Cuba Gooding Jr.

Actor, Musician, Dancer
An energetic performer who inexplicably countered critically acclaimed dramatic performances with buffoonish comedies, Cuba Gooding, Jr. experienced both serious highs and embarrassing lows in his uneven career. After ... Read more »
Born: 01/01/1968 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (107)

American Crime Story 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

The Book Of Negroes 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Cotton 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Deception 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Freedom 2014 (Movie)

Samuel (Actor)

Hardwired 2014 (Movie)

Luke Gibson (Actor)

Life of a King 2014 (Movie)

Eugene (Actor)

One In the Chamber 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Selma 2014 (Movie)

Fred Gray (Actor)

The Devil's Tomb 2014 (Movie)

Mack (Actor)

The Hit List 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Way of War 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ticking Clock 2014 (Movie)

Louis Hicks (Actor)

Wrong Turn at Tahoe 2014 (Movie)

Joshua (Actor)

20/20 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Don Jon 2013 (Movie)

Hollywood Actor #2 (Actor)

Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013 (Movie)

Carter Wilson (Actor)

Machete Kills 2013 (Movie)

El Camaleón 2 (Actor)

The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

BET Honors 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Conan 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Firelight 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Tails 2012 (Movie)

Major Emmanuel Stance (Actor)

The 43rd NAACP Image Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Graham Norton Show 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sacrifice 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Fashion Rocks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Harold 2008 (Movie)

Cromer (Actor)

Hero Wanted 2008 (Movie)

Liam Case (Actor)

Lies & Illusions 2008 (Movie)

Isaac Kahn (Actor)

Movies Rock 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The British Academy Film Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

Nicky Barnes (Actor)

Daddy Day Camp 2007 (Movie)

Charlie Hinton (Actor)

Linewatch 2007 (Movie)

Michael Dixon (Actor)

Norbit 2007 (Movie)

Deion Hughes (Actor)

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

What Love Is 2007 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

When Parents Are Deployed 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Dirty 2006 (Movie)

Officer Salim Adel (Actor)

End Game 2006 (Movie)

Tom Quinn (Actor)

Shadowboxer 2006 (Movie)

Mikey (Actor)

The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Host

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Home on the Range 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Buck (Actor)

Oscar Countdown 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Boat Trip 2003 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Radio 2003 (Movie)

James Robert 'Radio' Kennedy (Actor)

The Fighting Temptations 2003 (Movie)

Darrin Hill (Actor)

Muhammad Ali's 60th Birthday Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Snow Dogs 2002 (Movie)

Ted Brooks (Actor)

Above and Beyond: The U.S. Air Force Experience 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

History Vs. Hollywood: Pearl Harbor 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Pearl Harbor 2001 (Movie)

Doris 'Dorie' Miller (Actor)

Pearl Harbor: A Journey to the Screen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rat Race 2001 (Movie)

Owen Templeton (Actor)

The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Zoolander 2001 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

In the Shadows 2000 (Movie)

Draven (Actor)

Men of Honor 2000 (Movie)

Carl Brashear (Actor)

A Murder of Crows 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Chill Factor 1999 (Movie)

Arlo (Actor)

Instinct 1999 (Movie)

Theo Caulder (Actor)

A Murder of Crows 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Trading Favors 1998 (Movie)

Clerk (Actor)

What Dreams May Come 1998 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

As Good As It Gets 1997 (Movie)

Frank Sachs (Actor)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The ShoWest Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to Hollywood 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

Rod Tidwell (Actor)

Losing Isaiah 1995 (Movie)

Eddie Hughes (Actor)

Outbreak 1995 (Movie)

Major Salt (Actor)

Cool People/Hot Places 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Lightning Jack 1994 (Movie)

Ben Doyle (Actor)

Judgment Night 1993 (Movie)

Mike Peterson (Actor)

A Few Good Men 1992 (Movie)

Corporal Carl Hammaker (Actor)

Gladiator 1992 (Movie)

Lincoln (Actor)

The 4th Annual Desi Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Boyz N The Hood 1991 (Movie)

Tre Styles (Actor)

Hitz 1991 (Movie)

special appearance (Actor)

Kill or Be Killed 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

No Means No 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Sing 1989 (Movie)

Stan (Actor)

Coming to America 1988 (Movie)

Boy Getting Haircut (Actor)

Big Time in Hollywood, FL (Tv Show)

Actor

Daybreak (TV Show)

Actor

Forever (Tv Show)

Actor

I Love the '80s (TV Show)

Actor

The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Harold 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Murder of Crows 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

An energetic performer who inexplicably countered critically acclaimed dramatic performances with buffoonish comedies, Cuba Gooding, Jr. experienced both serious highs and embarrassing lows in his uneven career. After starting his career as a backup break dancer for Lionel Ritchie at the 1984 Olympic Games, Gooding forged ahead with an acting career with several brief film and television appearances before showing early talent with his subtle portrayal of a bright youth being led down a dangerous path in "Boyz N the Hood" (1991). The role earned him serious consideration from Hollywood, though he failed to take advantage of his newfound clout. For the next few years, he languished in forgettable movies like "Lightning Jack" (1994) and "Outbreak" (1995) before finally striking Oscar gold with his highly infectious performance as an arrogant football star in the winning "Jerry Maguire" (1996). But like "Boyz," Gooding failed to seize the moment, choosing instead to star in "Snow Dogs" (2002), "Boat Trip" (2002) and "Daddy Day Camp" (2007). Though he received strong critical attention for his performances in "As Good As It Gets" (1998), "Radio" (2003) and "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story" (TNT, 2009), Gooding still had work to do in living up to his early promise.

