Ernie Hudson Biography (1945-)

Full name, Ernest Lee Hudson; born December 17, 1945, in Benton Harbor, MI; son of Maggie Donald; grandson of Arrana Donald; married Jeannie Moore, 1963 (divorced, 1980); married Linda Kingsberg, 1985; children: (first marriage) Ernest Jr. (an actor; also known as Ernie Lee Hudson, Jr.), Rahi; (second marriage) Andrew, Ross. Addresses: Agent: The Gersh Agency, 232 North CanonDr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.; Manager: The Marshak/Zachary Company, 8840 Wilshire Blvd., First Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Publicist: Lori De Waal, Lori De Waal & Associates Public Relations, 7080 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 515, Los Angeles,CA 90028.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor
Birth Details
December 17, 1945
Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Bo, The Human Tornado (also known as Dolemite II), 1976
  • (As Earnest L. Hudson) Leadbelly, Paramount, 1976
  • Killer, The Main Event, Warner Bros., 1979
  • Heckler, The Jazz Singer, Associated Film Distributors, 1980
  • Quinine, The Octagon, American Cinema Releasing, 1980
  • Joni, World Wide, 1980
  • African general, Underground Aces, Filmways, 1981
  • Half Dead, Penitentiary II, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • Detective Skaggs, Two of a Kind, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • Muhammed, Going Berserk, Universal, 1983
  • Washington, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (also known as Road Gangs and Adventures in the Creep Zone), Columbia,1983
  • Mr. Porter, Joy of Sex (also known as National Lampoon's The Joy of Sex), Paramount, 1984
  • Winston Zeddemore, Ghostbusters, Columbia, 1984
  • Bagdad, Weeds, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1986
  • Dawson, The Wrong Guys, New World, 1988
  • Jefferson Carter, Trapper County War (also known as Porter Country and Trapper County), Noble Entertainment Group/Alpine Releasing Group/Titan, 1989
  • Justin Jones, Leviathan, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1989
  • Winston Zeddemore, Ghostbusters II, Columbia, 1989
  • Shortcut, Collision Course, President Home Entertainment, 1990
  • Solomon, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Buena Vista, 1992
  • Heart and Souls, Universal, 1993
  • The Pitch, 1993
  • Albrecht, The Crow, Dimension Pictures, 1994
  • Hawkins, No Escape (also known as Escape from Absalom, Penal Colony, and The Prison Colony), Savoy Pictures, 1994
  • Lolly Jonas, Sugar Hill (also known as Harlem, Harlem, aLove Story, and Skeezer), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • Officer Sam "Mad Dog" Shaw, The Cowboy Way, Universal, 1994
  • Sergeant O'Malley, Airheads, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • Ventura, Speechless, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1994
  • Munroe Kelly, Congo, Paramount, 1995
  • Reggie, The Basketball Diaries, New Line Cinema, 1995
  • Drug Enforcement Agency agent Baxter, For Which He Stands, 1996
  • Willie, Just Your Luck (also known as Whiskey Down), PolyGram Video, 1996
  • Agent Gus Anders, Mr. Magoo, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Downbeat, Levitation, 1997
  • Joe Lee, Fakin' Da Funk, 1997
  • Arthur, October 22, 1998
  • Detective Gresko, Best of the Best: Without Warning (also known asBest of the Best 4: Without Warning), Buena Vista, 1998
  • Reverend Walter Andrews, A Stranger in the Kingdom, 1998
  • Detective Ron Mills, Paper Bullets (also known as American Samurai), Madison Home Video, 1999
  • Jake, Everything's Jake, 1999
  • Larry Miller, Lillie, 1999
  • Major McKenzie, Interceptors (also known as Interceptor Force and The Last Line of Defence), Indies, 1999
  • Senator Douglas Wilson, Hijack (also known as The Last Siege), 1999
  • Detective Glen Teal, Red Letters, New City Releasing, 2000
