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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.  

Jan 2, 1968 In Bronx, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
Pierwszy Pojawił:
In the series The Academy Awards 1953-03-18
Najnowszy projekt:
Film The Book of Negroes 2015-01-07
Known For
Poster of The Book of Negroes
Poster of Lies & Illusions
Poster of Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
Poster of Śnieżne psy
Film The Book of Negroes 2015-01-07
Seria The Book of Negroes Sam Fraunces 2015-01-07
Film Freedom Samuel 2014-08-21
Film Selma Fred Gray 2014-12-25
Film Przebiegła gra John Nelson 2013-06-10
Film Life of a King Eugene 2013-06-22
Film Pozwany Detective Callendar 2013-06-01
Film Don Jon Hollywood Actor #2 2013-07-26
Film Maczeta zabija El Camaleon 2013-09-12
Film Kamerdyner Carter Wilson 2013-08-16
Film Eskadra: 'Czerwone Ogony' Major Emanuelle Stance 2012-01-19
Film Mordercze starcie Ray Carver 2012-08-21
Film Firelight DJ 2012-04-22
Film Ticking Clock Lewis Hicks 2011-01-04
Film Spis drani Jonas Arbor 2011-04-02
Seria American Horror Story Dominic Banks / Matt Miller 2011-10-05
Film Krwawy odwet John Hebron 2011-04-26
Film The Way of War David Wolfe 2009-02-20
Film Grobowiec diabła Mack 2009-05-26
Film Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story Ben Carson 2009-02-07
Film Pod obserwacją Luke Gibson 2009-11-03
Film Lies & Illusions Isaac 2009-08-26
Film Wrong Turn at Tahoe Joshua 2009-11-16
Film Stare Wygi Salim Adel 2009-11-24
Film Linewatch Michael Dixon 2008-01-01
Film Harold Cromer 2008-07-13
Film Bohater z wyboru Liam Case 2008-03-28
Film Norbit Deion Hughes 2007-02-08
Film What Love Is Tom 2007-03-23
Film Daddy Day Camp Charlie Hinton 2007-08-08
Film Amerykański Gangster Nicky Barnes 2007-11-02
Film End Game Alex Thomas 2006-03-22
Film Shadowboxer Mikey 2005-09-09
Film Brudne sprawy Salim Adel 2005-11-10
Film Rogate ranczo Buck (voice) 2004-04-02
Seria Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Film Radio Radio 2003-10-24
Film The Fighting Temptations Darrin Hill 2003-09-17
Film Śnieżne psy Ted Brooks 2002-01-18
Film Statek miłości Jerry Robinson 2002-10-01
Seria V Graham Norton Unknown 2002-05-06
Film In the Shadows Draven 2001-06-24
Film Pearl Harbor Petty Officer Doris Miller 2001-05-21
Film Zoolander Himself 2001-09-28
Film Wyścig szczurów Owen Templeton 2001-07-30
Film Siła i honor Senior Chief Carl Brashear 2000-09-13
Film Stopień ryzyka Arlo 1999-09-01
Film Instinct Dr. Theo Caulder 1999-06-04
Film Między piekłem a niebem Albert Lewis 1998-10-02
Film A Murder of Crows Lawson Russell 1998-12-12
Seria The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Film Lepiej być nie może Frank Sachs 1997-12-19
Seria The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Unknown 1996-07-22
Film Jerry Maguire Rod Tidwell 1996-12-06
Film Epidemia Salt 1995-03-10
Film Losing Isaiah Eddie Hughes 1995-03-17
Film The Tuskegee Airmen Billy Roberts 1995-08-25
Seria MADtv Unknown 1995-10-14
Film Lightning Jack Ben Doyle 1994-03-11
Film Sądna noc Mike Peterson 1993-10-15
Seria The Untouchables Unknown 1993-01-11
Film Daybreak Torch 1993-05-08
Seria Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Film Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story Tyree 1992-01-06
Film Gladiator Abraham Lincoln Haines 1992-03-06
Film Ludzie Honoru Cpl. Carl Hammaker 1992-12-11
Seria The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Film Chłopaki z sąsiedztwa Tré Styles 1991-07-12
Film Sing Stanley 1989-03-31
Seria Mancuso, F.B.I. Unknown 1989-10-13
Seria Nasty Boys Poptop 1989-09-21
Seria The Bronx Zoo Unknown 1987-03-19
Seria 227 Unknown 1985-09-14
Seria MacGyver Unknown 1985-09-29
Seria Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Seria Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Seria Sesame Street Unknown 1969-11-10
Seria The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18