Omar Gooding

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Omar Gooding[1]
Born Omar M. Gooding
(1976-10-19) October 19, 1976 (age 41)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Big O
  • Actor
  • rapper
  • voice artist
  • comedian
Years active 1989–present
Children 1
Parent(s) Cuba Gooding Sr.
Shirley Sullivan
Relatives Cuba Gooding Jr. (brother)

Omar M. Gooding Sr.[2] (born October 19, 1976),[3] also known by his stage name, "Big O",[4] is an American actor, rapper, voice artist, and comedian.

Early life and education[edit]

Omar Gooding was born in Los Angeles, California, on October 19, 1976, to Shirley (née Sullivan) and Cuba Gooding Sr., the lead singer for The Main Ingredient. Omar Gooding's elder brother is Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. He also has a son Omar Dari Gooding Jr. who was born January 27, 2017.[5] He attended North Hollywood High School in North Hollywood.


Gooding is best known for appearing in television shows, such as Wild & Crazy Kids, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Smart Guy, Cousin Skeeter, and Playmakers, and also the films Ghost Dad and Baby Boy for which he received critical praise for his role as "Sweetpea".[4][6] He was one of the original hosts of the Nickelodeon television show Wild & Crazy Kids from 1990 to 1992. Gooding played D.H., a running back, on Playmakers in 2003. He played the character Odell in the 3rd season of Deadwood. In 2005, he took the role of Calvin Palmer Jr. in the television series Barbershop (in the role originated by Ice Cube in the film version), based upon the 2002 film of the same name. Coincidentally, he also appeared on the UPN sitcom One on One as a barber in Flex Washington's barbershop. Gooding also appeared in the Grey's Anatomy episode "Superfreak".

From April 2010 to July 2010, Gooding starred as trauma charge nurse, Tuck Brody, in the Bruckheimer television series Miami Medical.[7][8]

In 2012, he premiered and starred in the first season of Family Time, a television series for the Bounce TV network that is also shown on TV One. This is another show created by Bentley Kyle Evans. Gooding plays a comedic father name Anthony Stallworth, alongside Angell Conwell, who plays Mrs. Stallworth. Currently, the series is in its 3rd season with a renewal for a 4th season in the fall.

Gooding played a main role as Carter in Percentage.


Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album
2012 "No Warning"
(featuring Young Buck & Big O)
C-Bo Orca


  1. ^ "Omar Gooding". 
  2. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at
  3. ^ Omar Gooding TV Guide bio and news.
  4. ^ a b Omar Gooding Pursues Rap. March 15, 2010. Accessed 17 April 2012
  5. ^ "Omar Gooding has son with his fiancée Mia". 
  6. ^ Omar Gooding Film Bug. Accessed 16 April 2012
  7. ^ Daniel Frankel (January 7, 2010). "Bruckheimer Drama 'Miami Medical' Highlights CBS Spring Schedule". AOL TV News. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Steve Heisler (April 2, 2010). "Remember Omar Gooding? He's Now On Miami Medical". Retrieved 17 April 2012. 

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