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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 ... See full bio »

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Jerry Maguire Rod Tidwell
As Good as It Gets
As Good as It Gets Frank Sachs
Men of Honor
Men of Honor Chief Carl Brashear
What Dreams May Come
What Dreams May Come Albert Lewis


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 2015 The Book of Negroes (TV Mini-Series)
Sam Fraunces
- Episode #1.4 (2015) ... Sam Fraunces
- Episode #1.3 (2015) ... Sam Fraunces
 2015 Empire (TV Series)
 2014 Selma
Fred Gray
 2014/II Freedom
 2013 Guilty (TV Movie)
William 'Billy' Remz
 2013 Absolute Deception
John Nelson
 2013 Summoned (TV Movie)
Detective Callendar
 2013 Don Jon
Hollywood Actor #2
 2012 Firelight (TV Movie)
 2011/I Sacrifice
John Hebron
 2011 Ticking Clock (Video)
Lewis Hicks
 2009 Wrong Turn at Tahoe
 2009 Hardwired
Luke Gibson
 2008 Linewatch
Michael Dixon
 2008 Harold
 2007 The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends (Video)
Loofah (voice)
 2007 What Love Is
 2006 End Game
Alex Thomas
 2005 Dirty
Salim Adel
 2004 A Dairy Tale (Video short)
Buck (voice)
 2004 Home on the Range
Buck (voice)
 2003 Radio
 2001 In the Shadows
 1998 A Murder of Crows
Lawson Russell
 1997 Trading Favors
Liquor Store Clerk
 1995 The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Movie)
Billy Roberts
 1995 Losing Isaiah
Eddie Hughes
 1994 Blown Away
Bomb Squad Class Member (uncredited)
 1994 Lightning Jack
Ben Doyle
 1993 Daybreak (TV Movie)
 1992 Judgement
Officer Alvarez
 1989-1991 MacGyver (TV Series)
Billy Colton / Ray Collins
- The Coltons (1991) ... Billy Colton
- Serenity (1990) ... Billy Colton
- Black Rhino (1989) ... Billy Colton
- The Challenge (1989) ... Ray Collins
 1990 Nasty Boys, Part 2: Lone Justice (TV Movie)
Pop Top (unconfirmed)
 1990 Nasty Boys (TV Series)
- Kill or Be Killed: Part 2 (1990) ... Poptop
- Fire and Ice (1990) ... Poptop
 1990 Mancuso, FBI (TV Series)
 1989 Sing
 1989 227 (TV Series)
- The Real Decoys (1989) ... Skater
 1988 Amen (TV Series)
- Thelma's Handyman (1988) ... Kenny
 1988 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
- No Means No (1988) ... Paul
 1987 The Bronx Zoo (TV Series)
Bobby Devlin
- It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City (1987) ... Bobby Devlin
 1986-1987 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
2nd Gang Member / Ethan Dillon
- Days of Swine and Roses (1987) ... 2nd Gang Member
- Suitcase (1986) ... Ethan Dillon (uncredited)
 1986 Better Days (TV Series)
- Wooly Bully (1986) ... Bully
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Public Service Announcement (PSA) TV commercial "Great Futures Start Here" for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America with Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Wesley Clark, Mario Lopez, John Paul DeJoria, Jackie Joyner, Kerry Washington, Martin Sheen, Sugar Ray Leonard, Smokey Robinson, Magic Johnson, Cuba Gooding... See more »

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9 Interviews | 3 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Steven Spielberg came to me and said, 'I want you to be in Amistad (1997) and I said, 'It's a slave role; show me the money. I'm so a big thing,' and he goes, 'I can direct you.' and I said, 'No, I have to pass.' To me, at the time, I remember this interview I read (with) Christopher Reeve talking about Superman. What other role could live up to being Superman; he was Superman. I bought into that... See more »


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