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CUBA GOODING, JR. (Nicky Barnes), was a 1996 Academy Award® winner for his role in Jerry Maguire, for which he also won a SAG Award for Best Supporting Actor and received a Golden Globe nomination. He is a six-time nominee for the NAACP Image Award, winning the honor in 2004 for his part in the drama Radio.

The Bronx-born actor was raised in Los Angeles and studied martial arts for three years before turning his attention to acting shortly after graduating high school. His first major film role came in John Singleton's 1991 hit Boyz n the Hood, starring opposite Laurence Fishburne. A year later, he landed a supporting role in Rob Reiner's Oscar®- nominated A Few Good Men. He also starred with Paul Hogan in the western Lightning Jack and co-starred in Wolfgang Petersen's thriller Outbreak, as well as the indie drama Losing Isaiah.

Following his triumph in Jerry Maguire, Gooding co-starred with Jack Nicholson, Greg Kinnear and Helen Hunt in the Oscar®-winning comedy As Good as It Gets. He later starred in What Dreams May Come, with Robin Williams; Instinct, with Anthony Hopkins; the action-comedy Chill Factor; Men of Honor, opposite Robert De Niro; and the epic Pearl Harbor.

Most recently, Gooding has starred with Eddie Murphy in Norbit and took Murphy's old role as kiddie pied piper in Daddy Day Camp, the sequel to the hit Daddy Day Care. He also recently starred in the action-drama End Game; Shadowboxer opposite Helen Mirren, and the comedy What Love Is. His other film credits include Dirty, The Fighting Temptations, Boat Trip, Snow Dogs, In the Shadows and Rat Race. Gooding recently completed work on Hero Wanted, with Ray Liotta, Linewatch, for Sony Pictures Entertainment; and Harold, which he also produced.

On television, Gooding starred in The Tuskegee Airmen, for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination, as well as the features Daybreak and Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story. He also had a recurring role on the series MacGyver. Married to his high school sweetheart, Sara Kapfer, with whom he has three children, Gooding is the son of vocalist Cuba Gooding, who recorded the hit song "Everybody Plays the Fool” with The Main Ingredient, and Shirley Gooding, who was an ensemble singer with the New York group The Sweethearts.

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