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Cuba M. Gooding, Jr. (born January 2, 1968) is an American actor. He is best known for his Academy Award-winning portrayal as Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe`s Jerry Maguire (1996) and his critically acclaimed performance as Tré Styles in John Singleton`s Boyz n the Hood (1991). Cuba Gooding, Jr. was born and raised in The Bronx, New York, the son of Shirley, a singer with the Sweethearts, and Cuba Gooding, Sr., a lead vocalist of soul group The Main Ingredient. His first job as a professional entertainer was as a breakdancer performing with singer Lionel Richie at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. After high school, Gooding studied Japanese martial arts for three years, before turning his focus toward acting. Early on, he landed guest starring roles on shows like Hill Street Blues (1981) and MacGyver (1985). His first major role was in the 1991 box office surprise Boyz n the Hood (1991). He followed this success with roles in major films like A Few Good Men (1992), Lightning Jack (1994), and Outbreak (1995). In 1996, he was cast as an arrogant football player on the brink of a career-ending injury in Cameron Crowe`s Jerry Maguire (1996). The film became a huge box office smash and earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. His "Show Me The Money" line in the film became a nationwide catchphrase. He has also appeared in a series of films which were not as critically or commercially successful, such as Boat Trip (2002), Norbit (2006), and Daddy Day Camp (2007), all of which had either received extremely negative reviews or performed poorly at the box office. In 2002, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2007, he appeared in a television commercial for Hanes underwear, alongside Michael Jordan.
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North Hollywood High School,Valley Village, Los Angeles, California, United States, Tustin High School, Tustin, California, United States, Apple Valley High School, Apple Valley, California, United States
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Cuba M Gooding Jr.
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Cuba M. Gooding, Jr. (born January 2, 1968) is an American actor. He is best known for his Academy Award–winning role as Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire (1996). Other notable films he has appeared in include Boyz n the Hood (1991), A Few Good Men (1992), As Good as It Gets (1997), The Fighting Temptations (2003), American Gangster (2007), The Butler (2013) and Selma (2014).
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Cuba Gooding, Sr. (A Lead Vocalist Of The Soul Group The Main Ingredient.)
Shirley Gooding (née Sullivan) (A Singer With The Sweethearts.)
Tommy Gooding, Omar Gooding
John F. Kennedy High School, Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States