Cuba Gooding Jr. is a popular American actor and motion picture producer. He is well known in the United State and worldwide. He currently has a net worth of approximately $15 million. His date of birth is January 2, 1968. He was born in the Bronx and his parents were singers named Shirley and Cuba Gooding Sr.
The popular actor went to four separate high schools while growing up. He achieved popularity at a young age, becoming class president at three of those four high schools. He loved being a performer even then and showed it by being in a number of school plays.
It was while performing in one of those high school plays that he was discovered by an agent. Following that, he started steady performances in numerous commercials. That led to a minor role on Hill Street Blues, a highly popular dramatic television series of that time period. He then took acting classes to hone his already obvious acting talent. Cuba debuted in motion pictures with a part in the film “Coming to America” and also played a part in “Boys ‘N the Hood”.
Cuba Gooding Jr.’s really big break was with the critically acclaimed and very popular movie “Jerry Maguire” with Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger that was directed by industry favorite, Cameron Crowe. For that role, he won an Academy Award for actor in a supporting role in 1996. Some critics actually said that his screen presence as NFL football player, Rod Tidwell, was so electric that he upstaged even Tom Cruise in the film. He was also lauded for his amazing comedic talent and no one who ever saw the film could forget his amazing delivery of the line “Show Me the Money!”
Following “Jerry Maguire”, he was also featured in such memorable films as “As Good as It Gets” with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt in 1997, “What Dreams May Come” with Robin Williams in 1998, “Instinct” in 1999 with Anthony Hopkins, “Men of Honor” in 2000, “The Rat Race” in 2001, “Snow Dogs” in 2002, and “The Butler” in 2013. And, he showed off his considerable acting talents in all of them.
In 2002, Cuba Gooding Jr. was honored as a member of virtual Hollywood royalty with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And his performances and appearances have not all been in motion pictures either. He made an August 5, 2011 appearance on Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night on Channel 4. In addition, his debut on Broadway was in a theatre production of “The Trip to Bountiful” in 2013 with Vanessa Williams and Cicely Tyson, which was nominated for a Tony award. He also starred in a pilot for FOX television entitled “Guilty” in 2012. The network did not pick up the show, however, in spite of screenings that showed that it had been quite well received. Cuba’s recent works on the small screen include television’s “Freedom”, “Forever”, “American Crime Story” where he plays O.J. Simpson, and “Empire”.
§ Source of Wealth– Motion picture, stage and television acting and producing
§ Birth Place– The Bronx, New York, NY
§ Marital Status– Married to Sara Kapfer
§ Full Name– Cuba Gooding Jr.
§ Nationality-United States
§ Occupation- Actor/Producer
§ Ethnicity– African American
§ Children– Two sons
Age: January 2, 1968
Height: 170 cm, 66.9 inch, 5.57 feet