Longtime soul singer and actor Cuba Gooding Sr. passed away today. He’s the father of Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Sr. was the leader of a soul group called “The Main Ingredient,” which were a highly popular band in the mid 1970s. They are mostly remembered for their two biggest hits “Everybody Plays The Fool” and “Just Don’t Wanna Be Lonely.”
Gooding Sr. was founded dead Thursday, slouched over in his Jaguar in San Fernando Valley. But let’s not focus on his death, let’s remember his 72 years on this Earth full on life and many words of wisdom.
Cuba Gooding Sr. Quotes: Most Famous Sayings
“It’s a director’s job to tell a story and he’s very well versed in telling stories with a bit of comedy in them and keeping the pace of the movie right and that’s exactly what he did. He was observant of a world he didn’t understand but he told a wonderful story.”
“I have never made a decision based on race and never will.”
“I am admiring of my fellow peers, black filmmakers and black actors and actresses.”
“There are roles I want that my agency might not want me to do because of the subject matter or whatever. Or there are roles that people won’t bring to me because they don’t think I’ll do it. And that is a big strain because an actor wants to act.”
“The Academy Awards was an amazing night. I know I kind of lost my mind a little bit. I apologize for that. That night went so fast; I can’t remember what I said or what happened.”
“I’m not a prude. On the set, they called me ‘Butt Naked.'”
“I understand it all. I can write my own ticket for one or two movies. But if they’re not the right ones, my ticket gets yanked. I understand that’s how it works, and I’m okay with it.”
“I worked so much when my first son was born that I missed a lot.”