Cuba Gooding Jr (born on 2 January 1968) is a famous African American actor who is the son of widely known soul singers Cuba Gooding Sr and Shirley Gooding. He is 53 years of age as of 2021.
Cuba Gooding Sr. was renowned for being the lead singer of the band called "The Main Ingredients". His mother Shirley Gooding is also a singer and a member of the band named 'Sweethearts'.
Mr and Mrs Gooding met each other in the year 1964 while Shirley was still a member of Sweethearts. Their love started flowering in a very short period of time.
Cuba Gooding Sr (born April 27, 1944) was a legendary lead vocalist of the famed funk band The Main Ingredients.
The band gained recognition with their first hit 'Everybody plays the fool' in the year 1972 . The group sold over one million copies of this hit song. They were also awarded Gold Disc by the Recording Industry Association of America Certification (RIAA).
Gooding Sr. along with his fellow band members Donald McPherson, Tony Silvester, Luther Simmons, Carl Tompkins, Larry Moore, Carlton Blount, George Staley Sr, and Ryan Idell produced 13 studio albums, 7 compilation albums, and 34 singles throughout his career.
The widely known singer and vocalist died on April 20, 2017, one week before his 73rd birthday, allegedly from a drug overdose. His dead body was discovered inside his car on the streets along with the alcohol containers.
Cuba Gooding Jr was born and raised by both of his loving parents along with his three siblings named Omar Gooding, Tommy Gooding, and April Gooding .
He mentioned that he only has good memories with his father. He never fails to express the memories he had with his father publicly. He also disclosed how his father used to pull him up on the stage to perform together during his tours and concerts.
Shirley Gooding is the mother of the famous movie 'Gladiator" actor Cuba Gooding Jr. She belongs to African American ancestry.
The singer of the group Sweethearts met Cubas Gooding Sr when she performed for Jackie Wilson's show 'Mr. Excitement' in 1964. The lovely couple started dating and tied the knot in the year 1966.
The lovebirds gave birth to their first child, April Gooding who is an actress, one year later. However, they got divorced in 1974. The reason for the separation was not disclosed by both individuals.
Furthermore, the couple struggled with financial problems so that might also have been the cause for their split.
Shirley and Cuba Gooding Sr decided to give their marriage a second chance and rekindled their romance. They got married again on April 16, 1995. Since then, the couple was together until Cuba Gooding Sr passed away in 2017.
The whole Gooding family has been a part of the entertainment industry for a very long time. Their eldest daughter April Gooding is an amazing actress who has given remarkable performances in movies like 'Life of a King', 'Inappropriate Comedy' and many more.