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Hudson (left) in GHOSTBUSTERS 2.
About Ernie Hudson (1945 – )
Ernie Hudson was born on December 17th, 1945, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Ernie was raised in a very poor family by his grandmother, as his mother died when he was just two months old. He never knew his father. )
Ernie has four sons; Ernie, Jr., Rahaman, Andrew, and Ross. Ernie has made it a point to be there for all of them, though they were from two different marriages: Jeannie Moore(1963-1982) and Linda Kingsberg (1985-present.)
Ernie's oldest son, Ernie Hudson Jr. is also an actor. Ernie Hudson and his son have appeared together in the HBO series OZ.
Growing up, Ernie was encouraged to strive for what he wanted in life, and his early ability in the arts was fostered. As a child, Ernie wrote stories, poems and music, but never thought of acting until he tried it in college, at the the University of Minnesota. At this time in his life, Ernie was 18 years old and newly married, with a child on the way. Ernie had a job as a janitor, but wanted his child to strive for his or her dreams, so Ernie applied. Though his application was at first rejected, he talked with admissions face to face into giving him a chance.
In Detroit, Ernie became the resident playwright at Concept East, the oldest Black theatre in the country.
Being an actor in the Los Angeles production of Lonnie Elder's musical, DADDY GOODNESS, led to his meeting of Gordon Parks, who gave Hudson the co-starring role in his first feature film, LEADBELLY;(1976).
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.
Ernie Hudson will be best remembered to the world as Winston Zeddemore, one of the ectoplasm-chasers in GHOST BUSTERS; (1984) and its 1989 sequel.
Besides a healthy credit list of films and TV movies and mini-series under his belt, Hudson also has had a lot of starring and guest roles on many television shows throughout the years, such as FANTASY ISLAND, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, THE A-TEAM, WEBSTER and MOB CITY.
"Acting is what I do. I consider it my calling and ministry. It's as important as anything I do in life. It's a journey that has taken me to places beyond my wildest imagination and continues to excite me with its endless possibilities."
In 1999, Ernie won a Golden Satelite Award for his performance in OZ.
Another one of his interests is being involved with law enforcement. He has played several police characters in various films and television projects. Ernie took it a step further in that area of interest. For several years, Hudson has been a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in the San Bernardino County (California) Sheriff's office.
As of 2015, Ernie Hudson has been busy making films, such as HEAVEN SENT, MR. BEE BEE, HIGH AND OUTSIDE, and WIZARDREAM, which will be eventually released when finished.
Ernie Hudson's notable movie credits include...
HEAVEN SENT (2015)
GALLOWS ROAD (2015)
YOU'RE NOT YOU (2014)
THE FRIM SLEEPER (2014)
THE BASKETBALL DIARIES (2012)
AMBUSH AT DARK CANYON (2012)
THE MAN IN THE SILO (2012)
DEER CROSSING (2012)
UNDERGROUND ENTERTAINMENT: THE MOVIE 2010
GAME OF DEATH (2010)
MACHETE JOE (2010)
DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION (2009)
PASTOR BROWN (2009)
FATAL SECRETS (2009)
LONELY STREET (2009)
THE MAN IN THE SILO (2008)
ALL HAT (2007)
NOBEL SON (2007)
CERTIFIABLY JONATHAN (2007)
HOOD OF HORROR (2006)
EVERYTHING'S JAKE (2006)
HALFWAY DECENT (2005)
MISS CONGENIALITY 2: ARMED AND FABULOUS (2005)
HALFWAY DECENT (2003)
MISS CONGENIALITY (2000)
STEALTH FIGHTER (1999)
A STRANGER IN THE KINGDOM (1999)
MR. MAGOO (1997)
THE BASKETBALL DIARIES (1995)
The CROW (1994)
THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE (1992)
GHOSTBUSTERS II (1989)
GHOST BUSTERS (1984)
TWO OF A KIND (1983)
GOING BESERK (1983)
PENITENTIARY 2 (1982)
Ernie Hudson's notable Television credits include...
TOUCHED (TV MOVIE) (2014)
FRANKLIN & BASH (TV SERIES) (2012-2014)
RIZZOLI & ISLES (TV SERIES) (2011, 2014)
CALL ME CRAZY:A FIVE FILM (TV MOVIE) (2013)
TRANSFORMERS PRIME (TV SERIES)(2010-2013)
LAW AND ORDER (TV SERIES) (2009-2010)
PASTOR BROWN ( TV MOVIE) (2009)
DESPARATE HOUSEWIVES (TV SERIES) (2006-2007)
THE RON CLARK STORY (TV MOVIE)(2006)
FIGHTING THE ODDS:THE MARILYN GAMBRELL STORY (TV MOVIE) (2005)
10-8 OOFICERS ON DUTY (TV SERIES) (2003-2004)
A TOWN WITHOUT CHRISTMAS (TV MOVIE) (2001)
LIFESTORIES:FAMILIES IN CRISIS: THE AARON HENRY STORY (TV SERIES) (1994)
WILD PALMS ( TV MINI-SERIES) (1993)
THE LAST PRECINCT (TV SERIES) (1988)
ST. ELSEWHERE (TV SERIES)(1984)
FLAMINGO ROAD 9TV SERIES) (1982)
HIGHCLIFFE MANOR (TV SERIES )(1979)
ROOTS: THE NEXT GENERATIONS (1979)
KING (TV Mini-Series) (1978)