Ernie Hudson

Earnest Lee Hudson (born December 17, 1945) is an American actor. His roles include Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters film series, Sergeant Darryl Albrecht in The Crow (1994), and Warden Leo Glynn on HBO's Oz (1997–2003). Hudson has also acted in the films Leviathan (1989), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), Airheads (1994), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Congo (1995), Miss Congeniality (2000) and as Principal Turner in The Ron Clark Story (2006).

Ernie Hudson
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Hudson at the 2017 Phoenix Fan Fest
Born
Earnest Lee Hudson[1]

(1945-12-17) December 17, 1945 (age 76)
Education
OccupationActor, playwright, producer
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)
  • Jeannie Moore
    (m. 1963; div. 1976)
  • Linda Kingsberg
    (m. 1985)
Children4

Hudson had appeared in the television shows St. Elsewhere (1984), The Last Precinct (1986), 10-8: Officers on Duty (2003–2004), Desperate Housewives (2006–2007), The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008–2013), Law & Order (2009–2010), the voice of Agent Bill Fowler in Transformers: Prime (2010–2013), Franklin & Bash (2012–2014), Grace and Frankie (2015–2020), and L.A.'s Finest (2019–2020).

He had a cameo as Patty Tolan's uncle in the remake of Ghostbusters (2016), and reprised his role as Winston in Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021).

Early lifeEdit

Hudson was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He never knew his father. His mother, Maggie Donald,[2] died of tuberculosis when he was two months old. He was subsequently raised by his maternal grandmother, Arrana Donald.

Hudson joined the United States Marine Corps immediately after high school, but was discharged after only three months on medical grounds due to asthma. Having moved to Detroit, Michigan, he became the resident playwright at Concept East, the oldest black theater company in the United States. He enrolled at Wayne State University to further develop his writing and acting skills, graduating in 1973. He established the Actors' Ensemble Theatre where he and other talented young black writers directed and appeared in their own works. He was briefly in a doctoral program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities before leaving to appear in a stage production of The Great White Hope.[3] Later, he studied toward a Master of Fine Arts in acting at Yale School of Drama, but left after a year to appear in Leadbelly.[4]

In an interview with Belief.net, Hudson stated that he is a practicing Christian, but does not believe that "one church is the right one."

CareerEdit

 
Hudson at the 2014 Florida Super Con

One of Hudson's early film roles was in Penitentiary II (1982) starring Leon Isaac Kennedy. He landed various guest roles on television series such as The Dukes of Hazzard and The A-Team. He was on the television series Fantasy Island in a first-season episode as a voodoo man named Jamu. Hudson gained fame playing Winston Zeddemore, who enlists with the Ghostbusters in the feature film Ghostbusters (1984) and its 1989 sequel. He also auditioned to reprise the role for the animated series, The Real Ghostbusters, but it was given to Arsenio Hall.[5] He had a major supporting role as the mentally challenged handyman Solomon in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992).

Hudson was cast as Warden Leo Glynn on HBO's series Oz. On Oz, his son Ernie Hudson Jr. co-starred with him as Muslim inmate Hamid Khan. Hudson also appears as the character Munro in Congo (1995) and as Police Sergeant Albrecht in The Crow (1994). He switched gears when he played a preacher opening the eyes of a small town's prejudice in the 1950s in A Stranger in the Kingdom. He is also known for his role as Harry McDonald, the FBI superior of Sandra Bullock's character in the feature film Miss Congeniality (2000). He appears in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Ethon" as Pernaux. Hudson also appeared as Reggie in the film The Basketball Diaries (1995). In 2006, he appeared in the television movie The Ron Clark Story as Principal Turner. In 2008, he began a recurring role as Dr. Fields on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Hudson also had a recurring role on the final season of Law & Order as Lt. Anita Van Buren's boyfriend and then fiancé.

