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Cuba Gooding Jr.

Comedian / Film Producer | * 01/02/1968 (51) | Bronx, New York, USA
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Cuba Michael Gooding Jr. (born January 2, 1968) is an American actor and director. After his breakthrough role as Tre Styles in Boyz n the Hood (1991), he appeared in A Few Good Men (1992), The Tuskegee Airmen (1995), Outbreak (1995), and Jerry Maguire (1996), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He gained later attention for his roles in Men of Honor (2000) as Carl Brashear, and in Michael Bay's World War II epic Pearl Harbor (2001) as Doris Miller. His other notable films include As Good as It Gets (1997), the ensemble farce Rat Race (2001), ... ()
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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.  .

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Action

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Awards & Nominations for Cuba Gooding Jr.

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Awards Screen Actors Guild Award Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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Movies with Cuba Gooding Jr. as Actor(66)

as Xavier2018 Life in a Year
as Rodney Jones2018 Bayou Caviar
as Fred Gray2014 Selma
as Samuel2014 Freedom
as Hollywood Actor #22013 Don Jon
as John Nelson2013 Absolute Deception
as Detective Callendar2013 Summoned
as El Camaleon2013 Machete Kills
as Carter Wilson2013 The Butler
as Eugene2013 Life of a King
as Ray Carver2012 One in the Chamber
as DJ2012 Firelight
as Major Emanuelle Stance2012 Red Tails
as Lewis Hicks2011 Ticking Clock
as Jonas Arbor2011 The Hit List
as John Hebron2011 Sacrifice
as Joshua2009 Wrong Turn at Tahoe
as Luke Gibson2009 Hardwired
as Mack2009 The Devil's Tomb
as Isaac2009 Lies & Illusions
as David Wolfe2009 The Way of War
as Cromer2008 Harold
as Liam Case2008 Hero Wanted
as Michael Dixon2008 Linewatch
as Charlie Hinton2007 Daddy Day Camp
as Nicky Barnes2007 American Gangster
as Deion Hughes2007 Norbit
as Tom2007 What Love Is
as Alex Thomas2006 End Game
as Mikey2005 Shadowboxer
as Salim Adel2005 Dirty
as Buck (voice)2004 Home on the Range
as Darrin Hill2003 The Fighting Temptations
as Radio2003 Radio
as Jerry Robinson2002 Boat Trip
as Ted Brooks2002 Snow Dogs
as Draven2001 In the Shadows
as himself2001 Zoolander
as Petty Officer Doris Miller2001 Pearl Harbor
as Owen Templeton2001 Rat Race
as Senior Chief Carl Brashear2000 Men of Honor
as Dr. Theo Caulder1999 Instinct
as Lawson Russell1999 A Murder of Crows
as Arlo1999 Chill Factor
as Cuba Gooding Jr.1998 Welcome to Hollywood
as Albert Lewis1998 What Dreams May Come
as Frank Sachs1997 As Good as It Gets
as Rod Tidwell1996 Jerry Maguire
as Salt1995 Outbreak
as Eddie Hughes1995 Losing Isaiah
as Billy Roberts1995 The Tuskegee Airmen
as Ben Doyle1994 Lightning Jack
as Mike Peterson1993 Judgment Night
as Torch1993 Daybreak
as Cpl. Carl Hammaker1992 A Few Good Men
as Abraham Lincoln Haines1992 Gladiator
as Tré Styles1991 Boyz n the Hood
as Stanley1989 Sing
as Boy Getting Haircut1988 Coming to America

TV Shows/Series with Cuba Gooding Jr. as Actor(23)

Movies with Cuba Gooding Jr. as Crew(3)

Directing/Director2018 Bayou Caviar
Writing/Writer2018 Bayou Caviar
Production/Producer1999 A Murder of Crows

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Born: Tuesday, 01/02 1968 (January) in New York City (current age: 51 years + 235 days)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn (Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey)
Educated at: North Hollywood High School
Children: Spencer Gooding, Mason Gooding
Siblings: Omar Gooding
Father: Cuba Gooding Sr.
Other names for Cuba Gooding Jr. (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Cuba Gooding junior"
Cuba Gooding Jr. frequently works together with these people:
Dulal Dutta (16x, Crew)
Sarah Paulson (12x, Actress)
Martin Short (11x, Actor)
Alec Baldwin (10x, Actor)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (10x, Actress)
Jimmy Fallon (10x, Actor)
Don Cheadle (9x, Actor)
Greg Kinnear (9x, Actor)
Sean Hayes (9x, Actor)
Colin Quinn (9x, Actor)
Robert Rodriguez (6x, Crew)
Laurence Fishburne (5x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1567, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 08/02/2019