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                                                                                                                       LAST UPDATE ON DECEMBER 08, 2003


                                                                                                       Cuba Gooding Jr.


By Ruth Ryon, LOS ANGELES Times Staff Writer

Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., who stars in the upcoming comedy film "Boat Trip," and his wife, Sara, have put their Coldwater Canyon home on the market at just under $1.3 million.

The couple decided to sell their canyon house because the Pacific Palisades home they bought for about $3.5 million in June 2000 is ready for occupancy, now that it has been refurbished and expanded. It was built in the 1940s.

The canyon home was built in 1955 and is behind gates. It has four bedrooms in 2,900 square feet. The country ranch-style residence is on slightly more than an acre and has a pool plus canyon and city views. The house also has a media room, breakfast area, service entrance and high-pitched ceilings.

The actor, 35, was born in the Bronx but grew up in Southern California. When he was in fifth grade, he and his mother, brother and sister lived in a motel in suburban Orange County after his parents were divorced. The actor became a first-time home buyer in 1994 with his purchase of a Studio City home for $610,000. He was a bachelor then but married soon afterward.

His first starring role in a film was in "Boyz N the Hood" (1991). He then appeared with Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men" (1992) and played Paul Hogan's sidekick in "Lightning Jack" (1994). Gooding won an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in "Jerry Maguire" (1996).

Since then he has appeared in such films as "As Good as It Gets" (1997), "What Dreams May Come" (1998), "Instinct" (1999) and "Pearl Harbor" (2001). He starred in "Men of Honor" (2000) and "Snow Dogs" (2002).

Gooding co-stars with Ed Harris and Debra Winger in the movie "Radio," due out in the fall, and he will appear in "The Fighting Temptations," expected to be in theaters Aug. 8. He will produce the comedy "Don Cornelius" through his recently formed Feel Good Productions. "Boat Trip" is scheduled for release March 21.



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