Cuba Gooding Jr. was spotted enjoying the Labor Day holiday at the beach in Malibu, Calif. on Monday.

Cuba Gooding Jr. In Malibu

Gooding was dressed for the beach outing in a pair of patriotic red, white and blue swim shorts emblazoned with stars and stripes. The Oscar-winning actor completed his Labor Day look with a bucket hat and sandals as he walked along the water shirtless. While having his fun in the sun, Gooding almost lost his shorts, exposing his backside for the cameras.

Noticeably absent from the Labor Day pictures were the actor's estranged wife Sara Kapfer and their three children – Spencer, Mason and Piper. Kapfer filed for separation from Gooding back in April after 20 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. Kapfer, who is Gooding’s high school sweetheart, wants them to have joint legal and physical custody of their children, two of whom are minors.

Gooding, whose most memorable recent role was as a White House employee in The Butler, is set to star in upcoming civil rights film Selma that also stars Oprah Winfrey, Tim Roth and Giovanni Ribisi. In the feature, Gooding will play civil rights attorney Fred Gray. Gray was best known for defending Rosa Parks for sitting in the front of a bus as well as for working alongside Martin Luther King Jr.


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Gooding also has a number of other projects in production, including Freedom, Space Jam 2, The Book of Negroes and Broken Doll.

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