Mason Gooding

Gooding in 2019, photo by kathclick/

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 14, 1996

*father – African-American, African-Barbadian
*mother – European [possibly German, other]

Mason Gooding is an American actor. He has appeared in the films Booksmart, Let It Snow (2019), Scream, I Want You Back, Moonshot, Fall (all four 2022), and Scream VI, and on the shows Ballers, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, and Love, Victor.

He is the son of Sara Kapfer and actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. His father is black and his mother is white.

Mason’s paternal grandfather was Cuba Gooding, Sr., a singer and actor (the son of Dudley MacDonald/McDonald Gooding and Addie Priscilla Alston). Mason’s grandfather Cuba was born in New York. Dudley was born in Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados, the son of William Gooding and Edith Augusta Walcott. Addie was born in North Carolina, the daughter of David C. Alston and Jennie Morrick.

Mason’s paternal grandmother is Shirley (Sullivan), a vocalist. Shirley is African-American.

Source: Genealogy of Mason Gooding (focusing on his father’s side) –

2 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Here is another tree by DHS Secretary Boyce (the same data is also on, but hard to link to). At least 50% fiction, likely 75%, possibly 87.5% (Addie Alston’s ancestry is a common apparent error).

    • IslandYankee says:

      If you look at the revision history in the Geni tree for Gooding, it shows that in most cases, Boyce didn’t actually edit the profiles at all — he simply merged into them so he could be listed as co-manager. That was very typical of him — for the vast majority of the profiles where he’s listed as co-manager, he didn’t actually do any work or add/edit any info, especially since they were usually created years before he even joined the site. If other names are listed as co-manager or as curator, you typically don’t want to dismiss the info out of hand because it’s likely good.

      In the Gooding tree, you have to go several generations up before you hit on anything that’s uniquely Boyce. Edith Augusta (Walcott) Gooding and her husband William Gooding are two examples where it’s just Boyce, so those would need verification. But even there, the information matches what’s in the family tree of one of Cuba Gooding’s cousins (as seen in the SmartMatches on William’s profile), so he may not have been wrong.

      This is why Geni users didn’t realize there were problems with his genealogical work, by the way, because on the profiles where other managers were present, the info was usually fine. It was mostly only the parts of the tree where he was working alone where the issues existed. And since nobody ever alerted Geni, it continued until he was suspended.

      (No, I don’t work for Geni. But I’ve been a user for many years, and to me, like most active users, he was just a management pest, always asking to be listed as co-manager or creating duplicates so he could merge into existing profiles and get his name listed that way. Nobody knew about the other issues. If you know of specific lines that are screwed up by him, you should write to [email protected] and I suspect they’ll try to get them fixed. I know they’ve done that with other serial genealogy frauds.)

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