Cuba Gooding Jr young
January 2, 1968
5 ft 10 in | 178 cm
78 kg | 172 lbs
10 US | 43.5 EU
Cuba Mark Gooding Jr. was born in The Bronx, New York, U.S., on January 2, 1968, is an American actor and director. Young Cuba Gooding Jr. first started performing as a breakdancer, with singer Lionel Richie at closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles (1984).
He began acting during his years at the John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, in school theater productions.
He got his television debut in the CBS sitcom Better Days (1986) in episode: "Wooly Bully", in role as Bully.
He made his big screen debut in 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 movie Boyz n the Hood (1991).
He landed his Broadway debut in a play "The Trip to Bountiful" (2013) in role as Ludie Watts, at Stephen Sondheim Theatre.
He made his directorial debut with neo-noir drama film Bayou Caviar (2018) also starred in role as Rodney Jones.
Life in a Year (2019) drama romance in role as Xavier, opposite Cara Delevingne and Jaden Smith
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 opposite 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 opposite Robin Williams
Men of Honor (2000) drama with Robert De Niro and Charlize Theron
Pearl Harbor (2001) romantic war drama opposite Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin and Kate Beckinsale
The Fighting Temptations (2003) musical comedy drama with Beyoncé Knowles
Radio (2003) biographical sports drama opposite Ed Harris and Debra Winger
Boat Trip (2002) romantic comedy with Vivica A. Fox and Roger Moore
Shadowboxer (2005) crime thriller opposite Helen Mirren and Stephen Dorff
American Gangster (2007) biographical crime with Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe and Josh Brolin
The Butler (2013) historical drama opposite 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 opposite Emilio Estevez and Stephen Dorff
Instinct (1999) psychological thriller with Anthony Hopkins and Donald Sutherland
Rat Race (2001) comedy opposite Whoopi Goldberg and Rowan Atkinson
Bayou Caviar (2018) drama in role as Rodney Jones
He was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor for his roles in television films:
The Tuskegee Airmen (1995) HBO drama action in role as Billy Roberts
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009) biographical drama in role as Ben Carson
Firelight (2012) ABC drama in role as Dwayne Johnson (DJ)
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as O. J. Simpson in the FX true crime anthology television series American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson (2016).
MacGyver (1989-1991) ABC action adventure series in role as Billy Colton
He hosted Saturday Night Live in 1999.
Forever (2015) ABC fantasy crime drama television series in role as Isaac Monroe
Big Time in Hollywood, FL (2015) comedy television series in role as Himself
The Book of Negroes (2015) miniseries in role as Samuel Fraunces
American Horror Story: Roanoke (2016) FX horror anthology television series in role as Matt Miller / Dominic Banks
Attended four 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.
Has three siblings: April, Omar and Thomas.
Studied Japanese martial arts for three years.
He was discovered by Hollywood agent, Coralie Jr.
Was a backup dancer for Paula Abdul.
He is an avid hockey player.
He played Billy Flynn in a musical Chicago (2018) at Phoenix Theatre, London and Ambassador Theatre, New York City.
He received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 17, 2002.
Lives in Los Angeles, California, U.S.
He was married to Sara Kapfer (1994-2017), they have three children.
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.