Omar Gooding

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

Omar Gooding[1]
Omar Miles Gooding

(1976-10-19) October 19, 1976 (age 45)
Other namesBig O
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • rapper
Years active1988–present
RelativesCuba Gooding Jr. (brother)
Cuba Gooding Sr. (father)
Mason Gooding (nephew)

Early life and educationEdit

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. His older 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 third 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 fifth season.

Gooding played a main role as Carter in the film Percentage.[6] He released a hip hop album titled The Excuse in 2019.[7][8]

It was announced on November 30, 2021, that Gooding will be playing Cal Johnson in the upcoming Disney Channel original series, Saturdays.



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Ghost Dad Stuart
1993 The Ernest Green Story Marcus TV Movie
2000 Freedom Song Charlie TV Movie
2001 Baby Boy Sweetpea
2002 Verbal Communications Leo Craven
2005 Mysterious Island Neb TV Movie
The Gospel Wesley
2007 Lord Help Us Man in Church Video
2008 The Candy Shop Antwon Lemiuex
2009 Knuckle Draggers Russell
Can Openers Darryl TV Movie
2012 Christmas in Compton Derrick Hollander
2013 The Devil's Dozen -
Holla II Marty
Thank You Card Detective Jansen Short
2014 Percentage Carter
Patterns of Attraction Andre Moore
Men, Money & Gold Diggers Damon
Behind De Pole Gary G
Lap Dance Black
In God's Hands Vince TV Movie
99 North Devious
2015 Prom Ride Chauffeur
2016 Betrothed Sergeant Earl Stone
Guns and Grams Dee
Banger Fazon
Before 'I Do' Shelby Winters
Only for One Night Scott
King of Newark Federal Agent
Boy Bye David
2017 The Perfect Wife Principal James
Beyond the Shield Pastor Omar
The Hills Craig Harris
Don't Shoot Detective Green
2018 Fade Away O
Easy Money Darnell
Hey, Mr. Postman! Mack
It's a Date Dalton Reid
Sliders Darnell
2019 The Untold Story Aaron
7th and Westlake: Nino's Revenge Big Murder
Perfectly Single Ronnie
The Fearless Two Tommy
Camp Wilson Byron
Christmas Belles Donovan TV Movie
2020 A Familiar Lie Big O
Escape: Puzzle of Fear Tyler
Guns and Grams 2 Dee
Love & Coffee Reggie
2021 A Day of Trouble Marc
No Love No Pain AJ
AM Radio DJ Taz
Entourage - Short
Entanglement Romulo
Bay Lawz: Stick to the Code Freeza
Blood Sacrifice Nikko
Blunt News Detective Tommy Brown
Strange Fruit: Tale of a Black Girl Lost Kareem
True to the Game 3 Nino
Teacher's Watching Jack Fletcher
2022 One More Dream Jeremy's Dad
Pieces Gio


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Webster Club M.C. Episode: "The Web-Touchables: Part 1"
1990 Just the Ten of Us Scout Episode: "Perfect Date"
1991–92 Blossom Brad / Tyler 4 Episodes
1992 Empty Nest Jason Episode: "Sayonara"
The Royal Family Art Recurring Cast
1992-97 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Earvin Rodman Main Cast
1994 Thea Dwayne Episode: "Who's Zoomin' Who?"
1997-99 Smart Guy Morris L. "Mo" Tibbs Main Cast
1999 Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane Doug Anderson TV Series
1999-00 Batman Beyond Jared Tate / Trey (voice) 3 Episodes
2000 Static Shock Wade (voice) Episode: "Shock to the System"
2001 Touched by an Angel Ben McCloud Episode: "The Perfect Game"
2002 The Division Dom Cabrillo Recurring Cast: Season 2
2002-03 One on One Malik Recurring Cast: Season 2
2003 Playmakers Demetrius Harris Main Cast
2005 Barbershop Calvin Palmer, Jr. Main Cast
2006 Eve Lazy G Episode: "Donovan on the Brink"
Deadwood Odell Marchbanks Episode: "A Rich Find" & "Unauthorized Cinnamon"
CSI: Miami Mr. Ice Episode: "Death Pool 100"
2010 Miami Medical Nurse Tuck Brody Main Cast
Grey's Anatomy Danny Episode: "Superfreak"
2011 Chase Francis Washington Episode: "The Man at the Altar"
2012-14 Single Ladies Marcus Recurring Cast: Season 2, Guest: Season 4
2012-20 Family Time Anthony "Tony" Stallworth Main Cast
2014-15 Breeder X Detective Main Cast
2015 Big Time in Hollywood, FL Himself Episode: "To Catch a Paparazzi"
Extant Dave Episode: "Change Scenario"
2017 C.E.O. Barlow Episode: "Revenge"
2018 Unsolved David Mack Recurring Cast
TBA Saturdays Cal Johnson Main role [9]

Guest appearancesEdit

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


  1. ^ "Omar Gooding".
  2. ^ a b 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.
  6. ^ Bustos, Kristina (October 14, 2011). "Queen Latifah studios for 'Percentage'". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  7. ^ "Omar Gooding Opens Up About Being Homeless as a Kid, His New Album and Friction on the Set Of Baby Boy!". The Hype Magazine. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  8. ^ Vo, Thao (October 16, 2019). "Omar Gooding Discusses New Role in Bounce Network's 'Family Time' & New Album Titled, The Excuse". Sheen Magazine. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (November 30, 2021). "Marsai Martin's 'Saturdays' Comedy Pilot Picked Up To Series By Disney Channel". Retrieved December 22, 2021.

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