Ernie Hudson

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Ernie Hudson
Ernie Hudson 2014.jpg
Hudson at the 2014 Florida SuperCon
Born Ernest Lee Hudson
(1945-12-17) December 17, 1945 (age 69)
Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor, playwright, producer
Years active 1976–present
  • Jeannie Moore (m. 1963–76)
  • Linda Kingsberg (m. 1985)

Ernest Lee "Ernie" Hudson Sr. (born December 17, 1945) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters film series, Sergeant Albrecht in The Crow (1994), and Warden Leo Glynn on HBO's Oz.

Early life[edit]

Hudson was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He never knew his father. His mother, Maggie Donald,[1] died of tuberculosis when he was two months old. He was subsequently raised by his maternal grandmother, Arrana Donald.[2]

Hudson joined the United States Marine Corps straight from High School, dismissed after only three months due to asthma, before he moved to Detroit, Michigan. He became the resident playwright at Concept East, the oldest black theatre company in the U.S. He enrolled at Wayne State University to further develop his writing and acting skills. He established the Actors' Ensemble Theatre where he and other talented young black writers directed and appeared in their own works. Later, he enrolled and subsequently graduated from Yale School of Drama.[2]

In an interview with, Hudson stated that he is a practicing Christian, but does not believe that "one church is the right one."[3]


One of Hudson's early films was in Penitentiary II in 1982 starring Leon Isaac Kennedy. He landed various guest roles on TV shows such as The Dukes of Hazzard and The A-Team. He was on the TV 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 1984 feature film Ghostbusters 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.[4] He had a major supporting role as the mentally challenged Solomon in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.

Hudson was cast as Warden Leo Glynn on HBO's series Oz. In Oz, his son Ernie Hudson Jr. co-starred with him as Muslim inmate Hamid Khan. Hudson also appears as the character Munro in Congo and in the 1994 film The Crow as Police Sergeant Albrecht. He switched gears when he played a preacher opening the eyes of a small town prejudice in the 1950s in 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. He appears in the Stargate SG-1 TV episode "Ethon" as Pernaux. Hudson also appeared as Reggie in the film The Basketball Diaries. In 2006 he appeared in the TV Movie The Ron Clark Story as Principal Turner. In 2008, he began a recurring role as Dr. Fields in 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.[5]


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


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 Jerome Willy Muhammed
Two of a Kind Det. 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 Albrecht
The Cowboy Way Officer Sam 'Mad Dog' Shaw
Airheads Sergeant O'Malley
Speechless Ventura
1995 The Basketball Diaries Reggie
Congo Captain Munro Kelly
1996 The Substitute Principal Claude Rolle
For Which He Stands DEA Agent Baxter
Just Your Luck Willie
1997 Fakin' Da Funk Joe Lee
Mr. Magoo Agent Gus Anders, CIA
Levitation Downbeat
1998 Butter Curtis "8 Ball" Harris
Stranger in the Kingdom Rev. Walter Andrews
Best of the Best: Without Warning Detective Gresko
October 22 Arthur
1999 Lillie Larry Miller
Shark Attack Lawrence Rhodes
The Last Siege Senator Douglas Wilson
Interceptors Major McKenzie
Stealth Fighter President Westwood
2000 Red Letters Detective Glen Teal
The Watcher Ibby
Paper Bullets Detective Ron Mills
Miss Congeniality FBI Asst. 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 Asst. Director Harry McDonald
Everwood Bill Hoover
Halfway Decent Tom
2006 Hood of Horror Roscoe
2007 Certifiably Jonathan Museum Guard
Nobel Son Sgt. Bill Canega
All Hat Jackson Jones
2008 The Man in the Silo Marcus Wells
Pie'n Burger Cedric
Psych Gus' Father
Balancing the Books Detective Carter
2009 Dragonball Evolution Sifu Norris
Lonely Street Capt. Morgan
Machete Joe Sheriff Taylor
Pastor Brown Deacon Harold Todd
2010 Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball Anthony Vejar
Stasis Stranger Short film[6]
Game of Death Catholic Priest
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Pedro Voice role
2012 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! Perdo Voice role
Turning Point Joe Johnson
Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy Ivan Stumpwater Film
2014 You're Not You John
2015 Batman: Bad Blood Lucius Fox Voice role


