Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Gooding in 2010, Featureflash /

Birth Name: Cuba M. Gooding, Jr.

Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 2, 1968

Ethnicity: African-American, African-Barbadian

Cuba Gooding, Jr. is an American actor and comedian. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jerry Maguire (1996). He is the son of Shirley (Sullivan), a vocalist, and Cuba Gooding, Sr., a singer and actor. His paternal grandfather was African-Barbadian, while his other family is African-American.

He is married to Sara Kapfer, with whom he has three children, including actor Mason Gooding.

Cuba’s paternal grandfather was Dudley MacDonald Gooding (the son of William Gooding and Edith Augusta Walcott). Dudley was born in Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados.

Cuba’s paternal grandmother was Addie Pearl Alston (the daughter of Robert Alston and Mattie Mae/May Edwards). Addie was born in Nash, North Carolina. Robert was the son of Ernest Alston and Nannie Lynch. Mattie was possibly the daughter of John Edwards and Carolina Cooper.

Source: Genealogy of Cuba Gooding, Jr. (focusing on his father’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

4 Responses

  1. sashafierce564 says:

    No he’s doesn’t he’s African American and Bajan its say it right there in black and white always tryna make people what there not. So irritating

  2. candy says:

    he has west indian roots on father side bajan lot of american don,t know there roots just like ll cool j bajan roots to

  3. Hgfvnrj says:

    Whhhaaaatttt? He’s not Cuban? >.<

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