Ernie Hudson

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Ernie Hudson
Ernie Hudson 2014.jpg
Hudson at the 2014 Florida SuperCon
BornErnest Lee Hudson
(1945-12-17) December 17, 1945 (age 68)
Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActor, playwright, producer
Years active1976—present
Spouse(s)Jeannie Moore (1963–76)
Linda Kingsberg (1985— )
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Ernie Hudson
Ernie Hudson 2014.jpg
Hudson at the 2014 Florida SuperCon
BornErnest Lee Hudson
(1945-12-17) December 17, 1945 (age 68)
Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActor, playwright, producer
Years active1976—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.

After a short time in the U.S. Marine Corps, 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. 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 played Stuart Owens in Torchwood: Miracle Day.[4]


The handprints of Hudson in front of The Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park
The Human TornadoBocredited as Louis Hudson
1977Mad BullBlack BartTV film
1978KingJack CorbinTV mini-series
Last of the Good GuysEl ColiphTV film
1979The Main EventKiller
The Incredible HulkLeeTV series "Like a Brother"
1980Skagunknown roleTV
The $5.20 an Hour DreamHomer BurdenTV film
Too Close for ComfortSam Mortonin episode titled "The Bag Lady"
White MamaCounsellorTV film
The OctagonQuinine
The Jazz SingerHeckler
1981Underground AcesAfrican General
A Matter of Life and DeathMr. HarrisonTV film
Crazy TimesHarold 'Jazzman' MalloyTV film
Bosom BuddiesRochelleTV series "One for You, One for Me"
TaxiTerry CarverTV series "Of Mice and Tony"
1982The Dukes of HazzardAveryTV series "Dear Diary"
Penitentiary IIHalf Dead
1983Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden ZoneWashington
The A-TeamCal FreemanTV series "The Taxicab Wars"
Going BerserkJerome Willy Muhammed
Two of a KindDet. Skaggs
1984GhostbustersWinston Zeddemore
National Lampoon's Joy of SexMr. Porter
St. ElsewhereJerry CloseTV
1985California GirlsErnieTV film
Love on the RunLamarTV film
The Super Powers Team: Galactic GuardiansCyborg (Victor Stone)TV voice
1986The Last PrecinctSergeant Night Train LaneTV
Full HouseReggie "The Sandman" MartinEpisode: "Knock Yourself Out"
1988The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal MissionJoe HamiltonTV film
The Wrong GuysDawson
1989Trapper County WarJefferson Carter
LeviathanJustin Jones
Collision CourseShortcut
Ghostbusters IIWinston Zeddemore
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!HimselfTV series "Slime Busters"
1992Angel StreetThurman NickensTV
The Hand That Rocks the CradleSolomon
The Ben Stiller ShowThe Tennis CaptainTV
1993Wild PalmsTommy LazloTV mini-series
Tales from the CryptZambiniTV
1994Sugar HillLolly Jonas
No EscapeHawkins
The CrowSergeant Albrecht
The Cowboy WayOfficer Sam 'Mad Dog' Shaw
AirheadsSergeant O'Malley
1995The Basketball DiariesReggie
CongoCaptain Munro Kelly
1996The SubstitutePrincipal Claude Rolle
Tornado!Dr. Joe BransonTV film
For Which He StandsDEA Agent Baxter
Just Your LuckWillie
The Cherokee KidNat Love aka Deadwood DickTV film
1997Fakin' Da FunkJoe Lee
CloverGaten HillTV film
Operation Delta ForceTiptonTV film
Mr. MagooAgent Gus Anders, CIA
1998ButterCurtis "8 Ball" Harris
Stranger in the KingdomRev. Walter Andrews
Best of the Best: Without WarningDetective Gresko
October 22Arthur
1999LillieLarry Miller
Michael Jordan: An American HeroJames R. Jordan, Sr.TV film
Shark AttackLawrence Rhodes
The Last SiegeSenator Douglas Wilson
InterceptorsMajor McKenzie
Stealth FighterPresident Westwood
Miracle on the 17th GreenEarl FielderTV film
2000Red LettersDetective Glen Teal
The WatcherIbby
Paper BulletsDetective Ron Mills
Miss CongenialityFBI Asst. Director Harry McDonald
Everything's JakeJake
2001Walking ShadowHawkTV film
A Town Without ChristmasTedTV film
2003Oz (1997–2003)Warden Leo GlynnTV
Anne B. RealPrincipal Davis
10-8: Officers on DutySenior Deputy John Henry Barnes
2004Clifford's Really Big MovieP.T.voice
2005Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm SchoolBlake Rische
Lackawanna BluesDick BarrymoreTV film
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and FabulousFBI Asst. Director Harry McDonald
Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell StoryPerry BeasleyTV film
EverwoodBill Hoover
Halfway DecentTom
2006Hood of HorrorRoscoe
The Ron Clark StoryPrincipal TurnerTV film
Stargate SG-1Commander Goran PernauxTV, 1 episode "Ethon"
2007Desperate Housewives (2006–2007)Detective RidleyTV
Certifiably JonathanMuseum Guard
Nobel SonSgt. Bill Canega
All HatJackson Jones
BonesDavid BarronTV (2007–2008)
Final ApproachAgent Lorenzo DawsonTV
2008The Man in the SiloMarcus Wells
Pie'n BurgerCedric
PsychGus' Father
Las VegasBob CaseyTV
The Secret Life of the American TeenagerDr. Ken FieldsTV
Private PracticeCaptain FrankTV
Balancing the BooksDetective Carter
2009Dragonball EvolutionSifu Norris
MeteorGen. BrasserTV mini-series
Ghostbusters: The Video GameWinston Zeddemorevoice
Lonely StreetCapt. Morgan
HeroesCaptain LubbockTV
Machete JoeSheriff Taylor
Pastor BrownDeacon Harold Todd
2010Law & Order (2009–2010)Frank GibsonTV
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' BallAnthony Vejar
Childrens Hospital
Criminal MindsLt. Al GarnerTV Series
STASISshort film [5]
Game of DeathCatholic Priest
Bossom Friend (2010–2011)Robert KnightTV series
2011Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2Pedro(voice)
Torchwood: Miracle DayStewart OwensTV series
Transformers: PrimeAgent William "Bill" Fowleranimated TV series, recurring role
Rizzoli & IslesAdmiral FrostTV series
How I Met Your MotherHimselfTV series
2012Modern FamilyMilesTV series; Episode "Bringing Up Baby"
Turning PointJoe Johnsonfilm
Hart of DixieErnie HayesTV series
Mickey Matson and the Copperhead ConspiracyIvan StumpwaterFilm
Franklin & BashHon. Lawrence PerryTV series
Last ResortSpeaker of the House Conrad BuellTV series
2013BattledogsMax StevensTV film
Call Me Crazy: A Five FilmPercyTV film
Pending - Black Reel Awards for Best Supporting Actor: Television Movie/Cable
Dear Secret SantaPastor AveryTV film
Mob CityBunnyTV series
2014You're Not YouPost-production
2014Scorpion (TV Series)BrooksTV Series
2014Hot in ClevelandTV Series[6]


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