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Mad Bull Black Bart TV movie
1978 King Jack Corbin Miniseries
Last of the Good Guys El Coliph Movie
Fantasy Island Jamu Episode: "Family Reunion/VooDoo"
1979 The Incredible Hulk Lee Episode: "Like a Brother"
1980 Skag Unknown role "Pilot"
The $5.20 an Hour Dream Homer Burden Movie
Too Close for Comfort Sam Morton Episode: "The Bag Lady"
White Mama Counsellor Movie
1981 A Matter of Life and Death Mr. Harrison Movie
Crazy Times Harold 'Jazzman' Malloy Movie
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"
1983 The A-Team Cal Freeman Episode: "The Taxicab Wars"
1984 St. Elsewhere Jerry Close 6 episodes
1985 California Girls Ernie Movie
Love on the Run Lamar Movie
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians Cyborg (Victor Stone) 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 Movie
1989 The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Himself Episode: "Slime Busters"
1996 Tornado! Dr. Joe Branson Movie
The Cherokee Kid Nat Love a.k.a. Deadwood Dick Movie
1992 Angel Street Thurman Nickens Movie
The Ben Stiller Show The Tennis Captain Episode: "With Bobcat Goldthwait"
1993 Wild Palms Tommy Lazlo Miniseries
Tales from the Crypt Zambini Episode: "Food for Thought"
1997 Clover Gaten Hill Movie
Operation Delta Force Tipton Movie
1997–2003 Oz Warden Leo Glynn 56 episodes
1999 Michael Jordan: An American Hero James R. Jordan, Sr. Movie
Miracle on the 17th Green Earl Fielder Movie
2005 Lackawanna Blues Dick Barrymore Movie
Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story Perry Beasley Movie
2001 Walking Shadow Hawk Movie
A Town Without Christmas Ted Movie
2006 The Ron Clark Story Principal Turner Movie
Stargate SG-1 Commander Goran Pernaux Episode: "Ethon"
2006–2007 Desperate Housewives Detective Ridley 7 episodes
2007 Final Approach Agent Lorenzo Dawson Movie
2007, 2008 Bones David Barron 2 episodes
2008 Las Vegas Bob Casey 2 episodes
Private Practice Captain Frank Episode: "Nothing to Talk About"
2008–2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Dr. Ken Fields 18 episodes
2009 Meteor Gen. Brasser Miniseries
Heroes Captain Lubbock 2 episodes
2010 Childrens Hospital Hubert McGraw Episode: "Joke Overload"
Criminal Minds Lt. Al Garner Episode: "Devil's Night"
2010–2013 Transformers: Prime Special Agent William "Bill" Fowler (voice) Recurring role; 37 episodes
2011 Torchwood: Miracle Day Stewart Owens Episode: "The Middle Men"
How I Met Your Mother Himself Episode: "The Rebound Girl"
2011, 2014 Rizzoli & Isles Admiral Frost 2 episodes
2012 Modern Family Miles Episode: "Bringing Up Baby"
Hart of Dixie Ernie Hayes Episode: "Snowflakes & Soulmates"
2012, 2014 Franklin & Bash Hon. Lawrence Perry 4 episodes
2013 Battledogs Max Stevens Movie
Last Resort Speaker of the House Conrad Buell 2 episodes
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Percy Movie
Pending – Black Reel Awards for Best Supporting Actor: Television Movie/Cable[citation needed]
Dear Secret Santa Pastor Avery Movie
Mob City Bunny 2 episodes
2014 Scorpion Brooks Episode: Pilot
Hot in Cleveland Ernie Hudson Episode: "Cold in Cleveland: The Christmas Episode"
Comic Book Men Himself Episode: "Stashbusters"
2015 Grace and Frankie Jacob 2 episodes
Once Upon a Time King Poseidon Episode: "Poor Unfortunate Soul"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2009 Ghostbusters: The Video Game Winston Zeddemore
2015 Lego Dimensions Winston Zeddemore


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