Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. is struggling to find quality family time as he performs on Broadway, because the theatre gig forces him to spend so much time away from home.

The Jerry Maguire star made his debut in The Trip to Bountiful alongside Vanessa Williams and Cicely Tyson in March (13), and he's slated to continue his successful run in the show through to September (13).

However, the actor's gruelling theatre schedule has begun to take a toll on his family - Sara Kapfer, his wife of 26 years, and their three children, Spencer, Piper and Mason.

During an appearance on U.S. chat show The View, he says, "When you do films, you're away from the family, but I can still fly them in or fly home to see them, so... my wife and I... have this rule - never go more than three or four weeks without seeing each other.

"But I knew this commitment meant that I would be in New York City for a long time; I'm here possibly through September, so it's a bit of a pull on that to keep the household together. But she allowed me to be indulgent for obvious reasons... This is a once in a lifetime opportunity."

And he feels lucky to have such a supportive partner: "I got a wonderful lady that knows how to run the household even when I'm not there. (And) we're just blessed with wonderful kids."