American actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is famous for his acting and comic timing in the movies like Boyz n the Hood (1991), A Few Good Men (1992), and Jerry Maguire (1996). He is the Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor which he won for his performance in Jerry Maguire.
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr.’s other notable film credits include Pearl Harbor, As Good as It Gets, and Rat Race among others currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He has been living a single life since his separation from his long-time wife Sara Kapfer in 2014.
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was born on 2nd January 1968, in The Bronx, New York City. He was born to mother Shirley (Sullivan), a singer, and father Cuba Gooding Sr. His father was the frontman of the famous soul group The Main Ingredient. He has three siblings; April, Omar, and Thomas Gooding.
Dudley MacDonald Gooding, Gooding’s paternal grandfather was from Barbados who moved to Los Angeles in 1972 after his father Cuba Gooding Sr.’s music group had their hit single Everybody Plays the Fool.
Gooding completed his schooling from the local school in LA. He later attended four different high schools; North Hollywood High School, Tustin High School, Apple Valley High School, and John F. Kennedy High School. Gooding studied Japanese martial arts for three years after his high school. At the age of 13, Gooding Jr. became the born-again Christian.
Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding’s current marital status is unmarried, however, he was married to his ex-wife Sara Kapfer for a long time. Gooding and his ex-wife Kapfer met at high-school and started dating there. After a few years of affair, the couple decided to marry and tied the knot on 13th March 1994.
The couple remained in a very beautiful marital relationship for years and were blessed with three children. Cuba Gooding Jr. and his wife Sara Kapfer share three sons; Spencer Gooding, Piper Gooding, and Mason Gooding together.
They ended their 2-decade-long marriage in 2014. In 2014, the couple announced their separation citing irreconcilable differences in the lawsuit. Gooding filed for divorce in January 2017.
The actor asked for the joint custody of their youngest 11-year-old Piper. Moreover, the court documents said the actor had agreed to pay his ex-wife the spousal support.
The actor is currently single and reportedly not dating any girl and seems to focus on his acting career.
As of 2018, actor Cuba Gooding Jr.’s net worth is estimated to be around $15 million. His exact salary is not mentioned, however, as we all know, he is a brilliant actor who no doubt earns over $100,000 annually.
Gooding had a stunning Pacific Palisades Estate house which he sold in 2014 for nearly $10 million. He sold the 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 6,753 square foot estate for exactly $9,995,000 which he bought for $3.5 million in May 2000.
In 2013, Gooding listed his starter home in Northridge, California for $729,000.
Before Cuba Gooding Jr. started pursuing a career in acting, he worked as a breakdancer; worked with singer Lionel Richie(brother of Sofia Richie)at the closing ceremony of the 1984‘s Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
As an actor, he started working in the guest roles on the shows like Hill Street Blues, Amen, and MacGyver. He also worked in the popular comedy Coming to America in 1988. Gooding landed his first major role in 1991‘s inner-city crime drama Boyz n the Hood where he played the lead character Tre Styles.
His performance in the series earned him more roles in major films-he got supporting roles in the 1992 movie A Few Good Men, Judgment Night in 1993, and Outbreak in 1995 among others.
In 1996, Gooding got a breakthrough role of an arrogant football player in dramatic sports comedy Jerry Maguire. In the movie, he was cast alongside the actor Tom Cruise. The movie earned Gooding an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
The following year, Gooding worked as a supporting actor in the critically acclaimed Academy Award-winning comedy film As Good As It Gets. Gooding’s other movie credits include Instinct, Home on the Range, Daddy Day Camp and Amistad among others.
Gooding is equally successful in television as well. He started working in the TV series in 1986 from Better Days where he played the role of Bully in an episode. Since then, he has been actively involved in television works where he has worked in many television series including Daybreak, The Untouchables, The Tuskegee Airmen, Forever and the like.
In 2013, Gooding made his Broadway theater debut alongside Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams in The Trip to Bountiful. The following year, he worked as a Civil Rights Movement attorney Fred Gray in the historical drama Selma.
In 2016, he portrayed O. J. Simpson in the American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson. Gooding was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002.