More Cuba Gooding Jr. Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Boat Trip)Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is one of the most charismatic and captivating performers on the screen today. His remarkable versatility, combined with the unique depth he brings to his roles, has made him one of the most sought-after actors of his generation.
Gooding will next be seen in Paramount Pictures' Fighting Temptations, co-starring Beyoncé Knowles, and Radio, in which he plays a mentally challenged man, whose relationship with a prominent high school football coach ultimately transforms and unifies a small South Carolina town, co-starring Ed Harris.
Gooding's critically acclaimed, award-winning portrayal of flamboyant professional football player Rod Tidwell in the smash-hit feature film Jerry Maguire propelled him to the forefront of the entertainment industry. The role earned him an unprecedented number of honors, including the Oscar, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Chicago Film Critics Award, the Broadcasters Film Critics Award, the Blockbuster Entertainment Award, the Black Oscars Award and the American Comedy Award, all for Best Supporting Actor. In addition, Gooding was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and he was honored with the prestigious ShoWest Award, presented by the nation's exhibitors, in the same category. He also received a nomination from the NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor.
Gooding's most recent film role was in the hit comedy Snow Dogs. He also had key roles in Pearl Harbor from Touchstone Pictures and Paramount Pictures' Rat Race.
Gooding's other credits included the highly acclaimed 20th Century Fox film Men of Honor, the true story of Carl Braschear, the Navy's first African-American deep sea salvage Master Diver, directed by George Tillman Jr. and co-starring Robert De Niro. He earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for his heartfelt performance in this film. Other starring roles include What Dreams May Come with Robin Williams; Instinct with Anthony Hopkins; the action thriller Chill Factor; the independent thriller A Murder of Crows, co-starring Tom Berenger; and Winter Dance for Touchstone Pictures.
Gooding also starred in the comedy Lightning Jack, co-starring Paul Hogan; the touching drama Losing Isaiah, co-starring Jessica Lange and Halle Berry; the thriller Outbreak, co-starring Dustin Hoffman; and As Good as it Gets, co-starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear for director James L. Brooks.
In 1992, Gooding was honored as the NATO/ShoWest Newcomer of the Year for his performance in A Few Good Men. He also earned rave reviews and an NAACP Image Award nomination for his portrayal of a 17-year-old high school student in Boyz N The Hood, directed by John Singleton.
Bio courtesy Artisan Entertainment for "Boat Trip" (25-Mar-2003)