Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba Mark Gooding Jr. is an American actor. After his breakthrough role as Tre Styles in Boyz n the Hood, he appeared in A Few Good Men, The Tuskegee Airmen, Outbreak, and Jerry Maguire, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and What Dreams May Come.

Cuba Gooding Jr. is an American actor, writer, producer, and director who is popularly known for his breakthrough role as Tre Styles in the 1991 film, “Boyz n the Hood”. Gooding also has won an “Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor” for his role as Rod Tidwell in the film. “Jerry Maguire”. Gooding also has portrayed O.J. Simpson in the FX drama television series, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”.

What is Cuba Gooding Jr Famous for?

  •  Famous as one of the highest-paid prolific actors.
  • Also known as Tre Styles in the 1991 film, “Boyz n the Hood”.


When and Where was Cuba Gooding Jr Born?

Cuba Gooding Jr. was born on January 2, 1968, in The Bronx, New York, United States. His birth name is Cuba Mary Gooding Jr. His nationality is American. Gooding Jr. belongs to African-American ethnicity while is his zodiac sign.

Cuba Gooding Jr. was born to a popular singer family as his father, Cuba Gooding Sr., was a lead vocalist of the soul group, “The Main Ingredient” and his mother, Shirley Sullivan is also a singer who worked with “The Sweethearts”. Gooding Jr. was raised in Los Angeles himself and by his mother along with his three siblings: a daughter April and two brothers Omar and Thomas after his father left the family. Omar is also a popular actor, rapper and comedian.

Cuba attended altogether four different high schools, first, he attended North Hollywood High School, then Tustin High School and then he transferred to Apple Valley High School, and finally he graduated from the John F. Kennedy High School.

Cuba served as the Class President in three of the high schools he went to. After high school, he developed an interest in Japanese martial arts and he spent three years studying it, before focusing on acting.

Gooding Jr. soon began studying Japanese martial arts for three years. Besides, Cuba became a born-again Christian at the age of 13. He first worked as a breakdancer where he performed with singer Lionel Richie at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.


Cuba Gooding Jr. Career Highlights

  • Gooding Jr. kicked off his professional acting career with guest roles on shows like “Hill Street Blues”(1981), “Amen”(1988) and “MacGyver” for three years(1988, 1989, 1990).
  • In 1991, he got his first breakthrough role as Tre Styles in John Singleton’s crime drama, “Boyz n the Hood”.
  • Gooding then appeared in movies including “A Few Good Men”(1992), “Judgment Night”(1993), “Lightning Jack”(1994) and “Outbreak”(1995).
  • In 1996, Gooding got a charismatic football player role in Cameron Crowe’s blockbuster film, “Jerry Maguire” alongside Tom Cruise. The role earned him an Academy Award for the Best Supporting Actor.
  • Gooding followed his breakout role in the movie, “As Good as It Gets”(1997), “What Dreams May Come”(1998) and “Men of Honor”(2000).
  • Gooding further gained more attention for his roles in movies like “Pearl Harbor”, “Rat Race”, “The Fighting Temptations”, “Radio”, “Snow Dogs”, “American Gangster”, “Lies & Illusions” and “The Hit List”.
  • Gooding was well appreciated for his role as Ben Carson in the biographical film, “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story” in 2009.
  • He then appeared in with his role in the 2012 World War II film, “Red Tails” and in the historical drama, “Selma”(2014).
  • In 2012, Gooding starred in a TV pilot for Fox.
  • Gooding’s one of the most significant film roles was in the film, “The Butler” in 2013.
  • Soon after he appeared in TV series and shows including “Big Time in Hollywood, FL” and “Firelight”.
  • Gooding appeared as O. J. Simpson in the popular anthology series, “American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson” in 2016.
  • His first directorial debut, “Bayou Caviar” was released on October 5, 2018.
  • In 2002, Gooding was given a star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame”.


Who is Cuba Gooding Jr Married to?

Cuba Gooding Jr. is currently single. Gooding was previously married to his high school sweetheart, Sara Kapfer. The couple got married in 1994 and together were blessed with three children: two sons Spencer and Mason and a daughter named Piper. However, after 20 years of marriage Kapfer filed for legal separation from Gooding and finally got divorced in January 2017.

Gooding was charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree in New York City on June 13, 2019, and on October 10, 2019, he was indicted on a separate, additional sexual abuse charge. However, on October 15, 2019, he was pleaded not guilty of the charges.


What is Cuba Gooding Jr Net Worth?

Cuba Gooding Jr. has quiet a great earning through his career mainly as an actor. Gooding has managed to amass a great fortune of the amount in million dollars through his several hit movies and TV shows and series. Gooding enjoys his fortune which is estimated to be around $24 million.

Gooding had a salary of $600k for “Jerry Maguire”, $1 million for “What Dreams May Come”, and more than $2 million for “Instinct”. With all the fortune in million dollars, Gooding has been living a lavish and luxurious lifestyle in his house based in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles worth of $10 million.

How Tall is Cuba Gooding Jr?

The 51 years old actor, Cuba Gooding Jr. has a maintained masculine body physique. Gooding stands tall with a height of 5ft. 10inch.(1.78m) while his body weighs around 81kg(179 lbs). He has a shoe size of 10(US). Gooding has a dark complexion with black hair and dark brown eyes.

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