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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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 2018 Life in a Year (filming)
 2018 Louisiana Caviar (post-production)
Rodney Jones
 2014 Selma
Fred Gray
 2014/II Freedom
 2013 Machete Kills
El Camaleón 2
 2013/I The Butler
Carter Wilson
 2013 Absolute Deception
FBI Agent John Nelson
 2013 Life of a King
 2013 Don Jon
Hollywood Actor #2
 2012 One in the Chamber
Ray Carver
 2012 Red Tails
Major Emanuelle Stance
 2011/I Sacrifice
John Hebron
 2011 The Hit List
Jonas Arbor
 2009 Wrong Turn at Tahoe
 2009 Hardwired
Luke Gibson
 2009 Lies & Illusions
Isaac Kahn
 2009 The Devil's Tomb
 2009 The Way of War
David Wolf
 2008 Linewatch
Michael Dixon
 2008 Harold
 2008 Hero Wanted
Liam Case
 2007 American Gangster
Nicky Barnes
 2007 Daddy Day Camp
Charlie Hinton
 2007 What Love Is
 2007 Norbit
Deion Hughes
 2006 End Game
Alex Thomas
 2005 Dirty
Salim Adel
 2005 Shadowboxer
 2004 Home on the Range
Buck (voice)
 2003 Radio
 2003 The Fighting Temptations
Darrin Hill
 2002 Boat Trip
Jerry Robinson
 2002 Snow Dogs
Ted Brooks
 2001 Zoolander
Cuba Gooding Jr.
 2001 In the Shadows
 2001 Rat Race
Owen Templeton
 2001 Pearl Harbor
Petty Officer Doris Miller
 2000 Men of Honor
Chief Carl Brashear
 1999 Chill Factor
 1999 Instinct
Theo Caulder
 1998 A Murder of Crows
Lawson Russell
 1998 Welcome to Hollywood
Cuba Gooding Jr.
 1998 What Dreams May Come
Albert Lewis
 1997 As Good as It Gets
Frank Sachs
 1997 Trading Favors
Liquor Store Clerk
 1996 Jerry Maguire
Rod Tidwell
 1995 Losing Isaiah
Eddie Hughes
 1995 Outbreak
Major Salt
 1994 Blown Away
Bomb Squad Class Member (uncredited)
 1994 Lightning Jack
Ben Doyle
 1993 Judgment Night
Mike Peterson
 1992 A Few Good Men
Cpl. Carl Hammaker
 1992 Judgement
Officer Alvarez
 1992 Gladiator
Abraham Lincoln Haines
 1991 Boyz n the Hood
Tre Styles
 1989 Sing
 1988 Coming to America
Boy Getting Haircut
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Hosted a driver's education video, "Get a Grip" 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 »


Attended John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills his junior year. There, he joined the drama club, stage crew and ran cross country. That year, 1986, he appeared in the California Shakespeare Festival where he won first place in his portrayal of "Othello". See more »


Often plays serious and soft-spoken characters See more »

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