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Also Known As: Earnest L Hudson Died:
Born: December 17, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, producer, playwright

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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"...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 You're Not You (2014)
3.
 Battledogs (2013)
4.
 Doonby (2012)
6.
 Pastor Brown (2011)
8.
 Meteor (2009)
9.
 Lonely Street (2009)
10.
 All Hat (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

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Began stage work as resident playwright with Concept East, a Detroit-based African American theater company
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While attending Wayne State University, established the Actors' Ensemble Theatre where he and other black writers directed and appeared in their own works
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Awarded a full scholarship to the Yale School of Drama
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Left Yale to appear in the L.A. Production of Lonnie Elder's musical, "Daddy Goodness"
1976:
Feature film debut (listed as 'Earnest L. Hudson' in credits) as Archie in Gordon Park's feature, "Leadbelly"
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Starred as Jack Jefferson in the Minneapolis Theatre-in-the-Round production of "The Great White Hope"
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Produced and starred in "The Great White Hope" at the Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center
1978:
Appeared in "King", Abby Mann's TV miniseries
1979:
First role as a TV series regular as Smythe on "Highcliffe Manor" (NBC), a spoof of Gothic horror movies
1984:
Played Winston Zeddemore in "Ghostbusters"
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
1989:
Reprised role of Winston Zeddemore in "Ghostbusters II"
1990:
Co-starred with Miguel Ferrer on CBS police/action TV series, "Broken Badges"
1992:
Played Solomon in "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"
1997:
Cast as the warden in the HBO series "Oz"
1997:
Co-starred in "Mr. Magoo"
2000:
Had featured role in the thriller "The Watcher"
2000:
Appeared as a FBI Asst. Director in "Miss Congeniality"
2001:
Assumed role of Hawk in the A&E original "Walking Shadow", based on a Robert Parker Spenser mystery novel
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"
2006:
Had a recurring role as a detective on the third season of the ABC series, "Desperate Housewives"
2007:
Cast with Snoop Dogg in the animated feature, "Hood of Horror"
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Education

Wayne State University: Detroit , Michigan -
School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -
University of Minnesota at Minneapolis-St Paul: Minneapolis , Minnesota -

Notes

"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

"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

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."

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Jeannie Hudson. Separated in 1975; divorced in 1980.
wife:
Linda Hudson. Former flight attendant. Married in 1985.

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grandmother:
Arrana Donald. Maternal grandmother; raised Hudson after his mother's death; died at age 85 in 1979.
mother:
Maggie Donald. Died of tuberculosis when Hudson was four months old.
half-brother:
Lewis Hudson. Cosmetologist. Born c. 1942; mother, Maggie Donald; father, Thomas Hudson.
son:
Ernest Hudson Jr. Actor. Born c. 1965; mother, Jeannie Moore; acted alongside father in HBO's "Oz".
son:
Rahi Hudson. Born c. 1968; mother, Jeannie Moore.
son:
Andrew Hudson. Born c. 1987; mother, Linda Kingsberg.
son:
Ross Hudson. Born c. 1989; mother, Linda Kingsberg.
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