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.
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. In 2002, Gooding received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring his extraordinary achievements.
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, the George Lucas-helmed Red Tails, and Lee Daniels’ critically acclaimed film The Butler, which received a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination for Outstanding Performance By a Cast. He was also recently seen in Machete Kills and the independent film, Life of a King.
Gooding has also appeared in award-winning movies for television including Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story and 2012’s Firelight – the highest-rated Hallmark Hall of Fame movie ever.
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 was most recently seen in the critically acclaimed Selma opposite David Oyelowo and directed by Ava DuVernay.