  • FBI assistant director Harry McDonald, Miss Congeniality (also known as Miss Undercover), Warner Bros., 2000
  • Ibby, The Watcher, Capitol, 2000
  • Principal Davis, Anne B. Real, Screen Media, 2003
  • Tom, Halfway Decent, 2003
  • Ex Ops commander, Sledge: The Story of Frank Sledge, Double Edge,2004
  • Voice of P. T., Clifford's Really Big Movie (animated), Warner Bros., 2004
  • Blake Rische, Marilyn Hotchkis' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School,Shoreline Entertainment, 2005
  • FBI assistant director Harry McDonald, Miss Congeniality 2 (also known as Untitled Miss Congeniality Sequel), Warner Bros., 2005
  • Film Producer
  • (With others) Everything's Jake, 1999
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Smythe (Ian Blacke's valet), Highcliffe Manor, NBC, 1979
  • Voice of Cyborg, Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (animated;also known as SuperFriends VI), ABC, 1985-1986
  • Detective sergeant Tremaine "Night Train" Lane, The Last Precinct,NBC, 1986
  • Toby Baker, Broken Badges, CBS, 1990-1991
  • Warden Leo Glynn, Oz, HBO, 1997-2003
  • Special agent Julius Cesar "J. C." Thornhill, HRT, CBS, 2001
  • John Henry Barnes, 10-8: Officers on Duty (also known as 10-8), ABC, 2003-2004
  • Miniseries
  • E. D. Nixon, King, NBC, 1978
  • Bodyguard, Roots: The Next Generation, ABC, 1981
  • Tommy Laszlo, Wild Palms, ABC, 1993
  • Movies
  • Black Bart, Mad Bull, CBS, 1977
  • El Caliph, Last of the Good Guys, CBS, 1978
  • Counselor, White Mama, CBS, 1980
  • Homer Burden, The $5.20 an Hour Dream, CBS, 1980
  • Mr. Harrison, A Matter of Life and Death, CBS, 1981
  • Women of San Quentin, NBC, 1983
  • Ernie, California Girls, ABC, 1985
  • Lamar, Love on the Run, NBC, 1985
  • Joe Hamilton, The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (also known as Dirty Dozen IV), NBC, 1988
  • Principal Claude Rolle, The Substitute, 1993
  • Dr. Branson, Tornado!, Fox, 1994
  • Nat Love (also known as Deadwood Dick), The Cherokee Kid, HBO, 1996
  • Tipton, Operation Delta Force, HBO, 1996
  • Gaten Hill, Clover, USA Network, 1997
  • 8-Ball, Butter (also known as Never 2 Big), HBO, 1998
  • Earl Fielder, Miracle on the 17th Green, CBS, 1999
  • James Jordan, Michael Jordan: An American Hero (also known as American Hero: The Michael Jordan Story), Fox Family Channel, 1999
  • Lawrence Rhodes, Shark Attack, HBO, 1999
  • President Westwood, Stealth Fighter, HBO, 1999
  • Danny Gorlin, Nowhere to Land, TBS, 2000
  • Hawk, Walking Shadow, Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Ted, A Town without Christmas, CBS, 2001
  • Specials
  • Ted Young, Journey Together, CBS, 1978
  • Evinrude Johnson, Miss Jones, ABC, 1991
  • Presenter, The 42nd Annual New York Emmy Awards, 1999
  • Sixth Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, syndicated, 2000
  • Judge, Miss USA 2001, CBS, 2001
  • The Sixth Annual Sears Soul Train Christmas Starfest, UPN, 2003
  • Episodic
  • Jamu, "Family Reunion/Voodoo," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1978
  • King George, "A Little Bit of England," Baa Baa, Black Sheep (alsoknown as Black Sheep Squadron), NBC, 1978
  • Desk sergeant, "A Little Larceny," One Day at a Time, CBS, 1979
  • Johnson, "Little Orphan Abner," The White Shadow, CBS, 1979
  • Lee, "Like a Brother," The Incredible Hulk, CBS, 1979
  • Kwane, "Almost American," Diff'rent Strokes, NBC, 1980
  • Sam Martin, "The Bag Lady," Too Close for Comfort, ABC, 1980
  • Rochelle, "One for You, One for Me," Bosom Buddies, ABC, 1981
  • Terry Carver, "Of Mice and Tony," Taxi, ABC, 1981
  • William Thomas, "Chicago," Little House on the Prairie, NBC, 1981
  • Avery, "Dear Diary," The Dukes of Hazzard, CBS, 1982
  • "The Harder They Fall," Flamingo Road, NBC, 1982
  • "The High and the Mighty," Flamingo Road, NBC, 1982
  • "Murder, They Said," Flamingo Road, NBC, 1982
  • Cal, "The Taxicab Wars," The A-Team, NBC, 1983
  • Rudy, "Happy Un-Birthday," Webster, ABC, 1983
