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
Spouse(s) Jeannie Moore (1963–76)
Linda Kingsberg (1985— )

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

Early life[edit]

Hudson was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Hudson 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] He has a half-brother, Lewis Hudson.

He joined the United States Marine Corps straight from High School, dismissed after only 3 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 US. 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. 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 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.

He also had a lead role in the 1998 film Never 2 Big.

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
1977 Mad Bull Black Bart TV film
1978 King Jack Corbin TV mini-series
Last of the Good Guys El Coliph TV film
Family Reunion/VooDoo (S1 E6) Jamu TV series
Episode: "Fantasy Island"
1979 The Main Event Killer
The Incredible Hulk Lee TV series
Episode: "Like a Brother"
1980 Skag Unknown role TV
The $5.20 an Hour Dream Homer Burden TV film
Too Close for Comfort Sam Morton Episode: "The Bag Lady"
White Mama Counsellor TV film
Joni Earl
The Octagon Quinine
The Jazz Singer Heckler
1981 Underground Aces African General
A Matter of Life and Death Mr. Harrison TV film
Crazy Times Harold 'Jazzman' Malloy TV film
Bosom Buddies Rochelle TV series
Episode:"One for You, One for Me"
Taxi Terry Carver TV series
Episode: "Of Mice and Tony"
1982 The Dukes of Hazzard Avery TV series
Episode: "Dear Diary"
Penitentiary II Half Dead
1983 Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone Washington
The A-Team Cal Freeman TV series
Episode: "The Taxicab Wars"
Going Berserk Jerome Willy Muhammed
Two of a Kind Det. Skaggs
1984 Ghostbusters Winston Zeddemore
National Lampoon's Joy of Sex Mr. Porter
St. Elsewhere Jerry Close TV
1985 California Girls Ernie TV film
Love on the Run Lamar TV film
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians Cyborg (Victor Stone) TV voice
1986 The Last Precinct Sergeant Night Train Lane TV
1987 Weeds Bagdad
Full House Reggie "The Sandman" Martin Episode: "Knock Yourself Out"
1988 The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission Joseph Hamilton TV film
The Wrong Guys Dawson
1989 Trapper County War Jefferson Carter
Leviathan Justin Jones
Collision Course Shortcut
Ghostbusters II Winston Zeddemore
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Himself TV series
Episode: "Slime Busters"
1992 Angel Street Thurman Nickens TV
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Solomon
The Ben Stiller Show The Tennis Captain TV
1993 Wild Palms Tommy Lazlo TV mini-series
Tales from the Crypt Zambini TV
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
Tornado! Dr. Joe Branson TV film
For Which He Stands DEA Agent Baxter
Just Your Luck Willie
The Cherokee Kid Nat Love aka Deadwood Dick TV film
1997 Fakin' Da Funk Joe Lee
Clover Gaten Hill TV film
Operation Delta Force Tipton TV film
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
Michael Jordan: An American Hero James R. Jordan, Sr. TV film
Shark Attack Lawrence Rhodes
The Last Siege Senator Douglas Wilson
Interceptors Major McKenzie
Stealth Fighter President Westwood
Miracle on the 17th Green Earl Fielder TV film
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
2001 Walking Shadow Hawk TV film
A Town Without Christmas Ted TV film
2003 Oz (1997–2003) Warden Leo Glynn TV
Anne B. Real Principal Davis
10-8: Officers on Duty Senior Deputy John Henry Barnes
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie P.T. Voice
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Blake Rische
Lackawanna Blues Dick Barrymore TV film
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous FBI Asst. Director Harry McDonald
Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story Perry Beasley TV film
Everwood Bill Hoover
Halfway Decent Tom
2006 Hood of Horror Roscoe
The Ron Clark Story Principal Turner TV film
Stargate SG-1 Commander Goran Pernaux TV, 1 episode "Ethon"
2007 Desperate Housewives (2006–2007) Detective Ridley TV
Certifiably Jonathan Museum Guard
Nobel Son Sgt. Bill Canega
All Hat Jackson Jones
Bones David Barron TV (2007–2008)
Final Approach Agent Lorenzo Dawson TV
2008 The Man in the Silo Marcus Wells
Pie'n Burger Cedric
Psych Gus' Father
Las Vegas Bob Casey TV
The Secret Life of the American Teenager Dr. Ken Fields TV
Private Practice Captain Frank TV
Balancing the Books Detective Carter
2009 Dragonball Evolution Sifu Norris
Meteor Gen. Brasser TV mini-series
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Winston Zeddemore Voice
Lonely Street Capt. Morgan
Heroes Captain Lubbock TV
Machete Joe Sheriff Taylor
Pastor Brown Deacon Harold Todd
2010 Law & Order (2009–2010) Frank Gibson TV
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball Anthony Vejar
Childrens Hospital
Criminal Minds Lt. Al Garner TV series
STASIS Short film[6]
Game of Death Catholic Priest
Bossom Friend (2010–2011) Robert Knight TV series
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Pedro Voice
Torchwood: Miracle Day Stewart Owens TV series
Transformers: Prime Special Agent William "Bill" Fowler Animated TV series
Recurring role
Rizzoli & Isles Admiral Frost TV series
How I Met Your Mother Himself TV series
2012 Modern Family Miles TV series
Episode: "Bringing Up Baby"
Turning Point Joe Johnson Film
Hart of Dixie Ernie Hayes TV series
Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy Ivan Stumpwater Film
Franklin & Bash Hon. Lawrence Perry TV series
Last Resort Speaker of the House Conrad Buell TV series
2013 Battledogs Max Stevens TV film
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Percy TV film
Pending - Black Reel Awards for Best Supporting Actor: Television Movie/Cable
Dear Secret Santa Pastor Avery TV film
Mob City Bunny TV series
2014 You're Not You John
Scorpion Brooks TV series
Hot in Cleveland TV series[7]
Comic Book Men Himself TV series
2015 Grace and Frankie Jacob TV series
Once Upon a Time King Poseidon TV series
Batman: Bad Blood Lucius Fox Voice


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