Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Age
71
Birthday
Dec. 17th, 1945
Born in
Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA
Height
6'

Ernie Hudson's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Once Upon a Time TV Show
Once Upon a Time
The Secret Life of the American Teenager TV Show
The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Oz TV Show
Oz
A.P.B. TV Show
A.P.B.
Transformers Prime TV Show
Transformers Prime
Meteor: Path to Destruction TV Show
Meteor: Path to Destruction
Graves TV Show
Graves
Celebrity Paranormal Project TV Show
Celebrity Paranormal Project
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians TV Show
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians
10-8: Officers on Duty TV Show
10-8: Officers on Duty
Wild Palms TV Show
Wild Palms
Broken Badges TV Show
Broken Badges
Highcliffe Manor TV Show
Highcliffe Manor
 

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]



BIOGRAPHY:

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 co-starring 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) with 'Bette Davis', Roots: The Next Generations (1979), Women of San Quentin (1983), _California Girls (1985), Mad Bull (1977) 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).



TRIVIA:
  • Graduated from Wayne State University.
  • Trained for the stage at the Yale University School of Drama.
  • Has been a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in the San Bernardino County (California) Sheriff's office for 14 years (as of 2003)
  • Auditioned to reprise his Winston Zeddemore role from Ghostbusters (1984) for the animated series adaptation, The Real Ghostbusters (1986), but was declined in favor of Arsenio Hall.
  • Father of actor 'Ernie Hudson Jr.' (qv). Father and son have appeared together in the HBO series "Oz".
  • He was also involved with the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Enjoys writing.
  • Admits that two of his heroes growing up were Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee. He later went on to star with the late Brandon Lee in The Crow.


Related sites for this celeb
» IMDB
» BuddyTV
» TVGuide
» AceShowbiz
» Celebrity-Mania
» Zap2it.com
You are successfully logged out.
login
[close]

ShareTV Login

Username
Password
Enter the text in the image shown if you are human.
WARNING: after 2 more failed attempts you will be locked out
[close]

Create Account

Username
Password
Verify Password
EMAIL

Verification code (check your email for the verification code)

Verification code has been sent to the following email address:
If you didn't receive the verification code:

1. Check your bulk/spam folder.

2. Try to whitelist our email address (noreply@sharetv.org)

3. Resend verification email

If you mistyped your email address change it here
Create a free ShareTV account to make a personalized schedule of your favorite TV shows, keep track of what you've watched, earn points and more.
Verify your username and email to complete your Registration
Enter the text in the image shown if you are human.
WARNING: after 2 more failed attempts you will be locked out
[close]

Forgot Your Password?

EMAIL
Enter the email address you used to create the account and your password will be emailed to you.