Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Actor, Playwright
After years of struggle, during which he was often told he was unsuitable for the classic, this actor began gaining recognition for his performances on Broadway in the 1990s. Ruben Santiago-Hudson scored on the New York ... Read more »
Born: 11/23/1956 in Lackawanna, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

Public Morals 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Selma 2014 (Movie)

Bayard Rustin (Actor)

Low Winter Sun 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Castle 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dear John 1989 - 1992, 1999 - 2000, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1989 - 1992, 1996 - 2000, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 2000, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 2000, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Person of Interest 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Third Watch 1999 - 2000, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1989 - 1992, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Invention of Lying 2009 (Movie)

Landlord (Actor)

Canterbury's Law 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1990, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

Honeydripper 2007 (Movie)

Alton Stokely (Actor)

Mr. Brooks 2007 (Movie)

Hawkins (Actor)

Brother's Shadow 2005 (Movie)

Manny Botero (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control 2005 (Movie)

Samuel Mendez (Actor)

Wild Card 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Whoopi 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Crucible of the Millennium 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Red Sneakers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

American Tragedy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Domestic Disturbance 2001 (Movie)

Sergeant Edgar Stevens (Actor)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

Jimmy Groves (Actor)

The Hunt For the Unicorn Killer 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The West Wing 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Todd McFarlane's Spawn 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

A Gut Feeling 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Michael Hayes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

Leamon Heath (Actor)

Bleeding Hearts 1996 (Movie)

Todd (Actor)

Daddy's Girl 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of Hunter 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Blown Away 1994 (Movie)

Blanket (Actor)

Bye Bye America 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Which Way Home 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Lackawanna Blues (TV Show)

Actor

Little John (TV Show)

Actor

Rear Window (TV Show)

Actor

Solomon & Sheba (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After years of struggle, during which he was often told he was unsuitable for the classic, this actor began gaining recognition for his performances on Broadway in the 1990s. Ruben Santiago-Hudson scored on the New York stage in three projects--as cornet player Buddy Bolden alongside Gregory Hines in the musical "Jelly's Last Jam" (1992), as Canewell, the harmonica-playing amateur philosopher, in August Wilson's "Seven Guitars" (1996), for which he won a Tony Award, and in the title role of "Henry VIII" for the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1997. After his turn in the Wilson play, interest for his services grew in Hollywood. Santiago-Hudson was cast alongside Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves in "Devil's Advocate" (1997) and he landed a regular role in support of David Caruso in the CBS drama "Michael Hayes" (1997-98).

Relationships

Jeannie Brittan

Wife

Alean Hudson

Mother
African American struggled with drug addiction during Santiago-Hudson's childhood he was raised by her landlady Rachel Crosby and another couple Mattie and Adolph Overton

Ruben Santiago

Father
of Puerto Rican descent died April 27, 1996

Broderick Santiago

Son
born c. 1976 mother, not identified by Santiago-Hudson they were not married

Ruben Santiago

Son
born c. 1977 mother, not identified by Santiago-Hudson they were not married not same woman who gave birth to Broderick

EDUCATION

Wayne State University

Detroit , Michigan
was studing for masters, but was denied roles in classical drama due to racial discrimination and ignorance and headed for New York

Lackawanna High School

Lackawanna , New York
one of only 200 black students at predominently white school

State University of New York, Binghamton

Binghamton , New York 1978
was part of program for "educationally and economically disadvantaged students"

Milestones

2005

Wrote and starred in the HBO original movie "Lackawanna Blues" based on his autobiographical one-man show; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Miniseries or TV Movie

2001

Wrote and starred in his autobiographical one-man show titled "Lackawanna Blues"

2001

Cast as a detective in "Domestic Disturbance"

2000

Co-starred opposite Samuel L Jackson in "Shaft"

1997

Played title role in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Henry VIII" (summer)

1996

Starred on Broadway in "Seven Guitars"; won Tony Award

1994

Film acting debut in "Blown Away"; also appeared in Gregory Hines' directorial debut, "Bleeding Hearts"

1992

Broadway debut as cornet player Buddy Bolden in the musical "Jelly's Last Jam"

1991

TV-movie debut in "Which Way Home" (TNT)

1990

Made primetime episodic debut on the NBC sitcom "Dear John"

1983

Arrived in New York; was denied role in Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre because does not speak Spanish; denied role in Negro Ensemble Company because of Latino ancestry

Cast as Eddie Diaz on the CBS drama series "Michael Hayes", starring David Caruso

While mother struggled with drug addiction, was raised by mother's landlady, Rachel Crosby, and a couple, Mattie and Adolph Overton

Grew up in Lackawanna, New York

Played Capt. Billy Casper on the NBC daytime drama "Another World"

Bonus Trivia

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"People would say: 'How can you do Shakespeare? You're from the ghetto.' One white professor told me I could never really do classical theatre because my lips were too big and they would get in the way of clarity and making the words beautiful ... I was always the spear-toting, diaper-wearing, queen-fanning, rug-bearing, servant bystander. [Then he told the professor] I'm not carrying no more spears!" --Ruben Santiago-Hudson in The New York Times, May 14, 1996.

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