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Cuba Gooding Jr. Celebrates Final Performance with Tony’s Portrait

Cuba Gooding Jr. poses with Vanessa Williams at his portrait unveiling at Tony's di Napoli.

Cuba Gooding Jr. poses with Vanessa Williams at his portrait unveiling at Tony’s di Napoli.

Cuba Gooding Jr. knows how to make a memorable exit. Following his final performance in Broadway’s The Trip to Bountiful, the Oscar-winning actor was honored with a portrait on the Broadway Wall of Fame at Tony’s di Napoli.

The intricate portrait by Dan Mays depicts Gooding’s thoughtful role in the Tony-Award nominated play.

Emcee/producer for the evening, Valerie Smaldone, introduced Gooding by remarking on the fact that he had performed for First Lady Michelle Obama the previous weekend.

Cuba is also starring in Lee Daniels’ movie “The Butler,” in which he plays a White House head butler. The cast includes Forest Whitaker in the lead role and Oprah Winfrey in a supporting role.

Cuba Gooding Jr. Marks End of Broadway Role
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The critically acclaimed film has been No. 1 at the box office since its debut two weekends ago.

Gooding revealed at Tony’s that his son will be attending college, making it an “overwhelming” time for his family.

“You’re lucky I just cried on stage because I’d be a blubbering bitch right now,” he joked as he prepared to uncover his portrait. “The people that walked me through this project, there’s so many memories I shared that I will take with me the rest of my life.”

Many of those people attended the event to celebrate his achievements. Among them were The Trip to Bountiful producer Stephen Byrd, as well as co-stars Vanessa Williams and Cicely Tyson.

Before heading out, Gooding Jr. signed copies of posters to be auctioned off at a future event to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Party host and Tony’s di Napoli General Manager Bruce Dimpflmaier often donates the restaurant’s flavorful Italian fare to the charity.

Tony’s di Napoli is located at 147 West 43rd St. in Manhattan. Check out the restaurant on the web at tonysnyc.

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