Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Born Jan 2, 1968

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1968 Birth Gooding was born on January 2, 1968 in The Bronx, New York City, the son of Shirley Gooding (née Sullivan), a singer with the Sweethearts, and Cuba Gooding, Sr., a lead vocalist of the soul group The Main Ingredient. … Read More
1972 4 Years Old His family moved to Los Angeles after his father's music group had a hit single with "Everybody Plays the Fool" in 1972; two years later, his father left the family. … Read More


1984 16 Years Old His first job as an entertainer was as a breakdancer performing with singer Lionel Richie at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. … Read More


1994 26 Years Old In 1994, Gooding married his high school sweetheart, Sara Kapfer, and they have three children: Spencer, Mason, and Piper. … Read More
1996 28 Years Old In 1996, Gooding reached a new level of prominence when he was cast as an arrogant yet charismatic football player on the brink of a career-ending injury in Cameron Crowe's blockbuster dramatic sports comedy Jerry Maguire (1996) with co-star Tom Cruise, which was a major critical and commercial success and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. … Read More
1997 29 Years Old In 1997, Gooding followed his breakout with a notable supporting role in the acclaimed Academy Award-winning comedy As Good as It Gets (1997), but in the following years his career was inconsistently successful. … Read More


2012 44 Years Old …  Gooding's next major film role was in the 2012 World War II film Red Tails, produced by George Lucas.
2013 45 Years Old In 2013, Gooding had roles in several theatrical release films, including a well received supporting performance in Lee Daniels' The Butler and brief appearances in Don Jon and Machete Kills. … Read More
2014 46 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 22, 2014, Kapfer filed for divorce from Gooding citing irreconcilable differences.
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