Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba Gooding Jr. is best known for his Oscar-winning portrayal of the charmingly arrogant pro football player Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire. Gooding was born in the Bronx and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 4.

In 1991, he received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Tré Styles in John Singleton’s coming-of-age classic Boyz in the Hood, which earned him ShoWest’s Newcomer Award. He followed this success with roles in numerous critically acclaimed major films, such as As Good as It Gets, What Dreams May Come, and the Oscar-nominated A Few Good Men.

In 1997, Gooding was honored with the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Jerry Maguire. In addition to the Academy Award, Gooding was presented with the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Broadcasters Film Critics Award, the Critics Choice Award and the Chicago Film Critics Award.

Gooding’s versatility as an actor is exemplified by the diversity of the roles he has played. His repertoire has grown to include major roles in numerous critically acclaimed films including Men of Honor, Pearl Harbor, Radio, American Gangster, Shadowboxer, and the George Lucas-helmed Red Tails.

Most recently, Gooding can be seen in Lee Daniels’ critically acclaimed film The Butler, which received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance By a Cast. He also recently starred in the independent films, Life of a King and Carry Me Home.

He has also appeared in award-winning movies for television including Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story and last year’s Firelight – the highest-rated Hallmark Hall of Fame movie ever.

This past Spring Gooding made his Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated smash hit revival The Trip to Bountiful alongside Cicely Tyson. Reviews called his performance “triumphant”, “moving” and “exquisitely right”.

Gooding has also explored other aspects of filmmaking – in 1993 he co-produced and starred in the well-received thriller A Murder of Crows. His film company, Dudley Pictures, is currently involved in several projects in development for film and television.

In 2002, Gooding received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring his extraordinary achievements.

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