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Cuba Gooding Jr. is a Actor and Producer American born on 2 january 1968 at New York City (USA)

Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba Gooding Jr.
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Birth name Cuba Michael Gooding, Jr.
Nationality USA
Birth 2 january 1968 (56 years) at New York City (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

Cuba M. Gooding, Jr. (born January 2, 1968) is an American actor. He is best known for his Academy Award–winning role as Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire (1996). Other notable films he has appeared in include Boyz n the Hood (1991), A Few Good Men (1992), As Good as It Gets (1997), The Fighting Temptations (2003), American Gangster (2007), The Butler (2013) and Selma (2014).


Gooding was born on January 2, 1968 in The Bronx, New York City, 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. He has three siblings: April, actor and musician Omar, and Tommy Gooding. His paternal grandfather was a native of Barbados. His family moved to Los Angeles after his father's music group had a hit single with "Everybody Plays the Fool" in 1972; two years later, his father left the family. 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. He became a born-again Christian at age 13. In 1994, Gooding 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 citing irreconcilable differences.

Best films

Pearl Harbor (2001)
As Good as It Gets (1997)
Jerry Maguire (1996)
American Gangster (2007)
Outbreak (1995)
Norbit (2007)

Usually with

Brad Krevoy
Brad Krevoy
(5 films)
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
(2 films)
Lee Daniels
Lee Daniels
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Cuba Gooding Jr. (61 films)

