Began stage work as resident playwright with Concept East, a Detroit-based African American theater company
While attending Wayne State University, established the Actors' Ensemble Theatre where he and other black writers directed and appeared in their own works
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"
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"
Produced and starred in "The Great White Hope" at the Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center
Appeared in "King", Abby Mann's TV miniseries
First role as a TV series regular as Smythe on "Highcliffe Manor" (NBC), a spoof of Gothic horror movies
Played Winston Zeddemore in "Ghostbusters"
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
Reprised role of Winston Zeddemore in "Ghostbusters II"
Co-starred with Miguel Ferrer on CBS police/action TV series, "Broken Badges"
Played Solomon in "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"
Cast as the warden in the HBO series "Oz"
Co-starred in "Mr. Magoo"
Had featured role in the thriller "The Watcher"
Appeared as a FBI Asst. Director in "Miss Congeniality"
Assumed role of Hawk in the A&E original "Walking Shadow", based on a Robert Parker Spenser mystery novel
Starred in the HBO movie "Lackawanna Blues," based on an autobiographical one man show by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Reprised role as FBI Asst. Director in "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous"
Had a recurring role as a detective on the third season of the ABC series, "Desperate Housewives"
Cast with Snoop Dogg in the animated feature, "Hood of Horror"