Omar Gooding

Actor, Singer
Growing up in a household that included parents who were successful singers and an older brother who eventually won an Academy Award could prove daunting for anyone with show business ambitions. Still, the tall, affable ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (36)

Christmas in Compton 2014 (Movie)

Derrick Hollander (Actor)

Knuckle Draggers 2014 (Movie)

Russell (Actor)

Percentage 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Playmakers of New Orleans 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Single Ladies 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lot 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Men, Money & Gold Diggers 2013 (Movie)

Damon (Actor)

Chase 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miami Medical 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbershop 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Deadwood 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eve 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 20th Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The Gospel 2005 (Movie)

Wesley (Actor)

Static Shock! 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Voice

One on One 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Playmakers 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

The Division 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Aaliyah: A Life Cut Short 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Boy 2001 (Movie)

Sweatpea (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Zoe... 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Blossom 1991 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1991 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper 1992 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thea 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Ghost Dad 1990 (Movie)

Stuart (Actor)

Freedom Song (TV Show)

Actor

Mysterious Island (TV Show)

Actor

The Ernest Green Story (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Growing up in a household that included parents who were successful singers and an older brother who eventually won an Academy Award could prove daunting for anyone with show business ambitions. Still, the tall, affable Omar Gooding has managed to carve a niche as a successful TV presence, moving from teen roles to slightly more adult fare. As a child, he appeared in an educational film on crime which led to work in commercials and industrials. He segued to the small screen with a guest shot on the sitcom "Webster" and subsequently made numerous other appearance in sitcoms like "Empty Nest" and "Just the Ten of Us". Although he made his feature acting debut in the Bill Cosby vehicle "Ghost Dad" (1990), other roles weren't forthcoming. Gooding landed the task of co-hosting the popular Nickelodeon show "Wild & Crazy Kids" in 1990 and then had the first of several recurring roles on comedy series like "Blossom" and "The Royal Family". He had the more or less regular role of Earvin Rodman, one of Mark Curry's students, in the ABC sitcom "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" (1992-97). When that show ended, he quickly found a new role as a gregarious high school pal of a basketball star (Jason Weaver) whose younger brother is a genius in "Smart Guy" (The WB, 1997-99). Gooding was tapped by director John Singleton -- who first recognized the talents of Cuba Gooding -- to play a pivotal role as the title character's buddy in the film "Baby Boy" (2001). He earned critical praise for the role and essentially stole the film from nominal lead singer-turned-actor Tyrese Gibson.

Relationships

Shirley Gooding

Mother
separated from Gooding's father in 1974

Cuba Gooding

Brother
older

April Gooding

Sister

Cuba Gooding

Father
lead vocalist for rhythm and blues group, The Main Ingredient separated from Gooding's mother in 1974 born on April 27, 1944

Cuba Gooding Jr. Actor

Brother
Born Jan. 2, 1968 Starred in "Boyz n the Hood (1991) and gave an Academy Award-winning performance in "Jerry Maguire" (1996)

Milestones

2005

Cast as Calvin in the Showtime series "Barbershop"

2001

Had key role in the feature film "Baby Boy", helmed by John Singleton

1997

Co-starred in the sitcom "Smart Guy" (The WB)

1992

Appeared in recurring role on the ABC sitcom "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" (made regular for the last season)

1991

Played recurring role on the NBC sitcom "Blossom"

1990

Film acting debut in "Ghost Dad"

1990

Co-hosted "Wild & Crazy Kids" (Nickelodeon)

TV debut as a guest performer on the ABC sitcom "Webster"

Appeared in an educational film about crime

Began landing jobs in commercials and industrial films

Bonus Trivia

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Gooding is reportedly planning to team with his father in a rap group.

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He was arrested in 1995 for weapons possession for carrying a gun and was sentenced to 18 months probation.

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"I want people to think, 'That was really good,' when they finish watching one of my films or one of my shows."---Gooding to Venice magazine, September 2005.

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