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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. 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 >

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 >

- 869 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 >

- 870 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 >

- 870 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. Allegedly SHOVES Female Bartender -- Warrant Issued

Cuba Gooding Jr.
Allegedly SHOVES Female Bartender ... Warrant Issued

Cuba Gooding Jr. is a wanted man ... cops in New Orleans have issued an arrest warrant for the actor after he was accused of shoving a female bartender early this morning ... TMZ has learned. The… READ MORE >

- 871 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. -- I NEVER Groped Those Women

Cuba Gooding Jr.
I NEVER Groped Those Women

Cuba Gooding Jr. is shooting down reports he sexually harassed and groped several women in a New Mexico bar last month ... telling TMZ the allegations are "bulls**t."Just a few weeks ago, reports… READ MORE >

- 988 days ago
Cuba Gooding Sr. -- I Owe My Career to Don Cornelius

Cuba Gooding Sr.
I Owe My Career to Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius isn't getting the credit he deserves for "creating" the biggest music stars of the 70s -- at least according to Cuba Gooding Senior ... who got his big break on "Soul Train." Long… READ MORE >

- 1050 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. -- The Drunken Bar Toast

Cuba Gooding Jr. -- The Drunken Bar Toast

Cuba Gooding Jr. gave an intoxicating speech to some bar patrons while partying it up in Spokane, Washington -- and if you like watching drunk people ramble incoherently, you're gonna love this… READ MORE >

- 1703 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. - Where All the White People At?

Cuba Gooding Jr. - Where All the White People At?

Cuba Gooding Jr. was all about making Jerry Maguire scream "I love Black people" -- but last night at the House of Blues, all he wanted to know was "Where all the white people at?!"Cuba jumped… READ MORE >

- 1788 days ago
Cuba -- Show Me the Porn Stars!

Cuba -- Show Me the Porn Stars!

One of the people in this photo is an ultra-successful award-winning thespian, with more than 100 films in the can, and several major motion pictures set to be released in the next few months… READ MORE >

- 1968 days ago

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