Ruben Santiago-Hudson Biography (1956-)

Born November 24, 1956, in Lackawanna, NY; son of Ruben Santiago (a railroadworker) and Alean Hudson; married Jeannie Brittan; children: (from previous relationships) Broderick, Ruben III. Addresses: Agent: Stephen Hirsh, Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.; Manager: VincentCirrincione, Vincent Cirrincione and Associates, 8721 Sunset Blvd., Suite 205, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Actor, writer, producer
Birth Details
November 24, 1956
Lackawanna, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • (As Ruben-Santigo Hudson) Captain Billy Cooper, Another World (also known as Another World: Bay City), 1990-93
  • Voice of Jess Chapel, Spawn (also known as Todd McFarlane's Spawn), HBO, 1997
  • Eddie Diaz, Michael Hayes, CBS, 1997
  • Dr. Zeke McMillan, All My Children (also known as All My Children: The Summer of Seduction), ABC, 2001, 2002
  • Movies
  • Jim Waters, Which Way Home, TNT, 1991
  • Tamrin, Solomon & Sheba, TNT, 1995
  • Detective Stan Lewis, The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A.(also known as The Return of Hunter), NBC, 1995
  • Antonio Fredericks, Rear Window, ABC, 1998
  • Uncle Joe, The Red Sneakers, Showtime, 2002
  • Judge Steven Albright, Little John, CBS, 2002
  • Freddi Dobbs, Lackawanna Blues, HBO, 2005
  • Joe Starks, Their Eyes Were Watching God (also known as Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God), ABC, 2005
  • Miniseries
  • Detective Jake Newhouse, The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, NBC, 1999
  • Christopher Darden, American Tragedy, CBS, 2000
  • Specials
  • Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway, PBS, 1992
  • Kevin, Daddy's Girl, ABC, 1996
  • Narrator, The Crucible of the Millennium, PBS, 2001
  • Reader, Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives, HBO, 2003
  • Episodic
  • Mr. Sarno, "Corky Rebels," Life Goes On, ABC, 1990
  • Mr. Gaines, "Out of the Half-Light," Law & Order, NBC, 1990
  • Curtis, Dear John, NBC, 1991
  • Dr. Brian Keene, "Competence," Law & Order, NBC, 1994
  • Police officer, "Expert Witness," The Cosby Mysteries, 1994
  • Johnny, "Mate," New York Undercover, Fox, 1994
  • Otis, "You Bet Your Life," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1994
  • Otis, "Heavin' Can Wait," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1995
  • Voice of Gabriel, "Avalon: Parts 1-3," Gargoyles (animated), 1995
  • William Perry, "Rule of Engagement," New York Undercover, Fox, 1996
  • Emmett Brown, "Funny Valentine," Early Edition, CBS, 1999
  • Emmett Brown, "Pinch Hitters," Early Edition, CBS, 1999
  • Mr. Winters, "Haven," Law & Order, NBC, 1999
  • Dr. Joe, "Such a Time as This," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1999
  • Morris Tolliver, "Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc," The West Wing, NBC,1999
  • Detective Wolfort, "History of the World," Third Watch, NBC, 1999
  • Appeared as Larry and as Orlando in different episodes of Dear John, NBC; also voice of Gabriel, "Ill Met by Moonlight," Gargoyles (animated).
  • Pilots
  • Jackson High, Fox, 1995
  • Jack Moon, Yes, Mr. Moon, UPN, 1996
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Movies
  • Lackawanna Blues, HBO, 2005
  • Film Appearances
  • (As Ruben Hudson) Street hustler, Coming to America (also known asPrince in New York), 1988
  • Blanket, Blown Away, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1994
  • Todd, Bleeding Hearts (also known as Fatal Destiny and White Man's Burden), Savoy Pictures, 1994
  • Leamon Heath, The Devil's Advocate (also known as Im Auftrag des Teufels), Warner Bros., 1998
  • A Gut Feeling, 1999
  • Jimmy Groves, Shaft (also known as Shaft-noch fragen?), 2000
  • Sergeant Edgar Stevens, Domestic Disturbance, Paramount, 2001
  • Samuel Menendez, Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control, Cannery Filmworks, 2002
  • Manny Botero, Brother's Shadow, Fish Six Film/Brother's Shadow/Mint Pictures, 2006
  • Stage Appearances
  • Buddy Bolden, Jelly's Last Jam (musical), Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, then Virginia Theatre, New York City, 1992-93
  • Lucio, Measure for Measure, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1993
  • Roy, East Texas Hot Links, New York Shakespeare Theatre, AnspacherTheatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1994
  • Canewell, Seven Guitars, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Title role, Henry VIII, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, Public Theatre, 1997
  • Richard Roma, Glengarry Glen Ross, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 2000
  • Lackawanna Blues (solo show), New York Shakespeare Festival, LuEsther Hall, Public Theatre, New York City, 2001
  • Caesar, Gem of the Ocean, Walter Kerr Theatre, 2004-2005
  • Defiance, Powerhouse Theatre, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2005
  • The Don, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, New York City, 2005
  • "The Roman Actor" (staged reading), First Look Festival, ClassicalStage Company Theatre, New York City, 2005
  • Also appeared in Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, off-Broadway production, and in Boogie Wooger and Booker T, Conversations in Exile,and The Rabbit Foot.
  • Major Tours
  • Lackawanna Blues (solo show), U.S. cities, 2002-2003
  • Began as Corporal Cobb, became Davenport, A Soldier's Story, NegroEnsemble Company, tour of U.S. cities.
  • Stage Director
  • Gem of the Ocean, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 2005, then American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 2006
  • Audio Books
  • Reader, The Land, by Mildred D. Taylor, Listening Library, 2001
  • Stage
  • Lackawanna Blues (solo show), New York Shakespeare Festival, LuEsther Hall, Public Theatre, New York City, 2001
  • Screenplays
  • Lackawanna Blues (based on his solo stage show), HBO, 2005

Further Reference


    • American Theatre, February, 2005, p. 32
    • New York Times, May, 1996

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