Most recent projects: Red Tails (2012), One in the Chamber (2012)
Prognosis: In any other movie, Cuba Gooding Jr.'s credit of "Boy Getting Haircut" wouldn't be anything to brag about, but in Coming to America, the then-unknown, young actor's presence during the funniest barbershop scene ever filmed is admirable by association.
Gooding, Jr.'s post-Coming to America career has been the stuff of high-and-low legend. He starred in the groundbreaking hood flick Boyz N the Hood (1991), appeared in A Few Good Men (1992), and eventually won an Academy Award for yelling "Show me the money!" in Jerry Maguire (1996). His lively, memorable acceptance speech promised a vibrant new Hollywood star.
His decisions after the Oscar, though, betrayed that promise. Aside from the occasional pop-up role in a respectable film (American Gangster, 2007), Gooding, Jr. has mostly slogged through laughably bad comedies (Snow Dogs, Boat Trip, both 2002) and lessened his worth in straight-to-DVD thrillers like The Devil's Tomb (2009) and The Hit List (2011).
By year's end, he'll have co-starred in two movies that, for whatever it's worth, will at least open theatrically: Machete Kills and The Butler. A far cry from Jerry Maguire, but much better than Daddy Day Camp.