Bill Hudson (singer)

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Bill Hudson
Bill Hudson.jpg
Hudson in 1974
William Louis Hudson

(1949-10-17) October 17, 1949 (age 69)
OccupationMusician, actor
Years active1965–present
Children5, including Oliver and Kate Hudson

William Louis Hudson[1] (born October 17, 1949)[2] is an American musician and actor. He is best known for his role as a vocalist in the band The Hudson Brothers, which he formed in 1965 with his two younger brothers, Brett and Mark. He later had a brief acting career, appearing in supporting roles in Zero to Sixty (1978), Hysterical (1983), and Big Shots (1987). He also appeared in a recurring guest role on the series Doogie Howser, M.D..

Early life[edit]

Hudson was born and raised in Portland, Oregon,[2] the eldest of three sons (Brett and Mark are his two younger brothers) born to Eleanor (née Salerno) and William Louis Hudson. His mother was Italian American (his maternal grandfather came from Carlentini, Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy).[3][4][5][6] He and his brothers were nephews (by marriage) of actor Keenan Wynn.[7] Hudson's father left his family when he was six,[6] and he stated that his mother had to use welfare to support him and his brothers during their upbringing.[8] He was raised Roman Catholic.[6]


The Hudson Brothers[edit]

Other ventures[edit]

As an actor, Hudson appeared in the film Big Shots (1987), and three episodes of the television series Doogie Howser, M.D. from 1989 to 1992.

Hudson released his memoir, Two Versions: The Other Side of Fame and Family, in December 2011.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Hudson married actress Goldie Hawn in 1976. Hudson filed for divorce in 1980[10] and it was finalized two years later. They have two children, Oliver (b 1976) and Kate (b 1979), who were raised by Hawn and Kurt Russell. Hudson would later accuse Hawn of "wilfully alienating" him from their children.[11]

Hudson married Cindy Williams of Laverne & Shirley in 1982 and they had two children before divorcing in 2000. He also has a daughter born in 2006 to a long-term girlfriend.

In 2018, Hudson's son Oliver told Larry King that he and his father had begun speaking again after being estranged for many years.[12]

Hudson campaigned for Democratic politician Michael Dukakis's presidential bid in 1988.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Zero to Sixty Eddie
1978 Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park Man in Kiss Booth
1978 The Millionaire Eddie Reardon Television film
1980 The Love Boat Dr. Louis DaCosta 1 episode
1983 Hysterical Frederic Lansing / Casper
1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Tom Burke Episode: "Help Wanted: Kids"
1987 Big Shots Mr. Dawkins
1989–1992 Doogie Howser, M.D. Michael Plenn 3 episodes


  1. ^ Children's Television: The First 35 Years, 1946 - 1981. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. 1983. p. 237. ISBN 978-0-810-81557-5.
  2. ^ a b "Bill Hudson Biography (1949- )". Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  3. ^ Fisher, Emily (May 14, 1975). "The Hudson Brothers Ensnarled Into The Hollywood Situation'". St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Florida. pp. 2-D – via Google News Archive. Free to read
  4. ^ "Hudson". McCall's. McCall Pub. Co. 108: 32. 1981.
  5. ^ Buck, Jerry (November 13, 1986). "Cindy Stars In A Disney Movie". The Free Lance-Star. Fredericksburg, Virginia. p. 30 – via Google News Archive. Free to read
  6. ^ a b c Hudson, Bill "2 Versions: The Other Side of Fame and Family"
  7. ^ Witbeck, Charles (July 28, 1974). "At Last, the Hudson Brothers Have Got It Made". Detroit Free Press. Detroit, Michigan. p. 10 – via open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ a b Cowan, Ron (May 17, 1988). "Hudson takes a new act on the road". Statesman Journal. Salem, Oregon. p. 7 – via open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ Radar Staff (September 23, 2011). "Kate Hudson's Dad Exposes Dark Secrets In Tell All: Goldie Hawn Wanted Open Marriage". Radar Online.
  10. ^ Associated Press (4 September 1980). Goldie's Husband Wants Divorce. The Virgin Islands Daily News.
  11. ^ McRady, Rachel (June 28, 2015). "Bill Hudson Slams Goldie Hawn, Disowns Children Oliver, Kate Hudson: "I Would Ask Them to Stop Using the Hudson Name"". Us Weekly. American Media, Inc. Archived from the original on December 1, 2016.
  12. ^ Miller, Mike (March 26, 2018). "Oliver Hudson Says He's Now 'Keeping in Touch' with His Estranged Father Bill Hudson". People. Meredith Corporation.

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