Cuba Gooding was born on January 2nd, 1968 and over the past forty nine years, Cuba Gooding Jr. has been able to establish his credentials as a leading and well known actor of America. He was born in the Bronx, New York. His biography is worth having a look at because over the years Cuba Gooding Jr. has been able to win the heart of thousands of his fans and has also become a successful actor, having acted in many movies in the big screen apart from also having a meaningful stint in the small screen.
Coming to his personal life as mentioned above Cuba was born in The Bronx, New York. His mother Shirley was a singer and his father Cuba Gooding Sr. was also a singer and a lead vocalist of a group by the name Soul. He had three siblings and they were all male. His grandfather was from Barbados and he and his family shifted to Los Angeles in 1972.
His father left the family and Gooding Jr. was brought up by his mother. He had to attend four different schools and he was a Class President in one of the schools. He married is childhood lover Sara Kepfer and he has three children out of this marriage. In 2014 Kepfer filed for legal separation and the couple filed for divorce in January 2017.
His networth according to latest figures is around $15 million and therefore he can be considered as a reasonably successful commercial American film and TV actor.
His Progress In The Acting World
Talking about his career, Cuba Gooding has been successful both as a TV actor and also as a big screen actor. He got his first chance as a break dancer and had the privilege of performing with Lionel Richie. This happened at the closing ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics at Los Angeles. He also spent a few years learning Japanese martial arts and did a few guest roles in some movies.
Cuba Gooding first real break came thanks to the small screen and he made his debut as a TV artist in 1936 with the title Better Days in which he did the role of a bully. Since then he has eighteen different titles in the small screen and the last one was in 2016 for the title American Horror Story: Roanoke. His role as O.J. Simpson in the title American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson is worth mention. It ran for 10 episodes and more importantly the title also saw Cuba Gooding Jr. being nominated for a host of awards including Emmy, Satellite Award and Critics choice award.
Now coming to the big screen, Cuba Gooding Jr. has been very successful. He made his debut in 1988 with the film Coming To America as a boy getting haircut. This literally opened a slew of offers for him. Over the past twenty six years, he has acted in fifty four movies. His last film was released in 2014 and was titled Selma where he did the role of Fred Gray. He also has been nominated for a number of awards for his performances in the big screen.