Cuba Gooding Jr Net Worth, Background, Career Highlights, Successes, Personal Life and Wife

Published Date   31st Jul. 2017, 03:18 am
Cuba Gooding Jr Net Worth, Background, Career Highlights, Successes, Personal Life and Wife
Quick Info
Birth Name: Cuba M. Gooding Junior
Date of Birth: 02/01/1968
Age: 56 years old
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $15 million

American actor who is the winner of Academy Award, Cuba Gooding Jr net worth increased as he appeared in a number of movies earning fame and awards.


Cuba Gooding Jr started to act in movies appearing firstly on Boyz n the Hood in 1991. Since then, he continued to appear in a number of movies. Some of his movies are A Few Good Men, Outbreak, Pearl Harbor and Selma. Cuba Gooding Jr net worth rose as he turned into Primetime, Emmy and Academy Award winning actor.

Birth and Background

Cuba Gooding Jr was born on January 2, 1968 in The Bronx, New York City to parents Shirley and Cuba Gooding Sr. His mother was a singer while his father was a vocalist in The Main Ingredient. Gooding grew up with three siblings April, Omar and Thomas in New York City; however, they moved to Los Angeles in 1972.

After Gooding Sr.’s demise, Shirley raised her children. In LA, Gooding Jr attended four high schools namely, North Hollywood High School, Apple Valley High School, Tustin High School and John F. Kennedy High School. During his high school days, Gooding served as class president in three out of four schools. He then went on to studying Japanese Martial Arts for three years.

Early Career and Accomplishment

Before Cuba Gooding Jr became a familiar name in film industry, he worked as breakdance performer with Lionel Richie in 1984 Sumer Olympics in Los Angeles. Soon after, he got guest appearance roles on shows Hill Street Blues and Amen. Similarly, Gooding got a small role in a popular film Coming to America in 1988.

Cuba Gooding Jr net worth grew as he debut as lead character in Boyz n Hood in 1991. The movie was a box-office hit. Due to the success of the first movie, Gooding did not have to struggle much to find other roles. He got supporting roles in popular movies like A Few Good Men, Judgment Night and Outbreak. Gooding reached a new height of prominence as he appeared in commercial success Jerry Maquire with Tom Cruise in 1996. For his role in this movie, Gooding earned Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Later Career Highlights

After becoming an Oscar award winning actor, Cuba Gooding Jr net worth and prominence rose swiftly. He appeared in Academy Award-winning movie As Good As It Gets as a supporting actor. Movies like Why Dreams May Come and Men of Honor additionally demonstrates Gooding’s success as an actor. Moreover, he grabbed attention of viewers with his appearances in Pearl Harbor as Doris Miller and The Fighting Temptations alongside Beyoncé Knowles.

The other movies of Gooding that received commercial and critical success are Instinct, Snow Dogs, Boat Trip, Chill Factor and Daddy Day Camp. Apart from appearing in movies, he has also provided voice of Buck in Disney animated movie Home on the Range.

Recent Career

In contrast to major roles in major movies, Gooding has appeared in small and supporting roles in Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story and American Gangster. Cuba Gooding Jr net worth elevated even more as he appeared in major movie Red Tails in 2012. The Trip to Bountiful, Don Jon and The Butler were his 2013 accomplishments.

Furthermore, Gooding appeared in historical drama Selma and miniseries The Book of Negroes in 2014. His recent appearance was in series American Crime Story: The People v.O.J. Simpson. Cuba Gooding Jr net worth rose as his performance won his Primetime Emmy Award nominations in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a movie.

In addition to movies and series appearances, his professional career also summarizes his starring in TV pilot Guilty in 2012. Similarly, he appeared in Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night on 2011. One of the awards he has earned is Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002.

Personal Life, Wife and Kids

Gooding married his high school sweetheart Sara Kapfer in 1994. The couple has three children. However, Gooding filed for divorce with his wife in 2017 three years after Kapfer filed for legal separation from Gooding.

Salary and Net Worth

The son of singers, Cuba Gooding Jr net worth rose with his perseverance that started from his school days. Gooding has a net worth of $15 million that he solely earned from his acting career.

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