In 2011, he played Stuart Owens in Torchwood: Miracle Day.[6]

 
The handprints of Hudson in front of the Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park

Beginning in 2015, Hudson was cast in a recurring role as Jacob, an organic farmer who is the romantic interest for Frankie Bergstein (Lily Tomlin) in the series Grace and Frankie.[7]

Hudson appeared in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, playing Bill Jenkins, the uncle of Leslie Jones' lead character Pattie Tolan.[8]

In 2019, Hudson began starring in L.A.'s Finest, playing the estranged father of Gabrielle Union's character. Hudson called it "a very different show", citing the duality of having to protect people as a member of law enforcement while having unresolved relationships that need to be reconciled.[9] Spectrum canceled the series after two seasons the following year.[10]

In August 2019, he confirmed his involvement in Ghostbusters: Afterlife directed by Jason Reitman, joining original cast members Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Annie Potts.[11][12] Hudson described himself as being welled by emotions after he put on his jumpsuit and proton pack, as he had previously "accepted that [a film] was never going to happen."[13]

On March 8, 2022, Hudson was announced as the co-lead in NBC's Quantum Leap reboot.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Hudson married his first wife, Jeannie Moore, in 1963, when she was sixteen and he was eighteen.[15] They had two sons, Ernie Hudson Jr. and Rahaman Hudson. When Hudson and Jeannie divorced in 1976, their sons moved to live with Hudson in California.[16][17] In 1985, Hudson married former flight attendant Linda Kingsberg; they also had two sons, Andrew and Ross.[15]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Leadbelly Archie
The Human Tornado Bo
1979 The Main Event Killer
1980 Joni Earl
The Octagon Quinine
The Jazz Singer Heckler
1981 Underground Aces African General
1982 Penitentiary II 'Half Dead'
1983 Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone Washington
Going Berserk Muhammed Jerome Willy
Two of a Kind Detective Skaggs
1984 Ghostbusters Winston Zeddemore
National Lampoon's Joy of Sex Mr. Porter
1987 Weeds Bagdad
1988 The Wrong Guys Dawson
1989 Leviathan Justin Jones
Collision Course 'Shortcut'
Trapper County War Jefferson Carter
Ghostbusters II Winston Zeddemore
1992 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Solomon
1993 The Pitch Vet Short
1994 Sugar Hill Lolly Jonas
The Crow Sergeant Daryl Albrecht
No Escape Hawkins
The Cowboy Way Officer Sam 'Mad Dog' Shaw
Airheads Sergeant O'Malley
Speechless Dan Ventura
1995 The Basketball Diaries Reggie
Congo Captain Monroe Kelly
1996 The Substitute Principal Claude Rolle
For Which He Stands DEA Agent Baxter
Just Your Luck Willie Video
1997 Levitation 'Downbeat'
Fakin' da Funk Joe Lee
Mr. Magoo CIA Agent Gus Anders
A Stranger in the Kingdom Reverend Walter Andrews
1998 Butter Curtis '8 Ball' Harris
Best of the Best 4: Without Warning Detective Gresko Video
Hijack Senator Douglas Wilson
October 22 Arthur
1999 Interceptor Major McKenzie
Stealth Fighter President Westwood
Paper Bullets Detective Ron Mills
Lillie Larry Miller
2000 Everything's Jake Jake
Red Letters Detective Glen Teal
The Watcher FBI Special Agent Mike Ibby
Miss Congeniality FBI Assistant Director Harry McDonald
2003 Anne B. Real Principal Davis
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie P.T. (voice)
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Blake Rische
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous FBI Assistant Director Harry McDonald
Bathsheba Nathan Short
Halfway Decent Tom
2006 Hood of Horror Roscoe
2007 Certifiably Jonathan Museum Guard
Nobel Son Sergeant Bill Canega
All Hat Jackson Jones
2008 Pie'n Burger Cedric Short
Lonely Street Captain Morgan
2009 Balancing the Books Detective Carter
Dragonball Evolution Sifu Norris
Pastor Brown Deacon Harold Todd
2010 Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball FBI Special Agent Anthony Vejar Video
Machete Joe Sheriff Taylor
Stasis Stranger Short [18]
Game of Death Catholic Priest
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Pedro (voice) Video
Sugarwheels Prof. Zaccharine Ragus PhD Short
Deep Blue Breath Lord Vater (voice) Short
2012 Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy Ivan Stumpwater
Dinner Date Man Short
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! Pedro (voice) Video
Deer Crossing Captain Bailey
Dark Canyon Cyrus Parker
Turning Point Joe Johnson
2013 Doonby Leroy
Adonis Chick Magnet CEO Short
2014 The Grim Sleeper Detective Claymar
You're Not You John
Merry Ex-Mas Pastor Ed
The Last Song Guest Short
2015 Gallows Road Bob Collins
2016 The Man in the Silo Marcus Wells
Batman: Bad Blood Lucius Fox (voice) Video
God's Not Dead 2 Judge Stennis
Ghostbusters Uncle Bill Jenkins
Spaceman Joe
Infinity Train Atticus (voice) Short
2017 High & Outside: A Baseball Noir Sanzone
2018 Nappily Ever After Richard Jones
2019 Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters Himself Documentary
2020 I Love You... Forever George Henry Short
2021 Redemption Day Ed Paxton
Ghostbusters: Afterlife Winston Zeddemore
Beebo Saves Christmas Santa Claus (voice) [19]

