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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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