Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr. 2012.jpg
Born(1968-01-02) January 2, 1968 (age 46)
Bronx, New York
OccupationActor
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Sara Kapfer (m. 1994)
Children3
ParentsCuba Gooding, Sr.
Shirley Sullivan
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Jerry Maguire (1996)
 
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For his father, the singer, see Cuba Gooding, Sr..
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr. 2012.jpg
Born(1968-01-02) January 2, 1968 (age 46)
Bronx, New York
OccupationActor
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Sara Kapfer (m. 1994)
Children3
ParentsCuba Gooding, Sr.
Shirley Sullivan
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Jerry Maguire (1996)

Cuba M. Gooding, Jr. (born January 2, 1968) is an American film actor. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire (1996), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His performances in films such as Boyz n the Hood (1991), As Good as It Gets (1997), Men of Honor (2000), Rat Race (2001), Snow Dogs (2002), and The Butler (2013) were also well received.

Personal life[edit]

Gooding Jr., was born in Bronx, New York, the son of Shirley Gooding (née Sullivan), a singer with the Sweethearts, and Cuba Gooding, Sr., a lead vocalist of the soul group The Main Ingredient.[1][2] He has three siblings: April, Omar, and Tommy Gooding. His paternal grandfather was a native of Barbados.[2] His family moved to Los Angeles after his father's music group had a hit single with "Everybody Plays the Fool" in 1972; the elder Gooding abandoned his family two years later. Gooding was raised by his mother and attended four different high schools: North Hollywood High School, Tustin High School, Apple Valley High School, and John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills in Los Angeles. He served as class president in three of them.[3] He became a born-again Christian at age 13.[4] In 1994, Gooding Jr. married his high school sweetheart, Sara Kapfer, and they have three children: Spencer, Mason and Piper. They live in Pacific Palisades, and Porter Ranch, California. On April 22, 2014, Kapfer filed for divorce from Gooding.

Career[edit]

Early career and major success[edit]

His first job as an entertainer was as a breakdancer performing with singer Lionel Richie at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.[1] After high school, Gooding 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), Amen (1988) and MacGyver (1988, 1989 and 1990)[5] and also had a tiny part in the popular comedy Coming to America (1988). Gooding's first major role was in John Singleton's inner-city crime drama Boyz n the Hood (1991), in which he played the lead, Tré Styles. A box office surprise and critical hit, the film is now considered a modern classic. He followed this success with supporting roles in major films such as A Few Good Men (1992),Judgment Night(1993)) Lightning Jack (1994), and Outbreak (1995). In 1996, Gooding reached a new level of prominence when he was cast as an arrogant yet charismatic football player on the brink of a career-ending injury in Cameron Crowe's blockbuster dramatic sports comedy Jerry Maguire (1996) with co-star Tom Cruise, which was a major critical and commercial success and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Most significantly, it earned Gooding an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. His exuberant "Show Me the Money" line in the film became a nationwide catch phrase.[6] Additionally, his Oscar acceptance speech has often been cited for its enthusiasm.

Post-Oscar prominence[edit]

In 1997, Gooding followed his breakout with a notable supporting role in the acclaimed Academy Award-winning comedy As Good as It Gets (1997), but in the following years his career was inconsistently successful. Some of his best received performances include turns in films such as the mystical drama What Dreams May Come (1998) and the US Naval drama Men of Honor (2000) in which he played the lead role and co-starred with Robert De Niro. Gooding also received attention for his roles in the epic Pearl Harbor (2001) as historical figure Doris Miller, the ensemble farce Rat Race (2001), the musical The Fighting Temptations (2003) in which he co-starred alongside Beyoncé Knowles, and the football drama Radio (2003), in which he played the title role. Additionally, though not well received critically, the family comedy Snow Dogs (2002) was a commercial success. Other roles of note during this time include a co-lead role alongside Anthony Hopkins in the psychological thriller Instinct (1999) and the voice of Buck in Disney's animated film Home on the Range (2004). However, during this stage of his career, he also began to appear in a series of films which were not critically or commercially successful, such as Chill Factor (1999), Boat Trip (2002), Norbit (2007), and Daddy Day Camp (2007), all of which had received extremely negative reviews and, with the exception of Norbit, performed poorly at the box office. On top of this, Gooding had allegedly turned down roles in successful films such as Amistad (1997) in the aftermath of his Oscar win. Ultimately, neither his earlier successes nor his leading roles in a couple of smaller independent films, including Lee Daniels' directorial debut Shadowboxer (2005), were able to offset these failures and prevent the downward trajectory of his career.

Recent film career[edit]

Since then, in great contrast to earlier stages of his acting career, Gooding has appeared in many more gritty, critically ignored, direct-to-DVD films than theatrical or television releases. A well received performance as Ben Carson in 2009's Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, and small supporting role in 2007's Ridley Scott's American Gangster, both proved to be exceptions to this trend, it was his last theatrically released film until 2012. Indeed, when Gooding had a prominent role in the World War II film, Red Tails (2012), produced by George Lucas and also with other prominent actors such as Terrence Howard and Bryan Cranston, it was his first theatrically released film since 2007's American Gangster. In 2013, Gooding had roles in several theatrical release films, including a well received supporting performance in Lee Daniels' The Butler and brief appearances in Don Jon and Machete Kills.

