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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. -- Check Out My Slow Speed Striptease (VIDEO)

Cuba Gooding Jr.
Check Out My Slow Speed Striptease

Cuba Gooding Jr. started out somewhat demure at a Miami Beach nightclub, but he ended up partially naked ... and it was awesome!!! Cuba was turnt at LIV nightclub in the Fontainebleau hotel… READ MORE >

Cuba Gooding Jr. --  Killin' It in NY After O.J. Debut (VIDEO)

Cuba Gooding Jr.
Killin' It in NYC After O.J. Debut

Cuba Gooding Jr. had a public viewing party Tuesday ... but it was not to view 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' it was to view him on the streets of NYC, hilarious and very possibly wasted. Cuba… READ MORE >

- 89 days ago
Cuba Gooding, Jr. -- I Just Don't Know if O.J. Did It

Cuba Gooding, Jr.
I Just Don't Know if O.J. Did It

Cuba Gooding, Jr. played O.J. Simpson in the upcoming 'The People vs. OJ Simpson,' but he says his head is spinning with so much info he still can't figure out if O.J. did the deed. We got Cuba… READ MORE >

- 95 days ago
Cuba Gooding, Jr. -- Fun Drunk After Golden Globes ... 'I LOVE Black People!' (VIDEO)

Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Fun Drunk After Golden Globes ... 'I LOVE Black People!'

Cuba Gooding Jr. had a goood time after the Golden Globes -- partying, shadow boxing, razzing Uber drivers and cutting Sylvester Stallone a break for forgetting to thank black people. We got Cuba… READ MORE >

- 112 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. -- Show Me the Dance Moves! (VIDEO)

Cuba Gooding Jr.
Show Me the Dance Moves!

Cuba Gooding Jr. got his Rod Tidwell on in a crowded bar ... stealing the spotlight as he put on a dance clinic.  Cuba hit up the very British pub Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica,… READ MORE >

- 154 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. -- Disdain for O.J. Simpson

Cuba Gooding Jr.
Disdain for O.J. Simpson

Cuba Gooding Jr. has done his O.J. research and his conclusion is clear ... he wants nothing to do with the guy. Our photog got the star of "American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson"… READ MORE >

- 185 days ago
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 >

- 327 days ago
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 >

- 400 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 >

- 502 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 >

- 508 days ago

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