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, one quarter 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 Temple 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 has three children, including actor Mason Gooding, with his former wife Sara Kapfer.

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

Cuba’s paternal grandmother was Addie Priscilla Alston (the daughter of David C. Alston and Jennie Morrick). Addie was born in North Carolina. David was the son of Calvin Alston and Louisa Williams.

Cuba’s maternal grandfather was James Edward Sullivan/Merriweather (the son of James H. Merriweather and Mary Cohen). Cuba’s grandfather James was from Edgefield, South Carolina.

Cuba’s maternal grandmother was Jennie Wee Mims (the daughter of The Rev. Abram/Abraham Mims and Millie Davis). Jennie was from Edgefield.

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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