Theo Caulder 1999-06-04
Welcome to Hollywood Cuba Gooding Jr. 1998-10-01
What Dreams May Come Albert Lewis 1998-10-02
As Good as It Gets Frank Sachs 1997-12-19
Jerry Maguire Rod Tidwell 1996-12-13
Losing Isaiah Eddie Hughes 1995-03-17
Outbreak Salt 1995-03-10
The Tuskegee Airmen Billy Roberts 1995-08-25
Lightning Jack Ben Doyle 1994-03-11
Blown Away Bomb Squad Class Member 1994-07-01
Daybreak Torch 1993-05-08
Judgment Night Mike Peterson 1993-10-15
A Few Good Men Cpl. Carl Hammaker 1992-12-11
Gladiator Abraham Lincoln Haines 1992-03-06
Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story Tyree 1992-01-06
Boyz n the Hood Tré Styles 1991-07-12
Sing Stanley 1989-03-31
Coming to America Boy Getting Haircut 1988-06-29