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Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Dec. 17th, 1945
Born in
Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA

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
A.P.B. TV Show
Quantum Leap (2022) TV Show
Quantum Leap (2022)
Transformers Prime TV Show
Transformers Prime
Meteor: Path to Destruction TV Show
Meteor: Path to Destruction
Graves TV Show
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]


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).

  • 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.
  • He also attended the University of Minnesota.
  • Father of actor 'Ernie Hudson Jr.' (qv). Father and son have appeared together in the HBO series "Oz".
  • 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.
  • He was also involved with the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • He has four sons, Ernie, Jr., Rahaman, Andrew & Ross.
  • His mother died when he was two months old.

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