Cuba Gooding Jr.

Age: 46
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

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: NorthHollywoodHigh School, TustinHigh School, Apple ValleyHigh School, and JohnF.KennedyHigh 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.  

Movie Character Year
F9mq6tr8raeinuadxujumzxcpen Boyz n the Hood Tré Styles 1991
Wgwlwk55yaxfzdlmnpjtklxgcz A Few Good Men Cpl. Carl Hammaker 1992
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Iq8xijmlss0eoh3dhx0ydrbmru3 As Good as It Gets Frank Sachs 1997
Sdnq7kwti0xlev71rjwykceivvo What Dreams May Come Ian Nielsen (as Albert Lewis) 1998
4xypuhjmzhzhv57bwbfwuzchhxu A Murder of Crows Lawson Russell 1998
4mcufj0r3lv1a8vj5tq6o9abpjz Men of Honor Senior Chief Carl Brashear 2000
Tt7sglap4du2pqxafvnrhnlob9s Pearl Harbor Petty Officer Doris Miller 2001
41c7mmlyiu0lwb9ardn4kvkmocj Rat Race Owen Templeton 2001
4plfkhv0s2bv5qupiykkf8dvzlv Zoolander Himself 2001
3xe5qhyc85g6qf6cc79hjr9pa9p Boat Trip Jerry Robinson 2002
Pzmlxnwdiq8slcwzwzviw5o7vp6 The Fighting Temptations Darrin Hill 2003
Zsngzrpyot0bdtgpd2yj77ipsp6 Radio Radio 2003
Gsm6crlro2zsquisw2f4bhrfsh3 Home on the Range Buck 2004
E2vlzwlgnqk8qhuqejhkkgmpnqv End Game Alex Thomas 2006
6he02xs3dndm4cwxizv45kulbpl Shadow Boxer Mikey 2007
Fcwgwcr6yoihk04s5vwdiqntrbi Norbit Deion Hughes 2007
2gpnh4sfmznqhrmev24tzupm4qh Daddy Day Camp Charlie Hinton 2007
W2fxiz7hnmjknceo3x8bv1kwtb6 American Gangster Nicky Barnes 2007
Swpkc9tmwzphwrui2qyki3kvlmx Hero Wanted Liam Case 2008
8x3efgrabfa2iso27hwdsg0l16k The Devil's Tomb Mack 2009
I3fzcdh3pdlaz2yqborhrw5rxxw Hardwired Luke Gibson 2009
Y21mytpprdcg6fglfzq4bn458gt Ticking Clock Lewis Hicks 2011
Xsgxrlg0wjk5a37g8d1yrite6l5 The Hit List Jonas Arbor 2011
S2ba9olehutkfzsqgacu6zjmatn Sacrifice John Hebron 2011
Hma1ahh6o58ohtso7ssr7upgq1h Red Tails Major Emanuelle Stance 2012
R78j9uerqjq2xwpg7dflc7bqbvp Firelight DJ 2012
9ijsckzbqhjysgwwz3f0iim1qf1 One in the Chamber Ray Carver 2012
Jspd351npilidtpkasgcjsxxfnw Summoned Detective Callendar 2013
6ocfk97yte0bwktmw2hsihmvvlj Deception John Nelson 2013
4rnco5hfhbjb5j7kubjilfduq2d Life of a King Eugene 2013
Wljpmgfzfn5ydcn3zto7wgzrpr4 The Butler Carter Wilson 2013
L25bdtosycecvbqvnyjqmtfc2p Machete Kills El Camaleon 2013