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Selma (2014)
, 2h8
Directed by Ava DuVernay
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Films about racism, Political films
Actors David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Common, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint
Roles Fred Gray
Rating74% 3.7487653.7487653.7487653.7487653.748765
In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) accepts his Nobel Peace Prize. Four African-American girls are shown walking down the stairs of the 16th Street Baptist Church until an explosion explosion set by the Ku Klux Klan kills them. In Selma, Alabama, Annie Lee Cooper attempts to register to vote but is prevented by the white registrar. King meets with President Lyndon B. Johnson and asks for federal legislation to allow black citizens to register to vote unencumbered. Johnson says he has more important projects.
Don Jon
Don Jon (2013)
, 1h30
Directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about pornography
Actors Scarlett Johansson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly
Roles Hollywood Actor #2
Rating64% 3.245863.245863.245863.245863.24586
Jon Martello is a modern day Don Juan, with a short list of things he cares about: "my body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls, my porn". Though he has a very active sex life, he is more sexually satisfied by viewing pornography and masturbating, which enables him to "lose himself".
The Butler
The Butler (2013)
, 2h12
Directed by Lee Daniels
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Politique, Films about racism, Films about the labor movement, Political films, White House in fiction
Actors Alex Pettyfer, Forest Whitaker, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Alan Rickman
Roles Carter Wilson
Rating72% 3.6015753.6015753.6015753.6015753.601575
In 2009, an elderly Cecil Gaines recounts his life story, while waiting at the White House to meet the newly inaugurated president.
Machete Kills, 1h47
Directed by Robert Rodríguez
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodríguez, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, Charlie Sheen, Sofía Vergara
Roles El Camaleon
Rating56% 2.8001652.8001652.8001652.8001652.800165
The film starts with Machete Cortez (Danny Trejo) and Sartana Rivera (Jessica Alba) attempting to capture weapon dealers who have been supplying the Mexican drug cartels. The military men are then all killed by the gangsters, who in turn are wiped out by another intervening party. Its leader murders Sartana while Machete is arrested by corrupt Sheriff Doakes (William Sadler) and Deputy Clebourne (Samuel Davis). Doakes unsuccessfully tries to hang Machete but the President of the US, Rathcock (Charlie Sheen), intervenes. Machete is brought to the White House, where the president offers him US citizenship if he eliminates Marcos Mendez (Demián Bichir), a psychopath who is threatening to fire a nuclear missile at Washington, D.C. if the American government does not intervene to stop the rampant drug cartels in Mexico and the corruption of its government.
Absolute Deception, 1h29
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Emmanuelle Vaugier
Roles John Nelson
Rating43% 2.1635352.1635352.1635352.1635352.163535
When a widowed reporter is informed by an FBI agent that her deceased husband has just been murdered, the two join forces to uncover a web of deceit that is shocking and more deadly than anyone could imagine.
Life of a King
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Sports films, Films about chess
Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Paula Jai Parker, Richard T. Jones, Malcolm Mays
Roles Eugene Brown
Rating69% 3.451293.451293.451293.451293.45129
The film tells the true story of Eugene Brown (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), an ex-con who starts a chess club for inner-city youths in Washington, D.C..
Life of a King, 1h40
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Sports films, Films about chess
Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Paula Jai Parker, Richard T. Jones, Malcolm Mays
Roles Eugene Brown
Rating69% 3.451293.451293.451293.451293.45129
The film tells the true story of Eugene Brown (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), an ex-convict who starts the Big Chair Chess Club for inner-city youths in Washington, D.C..
Summoned (2013)
, 1h29
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Ashley Scott, Bailey Chase, James Hong, Tichina Arnold, Tim Abell
Roles Detective Callendar
Rating43% 2.162792.162792.162792.162792.16279
Il y a cinq ans, le tueur en série Evan Lucas est condamné à la peine capitale. Mais depuis quelque temps, les jurés l'ayant condamné sont victimes les uns après les autres de faits mystérieux, qui leur coûtent la vie. Laura, l'un des douze membres du jury, réalise rapidement que ces morts ne sont pas le fait de simples coïncidences et qu'elle est peut-être la prochaine victime. Avec l'aide de l'inspecteur Michael Lyons, elle va mener l'enquête, avec une question à l'esprit : les jurés ont-ils condamné la bonne personne ?
Red Tails
Red Tails (2012)
, 2h5
Directed by George Lucas, Anthony Hemingway
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Children's films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Daniela Ruah, Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo
Roles Major Emanuelle Stance
Rating59% 2.954942.954942.954942.954942.95494
In 1944, as the air war over Europe enters a deadly phase with increasing losses of bombers, the 332d Expeditionary Operations Group (the Tuskegee Airmen) consisting of young African-American USAAF fighter pilots, after enduring racism throughout their recruitment and training in the Tuskegee training program, are finally sent into combat in Italy. Although flying worn-out Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft and chafing at their ground attack missions, the Tuskegee Airmen recognize they may never fight the Luftwaffe. The tight-knit group of Capt. Martin "Easy" Julian, 1st Lt. Joe "Lightning" Little, 2nd Lt. Ray "Ray Gun" Gannon, 2nd Lt. Andrew "Smokey" Salem, and 2nd Lt. Samuel "Joker" George under the guidance of Major Emanuel Stance and Col. A.J. Bullard, face a white military bureaucracy still resistant to accepting black flyers as equals.
One in the Chamber, 1h31
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Gangster films
Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Dolph Lundgren, Louis Mandylor, Claudia Bassols, Billy Murray
Roles Ray Carver
Rating51% 2.55892.55892.55892.55892.5589
After the fall of Communism, criminals from the USA flooded into Eastern Europe where they established a crime syndicate in a land where authorities were powerless and the laws were replaced by the crime. Dealers of weapons and drugs have turned Prague into their headquarters where they could make millions of dollars by selling weapons to various gangs.
Firelight (2012)
, 1h30
Directed by Darnell Martin
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Q'orianka Kilcher, DeWanda Wise, Vickie Eng
Roles DJ
Rating64% 3.241853.241853.241853.241853.24185
Reconnue coupable de vol, Caroline Magabo est condamnée à trois ans de détention dans un centre pour jeunes.
The Hit List, 1h31
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Cole Hauser, Jonathan LaPaglia, Michael Papajohn, Rich Cowan, Katarzyna Wolejnio
Roles Jonas Arbor
Rating54% 2.705612.705612.705612.705612.70561
Allan Campbell (Cole Hauser), a man who has had a very bad day, goes to a bar to drown his sorrows. He drunkenly befriends a mysterious man who calls himself Jonas Arbor (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), revealing to him a list of five people he wishes were dead. But as the bodies start piling up, and with a detective (Jonathan LaPaglia) hot on his trail, Allan, no longer believing the events to be a practical joke, must set out to end the murders before it's too late for his wife.
Sacrifice (2011)
, 1h32
Directed by Damian Lee
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Devon Bostick, Kim Coates, Christian Slater, Athena Karkanis
Roles John Hebron
Rating43% 2.1569552.1569552.1569552.1569552.156955
A tough undercover cop (John) inadvertently gets involved in a dangerous heroin ring when a young defector of the drug trade (Mike) leaves his five-year-old sister (Angel) in his care. Mike is killed, Angel is kidnapped, and John sets out to save the girl.
Ticking Clock, 1h41
Directed by Ernie Barbarash
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Neal McDonough, Yancey Arias, Danielle Nicolet, James DuMont, Austin Abrams
Roles Lewis Hicks
Rating53% 2.651532.651532.651532.651532.65153
The movie opens outside a rundown suburban house. Inside, a woman is seen viciously murdered and partially dissected in the bath tub. As the killer, Keech (Neal McDonough), washes his hands, a baby starts to cry. Keech approaches the baby. Despite the savagery of his attack on the woman he is surprisingly gentle with the baby, by comforting him and saying, “she can't hurt you anymore”.
Lies & Illusions
Directed by Tibor Takács
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Christian Slater, Christa Campbell, Cuba Gooding Jr., Al Madrigal, Lochlyn Munro
Roles Isaac
Rating35% 1.7616951.7616951.7616951.7616951.761695
The film begins with self-help author Wes Wilson who has recently come out with his first best selling book. At the after-party, he meets up with an attractive woman named Samantha. They flirt, and he proposes publicly. He introduces her to his agent, who tries to talk Wes into writing a sequel. Wes dismisses the agent and takes Samantha to his car to leave the party early. They are attacked in the parking lot, and Samantha is knocked out and kidnapped.