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Cuba Michael Gooding Jr. (born January 2, 1968) is an American actor best known for his Academy Award-winning role in Jerry Maguire.

Born in the Bronx and raised in Los Angeles, Gooding started his career as a dramatic actor in films such as Boyz n the Hood and A Few Good Men. He later became known for starring in critically-panned comedies like Rat Race, Snow Dogs, Boat Trip and Daddy Day Camp (especially the latter two). In The New '10s, he returned to his dramatic roots in The Butler and Selma and won acclaim for his performance as O. J. Simpson in The People v. O. J. Simpson.

Gooding's late father, Cuba Gooding Sr., was lead vocalist for the '70s soul/R&B group The Main Ingredient, known for their hits "Everybody Plays the Fool" and "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely". He is also the older brother of Omar Gooding, known for his roles in Wild and Crazy Kids and Smart Guy.

Selected Filmography:


  • Acting in the Dark: Gooding is on record as being unsure as to whether O.J. Simpson is guilty of murder. So when he took on the role in The People v. O.J. Simpson, he decided to play one take as Simpson being guilty and one take as him being innocent. It is unknown which takes were used in the show.
  • Catchphrase: He has been indelibly linked to the phrase "Show me the money!" ever since appearing in Jerry Maguire.