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Cuba Gooding Jr.
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Gooding in April 2012
Born
Cuba Mark Gooding, Jr.

January 2, 1968 (1968-01-02) (age 53)
Nationality American
Education Tustin High School
Occupation Actor, director, producer, writer
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s)
Sara Kapfer
(m. 1994; separated 2014)
Children 3
Parent(s) Cuba Gooding Sr.
Shirley Sullivan
Relatives Omar Gooding (brother)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

Cuba Mark Gooding Jr. (born January 2, 1968) is an American actor, writer, producer, and director. After his breakthrough role as Tre Styles in Boyz n the Hood (1991), he appeared in A Few Good Men (1992), The Tuskegee Airmen (1995), Outbreak (1995), and Jerry Maguire (1996), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and What Dreams May Come (1998). He gained later attention for his roles in Men of Honor (2000) as Carl Brashear, and in Michael Bay's World War II epic Pearl Harbor (2001) as Doris Miller. His other notable films include As Good as It Gets (1997), the ensemble farce Rat Race (2001), Radio (2003), American Gangster (2007), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), and Selma (2014), playing civil rights attorney Fred Gray. In 2016, he portrayed O.J. Simpson in the FX drama series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and co-starred in the sixth season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story, subtitled Roanoke. He also provided the voice of Buck in the animated feature film Home on the Range (2004).

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