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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.  

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Jan 2, 1968 In Bronx, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
Première apparrition :
In the series Cérémonie des Oscars 1953-03-18
Dernier projet:
Series American Crime Story 2016-02-02
Connu pour
Poster of The Book of Negroes
Poster of Meurtre à double face
Poster of Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story
Series American Crime Story O. J. Simpson 2016-02-02
Series The Book of Negroes Sam Fraunces 2015-01-07
Series Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter Unknown 2015-08-02
Film Freedom Samuel 2014-08-21
Film Selma Fred Gray 2014-12-25
Film Meurtre à double face John Nelson 2013-06-10
Film Timmy Muldoon and the Search for the Shadoweyes Bandit Shadoweyes 2013-01-01
Film Life of a King Eugene 2013-06-22
Film Le Meurtrier de minuit Detective Callendar 2013-06-01
Film Don Jon Hollywood Actor #2 2013-07-26
Film Le Majordome Carter Wilson 2013-08-16
Film Machete Kills El Camaleon 2013-09-12
Film Red Tails Major Emanuelle Stance 2012-01-19
Film Shoot the Killer Ray Carver 2012-08-21
Film Adolescentes en sursis DJ 2012-04-22
Film Retour Mortel Lewis Hicks 2011-01-04
Film The Hit List Jonas Arbor 2011-04-02
Series American Horror Story Dominic Banks / Matt Miller 2011-10-05
Film Sacrifice John Hebron 2011-04-26
Film The Way of War David Wolfe 2009-02-20
Film The Devil's Tomb Mack 2009-05-26
Film Des Mains en or Ben Carson 2009-02-07
Film Engrenage mortel Joshua 2009-11-16
Film Double illusion Isaac 2009-08-26
Film Hardwired Luke Gibson 2009-11-03
Film Linewatch Michael Dixon 2008-01-01
Film Harold Cromer 2008-07-13
Film Hero Wanted Liam Case 2008-03-28
Film What Love Is Tom 2007-03-23
Film Norbit Deion Hughes 2007-02-08
Film Ecole Paternelle 2 Charlie Hinton 2007-08-08
Film American Gangster Nicky Barnes 2007-11-02
Film Complot à la Maison Blanche Alex Thomas 2006-03-22
Film Shadowboxer Mikey 2005-09-09
Film Dirty Salim Adel 2005-11-10
Film La ferme se rebelle Buck (voice) 2004-04-02
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Film Radio Radio 2003-10-24
Film The Fighting Temptations Darrin Hill 2003-09-17
Film Chiens des neiges Ted Brooks 2002-01-18
Series V Graham Norton Unknown 2002-05-06
Film Boat Trip Jerry Robinson 2002-10-01
Film L'Ultime Cascade Draven 2001-06-24
Film Pearl Harbor Petty Officer Doris Miller 2001-05-21
Film Cash Express Owen Templeton 2001-08-17
Film Zoolander Himself 2001-09-28
Film Les chemins de la dignité Senior Chief Carl Brashear 2000-09-13
Film Instinct Dr. Theo Caulder 1999-06-04
Film 50 Degrés Fahrenheit Arlo 1999-09-01
Film Murder of Crows Lawson Russell 1999-07-06
Film Welcome to Hollywood Cuba Gooding Jr. 1998-10-01
Film Au-delà de nos rêves Albert Lewis 1998-10-02
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Film Pour le pire et pour le meilleur Frank Sachs 1997-12-19
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Unknown 1996-07-22
Film Jerry Maguire Rod Tidwell 1996-12-13
Film Alerte! Salt 1995-03-10
Film Les chemins de l'amour Eddie Hughes 1995-03-17
Film Pilotes de Choix Billy Roberts 1995-08-25
Series MADtv Unknown 1995-10-14
Film Jack l'Éclair Ben Doyle 1994-03-11
Film La Nuit Du Jugement Mike Peterson 1993-10-15
Series The Untouchables Unknown 1993-01-11
Film Daybreak Torch 1993-05-08
Series 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 Des hommes d'honneur Cpl. Carl Hammaker 1992-12-11
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Film Boyz'n the Hood, la loi de la rue Tré Styles 1991-09-04
Film Sing Stanley 1989-03-31
Series Mancuso, F.B.I. Unknown 1989-10-13
Series Nasty Boys Poptop 1989-09-21
Film Un Prince à New York Boy Getting Haircut 1988-06-29
Series The Bronx Zoo Unknown 1987-03-19
Series 227 Unknown 1985-09-14
Series MacGyver Unknown 1985-09-29
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Series 1 Rue Sesame Unknown 1969-11-10
Series Cérémonie des Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18