Ruben Santiago-Hudson

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago Hudson Shankbone NYC 2010.jpg
Born (1956-11-24) November 24, 1956 (age 57)
Lackawanna, New York
Spouse(s) Jeannie Brittan
Children 4

Ruben Santiago-Hudson [note 1] (born November 24, 1956) is an American actor and playwright, who has won national awards for his work in both areas. From 2009 to 2011, he played Captain Roy Montgomery in ABC's Castle. In November 2011 he appeared on Broadway in Lydia Diamond's play Stick Fly.[1]

Early life[edit]

Santiago-Hudson was born in Lackawanna, New York, the son of Alean Hudson and Ruben Santiago, a railroad worker.[2] His father was Puerto Rican and his mother was African American.[3] He went to Lackawanna High school, earned his bachelor's degree from Binghamton University, and his master's degree from Wayne State University.[3] He received an honorary doctorate of letters from Buffalo State College.[4]

Career[edit]

In 2003 Ruben Santiago-Hudson was the reader in Volume 13 of the HBO film Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives. The series was narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.

He wrote Lackawanna Blues, an autobiographical play in which he portrayed himself and some twenty different characters from his past, which was produced in New York. He adapted it for a highly acclaimed, award-winning 2005 HBO film, in which the parts would be played by different people, that won him the Humanitas Prize and earned 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. His work in primetime series have included 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 portrayed American Chemist Percy Lavon Julian in the PBS NOVA documentary Forgotten Genius. He starred as New York City Police Captain Roy Montgomery in the ABC series Castle until his character's death occurred in the third season finale. Penny Johnson Jerald replaces Santiago-Hudson as Captain Victoria "Iron" Gates in Castle 's fourth and fifth season.

In 2007 he starred in a Public Broadcasting Service Nova documentary about the life of Percy Lavon Julian

In 2013, he won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director,[5] an Obie Award for Direction,[6][7] and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play for his work in the Off-Broadway production of The Piano Lesson.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Honors[edit]

  • 1996, Tony Award for performance in Seven Guitars
  • 2006, Humanitas Award for writing, for HBO film adaptation of his play Lackawanna Blues.[9]
  • 2009, NAACP Lifetime Achievement Theatre Award at the Los Angeles NAACP Theatre Awards.[9] He played Mayor Joe Starks in Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Personal life[edit]

Santiago-Hudson has four children: Broderick and Ruben III from previous relationships, and Trey and Lily from his marriage with Jeannie Brittan.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^
    This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Santiago and the second or maternal family name is Hudson.

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