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Cuba Gooding Jr

Cuba M. Gooding, Jr. (born January 2, 1968) is an American actor. He is an Academy Award-winner for his portrayal of Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe's 1996 film Jerry Maguire. Gooding was born in The Bronx, New York City on January 2, 1968, the son of Shirley Gooding (née Sullivan), a singer with the Sweethearts, and Cuba Gooding, Sr., a lead vocalist of soul group The Main Ingredient. He has three siblings: Tommy, Omar, and April. 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; the elder Gooding abandoned his family two years later. During his appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Gooding revealed that after his father had left, his family lived in hotels throughout Los Angeles. 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. His first job as an entertainer was as a breakdancer performing with singer Lionel

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Cuba Gooding Jr. -- Hey, O.J. ... 'Memba This!?!? (PHOTO)

Cuba Gooding Jr.
Hey, O.J. ... 'Memba This!?!?

Cuba Gooding Jr. was surrounded by cops in Bev Hills on Wednesday -- which tends to happen when you cruise around in a white Ford Bronco, looking like O.J. Simpson.  Cuba was shooting… READ MORE >

Cuba Gooding Jr. -- Visits Pacquiao Training Camp ... Dude Looks Fast!

Cuba Gooding Jr.
Visits Pacquiao Training Camp ... Dude Looks Fast!

// Another celebrity guest at the Manny Pacquaio training camp ... this time Cuba Gooding Jr. spent some time with the challenger ... but says the whole thing is going down TEN YEARS too late! CG2… READ MORE >

- 128 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. -- I've Reached A Verdict on O.J.

Cuba Gooding Jr.
I've Reached A Verdict on O.J.

Cuba Gooding Jr. is already stepping into OJ Simpson's Bruno Magli's ... and he's made up his mind about whether the Juice is guilty of murder. Outside the Paley Center in NYC ... Cuba told… READ MORE >

- 230 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. -- He's the Perfect O.J. Simpson ... Says Kato Kaelin

Cuba Gooding Jr.
HE'S THE PERFECT O.J. Simpson ... Says Kato Kaelin

Cuba Gooding Jr. is the PERFECT guy to play O.J. Simpson in an upcoming TV miniseries ... so says someone who would know -- Kato Kaelin. We spoke with O.J.'s most famous house guest… READ MORE >

- 236 days ago
Cuba Gooding, Jr. On Topless Hockey Celebration ... That's How I Get Down!

Cuba Gooding Jr. On
Topless NHL Celebration: IT'S HOW I GET DOWN!

Screw Ebola, Cuba Gooding Jr. has clearly been infected with another troubling ailment ... BIEBER-ITUS ... 'cause the Oscar winner can't seem to keep his shirt on these days. Cuba was leaving… READ MORE >

- 307 days ago
Cuba Gooding, Jr. -- Ass Cracking A Smile ... for America

Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Ass Cracking a Smile ... For America!

Cuba Gooding Jr. flashed his American spirit right along with his ass crack ... during Labor Day weekend.Cuba sported a Paul Revere hat and stars and stripes board shorts while showing off… READ MORE >

- 336 days ago
Cuba Gooding, Jr. -- MOCKS PRINCE FIELDER'S NUDE PIC ... 'Looks Like 2 Midgets In An Arm Wrestling Contest'

Cuba Gooding, Jr.
MOCKS PRINCE FIELDER'S NAKED PIC 'Looks Like 2 Midgets In An Arm Wrestling Contest'

Prince Fielder KNEW people were gonna have a strong opinion when he stripped down butt-naked and posed for the ESPN "Body" issue ... and now, Cuba Gooding Jr. has delivered. Cuba -- who just… READ MORE >

- 391 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. -- I HATE BANDWAGON FANS ... And L.A. Is Packed With 'Em

Cuba Gooding Jr.
I HATE BANDWAGON FANS ... & L.A.'s Packed w/ 'Em

L.A is overflowing with bandwagon L.A. Kings fans -- and Cuba Gooding Jr. tells TMZ Sports ... IT PISSES HIM THE HELL OFF!!!! Cuba was out in NYC yesterday -- where he was starting a "Let's Go… READ MORE >

- 418 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. -- Wife Files for Separation ... After 20 Years

Cuba Gooding Jr.
Wife Files for Separation ... After 20 Years

Marriage was NOT as good as it gets for Cuba Gooding Jr.'s wife -- she just filed for separation from the Oscar-winning actor after 20 years of marriage, TMZ has learned.Sara Kapfer filed today in… READ MORE >

- 469 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. -- House Buyer Showed Me Tons of Money ... As in $10 Million!!!

Cuba Gooding Jr.
House Buyer Showed Me Tons of Money ... As in $10 Million!!!

THIS is the kwan, Jerry ... Cuba Gooding Jr. just made at least SIX figures unloading his Pacific Palisades home -- and the buyer must love hockey because the crib includes a freakin'… READ MORE >

- 489 days ago

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