Cuba Gooding Jr.

Biography

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.  

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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Gender Male

Known Credits 79

Birthday 1968-01-02

Place of Birth Bronx, New York, USA

Adult Actor False

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 American Crime Story(10 episodes) as O. J. Simpson
2015 Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter(1 episode)
2015 The Book of Negroes
2015 The Book of Negroes(6 episodes) as Sam Fraunces
2014 Selma as Fred Gray
2014 Freedom as Samuel
2013 Machete Kills as El Camaleon
2013 The Butler as Carter Wilson
2013 Don Jon as Hollywood Actor #2
2013 Life of a King as Eugene
2013 Absolute Deception as John Nelson
2013 Summoned as Detective Callendar
2012 The Hitlist as Jonas Arbor
2012 One in the Chamber as Ray Carver
2012 Firelight as DJ
2012 Red Tails as Major Emanuelle Stance
2011 Sacrifice as John Hebron
2011 The Hit List as Jonas Arbor
2011 Ticking Clock as Lewis Hicks
2009 Wrong Turn at Tahoe as Joshua
2009 Hardwired as Luke Gibson
2009 Lies & Illusions as Isaac
2009 The Devil's Tomb as Mack
2009 The Way of War as David Wolfe
2009 Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story as Ben Carson
2008 Harold as Cromer
2008 Hero Wanted as Liam Case
2008 Linewatch as Michael Dixon
2007 American Gangster as Nicky Barnes
2007 Daddy Day Camp as Charlie Hinton
2007 What Love Is as Tom
2007 Norbit as Deion Hughes
2006 End Game as Alex Thomas
2005 Dirty as Salim Adel
2005 Shadowboxer as Mikey
2004 Home on the Range as Buck
2003 Radio as Radio
2003 The Fighting Temptations as Darrin Hill
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live!(1 episode)
2002 Boat Trip as Jerry Robinson
2002 V Graham Norton(1 episode)
2002 Snow Dogs as Ted Brooks
2001 Zoolander as Himself
2001 Rat Race as Owen Templeton
2001 In the Shadows as Draven
2001 Pearl Harbor as Petty Officer Doris Miller
2000 Men of Honor as Senior Chief Carl Brashear
1999 Chill Factor as Arlo
1999 Instinct as Dr. Theo Caulder
1998 A Murder of Crows as Lawson Russell
1998 What Dreams May Come as Albert Lewis
1997 As Good as It Gets as Frank Sachs
1997 The View(3 episodes)
1996 Jerry Maguire as Rod Tidwell
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(1 episode)
1995 MADtv(1 episode)
1995 The Tuskegee Airmen as Billy Roberts
1995 Losing Isaiah as Eddie Hughes
1995 Outbreak as Salt
1994 Lightning Jack as Ben Doyle
1993 Judgment Night as Mike Peterson
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(2 episodes)
1993 Daybreak as Torch
1993 The Untouchables(1 episode)
1992 A Few Good Men as Cpl. Carl Hammaker
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(3 episodes)
1992 Gladiator as Abraham Lincoln Haines
1992 Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story as Tyree
1991 Boyz n the Hood as Tré Styles
1989 Mancuso, F.B.I.(1 episode)
1989 Nasty Boys(3 episodes) as Poptop
1989 Sing as Stanley
1987 The Bronx Zoo(1 episode)
1985 MacGyver(4 episodes)
1985 227(1 episode)
1981 Hill Street Blues(1 episode)
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)
1969 Sesame Street(1 episode)
1929 The Academy Awards(3 episodes)

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