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Mad Bull Bart 'Black Bart' TV movie
1978 King Jack Corbin Miniseries
Fantasy Island Jamu Episode: "Family Reunion/VooDoo"
Last of the Good Guys El Coliph TV movie
Winners Ted Episode: "Journey Together"
Baa Baa Black Sheep George 'King George' Episode: "A Little Bit of England"
1979 The Incredible Hulk Lee Episode: "Like a Brother"
Roots: The Next Generations Muslim at Door Episode: "Part VII (1960-1967)"
The White Shadow Johnson Episode: "Little Orphan Abner"
Detective School Bombacaa Episode: "Nick Is Smitten"
One Day at a Time Desk Sergeant Episode: "A Little Larceny"
Highcliffe Manor Smythe Main cast
1980 Skag - Episode: "Pilot"
The $5.20 an Hour Dream Homer Burden TV movie
White Mama Counsellor TV movie
Too Close for Comfort Sam Morton Episode: "The Bag Lady"
1981 A Matter of Life and Death Mr. Harrison TV movie
Diff'rent Strokes Kwame Episode: "Almost American"
Crazy Times Harold 'Jazzman' Malloy TV movie
Little House on the Prairie William Thomas Episode: "Chicago"
Bosom Buddies Rochelle Episode: "One for You, One for Me"
Taxi Terry Carver Episode: "Of Mice and Tony"
1982 The Dukes of Hazzard Avery Episode: "Dear Diary"
Flamingo Road Chandler Recurring cast (season 2)
The New Odd Couple Moses Brown Episode: "That Was No Lady"
1983 Webster Rudy Episode: "Happy Un-Birthday"
Women of San Quentin Charles Wilson TV movie
The A-Team Cal Freeman Episode: "The Taxicab Wars"
1984 100 Centre Street - TV movie
St. Elsewhere Jerry Close Recurring cast (season 3)
1985 California Girls Ernie TV movie
Love on the Run Lamar TV movie
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians Victor Stone/Cyborg (voice) Main cast (season 9)
1986 The Last Precinct Sergeant 'Night Train' Lane Main cast
It's a Living Dougie Episode: "The Bar"
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Digger Love Episode: "Harlem Nocturne"
1987 Gimme a Break! Prince Episode: "Someday My Prince..."
Full House Reggie 'The Sandman' Martin Episode: "Knock Yourself Out"
Pound Puppies Additional Voices Recurring cast (season 2)
1988 The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission Joseph Hamilton TV movie
1989 The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Himself Episode: "Slime Busters"
1990 Cop Rock Commander Warren Osborne Episode: "Pilot"
1990–91 Broken Badges Toby Baker Main cast
1991 Miss Jones Evinrude Johnson TV movie
1992 Angel Street Thurman Nickens Episode: "Pilot - Part 1 & 2"
The Ben Stiller Show Tennis Captain Episode: "With Bobcat Goldthwait"
Batman: The Animated Series Security Guard (voice) Episode: "Joker's Wild"
1993 TriBeCa Howard Episode: "Heros Exoletus"
Angel Street Thurman Nickens TV movie
Wild Palms Tommy Lazlo Main cast
Tales from the Crypt Zambini Episode: "Food for Thought"
1994 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Coach Seldon Episode: "A Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story"
