Cuba Gooding Jr.

Birthday:

01/02/1968

Place of birth:

Bronx, New York, USA:

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.  


Film Credits

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

TV Series Credits

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)
as
V Graham Norton (2002)
as
The View (1997)
as
The Daily Show (1996)
as
MADtv (1995)
as
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
as
The Untouchables (1993)
as
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992)
as
Mancuso, F.B.I. (1989)
as
The Bronx Zoo (1987)
as
MacGyver (1985)
as
227 (1985)
as
Hill Street Blues (1981)
as
Saturday Night Live (1975)
as
Sesame Street (1969)
as
The Academy Awards (1929)
as
Nasty Boys (0000)
as