Cuba Goading Jr. was born on January 2, 1968, in The Bronx, New York, USA. He is a famous American actor.
Biography and Career :
He is the son of the Cuba Gooding Sr., the vocalist of the pop band Main Ingredient. After his father broke the tops with the single "Everybody Plays the Fool" in 1972, his family moved to Los Angeles. After two years, his father abandoned his family. Cuba Gooding Jr. entered high school during his teenage years. During high school he performed in a play and after that he was a constant presence in TV Commercials. That led to a minor part in an episode in "Hill Street Blues".
His debut on the stage was of a break dancer in the show of Lionel Richie at Olimpiada. Later on he took acting classes. His real debut was in 1990 in "Boyz N the Hood". He
kept on acting, but in low budget films. 1997 was one of the greatest year in his career. He was awarded with an Oscar for the Best Minor Part in "Jerry Maguire". His next triumph was in "As Good as It Get".
1999 was an year full of television and film for Cuba Gooding Jr. He showed up in the Pepsi TV commercials and starred in "Instinct" with Anthony Hopkins. He also got a main part in "Chill Factor". Important film in his career are: "Pearl Harbor", "Men of Honour" or "Muhammad Ali's All Star 60th Birthday Celebration".
- His wife is Sara Kapfer (met in high scool; married on March 13, 1994).
- He has two sons, Mason (born in 1996) and Spencer Gooding (born in 1993).
- His best role in a movie was as Rod Tidwell in "Jerry Maguire" (1996).
- He was named the actor with the sexiest bottom on film for his role in "Jerry Maguire" according to a poll carried out by Odeon cinemas.
- He was listed as one of twelve Promising New Actors of 1991 in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 43.
- He was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.
- He was suggested by Roger Moore to replace Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.
- "I understand it all. I can write my own ticket for one or two movies. But if they're not the right ones, my ticket gets yanked. I understand that's how it works, and I'm okay with it."
- "My wife and I have been together since 1986. I graduated in '86 and she graduated in '88. We began dating when she was 17. Actually she turned 18 when we started kissing and stuff."
- "When I'm not shooting films, I just stay at home. There's so much activity in my life that I just enjoy the quiet time."
- American Gangster (2007)
- Daddy Day Camp (2007)
- What Love Is (2007)
- Norbit (2007)
- The 2006 Black Movie Awards (2006) (TV)
- End Game (2006)
- Lightfield's Home Videos (2006)
- Dirty (2005)
- Shadowboxer (2005)
- A Dairy Tale (2004) (V) (voice)
- Home on the Range (2004) (voice)
- Radio (2003)
- The Fighting Temptations (2003)
- Boat Trip (2002)
- Snow Dogs (2002)
- In the Shadows (2001)
- Rat Race (2001)
- Pearl Harbor (2001)
- Men of Honor (2000)
- Chill Factor (1999)
- Instinct (1999)
- "Saturday Night Live" .... Host (1 episode, 1999)
- A Murder of Crows (1999) (V)
- What Dreams May Come (1998)
- As Good as It Gets (1997)
- Do Me a Favor (1997)
- Jerry Maguire (1996)
- The Tuskegee Airmen (1995) (TV)
- Losing Isaiah (1995)
- Outbreak (1995)
- Blown Away (1994) (uncredited)
- Lightning Jack (1994)
- Judgment Night (1993)
- Daybreak (1993) (TV)
- A Few Good Men (1992)
- Gladiator (1992)
- Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (1992) (TV)
- "MacGyver" (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
- Boyz n the Hood (1991)
- "Mancuso, FBI" (1 episode, 1990)
- Sing (1989)
- "227" (1 episode, 1989)
- Judgement (1989)
- "Amen" (1 episode, 1988)
- Coming to America (1988)
- "The Bronx Zoo" (1 episode, 1987)
- "Hill Street Blues" (2 episodes, 1986-1987).
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