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Wikipedia Summary for Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Cuba Mark Gooding Jr. (born January 2, 1968) is an American actor. After his breakthrough role as Tre Styles in Boyz n the Hood (1991), he appeared in A Few Good Men (1992), The Tuskegee Airmen (1995), Outbreak (1995), and Jerry Maguire (1996), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He gained later fame for his roles in Men of Honor (2000) as Carl Brashear, and in Michael Bay's World War II epic Pearl Harbor (2001) as Doris Miller. His other films include As Good as It Gets (1997), What Dreams May Come (1998), Rat Race (2001), The Fighting Temptations (2003), American Gangster (2007), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), and Selma (2014), playing civil rights attorney Fred Gray. In 2016, he portrayed O. J. Simpson in the FX drama series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and co-starred in the sixth season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story, subtitled Roanoke. He also provided the voice of Buck in the animated feature film Home on the Range (2004).

Quote: I was in the wilderness of Hollywood for almost ten years. I was off the studio lists. I wasn't getting the roles offered to actors that hadn't done a third of the roles I had done or had the popularity I had. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I was in the wilderness of Hollywood for almost ten years. I was off the studio lists. I wasn't getting the roles offered to actors that hadn't done a third of the roles I had done or had the popularity I had.


Quote: I think the biggest compliment an actor can have is if people forget who they're watching and get lost in the character. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I think the biggest compliment an actor can have is if people forget who they're watching and get lost in the character.


Quote: When you see my performances, even people that you might have known, like Nicky Barnes in 'American Gangster,' you have to get over the fact that I look like Cuba Gooding, Jr. But once you find truth in the performance, if I'm doing my job right, you believe everything. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of Cuba Gooding, Jr.  quote; white text on black background

When you see my performances, even people that you might have known, like Nicky Barnes in 'American Gangster,' you have to get over the fact that I look like Cuba Gooding, Jr. But once you find truth in the performance, if I'm doing my job right, you believe everything.


Quote: It's the director's job to piece together my performance, his interpretation of my takes, each take, and string them together and make a statement. I'm red paint on a canvas for a painter. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

It's the director's job to piece together my performance, his interpretation of my takes, each take, and string them together and make a statement. I'm red paint on a canvas for a painter.


Quote: When you're watching a movie and find yourself getting emotional, it's because you're bringing something personal to the images. It's the same thing with acting. You're bringing the essence of your core emotional being to that moment. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

When you're watching a movie and find yourself getting emotional, it's because you're bringing something personal to the images. It's the same thing with acting. You're bringing the essence of your core emotional being to that moment.


Quote: The roles that I always get attracted to are roles where the material is based on an actual person. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

The roles that I always get attracted to are roles where the material is based on an actual person.


Quote: There's a lack of diversity amongst executives in the position of greenlighting a film who feel that their stories are being told. If there's a diversity at the executive level, then we'll have diversity of the storytelling process. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

There's a lack of diversity amongst executives in the position of greenlighting a film who feel that their stories are being told. If there's a diversity at the executive level, then we'll have diversity of the storytelling process.


Quote: The truth is, you don't ever decide on a role, not when you first begin. You audition for the role, and you're lucky to get it. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

The truth is, you don't ever decide on a role, not when you first begin. You audition for the role, and you're lucky to get it.


Quote: I don't choose parts. I choose filmmakers. I'm done trying to make a statement with a character. What happens is, I craft a performance from the beginning to the end of the character. Then I release it to the director, and he interprets what I gave him. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I don't choose parts. I choose filmmakers. I'm done trying to make a statement with a character. What happens is, I craft a performance from the beginning to the end of the character. Then I release it to the director, and he interprets what I gave him.


Quote: I feel I'm a hammer to the construction worker that is the filmmaker. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I feel I'm a hammer to the construction worker that is the filmmaker.


Quote: I have had this interesting love affair with London and England, though I don't know how London feels about me. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I have had this interesting love affair with London and England, though I don't know how London feels about me.


Quote: When I started in the business, you did television, and then when you got lucky, you got a prestige project of a film. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

When I started in the business, you did television, and then when you got lucky, you got a prestige project of a film.


Quote: I've always been a sucker for attention. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I've always been a sucker for attention.


Quote: If I told you I was a Republican and you were a Democrat, no matter what I said after that, it would be tempered with your opinions. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

If I told you I was a Republican and you were a Democrat, no matter what I said after that, it would be tempered with your opinions.


