Cuba Gooding, Jr.
American actor
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
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How Cuba Gooding, Jr. Was Nearly Arrested Filming 'Show Me the Money' Scene
Yahoo News - 18 days
On Inside the Actor’s Studio, Cuba Gooding, Jr. shared the odd and slightly scary story of filming the iconic “Show me the money” scene in Jerry Maguire. Due to Tom Cruises’s scheduling conflicts with Eyes Wide Shut, the two had to shoot the scene on short notice, but Cuba Gooding, Jr. did not get that notice.
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Cuba Gooding Jr. Files for Divorce From Wife Of 20 Years Sara Kapfer
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Cuba Gooding Jr. has filed for divorce from his wife Sara Kapfer, TMZ reported Friday. The news comes nearly three years after Kapfer filed for separation from the actor, citing irreconcilable differences. The American Crime Story actor married Kapfer in 1994. The two were high school sweethearts and have three children together ― sons Spencer and Mason and daughter, Piper.  According to TMZ, Gooding Jr. is requesting joint legal custody and physical custody of their 10-year-old daughter and is willing to pay spousal support. The 49-year-old actor is also asking to keep all of his earnings from the date Kapfer filed for separation. Back in March 2016, Gooding Jr. hinted at a reconciliation while on the “Steve Harvey Show.”   “Well, officially, I’m still married. You know how marriages go, sometimes you take a break or two,” the actor told Harvey. “All I’m saying is that my life is what it is right now... Things happen, you grow up. I took my wife on a date the other ...
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Cuba Gooding Jr. a drunk 'mess' at event
Fox News - 3 months
One drink, two drink, Cuba Gooding Jr. takes the floor.
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Napa Valley Film Festival 2016
Huffington Post - 3 months
The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) celebrated its highly anticipated 6th anniversary on November 9-13. The gathering of film, food and wine at the most scenic time of year showcased over 120 new independent films and studio sneak previews in numerous venues throughout the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. Attendees socialized with over 300 filmmakers at screenings and enjoyed a list of events including industry panels, wine tastings, culinary demos, winemaker dinners, Celebrity Tributes, and the Awards Ceremony and Gala. The festival started with the opening night screening of The Weinstein Company's Lion starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Priyanka Bose. The directorial debut by Australian Garth Davis, based on a true story about Saroo Brierley's journey from his memoir A Long Way Home, had the audience in tears. Dev Patel received a standing ovation when he entered the stage to participate in a post screening Q&A ...
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Watch Tom Cruise Act Out His Career With James Corden
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
Cuba Gooding, Jr., showed up to help re-enact a scene from "Jerry Maguire."
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The Television Academy Twitter Account Confused Terrence Howard With Cuba Gooding Jr.
Huffington Post - 5 months
Welp.  The official Twitter account for the Television Academy had an embarrassing mix-up before the Emmy Awards even started.  While covering the red carpet, someone on the Television Academy’s Twitter account tweeted out a picture of Terrence Howard, incorrectly identifying the “Empire” actor as Cuba Gooding Jr. (the old tweet has since been deleted).  Twitter was quick to call out the account’s careless mix-up:  We have our first Twitter fail of the #Emmys pic.twitter.com/3xvrYpALe4 — Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) September 18, 2016 When the @TelevisionAcad calls you Cuba Gooding Jr. even though you're actually Terrence Howard pic.twitter.com/usCZqqp2fe — Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) September 18, 2016 I'm sorry, but how the hell does one confuse Terrence Howard for Cuba Gooding Jr? pic.twitter.com/SnTrusC9mk — Michael Abromowitz (@FootballExpert) September 18, 2016 I just thought I should point out th ...
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Here Are All The 2016 Emmy Award Winners
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s TV’s biggest night and, once again, “Game of Thrones” is your best bet for Sunday night’s big winner, since the HBO show leads the 68th annual Emmy Awards with 23 nominations, followed closely by “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with 22 noms.  Yes, tonight is the night when all your favorite shows and stars will battle it out live from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Though we are fairly certain “GoT” will dominate in the Outstanding Drama category, the show is up against “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” “Downton Abbey,” ”Better Call Saul” and “The Americans” for the top honor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in 2012, returns as this year’s host.  He warned People that his famous friends should consider themselves targets for good natured ridicule, since he knows they’ll be able to handle it.  “The people with whom I’m actually friendly are in the most danger usually because I know they can take a joke,” Kimm ...
