Ernie Hudson

Biography

Date of Birth 17 December 1945, Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA Birth Name Earnest Lee Hudson Height 6' (1.83 m) As a child growing up in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Ernie Hudson wrote short stories, poems and songs, always thinking that his words might one day come to life on stage. After a short stint in the Marine Corps, he moved to Detroit where he became the resident playwright at Concept East, the oldest black theatre in the country. In addition, he enrolled at Wayne State University to further develop his writing and acting skills and found time to establish the Actors' Emsemble Theatre, where he and other talented young black writers directed and appeared in their own works. After graduating with a B.A. from Wayne State, he was rewarded a full scholarship to the M.F.A. program at the prestigious Yale School of Drama. While performing with the school's repertory company, he was asked to appear in the Los Angeles production of Lonne Elder III's musical "Daddy Goodness," which led to his meeting Gordon Parks, who gave Hudson the costarring role in his first feature film, Leadbelly (1976). Unfortunately, all that followed "Leadbelly" was a year of "bit parts and some harsh lessons about Hollywood," which led Hudson to enroll in another academic program at the University of Minnesota that would lead to a Ph.D. Through his experience, he learned another vital lesson: "There are those who spend their lives studying it and those who spend their lives doing it." Hudson definitely wanted to be in the second group. Keeping in mind this self-revelation, Hudson accepted the starring role of Jack Jefferson in the Minneapolis Theatre In The Round's production of "The Great White Hope," a role that he put "everything he had into," including shaving his head. A series of starring and guest roles followed on such television shows as "Fantasy Island" (1978), "The Incredible Hulk" (1978), "Little House on the Prairie" (1974), "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978), "Taxi" (1978), "One Day at a Time" (1975), "Gimme a Break!" (1981), "The A-Team" (1983) and "Webster" (1983), as well as costarring roles in the TV movies White Mama (1980) (TV) with Bette Davis, "Roots: The Next Generations" (1979) (mini), Women of San Quentin (1983) (TV), California Girls (1985) (TV), Mad Bull (1977) (TV) and Love on the Run (1985) (TV). Other feature film credits include The Jazz Singer (1980), The Main Event (1979), Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983), Penitentiary II (1982), Going Berserk (1983), Joy of Sex (1984) and, of course, the mega-hit Ghost Busters (1984).

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Birth Name

Earnest Lee Hudson

Birth Place

Benton Harbor, Míchigan, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

12/17/1945
Known For
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The Crow

Albrecht

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Congo

Captain Monroe Kelly

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Leviathan

Justin Jones

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Hood of Horror

Roscoe

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The Cowboy Way

Officer Sam 'Mad Dog' Shaw

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Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone

Washington

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Best of the Best 4: Without Warning

Detective Gresko

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Operation Delta Force

Tipton

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Penitentiary 2

Half Dead

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Ambush at Dark Canyon

Cyrus Parker

Starring In
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The Retirement Plan

Joseph

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Champions

Coach Phil Perretti

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Prisoner's Daughter

Hank

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Winston Zeddemore

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Redemption Day

Ed Paxton

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Who You Gonna Call?

Self

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Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters

Himself

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Nappily Ever After

Richard

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Spaceman

Joe

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Ghostbusters

Uncle Bill

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God's Not Dead 2

Judge Robert Stennis

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Batman: Bad Blood

Lucius Fox (voice)

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Heaven Sent

Donatello

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Ghostheads

Himself

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Gallows Road

Bob Collins

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You're Not You

John

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Merry Ex-Mas

Pastor Ed

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The Grim Sleeper

Detective Gerry Claymar

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Dear Secret Santa

Pastor Avery

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Call Me Crazy: A Five Film

Percy

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Battledogs

Max Stevens

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Doonby

Leroy

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The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure

Ivan Stumpwater

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Die Farm

Captain Bailey

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Ambush at Dark Canyon

Cyrus Parker

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

Pedro (voice)

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Underground Entertainment: The Movie

Ernie

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Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball

Anthony Vejar

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Meteor

Gen. Brasser (2 episodes, 2009)

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Dragonball Evolution

Sifu Norris

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Fatal Secrets

Detective Carter

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Lonely Street

Capt. Morgan

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Final Approach

Agent Lorenzo Dawson

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Nobel Son

Sgt. Bill Canega

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All Hat

Jackson Jones

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The Ron Clark Story

Principal Turner

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Hood of Horror

Roscoe

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Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous

FBI Asst. Director Harry McDonald

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Lutando Contra o Destino

Perry Beasley

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Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

Blake Rische

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Lackawanna Blues

Dick Barrymore

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Confessions of an Action Star

Self / Commander

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Clifford's Really Big Movie

P.T. (voice)

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Anne B. Real

Principal Davis

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A Town Without Christmas

Ted

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Miss Congeniality

Harry McDonald

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The Watcher

Ibby

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Red Letters

Detective Glen Teal

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Nowhere To Land

Danny Gorlin

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Paper Bullets

Detective Ron Mills

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Stealth Fighter

President Westwood

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Shark Attack

Lawrence Rhodes

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Interceptor Force

Major

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A Stranger in the Kingdom

Rev. Walter Andrews

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Best of the Best 4: Without Warning

Detective Gresko

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Hijack

Senator Douglas Wilson (as Ernie Hudson Sr.)

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October 22

Arthur

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Never 2 Big

Curtis '8-Ball' Harris

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Mr. Magoo

Agent Gus Anders, CIA

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Operation Delta Force

Tipton

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The Substitute

Principal Claude Rolle

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Tornado

Dr. Joe Branson

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Cherokee Kid

Nat Love aka Deadwood Dick

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Congo

Captain Monroe Kelly

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The Basketball Diaries

Reggie

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Speechless

Ventura

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Airheads

Sergeant O'Malley

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No Escape

Hawkins

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The Cowboy Way

Officer Sam 'Mad Dog' Shaw

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The Crow

Albrecht

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Wild Palms

Tommy Lazlo (5 episodes, 1993)

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Sugar Hill

Lolly Jonas

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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Solomon

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Collision Course

Shortcut

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Ghostbusters II

Winston Zeddemore

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Leviathan

Justin Jones

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The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission

Joe Hamilton

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The Wrong Guys

Dawson

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Weeds

Bagdad

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Ghostbusters

Winston Zeddemore

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Joy of Sex

Mr. Porter

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Two of a Kind

Det. Skaggs

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Women of San Quentin

Charles Wilson

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Going Berserk

Jerome Willy Muhammed

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Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone

Washington

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Penitentiary 2

Half Dead

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The Octagon

Quinine

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The Jazz Singer

Heckler

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White Mama

Counsellor

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Leadbelly

Archie (as Earnest L. Hudson)

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The Human Tornado

Bo (as Louis Hudson)

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