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|Born||Omar M. Gooding
October 19, 1976
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Big O|
|Parent(s)||Cuba Gooding Sr.
|Relatives||Cuba Gooding Jr. (brother)|
Early life and education
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. 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". 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".
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.
- Ghost Dad (1990)
- Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1992-1997) (Television series)
- The Ernest Green Story (1993)
- Smart Guy (1997–99) (Television series)
- Baby Boy (2001)
- The Gospel (2005)
- Grey's Anatomy "Superfreak" (episode) (2010) (Television series)
- Family Time (2012) (Television series)
- The Devil's Dozen (2013)
- Percentage (2013)
- Boy Bye (2016)
- Only For One Night (2016)
- The wire (2012)
(featuring Young Buck & Big O)
- "Omar Gooding".
- According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
- Omar Gooding TV Guide bio and news.
- Omar Gooding Pursues Rap. March 15, 2010. Accessed 17 April 2012
- "Omar Gooding has son with his fiancée Mia".
- Omar Gooding Film Bug. Accessed 16 April 2012
- Daniel Frankel (January 7, 2010). "Bruckheimer Drama 'Miami Medical' Highlights CBS Spring Schedule". AOL TV News. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
- Steve Heisler (April 2, 2010). "Remember Omar Gooding? He's Now On Miami Medical". TV.com. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
- Omar Gooding on IMDb
- Interview with Omar Gooding about his rapping career
- Omar "BigO" Gooding MySpace, Photos, HipHop tracks,
- Omar Gooding Twitter account