Other work[edit]

In 2013, Gooding, Jr. made his Broadway theatre debut alongside Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams in a Tony Award-nominated production of The Trip to Bountiful.[7] In 2012, he starred in a TV pilot for FOX called Guilty that was directed by McG. Though it was well received in screenings, it was ultimately not picked up by the network. He appeared on Channel 4's Chris Moyles' Quiz Night on August 5, 2011, closing the show dueting Bad Romance with Lulu. In 2002, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Theatrical release films
YearTitleRoleNotes
1988Coming to AmericaBoy getting HaircutFilm debut
1989SingStanley
1991Boyz n the HoodTré Styles
1992GladiatorAbraham Lincoln Haines
Few Good Men, AA Few Good MenCorporal. Carl Edward Hammaker
1993Judgment NightMike Peterson
1994Lightning JackBen Doyle
Blown AwayBomb Squad Class memberCameo
1995OutbreakMaj. SaltNominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Losing IsaiahEddie Hughes
1996Jerry MaguireRod TidwellAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor
American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy/Romance
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture
1997As Good as It GetsFrank SachsNominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1998What Dreams May ComeAlbert LewisBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Drama/Romance
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
1999InstinctTheo Caulder
Chill FactorArlo
2000Men of HonorBM2/Chief/Senior Chief Carl BrashearNominated - BET Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Black Reel Award: Best Actor
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
2001Pearl HarborPetty Officer Doris Miller
Rat RaceOwen Templeton
2002Snow DogsDr. Theodore "Ted" Brooks
Boat TripJerry RobinsonNominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
2003Fighting Temptations, TheThe Fighting TemptationsDarrin Hill
RadioJames Robert "Radio" KennedyCarnie Award for Best Cast
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
2004Home on the RangeBuck the Domestic HorseVoice
2005ShadowboxerMikeyNominated - Black Movie Award for Best Actor
2007NorbitDeion HughesNominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
Daddy Day CampCharles "Charlie" Hinton
American GangsterNicky BarnesNominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2012Red TailsMajor Emanuel Stance
2013The ButlerCarter WilsonNominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Machete KillsEl Camaleón
Don JonMovie starCameo
Life of a KingEugene Brown
2014Carry Me HomeSamuel
2015SelmaFred GrayFilming
Limited release films
YearTitleRoleNotes
2005DirtySalim Adel
2007What Love IsTom
2008HaroldCromer
Self
YearTitleRoleNotes
2001ZoolanderHimselfCameo
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1986Better DaysBully1 episode
1987Hill Street Blues2nd Gang Member / Ethan Dillon2 episodes
1988CBS Schoolbreak SpecialPaulEpisode: No Means No
AmenKennyEpisode: Thelma's Handyman
1989-1991MacGyverBilly Colton4 episodes
1993DaybreakTorch (Stephen Tolkin)Television film
1995Tuskegee Airmen, TheThe Tuskegee AirmenBilly RobertsTelevision film
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
1999Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "Cuba Gooding Jr./Ricky Martin"
2009Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson StoryBen CarsonTelevision film
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2012FirelightDwayne Johnson (DJ)Television film
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
GuiltyWilliam "Billy" RemzTV pilot
Stage
YearTitleRoleNotes
2013The Trip to BountifulLudie WattsBroadway
Direct-to-video
YearTitleRoleNotes
1998Murder of Crows, AA Murder of CrowsLawson Russell
2001In the ShadowsDraven
2006End GameAlex Thomas
2007Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends, TheThe Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of FriendsLoofah the BeipiaosaurusVoice
2008Hero WantedLiam Case
LinewatchMichael Dixon
2009Way of War, TheThe Way of WarDavid Wolfe
Lies & IllusionsIsaac
Devil's Tomb, TheThe Devil's TombMack
HardwiredLuke Gibson
Wrong Turn at TahoeJoshua
2011Ticking ClockLewis Hicks
SacrificeDetective John Hebron
The Hit ListJonas Arbor
2012One in the ChamberRay Carver
2013Absolute DeceptionJohn Nelson

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gaul, Lou (August 7, 2008). "Cuba Gooding Jr. talks 'Daddy Day Camp'". Phillyburbs. Retrieved July 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Cuba Gooding Jr Bio: movies.yahoo.com". Yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  4. ^ Williams, Kam (August 15, 2007). "Cuba Gooding: The Daddy Day Camp Interview with Kam Williams". Kamwilliams. Retrieved July 6, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Billy Colton (Character) from "MacGyver" (1985)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  6. ^ "Cuba Gooding Jr.". Vibe. Retrieved July 6, 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ Busis, Hillary (2012-12-20). "Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vanessa Williams head to Broadway | PopWatch | EW.com". Popwatch.ew.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  8. ^ "Cuba Gooding Jr.". Lodi News-Sentinel. Associated Press. January 18, 2002. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 

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