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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 »

Known For

Jerry Maguire
Jerry Maguire Rod Tidwell
(1996)
As Good as It Gets
As Good as It Gets Frank Sachs
(1997)
Men of Honor
Men of Honor Chief Carl Brashear
(2000)
What Dreams May Come
What Dreams May Come Albert Lewis
(1998)

Filmography

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 2018 Louisiana Caviar (post-production)
Rodney Jones
 2016-2018 American Crime Story (TV Series)
O.J. Simpson
- Episode #3.10 (2018)
- Episode #3.9 (2018)
- Episode #3.8 (2018)
- Episode #3.7 (2018)
- Episode #3.6 (2018)
 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)
Puma
 2014 Selma
Fred Gray
 2014/II Freedom
Samuel
 2013 Guilty (TV Movie)
William 'Billy' Remz
 2013 Absolute Deception
FBI Agent John Nelson
 2013 Summoned (TV Movie)
Detective Callendar
 2013 Don Jon
Hollywood Actor #2
 2012 Firelight (TV Movie)
DJ
 2011/I Sacrifice
John Hebron
 2011 Ticking Clock (Video)
Lewis Hicks
 2009 Wrong Turn at Tahoe
Joshua
 2009 Hardwired
Luke Gibson
 2008 Linewatch
Michael Dixon
 2008 Harold
Cromer
 2007 What Love Is
Tom
 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
Radio
 2001 In the Shadows
Draven
 1998 A Murder of Crows
Lawson Russell
 1998 Welcome to Hollywood
Cuba Gooding Jr.
 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)
Torch
 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)
Poptop
- Kill or Be Killed: Part 2 (1990) ... Poptop
- Fire and Ice (1990) ... Poptop (as Cuba Gooding)
 1990 Mancuso, FBI (TV Series)
 1989 Sing
Stanley
 1989 227 (TV Series)
Skater
- The Real Decoys (1989) ... Skater
 1988 Amen (TV Series)
Kenny
- Thelma's Handyman (1988) ... Kenny
 1988 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Paul
- 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)
Bully
- Wooly Bully (1986) ... Bully
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TV commercial: Burger King See more »

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9 Interviews | 4 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Cuba Gooding

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on his most embarrassing moment] That Oscar win, when I jumped around that damned stage! See more »

Trivia:

Older brother of Omar Gooding. See more »

Trademark:

Often plays serious and soft-spoken characters See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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