Ernie Hudson

Actor, Playwright, Producer
Immortalized in popular culture as the African-American Ghostbuster in the 1984 mega-hit and its 1989 sequel, Ernie Hudson enjoyed a longer and more diverse career than many of the movie stars he once supported. The ... Read more »
Born: 12/17/1945 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (152)

Ghostbusters (Reboot) 2016 (Movie)

(has been mentioned) (Actor)

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Dear Secret Santa 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Franklin & Bash 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Halfway Decent 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hot in Cleveland 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Key & Peele 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rizzoli & Isles 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scorpion 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Grim Sleeper 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Haunted Hathaways 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lottery 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Millers 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

You're Not You 2014 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Battledogs 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Call Me Crazy: A Five Film 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Dads 2013 (Tv Show)

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Guys With Kids 2013 (Tv Show)

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Ironside 2013 (Tv Show)

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Last Resort 2013 (Tv Show)

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Let's Stay Together 2013 (Tv Show)

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Mob City 2013 (Tv Show)

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Rules of Engagement 2013 (Tv Show)

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Scandal 2013 (Tv Show)

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The Secret Life of the American Teenager 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Doonby 2012 (Movie)

Leroy Jackson (Actor)

Hart of Dixie 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Modern Family 2012 (Tv Show)

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Ambush at Dark Canyon 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

How I Met Your Mother 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Torchwood 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

White Collar 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Ghost Stories 1987 - 1988, 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Childrens Hospital 2010 (Tv Show)

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Criminal Minds 2010 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Pastor Brown 2010 (Movie)

Deacon Harold Todd (Actor)

Heroes 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Meteor 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball 2009 (Movie)

Anthony Vejar (Actor)

Bones 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Final Approach 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Lonely Street 2008 (Movie)

Captain Morgan (Actor)

Nobel Son 2008 (Movie)

Bill Canepa (Actor)

Private Practice 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

All Hat 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cold Case 2007 (Tv Show)

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Desperate Housewives 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Las Vegas 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror 2007 (Movie)

Roscoe Lee (Actor)

Crossing Jordan 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School 2006 (Movie)

Blake Rische (Actor)

Stargate SG-1 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous 2005 (Movie)

McDonald (Actor)

10-8 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Clifford's Really Big Movie 2004 (Movie)

P.T. (Voice)

Confessions of an Action Star 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Everwood 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oz 1997 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Anne B. Real 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Full House 1987 - 1988, 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace Under Fire 1987 - 1988, 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Rita Moreno 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ben Stiller Show 1987 - 1988, 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss USA 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Touched By an Angel 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walking Shadow 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Congeniality 2000 (Movie)

McDonald (Actor)

Red Letters 2000 (Movie)

Detective Glen Teal (Actor)

The Watcher 2000 (Movie)

Ibby (Actor)

A Stranger in the Kingdom 1999 (Movie)

Reverend Walter Andrews (Actor)

Everything's Jake 1999 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Levitation 1999 (Movie)

Downbeat (Actor)

Michael Jordan: An American Hero 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Interceptor Force 1998 (Movie)

The Major (Actor)

Best of the Best: Without Warning 1997 (Movie)

Detective Gresko (Actor)

Fakin' Da Funk 1997 (Movie)

Joe Lee (Actor)

Just Your Luck 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mr. Magoo 1997 (Movie)

Agent Gus Anders (Actor)

October 22 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

For Which He Stands 1996 (Movie)

DEA Agent Baxter (Actor)

The Substitute 1996 (Movie)

Principal Claude Rolle (Actor)

Congo 1995 (Movie)

Munroe Kelly (Actor)

The Basketball Diaries 1995 (Movie)

Reggie (Actor)

A Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Airheads 1994 (Movie)

Sergeant O'Malley (Actor)

No Escape 1994 (Movie)

Hawkins (Actor)

Speechless 1994 (Movie)

Ventura (Actor)

Sugar Hill 1994 (Movie)

Lolly Jonas (Actor)

The Cowboy Way 1994 (Movie)

Officer Sam Shaw (Actor)

The Crow 1994 (Movie)

Albrecht (Actor)

Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Wild Palms 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle 1992 (Movie)

Solomon (Actor)

Broken Badges 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Jones 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Collision Course 1990 (Movie)

Shortcut (Actor)

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

Winston Zeddemore (Actor)

Leviathan 1989 (Movie)

Jones (Actor)

Trapper County War 1989 (Movie)

Jefferson Carter (Actor)

St. Elsewhere 1982 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wrong Guys 1988 (Movie)

Dawson (Actor)

Weeds 1987 (Movie)

Bagdad (Actor)

Love on the Run 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Last Precinct 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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California Girls 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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100 Centre Street 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghostbusters 1984 (Movie)

Winston Zeddmore (Actor)

Joy of Sex 1984 (Movie)

Mr Porter (Actor)

Spacehunter 1983 (Movie)

Washington (Actor)

Two of A Kind 1983 (Movie)

Detective Staggs (Actor)

A Matter of Life and Death 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Penitentiary II 1980 (Movie)

Half Dead (Actor)

The $5.20 an Hour Dream 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jazz Singer 1980 (Movie)

Heckler (Actor)

Highcliffe Manor 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Joni 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Main Event 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Octagon 1979 (Movie)

Quinine (Actor)

A Town Without Christmas (TV Show)

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Angel Street (TV Show)

Actor

Butter (TV Show)

Actor

Clover (TV Show)

Actor

Crazy Times (TV Show)

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Food For Thought (TV Show)