1996 Tornado! Dr. Joe Branson TV movie
The Cherokee Kid Nat Love/Deadwood Dick TV movie
1997 Operation Delta Force Tipton TV movie
Clover Gaten Hill TV movie
Superman: The Animated Series Professor Felix (voice) Episode: "Action Figures"
1997–2003 Oz Warden Leo Glynn Main cast
1998 The Gregory Hines Show Jack Episode: "Carpe Diem"
Arli$$ Warden Leo Glynn Episode: "Fans First"
1999 Michael Jordan: An American Hero James R. Jordan Sr. TV movie
Shark Attack Lawrence Rhodes TV movie
Miracle on the 17th Green Earl Fielder TV movie
2000 Nowhere to Land Danny Gorlin TV movie
2001 Walking Shadow 'Hawk' TV movie
Touched by an Angel Norm McCloud Episode: "The Perfect Game"
A Town Without Christmas Ted TV movie
Hostage Rescue Team - TV movie
2003 Without a Trace Manny Aybar Episode: "Kam Li"
2003–04 10-8: Officers on Duty Senior Deputy John Henry Barnes Main cast
2004 Everwood Bill Hoover Episode: "The Birds and the Batteries"
2005 Lackawanna Blues Dick Barrymore TV movie
Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story Perry Beasley TV movie
2006 The Ron Clark Story Principal Turner TV movie
Crossing Jordan Colonel Wirth Episode: "Code of Ethics"
Stargate SG-1 Commander Goran Pernaux Episode: "Ethon"
Celebrity Paranormal Project Himself Episode: "Wooden Lucy"
ER Colonel James Gallant Supporting cast (season 12)
2006–07 Desperate Housewives Detective Ridley Recurring cast (season 3)
2007 Cold Case Moses Jones Episode: "8:03 AM"
Final Approach Agent Lorenzo Dawson TV movie
Las Vegas Bob Casey Episode: "My Uncle's a Gas" & "The High Price of Gas"
Psych William Guster Episode: "Gus's Dad May Have Killed an Old Guy"
2007–08 Bones David Barron Episode: "The Man in the Mansion" & "The Verdict in the Story"
2008 Private Practice Captain Frank Episode: "Nothing to Talk About"
2008–13 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Dr. Ken Fields Recurring cast
2009 Meteor General Brasser Main cast
Heroes Captain Lubbock Recurring cast (season 4)
2009–10 Law & Order Frank Gibson Recurring cast (season 20)
2010 Childrens Hospital Hubert McGraw Episode: "Joke Overload"
Criminal Minds Lieutenant Al Garner Episode: "Devil's Night"
2010–13 Transformers: Prime Special Agent Bill Fowler (voice) Recurring cast
2011 White Collar Mr. Jeffries Episode: "Dentist of Detroit"
Torchwood Stewart Owens Episode: "Miracle Day: The Middle Men"
Grey's Anatomy Brad McDougall Episode: "Put Me In, Coach"
How I Met Your Mother Himself Episode: "The Rebound Girl"
Rizzoli & Isles Admiral Frost Episode: "Sailor Man"
2012 Hart of Dixie Ernie Hayes Episode: "Snowflakes & Soulmates"
Beautiful People Jack TV movie
Nosferajew CDC Director Episode: "Community Blech"
2012–14 Franklin & Bash Honorable Lawrence Perry Recurring cast (season 2 & 4)
2012–16 Modern Family Miles Guest cast (season 3-4 & 7-8)
2013 Guys with Kids The Judge Episode: "Marny's Dad"
Last Resort Conrad Buell Recurring cast
Dan Vs. Counselor Episode: "Summer Camp"
