Ernie Hudson

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

(1945-12-17) December 17, 1945 (age 75)
OccupationActor, playwright, producer
Years active1973–present
  • Jeannie Moore
    (m. 1963; div. 1976)
  • Linda Kingsberg
    (m. 1985)

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).

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 life[edit]

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, Hudson stated that he is a practicing Christian, but does not believe that "one church is the right one."


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]

Personal life[edit]

Hudson married his first wife, Jeannie Moore, in 1963, when she was sixteen and he was eighteen.[14] They had two sons, Ernie Hudson Jr. and Rahaman Hudson. When Ernie and Jeanie divorced in 1976, their sons moved to live with Hudson in California.[15][16] In 1985, Hudson married former flight attendant Linda Kingsberg; they also had two sons, Andrew and Ross.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Leadbelly Archie
The Human Tornado Bo Credited as Louis Hudson
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 Trapper County War Jefferson Carter
Leviathan Justin Jones
Collision Course 'Shortcut'
Ghostbusters II Winston Zeddemore
1992 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Solomon
1994 Sugar Hill Lolly Jonas
No Escape Hawkins
The Crow Sergeant Daryl Albrecht
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 Tornado! Dr. Joe Branson
The Substitute Principal Claude Rolle
For Which He Stands DEA Agent Baxter
Just Your Luck Willie
1997 Fakin' da Funk Joe Lee
Mr. Magoo CIA Agent Gus Anders
Levitation 'Downbeat'
1998 Butter Curtis '8 Ball' Harris
A Stranger in the Kingdom Reverend Walter Andrews
Best of the Best 4: Without Warning Detective Gresko
October 22 Arthur
1999 Lillie Larry Miller
Shark Attack Lawrence Rhodes
The Last Siege Senator Douglas Wilson
Interceptor Force Major McKenzie
Stealth Fighter President Westwood
2000 Red Letters Detective Glen Teal
The Watcher FBI Special Agent In Charge Mike Ibby
Paper Bullets Detective Ron Mills
Miss Congeniality FBI Assistant Director Harry McDonald
Everything's Jake Jake
2003 Anne B. Real Principal Davis
10-8: Officers on Duty Senior Deputy John Henry Barnes
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie P.T. Voice role
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Blake Rische
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous FBI Assistant Director Harry McDonald
Everwood Bill Hoover
Halfway Decent Tom
2006 Hood of Horror Roscoe
The Ron Clark Story Principal Turner
2007 Certifiably Jonathan Museum Guard
Nobel Son Sergeant Bill Canega
All Hat Jackson Jones
2008 The Man in the Silo Marcus Wells
Pie'n Burger Cedric
Balancing the Books Detective Carter
2009 Dragonball Evolution Sifu Norris
Lonely Street Captain Morgan
Machete Joe Sheriff Taylor
Pastor Brown Deacon Harold Todd
2010 Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball FBI Special Agent Anthony Vejar
Stasis Stranger Short film[17]
Game of Death Catholic Priest
Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial Jean-Bot English voice dubbing for 2012
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Pedro Voice role
2012 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! Pedro Voice role
Turning Point Joe Johnson
Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy Ivan Stumpwater
2014 You're Not You John
2015 Gallows Road Bob Collins
2016 Batman: Bad Blood Lucius Fox Voice role
God's Not Dead 2 Judge Stennis
Ghostbusters Uncle Bill Jenkins Cameo
Spaceman Joe
2018 Nappily Ever After Richard Jones
2019 Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters Himself Documentary
2021 Redemption Day Ed Paxton
Ghostbusters: Afterlife Winston Zeddemore