Actor

King (TV Show)

Actor

Lackawanna Blues (TV Show)

Actor

Last of the Good Guys (TV Show)

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Love on the Run (Movie)

Lamar (Actor)

Mad Bull (TV Show)

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Miracle on the 17th Green (TV Show)

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Nowhere to Land (TV Show)

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Once Upon a Time (Tv Show)

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Operation Delta Force (TV Show)

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Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

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Shark Attack (TV Show)

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Skag (TV Show)

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Stealth Fighter (TV Show)

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The Cherokee Kid (TV Show)

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The Last Precinct (TV Show)

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The Ron Clark Story (TV Show)

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Tornado! (TV Show)

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White Mama (TV Show)

Actor

Women of San Quentin (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Immortalized in popular culture as the African-American Ghostbuster in the 1984 mega-hit and its 1989 sequel, Ernie Hudson enjoyed a longer and more diverse career than many of the movie stars he once supported. The Yale graduate's impressive physique won him a scattering of bruiser roles early on, including bits in Gordon Parks' "Leadbelly" (1976) and the Barbra Streisand vehicle "The Main Event" (1979), until his ability to underscore menace with intelligence earned him more substantial roles in Jamaa Fanaka's "Penitentiary II" (1982) and the 3-D actioner "Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone" (1983). Although "Ghostbusters" (1984) augured a significant uptake in the quality of his assignments, the actor continued to struggle well into the next decade. Better parts in "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" (1992), "The Crow" (1994), "Congo" (1995) and "The Basketball Diaries" (1995) with Leonardo DiCaprio boosted Hudson to the next level and to greater success on the small screen. Frequently seen as a guest actor on dozens of primetime series, the actor enjoyed a six-year run on the critically-lauded HBO prison series "Oz" (1997-2003), as well as subsequent semi-regular roles on "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) and "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012). Remaining in demand past the age of retirement, Hudson made his Broadway debut in 2009 in the Tony Award-winning revival of "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," proving himself to be one of the most unsung but invaluable actors of the American stage and screen.

Relationships

Maggie Donald

Mother
died of tuberculosis when Hudson was four months old

Arrana Donald

Grandmother
maternal grandmother raised Hudson after his mother's death died at age 85 in 1979

Jeannie Hudson

Wife
separated in 1975 divorced in 1980

Linda Hudson

Wife
married in 1985

Andrew Hudson

Son
born c. 1987 mother, Linda Kingsberg

Ernest Hudson

Son
born c. 1965 mother, Jeannie Moore acted alongside father in HBO's "Oz"

Rahi Hudson

Son
born c. 1968 mother, Jeannie Moore

Ross Hudson

Son
born c. 1989 mother, Linda Kingsberg

Lewis Hudson

Half-Brother
born c. 1942 mother, Maggie Donald father, Thomas Hudson

EDUCATION

School of Drama, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut
attended on full scholarship for a year; left for role on the L.A. stage

Wayne State University

Detroit , Michigan

University of Minnesota at Minneapolis-St Paul

Minneapolis , Minnesota
enrolled in a special doctoral program which he did not complete

Milestones

2007

Cast with Snoop Dogg in the animated feature, "Hood of Horror"

2006

Had a recurring role as a detective on the third season of the ABC series, "Desperate Housewives"

2005

Starred in the HBO movie "Lackawanna Blues," based on an autobiographical one man show by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

2005

Reprised role as FBI Asst. Director in "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous"

2001

Assumed role of Hawk in the A&E original "Walking Shadow", based on a Robert Parker Spenser mystery novel

2000

Appeared as a FBI Asst. Director in "Miss Congeniality"

2000

Had featured role in the thriller "The Watcher"

1997

Cast as the warden in the HBO series "Oz"

1997

Co-starred in "Mr. Magoo"

1992

Played Solomon in "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"

1990

Co-starred with Miguel Ferrer on CBS police/action TV series, "Broken Badges"

1989

Reprised role of Winston Zeddemore in "Ghostbusters II"

1986

Appeared as a TV series regular in a major supporting role as Sgt. 'Night Train' Lane on NBC's "The Last Precinct", a cop show spoof

1984

Played Winston Zeddemore in "Ghostbusters"

1979

First role as a TV series regular as Smythe on "Highcliffe Manor" (NBC), a spoof of Gothic horror movies

1978

Appeared in "King", Abby Mann's TV miniseries

1976

Feature film debut (listed as 'Earnest L. Hudson' in credits) as Archie in Gordon Park's feature, "Leadbelly"

Starred as Jack Jefferson in the Minneapolis Theatre-in-the-Round production of "The Great White Hope"

While attending Wayne State University, established the Actors' Ensemble Theatre where he and other black writers directed and appeared in their own works

Produced and starred in "The Great White Hope" at the Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center

Began stage work as resident playwright with Concept East, a Detroit-based African American theater company

Awarded a full scholarship to the Yale School of Drama

Left Yale to appear in the L.A. Production of Lonnie Elder's musical, "Daddy Goodness"

Bonus Trivia

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"Being a supporting actor is like playing in a jazz combo. You could have stolen the scene, but you have to be true to the piece. You just don't go off and do a solo." --Ernie Hudson in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, June 10, 1994

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"With my educational background and my list of credits, if I were not a black actor I believe roles would have opened up long ago." --Hudson to ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, June 10, 1994

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On being cast as the warden in the HBO series "Oz", Hudson told the DAILY NEWS (October 22, 1997): "I've reached the point in life where I no longer play the prisoner who gets stabbed in the shower."

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