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Cuba Gooding Jr

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Cuba Gooding Jr. was born on January 2, 1968, in The Bronx, New York. His mother, Shirley (Sullivan), was a backup singer for The Sweethearts. His father, Cuba Gooding, was the lead vocalist for the R&B group The Main Ingredient, which had a hit with the song "Everybody Plays The Fool". His paternal grandfather was from Barbados. Cuba's father moved the family to Los Angeles in 1972, only to leave them a few years later. Despite this setback, Cuba was able to maintain a positive outlook and overachieved throughout school. He attended four different high schools and was elected class president in three of them. While at high school, Cuba met and fell in love with Sara Kapfer, whom he later lived with for seven years before tying the knot in March 1994. Following high school, Cuba studied Japanese martial arts for three years before turning his focus toward acting. Early on, he landed guest starring roles on shows like Hill Street Blues (1981) and MacGyver (1985). His first major role was in the 1991 box office surprise Boyz n the Hood (1991). He followed this success with supporting roles in major films like A Few Good Men (1992), Lightning Jack (1994) and Outbreak (1995). In 1996, Cuba was cast as an arrogant but loyal football player in the Tom Cruise-Cameron Crowe film Jerry Maguire (1996). The film became a huge box office smash and earned Cuba an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His "Show Me The Money" line in the movie became a nationwide catchphrase. The role elevated him to superstar status, as many of Hollywood's top producers began to "show him the money" to appear in their films. Since Jerry Maguire (1996), Cuba has managed to keep busy with a wide range of roles alongside many of Hollywood's biggest stars. Most recently, he won critical support for his portrayal of a mentally handicapped man in the heartwarming film Radio (2003), another movie about football. In 2002, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He resides in Studio City, California.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Full Party Mode On Spring Break In Miami

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- 136 days ago
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Burt Reynolds' 'Stache ... Magical!!

Cuba Gooding Jr. doesn't know what Burt Reynolds' mustache would've said if it could talked ... but he knows it had some sweet moves. We got Cuba Thursday night at the NYC Italian joint… READ MORE >

- 260 days ago
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Done Fighting ... Ready For Role With Cuba Gooding Jr.!

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- 301 days ago
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To O.J. Simpson: You Can't Hide Dirt In 2017

O.J. Simpson is learning real quick ... it's WAY harder to hide your dirty laundry in 2017 -- so says Cuba Gooding Jr.  Case in point ... we broke the story ... O.J. was banned for life from… READ MORE >

- 561 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. Crashes Spa Party Loaded With Hot Chicks

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- 627 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. Works Through Pain of Dad's Death, Filming with Jaden Smith (PHOTOS)

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Working Through the Pain ... Filming with Jaden Smith

Cuba Gooding Jr. coped with the pain of his dad's death by working on his movie with Jaden Smith. They were in Toronto shooting Friday morning -- the day after Cuba Gooding Sr. passed… READ MORE >

- 764 days ago
Cuba Gooding Jr. Solemn on Set After Learning of Dad's Death (PHOTO)

Cuba Gooding Jr.
Solemn on Set After Learning of Dad's Death

Cuba Gooding Jr. showed his emotions on his face Thursday after learning his father had died. TMZ broke the story ... Cuba Gooding Sr. was found dead Thursday in the San Fernando Valley ...… READ MORE >

- 764 days ago
Cuba Gooding Sr. Dead at 72, Possible Overdose

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Dead at 72 ... Possible Overdose

Cuba Gooding Sr., a popular soul singer and father to the Oscar winner, was found dead Thursday in the San Fernando Valley ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us Cuba Gooding Jr.'s… READ MORE >

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Cuba Gooding Jr. Lifts Sarah Paulson's Dress, She Laughs But Fans Don't (PHOTO + VIDEO)

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Lifts Sarah Paulson's Dress She Laughs, Fans Do Not

Cuba Gooding Jr. lifted up Sarah Paulson's dress during an "American Horror Story" event, and while they both laughed it off ... some fans think he crossed the line. The co-stars were doing a… READ MORE >

- 789 days ago
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