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Cuba Gooding Jr.
Name : Cuba Gooding Jr.
Height : 5' 10" (177 cm)
Date of Birth : 2 January 1968
Place of Birth : The Bronx, New York, USA
Cuba Gooding Jr. spent many years in bit roles before finally becoming a star. The son of Cuba Gooding, lead singer for the 70’s pop group the Main Ingredient, he was born in the Bronx on 2 January 1968. His family moved to Los Angeles after his father's group had a hit single with "Everybody Plays the Fool" in 1972. Unfortunately, his father abandoned his family two years later.

Gooding Jr. made his professional debut in 1984 as a break-dancer for Lionel Richie's show at the Olympics. He was discovered by an agent while performing in a high school play, and began working steadily in television commercials, which led to a bit part on an episode of Hill Street Blues. He made his first feature-film appearance in Coming to America (1988). His first real break came when he was cast as Tre Styles in Boyz 'N the Hood (1990).

Gooding Jr. began landing fairly substantial parts in film such as A Few Good Men (1992). He truly came into the spotlight when he starred as a loyal football player in Jerry Maguire (1997) and won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his efforts. Following this triumph, Gooding Jr. next appeared in As Good as It Gets (1997) alongside Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, and Greg Kinnear.

In 1999, Gooding Jr. kept busy with both television and film as well as starred in a series of Pepsi commercials. He appeared opposite Anthony Hopkins in Instinct and had a lead role in Chill Factor. Gooding Jr. next starred opposite Robert De Niro in the military drama Men of Honor (2000). One year later, he stepped into the role of an ill-fated serviceman in Pearl Harbor.

The year 2003 was another busy year for Gooding Jr. who starred in three wildly different movies including Boat Trip, Radio, and The Fighting Temptations, a musical comedy starring Beyoncé Knowles.
2005 End Game
2005 Shadowboxer
2005 The Gospel
2004 Home on the Range
2003 The Fighting Temptations
2003 Radio
2003 Boat Trip
2002 Snow Dogs
2001 Pearl Harbor
2001 Rat Race
2000 In the Shadows
2000 Men of Honor
1999 Chill Factor
1999 Instinct
1998 A Murder of Crows
1998 What Dreams May Come
1998 Welcome to Hollywood
1997 As Good As It Gets
1996 Jerry Maguire
1995 Outbreak
1995 The Tuskegee Airmen
1995 Losing Isaiah
1994 Blown Away
1994 Lightning Jack
1993 Judgment Night
1993 Daybreak
1992 Murder without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story
1992 Hitz
1992 A Few Good Men
1992 Gladiator
1991 Boyz 'N the Hood
1989 Sing
1988 Coming to America
Academy Awards
1996 Best Supporting Actor (Jerry Maguire)
Screen Actors Guild
1996 Best Supporting Actor (Jerry Maguire)
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