Gooding, Omar 1976–

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GOODING, Omar 1976–


Full name, Omar M. Gooding; born October 16 (some sources cite October 19), 1976, in the Bronx, New York, NY (some sources cite Los Angeles, CA); son of Cuba (a musician and actor) and Shirley (a singer) Gooding; brother of Cuba Gooding, Jr. (an actor).

Addresses: Agent—Innovative Artists, 1505 Tenth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401; TalentWorks, 3500 West Olive Ave., Suite 1400, Burbank, CA 91505.

Career: Actor. Appeared in television commercials and educational films. Involved with children's charities.

Awards, Honors: Young Artist Award nomination, Young Artist Foundation, best young actor in a supporting role in a motion picture, 1991, for Ghost Dad; Youth in Film Award, 1991; Young Artist Award (with others), outstanding hosts for a youth variety or game show, 1992, and Young Artist Award nomination, outstanding hosts for a youth magazine, news or game show, 1993, both for Wild & Crazy Kids; First Place, Shakespeare Festival, 1993; Young Artist Award nominations, best youth actor recurring or regular in a television series, 1993 and 1994, for Hangin' with Mr. Cooper; Special Mention (with others), Locarno International Film Festival, 2001, for Baby Boy.


Television Appearances; Series:

(With others) Host, Wild & Crazy Kids, Nickelodeon, c. 1990–1992.

Earvin Rodman, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, ABC, 1992–1995.

Morris "Mo" L. Tibbs, Smart Guy, The WB, 1997–1999.

Douglas "Doug" MacArthur Anderson, Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane (also known as Zoe and Zoe...), The WB, 2000.

Malik, One on One, UPN, 2002–2003.

Demetrius "D. H." Harris, Playmakers, ESPN, 2003.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Marcus, The Ernest Green Story, The Disney Channel, 1993.

Charlie, Freedom Song, TNT, 2000.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Fourth Annual Desi Awards, syndicated, 1992.

Aaliyah: A Life Cut Short (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Scout, "Perfect Date," Just the Ten of Us, ABC, 1990.

Tyler, "Honor?," Blossom, NBC, 1991.

Brad, "Hot for Teacher," Blossom, NBC, 1992.

Brad, "The Test," Blossom, NBC, 1992.

"The Making of the President," Blossom, NBC, 1992.

Dwayne, "Who's Zoomin' Who?," Thea, ABC, 1994.

Voice of Jared Tate, "Spellbound," Batman Beyond (animated), The WB, 1999.

Voice of Trey, "Hidden Agenda," Batman Beyond (animated), The WB, 1999.

Celebrity contestant, "Maui: Parts III, IV, V," Search Party, E! Entertainment Television, multiple episodes in 2000.

Voice of Jared Tate, "Armory," Batman Beyond (animated), The WB, 2000.

Voice of Wade, "Shock to the System," Static Shock (animated), The WB, 2000.

Ben McCloud, "The Perfect Game," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2001.

Dom Gabrillo, "This Thing Called Love," The Division, Lifetime, 2002.

"Journey," The Division, Lifetime, 2002.

"Welcome Home," The Division, Lifetime, 2002.

Himself, Cold Pizza, ESPN 2, 2003.

Appeared as Jason, Empty Nest, NBC; as a guest, The Test, FX Network; in The Royal Family, CBS; and in Webster, ABC and syndicated.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Morris "Mo" L. Tibbs, Smart Guy, The WB, 1997.

Vinny, The (Mis)Adventures of Fiona Plum, The WB, 2001.

Film Appearances:

Stuart, Ghost Dad, MCA/Universal, 1990.

Sweetpea, Baby Boy, Columbia, 2001.

Leo Craven, Verbal Communications, 2002.

Andre Timmons, Playmakers of New Orleans, 2003.

Tough Like Wearing Dreadlocks, 2004.



Recorded a version of "Everybody Plays the Fool" with Cuba Gooding, Sr. and Phil Perry, Airborne Audio; also made hip–hop music.



People Weekly, July 9, 2001, p. 99.

TV Guide, May 10, 1997, p. 49.