Omar M. Gooding Sr., also known by his stage name, Big O,(born October 19, 1976) is an American actor, rapper, voice artist, and comedian.
Omar M. Gooding
October 19, 1976
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Big O|
|Partner(s)||Angell Conwell (2001-2006)|
|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 former lead singer for The Main Ingredient. Omar Gooding's elder brother is Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.
Omar graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1994.
Gooding is best known for appearing in television shows, such as Touched by an Angel, Wild & Crazy Kids, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Smart Guy, 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 5th season.
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)
- Touched by an Angel "The Perfect Game" (episode) (2001) (Television series)
- Playmakers (2003)
- The Gospel (2005)
- Miami Medical (TV Series 2010)
- Grey's Anatomy "Superfreak" (episode) (2010) (Television series)
- Family Time (2012) (Television series)
- Mr. Box Office (2013)
- The Devil's Dozen (2013)
- Percentage (2013)
- Boy Bye (2016)
- Only For One Night (2016)
- "Omar Gooding".
- Omar Gooding Pursues Rap. March 15, 2010. Accessed April 17, 2012
- Omar Gooding Film Bug. Accessed April 16, 2012
- Daniel Frankel (January 7, 2010). "Bruckheimer Drama 'Miami Medical' Highlights CBS Spring Schedule". AOL TV News. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
- Steve Heisler (April 2, 2010). "Remember Omar Gooding? He's Now On Miami Medical". TV.com. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
- Omar Gooding on IMDb
- Interview with Omar Gooding about his rapping career
- Omar "BigO" Gooding MySpace, Photos, HipHop tracks,
- Omar Gooding Twitter account