Relationships

Cuba Gooding Sr. Actor

Father
Born April 27, 1944 Lead vocalist for rhythm and blues group The Main Ingredient, who sang the 1972 hit "Everybody Plays the Fool"; separated from Gooding's mother in 1974; remarried after 13 years of divorce

Omar Gooding Actor

Brother
Born Oct. 19, 1976 Appeared as a regular on ABC's "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" and "Smart Guy" (The WB)

Shirley Gooding

Mother
Toured with Jackie Wilson's Sweethearts during the 1960s

Mason Gooding

Son
Born in 1996; mother, Sara Kapfer

Spencer Gooding

Son
Born c. 1993; mother, Sara Kapfer

April Gooding

Sister
Older

Sara Kapfer

Wife
Met in high school Lived together for seven years before marrying on March 13, 1994

EDUCATION

Attended four high schools in Southern California; class president at three of the four

Milestones

2012

Co-starred in the WWII drama "Red Tails," about a crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program; executive produced by George Lucas

2011

Starred in the action thriller "The Hit List"

2009

Played the title role in the TNT movie "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story," based on the life story of the world-renowned neurosurgeon; earned a SAG nomination for Best Actor in a TV Movie

2008

Co-starred in the comedy film "Harold"

2007

Co-starred with Eddie Murphy in the comedy "Norbit"

2007

Starred in "Daddy Day Camp," a sequel to the Eddie Murphy vehicle "Daddy Day Care"

2006

Played a gangbanger-turned-cop in the crime drama "Dirty"

2006

Starred opposite Helen Mirren in Lee Daniels' indie film "Shadowboxer"

2003

Played the title character in the heart-felt drama "Radio"

2003

Landed lead part in the gospel feature "The Fighting Temptations"

2002

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2002

Played a Miami dentist who inherits a dog sled team in "Snow Dogs"

2001

Made a cameo in "Pearl Harbor" as Doris 'Dorrie' Miller

2000

Starred in the biopic "Men of Honor" as Carl Brashear, the U.S. Navy's first African-American salvage-and-retrieval diver

1999

Produced and starred as a plagiarizing lawyer in "A Murder of Crows" (aired on Cinemax)

1999

Played an ambitious psychiatrist trying to penetrate the mind of Anthony Hopkins in "Instinct"

1998

Appeared as a spirit guide escorting Robin Williams through the afterlife in "What Dreams May Come"

1997

Portrayed a gay art dealer in James L. Brooks' "As Good As It Gets"

1996

Breakthrough role as outspoken football player Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe's "Jerry Maguire"; second collaboration with Cruise

1995

Acted in the historical drama "The Tuskegee Airmen" (HBO), based on the true story of a group of African American pilots overcoming racism during WWII

1994

Cast as Paul Hogan's sidekick in "Lightning Jack"; role purportedly was originally intended for a dog

1992

First film with Tom Cruise, "A Few Good Men"

1991

Breakthrough role as the emotionally tortured Tre Styles in John Singleton's feature debut "Boyz N the Hood"

1989

First significant role in a feature film, "Sing"

1989

Had a recurring role on ABC's "MacGyver"

1988

Feature film debut, "Coming to America"

1988

First role in a Canadian TV-movie, "No Means No" (CBC)

1984

First professional job, a breakdancer on stage with Lionel Richie at the 1984 Olympic Games

Raised in Los Angeles

First acting role, playing a thug on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC)

Began acting in Drama Teachers' Association of Southern California drama festival competition

Bonus Trivia

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"I couldn't be nervous [acting opposite Tom Cruise], because his character works for my character. The only time I got nervous was at the 'Mission: Impossible' premiere. I was standing there, chilling, and here comes Tom introducing me to all the bigwigs in Hollywood. And I'm like, 'Damn, Cuba, you're in another league now.'" – Gooding to Oliver Jones in Premiere Magazine, January 1997

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"I was shocked to see the racism in Hollywood. As a young actor you think this is the fairy world. I've seen Sidney Poitier kiss a white woman in a movie. Then you hear, 'We want to make you an offer on this movie, but we can't because we have another black actor up for a role and we can't have two black actors.' That just happened to me. I was blown away." – Gooding to Entertainment Weekly, Feb. 21-28, 1997

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"I'm sure there are great stories about families in Compton who struggle with gang violence. There are even better stories of middle-class blacks who struggle to be accepted in upper-echelon communities. But people across the globe won't know it until we start making those f*ck*ng movies. I'm tired of people saying that blacks don't sell overseas. They say blacks are dangerous, and that makes them afraid. Well, they're only afraid because of the movies we're making." – Gooding quoted in Rolling Stone Magazine, April 3, 1997

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"I remember walking up [to receive the award]. I remember going up there. And then the music playing. And then it just seemed like the thing to do: yell out the names. What I don't remember is, when did I stop yelling? What made me stop? Did they stop for a commercial break? Did the people stop applauding? Do you know who I remember seeing? Woody Harrelson! I don't know why. He jumped in the aisle and there was nobody else there, and he went 'Yeaaaaaaaahhhh!' And I'm, like, 'That's Woody Harrelson standing in the aisle.'" – Gooding on his fist-pumping Oscar acceptance speech, quoted in The Washington Post, May 30, 1999

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"My father was a big influence on me. He taught me in this business, you get it in a flash. And you can lose it in a flash. So you have to save your money and prepare to be in this for the long haul." – Gooding quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times, May 31, 1999

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Gooding formed the production company Goodbro Picture Entertainment with childhood pal Derek Broes.

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