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Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba Gooding Jr. was born on January 2, 1968, in The Bronx, New York. His mother, Shirley (Sullivan), was a backup singer for The Sweethearts. His father, Cuba Gooding, was the lead vocalist for the R&B group The Main Ingredient, which had a hit with the song "Everybody Plays The Fool". His paternal grandfather was from Barbados.Cuba's father moved the family to Los Angeles in 1972, only to leave them a few years later. Despite this setback, Cuba was able to maintain a positive outlook and overachieved throughout school. He attended four different high schools and was elected class president in three of them. While at high school, Cuba met and fell in love with Sara Kapfer, whom he later lived with for seven years before tying the knot in March 1994.Following high school, Cuba 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 1991 box office surprise Boyz n the Hood (1991). He followed this success with supporting roles in major films like A Few Good Men (1992), Lightning Jack (1994) and Outbreak (1995).In 1996, Cuba was cast as an arrogant but loyal football player in the Tom Cruise-Cameron Crowe film Jerry Maguire (1996). The film became a huge box office smash and earned Cuba an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His "Show Me The Money" line in the movie became a nationwide catchphrase. The role elevated him to superstar status, as many of Hollywood's top producers began to "show him the money" to appear in their films.Since Jerry Maguire (1996), Cuba has managed to keep busy with a wide range of roles alongside many of Hollywood's biggest stars. Most recently, he won critical support for his portrayal of a mentally handicapped man in the heartwarming film Radio (2003), another movie about football. In 2002, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.He resides in Studio City, California.


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Born:
Jan 2, 1968 In The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
18
First Appeared:
In the series Sesame Street 1969-07-21
Latest Project:
Series Big Time in Hollywood, FL 2015-03-25

Won 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 28 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Big Time in Hollywood, FL
Poster of The Book of Negroes
Poster of The Daily Show
Poster of Sesame Street
Filmography
Big Time in Hollywood, FL Cuba Gooding Jr. 6 episodes, 2015 2015-03-25
The Book of Negroes Sam Fraunces 2 episodes, 2015 2015-02-16
Forever Unknown 2014-09-22
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
Oprah Prime Unknown 2012-01-01
Piers Morgan Live Unknown 2011-01-17
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
Chris Moyles Quiz Night Unknown 2009-03-22
The Graham Norton Show Unknown 2007-02-22
The Contender Unknown 2005-03-07
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986-01-07
MacGyver Unknown 1985-09-29
Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Sesame Street Unknown 1969-07-21