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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. -- 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 >

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 >

- 43 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 >

- 93 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 >

- 113 days ago
Omar Gooding Arrested -- 'Wild & Crazy Kids' Host Popped for DUI

'Wild & Crazy Kids' Host
Popped for DUI

Omar Gooding -- host of Nickelodeon's '90s show "Wild & Crazy Kids" and a bunch of other stuff -- had a w-wild and crazy night on Tuesday ... TMZ has learned, the actor was busted for DUI.Law… READ MORE >

- 337 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. -- Bartender-Shoving Case DISMISSED

Cuba Gooding Jr.
Bartender-Shoving Case DISMISSED

Cuba Gooding Jr. is officially off the hook after allegedly shoving a female bartender in New Orleans this week -- the City Attorney has refused to file criminal charges.According to the City… READ MORE >

- 721 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. RIPS Bartender in Fight Video -- 'She's Racist!'

Cuba Gooding Jr.
RIPS Bartender in Fight Clip 'She's Racist!'

Cuba Gooding Jr. called a female bartender a "RACIST" for kicking him out of a New Orleans drinking establishment this week -- and the heated exchange was all caught on tape.TMZ broke the story… READ MORE >

- 721 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. -- Female Bartender DROPS Battery Charges

Cuba Gooding Jr.
Female Bartender DROPS Battery Charges

Cuba Gooding Jr. just caught a huge break after allegedly pushing a female bartender in New Orleans this week -- the bartender has decided to drop her battery charges against the actor.TMZ broke… READ MORE >

- 722 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. -- Screaming Match Continued Outside Bar

Cuba Gooding Jr.
Screaming Match Continued Outside Bar

The bartender who claims she was shoved by Cuba Gooding Jr. BERATED the actor as she threw him out of her establishment Tuesday morning ... telling him, "New Orleans disowns you" ... this… READ MORE >

- 722 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. -- No More Arrest Warrant ... Says Rep

Cuba Gooding Jr.
No More Arrest Warrant ... Says Rep

Cuba Gooding Jr. is no longer a wanted man in New Orleans -- this according to Cuba's rep, who tells TMZ, the actor's arrest warrant has been nixed after he met with police this morning.TMZ broke… READ MORE >

- 723 days ago

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