Battledogs Max Stevens TV movie
Let's Stay Together Anthony Episode: "Troy Story"
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Percy TV movie
Scandal Commander Randolph Boles Episode: "Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington"
Ironside Bludso Episode: "Uptown Murders"
Dads Detective Swan Episode: "Comic Book Issues"
Dear Secret Santa Pastor Avery TV movie
Mob City Bunny Recurring Cast
Reckless Frank Wolfe TV movie
2014 The Millers Walter Episode: "Dear Diary"
The Haunted Hathaways Duke Preston Episode: "Haunted Visitor"
Touched by Romance Dr. Beck TV movie
Rizzoli & Isles Admiral Frost Episode: "...Goodbye"
The Lottery - Episode: "Sleep Deprived"
Scorpion Brooks Episode: "Pilot"
Key & Peele Dad Episode: "Terrorist Meeting"
Hot in Cleveland Himself Episode: "Cold in Cleveland: The Christmas Episode"
Living the Dream Benny TV movie
American Storage Rich Episode: "Pilot"
Comic Book Men Himself Episode: "Stashbusters"
2015 Once Upon a Time King Poseidon Episode: "Poor Unfortunate Soul"
To Hell and Back Joe TV movie
Delores & Jermaine - TV movie
2015–20 Grace and Frankie Jacob Recurring cast (season 1-4 & 6)
2016 Robot Chicken Detective Ernie/Judge Hudson Jr./Dad (voice) Episode: "Blackout Window Heatstroke"
Celebrity Family Feud Himself Episode: "Hudson vs. Leakes"
Heaven Sent Donatello TV movie
Graves Jacob Mann Recurring cast (season 1)
2017 APB Sergeant Ned Conrad Main cast
Angie Tribeca Pete Tribeca Episode: "Germs on Endearment"
Twin Peaks Colonel Davis Episode: "Part 5 & 7"
Survivor's Remorse Ansell Jones Episode: "Reparations"
Spider-Man Joe 'Robbie' Robertson (voice) Episode: "Screwball Live"
2018 Lethal Weapon Agent Peterson Episode: "Funny Money"
Blue Bloods Principal Darryl Ward Episode: "School of Hard Knocks"
Ballers Mr. Hagerty Episode: "This Is Not Our World"
2018–21 The Family Business L.C. Duncan Main cast
2019 Hot Streets John Wayne 'Jet Wayne' Junior (voice) Main cast (season 2)
Arrow General Roy Stewart Episode: "Spartan"[20]
Infinity Train Atticus (voice) Main cast (season 1)
2019–20 Puppy Dog Pals Buddy (voice) Guest (season 2), recurring cast (season 2)
L.A.'s Finest Joseph Vaughn Main cast
2020 The Irate Gamer Himself Episode: "Ghostbusters"
Home Movie: The Princess Bride Prince Humperdinck Episode: "Chapter Eight: Ultimate Suffering"
2021 MacGyver Milton Bozer [21][22] Episode: "H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role Notes
2009 Ghostbusters: The Video Game Winston Zeddemore
2015 Lego Dimensions Winston Zeddemore
2019 NBA 2K20 Israel Bacon
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered Winston Zeddemore
2022 Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed Winston Zeddemore [23][24][25]

WebEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2020 The Irate Gamer Himself Episode: GHOSTBUSTERS NES Nintendo Review

ReferencesEdit

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