On this day in 1968, American actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. was born in Bronx, New York.
Cuba is the son of Shirley Gooding (née Sullivan), a singer with the Sweethearts, and Cuba Gooding, Sr., a lead vocalist of the soul group The Main Ingredient.
He has three siblings: Tommy, Omar, and April. Even though he looks every bit west African, Wikipedia writes that his paternal grandfather was a native of Barbados.
His family moved to Los Angeles after his father’s music group had a hit single with “Everybody Plays the Fool” in 1972; the elder Gooding abandoned his family two years later.
Cuba was raised by his mother and attended four different high schools. He became a born-again Christian at age 13.
In 1994, Gooding Jr. married his high school sweetheart, Sara Kapfer, and they have three children: Spencer, Mason and Piper. They live in Pacific Palisades, and Porter Ranch, California. NoCoolStory wishes him a very happy birthday
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