Nov. 24th, 1956
Lackawanna, New York, USA
Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - The Invention of Lying
2007 - American Gangster
2007 - Honeydripper
2007 - Mr. Brooks
2001 - Domestic Disturbance
2000 - Shaft
1997 - The Devil's Advocate
1994 - Blown Away
1988 - Coming to America
Guest TV Roles
Judge Joe Stanley
Ruben Santiago-Hudson (born November 24, 1956) is a Tony Award-winning American actor and playwright.
Santiago-Hudson was born in Lackawanna, New York, the son of Alean Hudson and Ruben Santiago, a railroadworker. His father was Puerto Rican and his mother was African American. He went to Lackawanna High school, earned his bachelor's degree from Binghamton University, his first master's degree from Wayne State University, and his doctorate from Buffalo State College.
He wrote Lackawanna Blues, an autobiographical play in which he portrayed himself and some twenty different characters from his past, which he adapted for a highly-acclaimed, award-winning 2005 HBO film that won him the Humanitas Prize and earned him Emmy and Writers Guild of America Award nominations.
Santiago-Hudson appeared on Broadway in Jelly's Last Jam and received the 1996 Tony for August Wilson's Seven Guitars. Santiago-Hudson's screen credits include Coming to America and Domestic Disturbance. On television he has appeared on the daytime dramas Another World and All My Children and the primetime series The Cosby Mysteries, New York Undercover, NYPD Blue, Touched by an Angel, The West Wing, Third Watch, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and five episodes of Law & Order (which coincidentally stars Lackawanna Blues star S. Epatha Merkerson), among others.
He is currently starring as New York City Police Captain Roy Montgomery in the ABC series Castle.
Santiago-Hudson has four children, Broderick, Ruben, Trey and Lily.
- Originated the role of "Buddy Bolden" in "Jelly's Last Jam" (directed by 'George C. Wolfe' (qv)) at The Mark Taper Forum; he continued this role as a member of the original Broadway cast.
- He was nominated for a 1995 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "Seven Guitars" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
- Performed the role of Ricky Roma on Broadway in Glengarry Glen Ross, along with veteran actor Charles Durning.
- Won Broadway's 1996 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for 'August Wilson' (qv)'s "Seven Guitars."
- Has been performing his own one-man show (plus musician) "Lackawanna Blues" where he portrays over 20 characters from his past, sings and plays the harmonica.
- Of Puerto Rican and African-American descent.
- Holds a bachelor's degree in theatre from Binghamton University, and an MFA from Wayne State University.