Omar Gooding

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

Omar Gooding[1]
Omar M. Gooding

(1976-10-19) October 19, 1976
Other namesBig O
  • Actor
  • rapper
  • voice artist
  • comedian
Years active1989present
Partner(s)Angell Conwell (2001-2006)
Parent(s)Cuba Gooding Sr.
Shirley Sullivan
RelativesCuba 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".[2][3] 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.[4][5]

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.


Guest appearances

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


  1. "Omar Gooding".
  2. Omar Gooding Pursues Rap. March 15, 2010. Accessed April 17, 2012
  3. Omar Gooding Film Bug. Accessed April 16, 2012
  4. Daniel Frankel (January 7, 2010). "Bruckheimer Drama 'Miami Medical' Highlights CBS Spring Schedule". AOL TV News. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  5. Steve Heisler (April 2, 2010). "Remember Omar Gooding? He's Now On Miami Medical". Retrieved April 17, 2012.
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