Earnest Lee Hudson
December 17, 1945
Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, playwright, producer|
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).
Hudson was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He never knew his father. His mother, Maggie (Donald), 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. 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.
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."
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. 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 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. Spectrum canceled the series after two seasons the following year.
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. 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."
Hudson married his first wife, Jeannie Moore, in 1963, when she was sixteen and he was eighteen. 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. In 1985, Hudson married former flight attendant Linda Kingsberg; they also had two sons, Andrew and Ross.
|The Human Tornado||Bo||Credited as Louis Hudson|
|1979||The Main Event||Killer|
|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|
|National Lampoon's Joy of Sex||Mr. Porter|
|1988||The Wrong Guys||Dawson|
|1989||Trapper County War||Jefferson Carter|
|Ghostbusters II||Winston Zeddemore|
|1992||The Hand That Rocks the Cradle||Solomon|
|1994||Sugar Hill||Lolly Jonas|
|The Crow||Sergeant Daryl Albrecht|
|The Cowboy Way||Officer Sam 'Mad Dog' Shaw|
|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|
|1998||Butter||Curtis '8 Ball' Harris|
|A Stranger in the Kingdom||Reverend Walter Andrews|
|Best of the Best 4: Without Warning||Detective Gresko|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|2018||Nappily Ever After||Richard Jones|
|2019||Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters||Himself||Documentary|
|2021||Redemption Day||Ed Paxton|
|Ghostbusters: Afterlife||Winston Zeddemore|
|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||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||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"|
|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||Episode: "H2O + Orthophosphates + Mission City + Corrosion + Origins"|
|2021||The Wedding Games||Burton Clearwater||Television movie|
|2021||Beebo Saves Christmas||Santa Claus||Special|
|2009||Ghostbusters: The Video Game||Winston Zeddemore|
|2015||Lego Dimensions||Winston Zeddemore|
|2019||NBA 2K20||Israel Bacon|
|Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered||Winston Zeddemore|
|2020||The Irate Gamer||Himself||Episode: GHOSTBUSTERS NES Nintendo Review|
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