Quote: I was a fan of football. I was more of a Raiders fan, but I knew who O.J. was. I knew The Juice, and I remember the Hertz commercials with him running to the airport and whatnot. So he was a highbrow celebrity in my eyes. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I was a fan of football. I was more of a Raiders fan, but I knew who O.J. was. I knew The Juice, and I remember the Hertz commercials with him running to the airport and whatnot. So he was a highbrow celebrity in my eyes.


Quote: As an actor, when you're winning the moment over, there's a truth to your intention. You might laugh at it or you might cry at it, but I think your visceral reaction to it is a reaction to the truth of the moment. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

As an actor, when you're winning the moment over, there's a truth to your intention. You might laugh at it or you might cry at it, but I think your visceral reaction to it is a reaction to the truth of the moment.


Quote: At one point, I was greenlighting films and scripts that shouldn't have been made based on the fact that they had that stamp of approval of an Academy Award winner. And the good news is I got to learn the real process of filmmaking -- directing, storyboarding, writing. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of Cuba Gooding, Jr.  quote; white text on black background

At one point, I was greenlighting films and scripts that shouldn't have been made based on the fact that they had that stamp of approval of an Academy Award winner. And the good news is I got to learn the real process of filmmaking -- directing, storyboarding, writing.


Quote: It took me a month to get out of the mindset of O.J. But even now, still, I think it might have done something to my vocal chords. I went to see the doctor, and he was like, 'I don't see anything. You're fine.' But mentally, I might have broke a little bit. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

It took me a month to get out of the mindset of O.J. But even now, still, I think it might have done something to my vocal chords. I went to see the doctor, and he was like, 'I don't see anything. You're fine.' But mentally, I might have broke a little bit.


Quote: I'm an avid hockey fan and I've been playing for about 17 years, and somebody recently told me that the first organized hockey teams in Canada were all black. Telling those stories would be cool. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I'm an avid hockey fan and I've been playing for about 17 years, and somebody recently told me that the first organized hockey teams in Canada were all black. Telling those stories would be cool.


Quote: What makes you think that what you know is any different from what I know?

I had different teachers. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

What makes you think that what you know is any different from what I know?

I had different teachers.


Quote: I think all my characters haunt me. Especially the real-life ones, like Master Chief Carl Brashear, the Tuskagee Airmen. Every time I see a military person, it gives me such a sense of pride but also a sense of responsibility to project excellence when representing them. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of Cuba Gooding, Jr.  quote; white text on black background

I think all my characters haunt me. Especially the real-life ones, like Master Chief Carl Brashear, the Tuskagee Airmen. Every time I see a military person, it gives me such a sense of pride but also a sense of responsibility to project excellence when representing them.


Quote: I learned that not only am I a descendant of slaves, but that I am also a descendant of royalty, that there are politicians from the 1800s as well as Tuskegee Airmen in my lineage. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I learned that not only am I a descendant of slaves, but that I am also a descendant of royalty, that there are politicians from the 1800s as well as Tuskegee Airmen in my lineage.


Quote: I've been given that gift of working with Jack Nicholson and James Coburn and certain people who just out of nowhere break into stories -- talking about working with Alfred Hitchcock or Kubrick. That's my real reward of my career. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I've been given that gift of working with Jack Nicholson and James Coburn and certain people who just out of nowhere break into stories -- talking about working with Alfred Hitchcock or Kubrick. That's my real reward of my career.


Quote: Our job as artists is to reflect the ills of society sometimes and to find a truth in that, and I think you can't start the healing process until you recognize the truth and all of its ugly warts and all. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

Our job as artists is to reflect the ills of society sometimes and to find a truth in that, and I think you can't start the healing process until you recognize the truth and all of its ugly warts and all.


Quote: I remember when Heath Ledger talked about playing the Joker... I always used to look out of the side of my eye, going, 'Yeah, actors.' But there really is a darkness when you are playing someone psychotic -- you have to go there mentally. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I remember when Heath Ledger talked about playing the Joker... I always used to look out of the side of my eye, going, 'Yeah, actors.' But there really is a darkness when you are playing someone psychotic -- you have to go there mentally.


Quote: I think police officers are modern day heroes. I think they protect us. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I think police officers are modern day heroes. I think they protect us.




Quote: I rewind the TV every two minutes. If someone does something interesting, I have to see it over and over again. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I rewind the TV every two minutes. If someone does something interesting, I have to see it over and over again.


