Oliver Hudson

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Oliver Hudson
Oliver Hudson.jpg
Hudson in 2008
Oliver Rutledge Hudson

(1976-09-07) September 7, 1976 (age 45)
Years active1999–present
(m. 2006)
Parent(s)Bill Hudson
Goldie Hawn
RelativesKate Hudson (sister)
Wyatt Russell (half-brother)
Mark Hudson (uncle)
Brett Hudson (uncle)
Sarah Hudson (cousin)

Oliver Rutledge Hudson (born September 7, 1976)[1] is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Adam Rhodes in the CBS comedy series Rules of Engagement (2007–2013), Jeff Fordham on the ABC musical drama series Nashville (2013–2015) and Wes Gardner in the Fox horror comedy Scream Queens. He appeared as one of the main cast members of the ABC sitcom Splitting Up Together, produced by Ellen DeGeneres. On September 22, 2019, he became the first panelist to win the Dorris Award on the ABC version of To Tell the Truth.

Early life[edit]

Hudson was born in Los Angeles to Academy Award-winning actress Goldie Hawn and musician Bill Hudson.[1] After his parents divorced in 1980, he and his sister, actress Kate Hudson, were raised in Colorado by their mother and her partner, actor Kurt Russell. He has four half-siblings: Emily and Zachary, from his biological father's marriage to actress Cindy Williams; Lalania, from another of his father's relationships in 2006; and Wyatt, from his mother's relationship with Kurt Russell.[2]

Hudson is of Italian, English, German, and Hungarian-Jewish (from his maternal grandmother) descent.[3][4] He was raised in the Jewish faith.[5]


Hudson appeared opposite his mother in 1999, comedy film The Out-of-Towners and later starred in several teen movies, like The Smokers, and Going Greek. In 2002, he played the lead role of The WB comedy series My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star. Hudson also appeared in recurring role opposite Katie Holmes as her love interest, Eddie Doling, in sixteen episodes of Dawson's Creek from 2002 to 2003.[6]

Hudson starred in The WB series The Mountain from 2004 to 2005; the show was canceled after 13 episodes. In 2006, he starred in horror films The Breed and Black Christmas. He also starred with Claire Forlani in Lifetime movie Carolina Moon in 2007. From 2007 to 2013, Hudson starred as Adam Rhodes in the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement (2007–2013).[citation needed] In 2013, Hudson was cast in the recurring role of Jeff Fordham for the second season on the ABC drama series Nashville.[7][8] Hudson later was promoted to series regular for third season.[9]

In 2015, Hudson was cast as a series regular on the horror comedy anthology series Scream Queens playing Wes Gardner, the father of a college sorority pledge member.[citation needed] Also in 2015, Hudson and his sister, Kate Hudson, launched FL2, a men's activewear line and subsidiary of Fabletics.[10] In 2017, Hudson was cast in the lead role of Martin in the ABC sitcom Splitting Up Together[11] and premiered in 2018. The series was cancelled after two seasons. In 2020, Hudson will play in the lead role of Will in the CBS comedy pilot The Three of Us which was created by Frank Pines.[12] More recently, he was attached to developing World's Best Dad via Jupiter Entertainment, after signing a first look deal with his production company Bronco Productions.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Hudson married actress Erinn Bartlett on June 9, 2006, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.[14] The couple have three children: two sons, Wilder Brooks (born August 23, 2007) and Bodhi Hawn (born March 19, 2010),[15] and a daughter, Rio Laura (born July 18, 2013).[16]



Year Film Role Notes
1999 Kill the Man Revolutionary #1
1999 The Out-of-Towners Alan Clark
2000 Rocket's Red Glare Hank Baker
2000 The Smokers David
2001 Going Greek Ziegler
2002 New Best Friend Josh
2003 As Virgins Fall Corky Stevens
2005 Mr. Dramatic Mr. Dramatic Short film
2006 The Breed John
2006 Black Christmas Kyle Autry
2008 Strange Wilderness TJ / Animal Handler
2013 Grown Ups 2 Kyle
2014 Walk of Shame Kyle
2018 The Christmas Chronicles Doug Pierce
2021 Injustice Plastic Man Voice[17]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star Jace Darnell Series regular (11 episodes)
2002–2003 Dawson's Creek Eddie Doling 16 episodes
2004–2005 The Mountain David Carver Jr. Series regular (13 episodes)
2006 10.5: Apocalypse Will Malloy Movie
2007 The Weekend Julian Unsold TV Pilot
2007 Carolina Moon Cade Lavelle Movie
2007–2013 Rules of Engagement Adam Rhodes Series regular (100 episodes)
2013–2015 Nashville Jeff Fordham Recurring: seasons 2, 4; regular: season 3 (40 episodes)
2015–2016 Scream Queens Weston "Wes" Gardner Main role: season 1 (12 episodes); Recurring: season 2 (2 episodes)
2016 Journey Back to Christmas Sheriff Hallmark Movie
2018 Medal of Honor Etchberger Episode: "Richard Etchberger"
2018 The Guest Book Paul Episode: "Someplace Other Than Here"
2018–2019 Splitting Up Together Martin Main role (26 episodes)
TBD The Three of Us Will Main role


  1. ^ a b "Oliver Hudson Biography: Actor (1976–)". Biography.com (FYI / A&E Networks). Archived from the original on November 29, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  2. ^ "Oliver Hudson". Bio. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  3. ^ "Golden Child An Interview with Actress Kate Hudson". Irish Connections. Archived from the original on April 1, 2009. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  4. ^ Fisher, Emily (May 14, 1975). "The Hudson Brothers Ensnarled into the 'Hollywood Situation'". The St. Petersburg Times. p. 2-D. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  5. ^ Moore, Camille. "10 Things You Didn't Know about Oliver Hudson". Celebrity Toob. Celebrity Toob Copyright. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  6. ^ "Oliver Hudson". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  7. ^ Bucksbaum, Sydney. "'Nashville' Season 2 casts Oliver Hudson as Rayna's new boss...and love interest?". Archived from the original on August 2, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Oliver Hudson Joins 'Nashville' In Major Recurring Role". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  9. ^ "Oliver Hudson & Will Chase Promoted To Regular On ABC's 'Nashville'". Deadline. March 11, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  10. ^ Aria Hughes, WWD. "Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson Celebrate FL2 Launch." June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 1, 2017). "Oliver Hudson To Star In 'Splitting Up Together' ABC Comedy Pilot From Emily Kapnek". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 24, 2020). "Oliver Hudson & Malin Akerman To Star In 'The Three Of Us' CBS Comedy Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  13. ^ White, Peter (April 12, 2021). "Oliver Hudson Developing 'World's Best Dad' With Jupiter Entertainment After Striking First-Look Deal Via His Bronco Productions". Deadline. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  14. ^ "Erinn Bartlett and Oliver Hudson Wedding". Celebrity Bride Guide. February 9, 2013. Archived from the original on October 28, 2013.
  15. ^ "Breaking Baby News!". E! Online. March 27, 2007.
  16. ^ "Oliver Hudson Welcomes Daughter Rio Laura". People. July 22, 2013. Archived from the original on July 22, 2013.
  17. ^ Couch, Aaron (July 21, 2021). "DC's 'Injustice' Sets Cast for Animated Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 21, 2021.

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