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The Television Academy Twitter Account Confused Terrence Howard With Cuba Gooding Jr.
The Huffington Post - 5 months
Welp.  The official Twitter account for the Television Academy had an embarrassing mix-up before the Emmy Awards even started.  More...
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Emmys: Television Academy Twitter Account Confuses Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Yahoo News - 5 months
The post has since been taken down.
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First-Time Nominations Reveal The Changing Face Of The Emmys
NPR - 6 months
Cuba Gooding Jr., Rami Malek and Constance Zimmer all have one thing in common: this year is the first time each has been nominated for an Emmy. Their nominations hint at deeper changes in television.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cuba Gooding, Jr.
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 46
    In 2014, he appeared as Civil Rights Movement attorney Fred Gray in the widely acclaimed historical drama Selma.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, he starred in a TV pilot for Fox called Guilty that was directed by McG. Though it was well received in screenings, it was ultimately not picked up by the network. He appeared on Channel 4's Chris Moyles' Quiz Night on August 5, 2011, closing the show dueting "Bad Romance" with Lulu. In 2002, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    On April 22, 2014, Kapfer filed for divorce from Gooding citing irreconcilable differences.
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  • 2013
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also made his Broadway theatre debut alongside Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams in a Tony Award-nominated production of The Trip to Bountiful.
  • 2012
    Age 44
    Gooding's next major film role was in the 2012 World War II film Red Tails, produced by George Lucas.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Some of his best received performances include turns in films such as the mystical drama What Dreams May Come (1998) and the US Naval drama Men of Honor (2000) in which he played the lead role and co-starred with Robert De Niro. Gooding also received attention for his roles in the epic Pearl Harbor (2001) as historical figure Doris Miller, the ensemble farce Rat Race (2001), the musical The Fighting Temptations (2003) in which he co-starred alongside Beyoncé Knowles, and the football drama Radio (2003), in which he played the title role. Additionally, though not well received critically, the family comedy Snow Dogs (2002) was a commercial success. Other roles of note during this time include Theo Caulder in the psychological thriller Instinct (1999) and the voice of Buck in the Disney animated film Home on the Range (2004). However, during this stage of his career, he appeared in a series of films which were not critically or commercially successful, such as Chill Factor (1999), Boat Trip (2002), Norbit (2007) and Daddy Day Camp (2007), all of which had received extremely negative reviews and, with the exception of Norbit, performed poorly at the box office. On top of this, Gooding had allegedly turned down roles in successful films such as Amistad (1997) in the aftermath of his Oscar win. Ultimately, neither his earlier successes nor his leading roles in a couple of smaller independent films, including Lee Daniels' directorial debut Shadowboxer (2005), were able to offset these failures.
  • 1996
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Most significantly, it earned Gooding an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. His exuberant "Show me the money!" line in the film became a nationwide catch phrase. Additionally, his Oscar acceptance speech has often been cited for its enthusiasm.
  • 1994
    Age 26
    In 1994, Gooding married his high school sweetheart, Sara Kapfer, and they have three children: Spencer, Mason, and Piper.
    More Details Hide Details They live in Pacific Palisades, and Porter Ranch, California.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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), Amen (1988) and MacGyver (1988, 1989 and 1990) and also had a tiny part in the popular comedy Coming to America (1988). Gooding's first major role was in John Singleton's inner-city crime drama Boyz n the Hood (1991), in which he played the lead, Tré Styles. A box office surprise and critical hit, the film is now considered a modern classic. He followed this success with supporting roles in major films such as A Few Good Men (1992), Judgment Night (1993), Lightning Jack (1994), and Outbreak (1995).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Age 4
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Gooding was raised by his mother and attended four different high schools: North Hollywood High School, Tustin High School, Apple Valley High School, and John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills in Los Angeles. He served as class president in three of them. He became a born-again Christian at age 13.
  • 1968
    Age 0
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He has three siblings: April, Omar, and Tommy Gooding. His paternal grandfather was a native of Barbados.
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