Quote: Jonathan Lynn is one of the last actors Orsen Welles used in a production. It was wonderful. He's very sharp, very sharp. It's funny I've been asked how weird it was to have a Brit do a church gospel movie. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

Jonathan Lynn is one of the last actors Orsen Welles used in a production. It was wonderful. He's very sharp, very sharp. It's funny I've been asked how weird it was to have a Brit do a church gospel movie.


Quote: The Academy Awards was an amazing night. I know I kind of lost my mind a little bit. I apologize for that. That night went so fast; I can't remember what I said or what happened. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

The Academy Awards was an amazing night. I know I kind of lost my mind a little bit. I apologize for that. That night went so fast; I can't remember what I said or what happened.


Quote: As an actor you have to bring to the table your creative input. But when a director like Ridley Scott says I want you to do this this way, you know when he gets to the editing room he has a reason for it. It's like watching a masterpiece. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

As an actor you have to bring to the table your creative input. But when a director like Ridley Scott says I want you to do this this way, you know when he gets to the editing room he has a reason for it. It's like watching a masterpiece.


Quote: I worked so much when my first son was born that I missed a lot. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I worked so much when my first son was born that I missed a lot.


Quote: I speak to my agent about great roles, and he's like, 'They are all going to Will Smith.' by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I speak to my agent about great roles, and he's like, 'They are all going to Will Smith.'


Quote: I am admiring of my fellow peers, black filmmakers and black actors and actresses. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I am admiring of my fellow peers, black filmmakers and black actors and actresses.


Quote: I understand it all. I can write my own ticket for one or two movies. But if they're not the right ones, my ticket gets yanked. I understand that's how it works, and I'm okay with it. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I understand it all. I can write my own ticket for one or two movies. But if they're not the right ones, my ticket gets yanked. I understand that's how it works, and I'm okay with it.


Quote: Now, I have big-money offers on three movies, and I have director approval. That's kind of scary,' he says. 'No directors have been attached. That's a lot of pressure on me. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

Now, I have big-money offers on three movies, and I have director approval. That's kind of scary,' he says. 'No directors have been attached. That's a lot of pressure on me.


Quote: Before I was an actor I was a break dancer, one of those street performers you see. I guess my introduction into the professional world of performing was a stint as back up dancer for Lionel Richie and I performed at the closing ceremony at the '84 Olympics. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

Before I was an actor I was a break dancer, one of those street performers you see. I guess my introduction into the professional world of performing was a stint as back up dancer for Lionel Richie and I performed at the closing ceremony at the '84 Olympics.


Quote: I have never made a decision based on race and never will. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I have never made a decision based on race and never will.


Quote: There are roles I want that my agency might not want me to do because of the subject matter or whatever. Or there are roles that people won't bring to me because they don't think I'll do it. And that is a big strain because an actor wants to act. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

There are roles I want that my agency might not want me to do because of the subject matter or whatever. Or there are roles that people won't bring to me because they don't think I'll do it. And that is a big strain because an actor wants to act.


Quote: My wife and I have been together since 1986. I graduated in '86 and she graduated in '88. We began dating when she was 17. Actually she turned 18 when we started kissing and stuff. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

My wife and I have been together since 1986. I graduated in '86 and she graduated in '88. We began dating when she was 17. Actually she turned 18 when we started kissing and stuff.


Quote: It's a director's job to tell a story and he's very well versed in telling stories with a bit of comedy in them and keeping the pace of the movie right and that's exactly what he did. He was observant of a world he didn't understand but he told a wonderful story. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

It's a director's job to tell a story and he's very well versed in telling stories with a bit of comedy in them and keeping the pace of the movie right and that's exactly what he did. He was observant of a world he didn't understand but he told a wonderful story.


Quote: The hardest part was when I was in high school not having a job and always being broke. I had to get to auditions without a car. I either took the bus or walked. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

The hardest part was when I was in high school not having a job and always being broke. I had to get to auditions without a car. I either took the bus or walked.


Quote: Don't let people disrespect you. My mom says don't open the door to the devil. Surround yourself with positive people. by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

Don't let people disrespect you. My mom says don't open the door to the devil. Surround yourself with positive people.


Quote: I'm not a prude. On the set, they called me 'Butt Naked.' by author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Cuba Gooding, Jr.  with quote

I'm not a prude. On the set, they called me 'Butt Naked.'


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