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Mad Bull Bart 'Black Bart' Television movie
1978 King Jack Corbin Television miniseries
1978 Last of the Good Guys 'El Coliph' Television movie
1978 Baa Baa Black Sheep George 'King George' Episode: "A Little Bit of England"
1978 Fantasy Island Jamu Episode: "Family Reunion/VooDoo"
1979 The Incredible Hulk Lee Episode: "Like a Brother"
1979 Highcliffe Manor Smythe 6 episodes
1980 Skag Unknown "Pilot"
1980 The $5.20 an Hour Dream Homer Burden Television movie
1980 Too Close for Comfort Sam Morton Episode: "The Bag Lady"
1980 White Mama Counsellor Television movie
1981 A Matter of Life and Death Mr. Harrison Television movie
1981 Crazy Times Harold 'Jazzman' Malloy Television movie
1981 Little House on the Prairie William Thomas Episode: "Chicago"
1981 Taxi Terry Carver Episode: "Of Mice and Tony"
1981 Diff'rent Strokes Kwame Episode: "Almost American"
1981 Bosom Buddies Rochelle Episode: "One for You, One for Me"
1982 The Dukes of Hazzard Avery Episode: "Dear Diary"
1983 Women of San Quentin Charles Wilson Television movie
1983 The A-Team Cal Freeman Episode: "The Taxicab Wars"
1984 St. Elsewhere Jerry Close 6 episodes
1985 California Girls Ernie Television movie
1985 Love on the Run Lamar Television movie
1985 The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians Victor Stone / Cyborg Voice role; 8 episodes
1986 The Last Precinct Sergeant 'Night Train' Lane 8 episodes
1987 Full House Reggie 'The Sandman' Martin Episode: "Knock Yourself Out"
1988 The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission Joseph Hamilton Television movie
1989 The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Himself Episode: "Slime Busters"
1986 Tornado! Dr. Joe Branson Television movie
1986 The Cherokee Kid Nat Love / Deadwood Dick Television movie
1992 Angel Street Thurman Nickens Television movie
1992 The Ben Stiller Show Tennis Captain Episode: "With Bobcat Goldthwait"
1993 Wild Palms Tommy Lazlo Television miniseries
1993 Tales from the Crypt Zambini Episode: "Food for Thought"
1997 Clover Gaten Hill Television movie
1997 Operation Delta Force Tipton Television movie
1997–2003 Oz Warden Leo Glynn 56 episodes
1999 Michael Jordan: An American Hero James R. Jordan Sr. Television movie
1999 Miracle on the 17th Green Earl Fielder Television movie
2000 Nowhere to Land Danny Gorlin Television movie
2001 Walking Shadow 'Hawk' Television movie
2001 Touched by an Angel Norm McCloud Episode: "The Perfect Game"
2001 A Town Without Christmas Ted Television movie
2003–2004 10-8: Officers on Duty Senior Deputy John Henry Barnes 15 episodes
2005 Lackawanna Blues Dick Barrymore Television movie
2005 Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story Perry Beasley Television movie
2006 The Ron Clark Story Principal Turner Television movie
2006 Stargate SG-1 Commander Goran Pernaux Episode: "Ethon"
2006–2007 Desperate Housewives Detective Ridley 7 episodes
2006 Celebrity Paranormal Project Himself Episode: "Wooden Lucy"
2006 ER Colonel James Gallant 2 episodes
2007 Final Approach Agent Lorenzo Dawson Television movie
2007 Cold Case Moses Jones Episode: "8:03 AM"
2007-2008 Bones David Barron 2 episodes
2008 Las Vegas Bob Casey 2 episodes
2008 Private Practice Captain Frank Episode: "Nothing to Talk About"
2008 Psych William Guster 2 episodes
2008–2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Dr. Ken Fields 18 episodes
2009 Meteor General Brasser Television miniseries
2009 Heroes Captain Lubbock 2 episodes
2009–2010 Law & Order Frank Gibson 7 episodes
2010 Childrens Hospital Hubert McGraw Episode: "Joke Overload"
2010 Criminal Minds Lieutenant Al Garner Episode: "Devil's Night"
2010–2013 Transformers: Prime Special Agent Bill Fowler (voice) Recurring role; 37 episodes
2011 Torchwood: Miracle Day Stewart Owens Episode: "The Middle Men"
2011 How I Met Your Mother Himself Episode: "The Rebound Girl"
2011 Grey's Anatomy Brad McDougall Episode: "Put Me In, Coach"
2011 White Collar Mr. Jeffries Season 3 Episode: "Dentist of Detroit"
2011–2014 Rizzoli & Isles Admiral Frost 2 episodes
2012–2016 Modern Family Miles 4 episodes
2012 Hart of Dixie Ernie Hayes Episode: "Snowflakes & Soulmates"
2012–2014 Franklin & Bash Honorable Lawrence Perry 4 episodes
2013 Battledogs Max Stevens Television movie
2013 Last Resort Speaker of the House Conrad Buell 2 episodes
2013 Dan Vs. Mr. Tadesco (voice) Episode: "Summer Camp"
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Percy Television movie
2013 Dear Secret Santa Pastor Avery Television movie
2013 Mob City 'Bunny' 2 episodes
2014 Scorpion Brooks Episode: "Pilot"
2014 Hot in Cleveland Himself Episode: "Cold in Cleveland: The Christmas Episode"
2014 Comic Book Men Himself Episode: "Stashbusters"


2015 Once Upon a Time King Poseidon Episode: "Poor Unfortunate Soul"
2015–2020 Grace and Frankie Jacob (Frankie's boyfriend) 17 episodes
2016 Robot Chicken Detective Ernie / Judge Hudson Jr. / Dad (voice) Episode: "Blackout Window Heatstroke"
2016 Celebrity Family Feud Himself Episode: "Hudson vs. Leakes"
2016–2017 Graves Jacob Mann 9 episodes
2016–2019 Infinity Train Atticus (voice) Animated series
2017 APB Sergeant Ned Conrad Episode: "Hard Reset"
2017 Twin Peaks Colonel Davis 2 episodes
2017 Spider-Man Joe 'Robbie' Robertson (voice) Episode: "Screwball Live"
2017 Angie Tribeca Pete Tribeca Episode: "Germs on Endearment"
2017 Lethal Weapon Agent Peterson Episode: "Funny Money"
2018 Blue Bloods Principal Darryl Ward Episode: "School of Hard Knocks"
2018–Present The Family Business L.C. Duncan Lead role
2018 Ballers Mr. Hagerty Episode: "This Is Not Our World"
2019 Arrow General Roy Stewart Episode: "Spartan"[18]
2019–2020 L.A.'s Finest Joseph Vaughn Main cast
2019 Hot Streets John Wayne 'Jet Wayne' Junior Main cast (season 2)
2019–2020 Puppy Dog Pals Buddy (voice) 3 episodes
2020 The Irate Gamer Ernie Hudson Episode: "Ghostbusters"
2020 Home Movie: The Princess Bride Prince Humperdinck Television miniseries
Episode: "Chapter Eight – Ultimate Suffering"
2021 MacGyver Milton Bozer[19][20] Episode: "H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins"
2021 The Wedding Games Burton Clearwater Television movie
2021 Beebo Saves Christmas Santa Claus Special[21]

Video games[edit]

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


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


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