Cuba Gooding Jr young
January 2, 1968
5 ft 10 in | 178 cm
78 kg | 172 lbs
10 US | 43.5 EU
Cuba Gooding Jr. was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States on January 2, 1968, is an American actor. Young Cuba Gooding Jr. made his big screen debut in the romantic comedy film Coming to America (1988) in role as a barber shop customer, opposite Eddie Murphy. Cuba's breakthrough performance came as Trey "Tre" Styles in drama crime film Boyz n the Hood (1991).
He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell in romantic comedy drama sports film Jerry Maguire (1996) opposite Tom Cruise and Renée Zellweger.
Outbreak (1995) drama thriller with Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo and Morgan Freeman
As Good as It Gets (1997) romantic comedy drama with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt
What Dreams May Come (1998) fantasy drama with Robin Williams
Men of Honor (2000) drama with Robert De Niro and Charlize Theron
Pearl Harbor (2001) romantic war drama with Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin and Kate Beckinsale
The Fighting Temptations (2003) musical comedy drama with Beyoncé Knowles
Radio (2003) biographical sports drama with Ed Harris and Debra Winger
Boat Trip (2002) romantic comedy with Vivica A. Fox and Roger Moore
Shadowboxer (2005) crime thriller with Helen Mirren and Stephen Dorff
American Gangster (2007) biographical crime with Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe and Josh Brolin
The Butler (2013) historical drama with Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and Jane Fonda
The Tuskegee Airmen (1995) drama action with Laurence Fishburne
Gladiator (1992) sports drama opposite James Marshall
Machete Kills (2013) action directed by Robert Rodriguez
Judgment Night (1993) action thriller with Emilio Estevez and Stephen Dorff
Instinct (1999) psychological thriller with Anthony Hopkins and Donald Sutherland
Rat Race (2001) comedy with Whoopi Goldberg and Rowan Atkinson
Bayou Caviar (2018) drama in role as Rodney Jones
He made his Broadway debut in a play The Trip to Bountiful (2013).
He portrayed O. J. Simpson in the anthology series American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson (2016).
He played Samuel Fraunces in the miniseries The Book of Negroes (2015).
He studied Japanese martial arts for three years.
He was married to Sara Kapfer (1994-2017), they have three children.
Cuba received the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 17, 2002.
Was a back up dancer for Paula Abdul.
Lives in Pacific Palisades and Porter Ranch, California.
I have never made a decision based on race and never will. I am admiring of my fellow peers, black filmmakers and black actors and actresses. When (Halle Berry) and (Denzel Washington) won Oscars, I felt pride because I was black, but never did I analyze their win based on color.
It's a director's job to tell a story and he's very well versed in telling stories with a bit of comedy in them and keeping the pace of the movie right and that's exactly what he did. He was observant of a world he didn't understand but he told a wonderful story.
Now, I have big-money offers on three movies, and I have director approval. That's kind of scary,' he says. 'No directors have been attached. That's a lot of pressure on me.
As an actor you have to bring to the table your creative input. But when a director like Ridley Scott says I want you to do this this way, you know when he gets to the editing room he has a reason for it. It's like watching a masterpiece.
The Academy Awards was an amazing night. I know I kind of lost my mind a little bit. I apologize for that. That night went so fast; I can't remember what I said or what happened.