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CUBA GOODING, JR. (Deion Hughes) is best known for his Academy Award®-winning portrayal of the charmingly arrogant professional football player Rod Tidwell in "Jerry McGuire.” Starring opposite Tom Cruise in the Cameron Crowe-directed film, he solidified his position as one of Hollywood's most talented actors. In addition to an Oscar®, Gooding was also honored with the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Broadcast Film Critics Award and the Chicago Film Critics Award for this role.

Gooding recently portrayed rogue police officer Salim Adel in the gritty independent film "Dirty,” for which he has gained critical acclaim. He also starred opposite Helen Mirren in the Lee Daniels picture "Shadowboxer,” and stars in the upcoming independent film, "What Love Is” with Matthew Lillard and Anne Heche. Later this year, Gooding joins Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in the highly anticipated Ridley Scott feature, "American Gangster.”

Throughout his career, Gooding has gained recognition for supporting roles in such films as the Oscar®- nominated "A Few Good Men,” in which he starred opposite Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore, "As Good as it Gets,” opposite Nicholson and Helen Hunt, "What Dreams May Come,” with Robin Williams and the critically acclaimed "Men of Honor,” with Robert DeNiro.

Born in the Bronx in 1968 to parents Cuba Gooding, Sr. (of R&B group The Main Ingredient) and Shirley Gooding (of the Sweethearts), Cuba was exposed to the entertainment industry early in his life. His breakout role was in the 1991 John Singleton coming-of-age classic "Boyz ‘N Da Hood.”

In 2002, Gooding received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring his achievements as an actor. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

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