A 'good'ing year!

Jan 02, 2013, 08:36 IST | The Centre Stage team

American actor Cuba M. Gooding, Jr, who is an Academy Award-winner for his portrayal of Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe's 1996 film Jerry Maguire celebrates his birthday today.

CS takes a look at the actor’s career:

>> His father, Cuba Gooding Sr., was the lead singer of The Main Ingredient.

>> He attended four high schools as a teen and became class president at three of them.

>> He and his wife Sara were high school sweethearts.

>> He was discovered by eccentric Hollywood agent, Coralie Jr., for his break-dancing talent. He thanked Coralie in his acceptance speech when he received the academy award for his best supporting role in ‘Jerry Maguire’.

>> His first major role was in the John Singleton’s box office surprise and critical hit Boyz n the Hood in 1991.

>> In 2002, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 

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