  • Jerry Close, "Playing God: Part 1," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1984
  • Jerry Close, "Strikeout," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1984
  • Jerry Close, "Two Balls and a Strike," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1984
  • The Insiders, ABC, 1985
  • "Digger" Love, "Harlem Nocturne," The New Mike Hammer, CBS, 1986
  • Dougie, "The Bar," It's a Living, syndicated, 1986
  • Jerry Close, "Breathless," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1986
  • Jerry Close, "Fade to White," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1986
  • Jerry Close, "My Aim Is True," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1986
  • Prince Gilbert Kassa-Myboto, "Someday My Prince...," Gimme a Break, NBC, 1987
  • Reggie "The Sandman" Martin, "Knock Yourself Out," Full House, ABC, 1987
  • Samuel Obae, Private Eye, ABC, 1987
  • Himself, "Slime Busters," The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (animated), syndicated, 1989
  • Himself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1989
  • Cop Rock, ABC, 1990
  • Himself, "Episode with Bobcat Goldthwait," The Ben Stiller Show, Fox, 1992
  • Voice of security guard, "Joker's Wild," Batman: The Animated Series (animated), Fox, 1992
  • Zambini, "Food for Thought," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1993
  • Coach Seldon, "A Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story," Lifestories:Families in Crisis, HBO, 1994
  • Thad Alford, "Love Thy Neighbor," Grace under Fire (also known asGrace under Pressure), ABC, 1995
  • Thad Alford, "Pregnant Pause," Grace under Fire (also known as Grace under Pressure), ABC, 1996
  • Voice of Professor Felix, "Action Figures," Superman: The Animated Series (animated; also known as The New Batman/Superman Adventures and Superman), The WB, 1997
  • Jack, "Carpe Diem," The Gregory Hines Show (also known as Square One), CBS, 1998
  • Warden Leo Glynn, "Fans First," Arli$$, HBO, 1998
  • Himself, Intimate Portrait: Robin Givens, Lifetime, 2000
  • Norm McCloud, "The Perfect Game," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2001
  • Himself, Intimate Portrait: Rita Moreno, Lifetime, 2001
  • Manny Aybar, "Kam Li," Without a Trace, CBS, 2003
  • Himself, The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, multiple episodes in 2003
  • Himself, "Laura Dern, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Ernie Hudson," Dinner for Five, Independent Film Channel, 2004
  • Also appeared in The New Odd Couple, ABC; and Instant Comedy with the Groundlings, FX Network.
  • Pilots
  • Skag, NBC, 1980
  • Harold "Jazzman" Malloy, Crazy Times, ABC, 1981
  • Kwame Botulo, Almost American, NBC, 1981
  • Leo Kelly, 100 Centre Street, ABC, 1984
  • Detective sergeant Tremaine "Night Train" Lane, The Last Precinct,NBC, 1986
  • Thurman Nickens, Angel Street, CBS, 1992
  • Special agent Julius Cesar "J. C." Thornhill, HRT, CBS, 2001
  • Stage Appearances
  • Jack Jefferson, The Great White Hope, Theatre-in-the-Round, Minneapolis, MN, c. 1975-1976, then Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center, Los Angeles, c. 1976
  • The Cage, Los Angeles Actors Theatre, Los Angeles, 1984
  • Appeared in Daddy Goodness, Los Angeles; appeared in productions of the Actors' Ensemble Theatre, Detroit, MI.
  • Stage Producer
  • The Great White Hope, Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center, LosAngeles, c. 1976
  • RECORDINGS
  • Music Videos
  • "Ghostbusters," by Ray Parker, Jr., 1984
  • "On Our Own," by Bobby Brown, 1989
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage Plays
  • Author of plays for Concept East, a theatre company in Detroit, MI.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Ebony, April, 1995, p. 50
    • Empire (Great Britain), May, 1998, p. 56
    • Entertainment Weekly, June 10, 1994
    • Jet, January 13, 1992, p. 53
    • People Weekly, February 3, 1992, p. 71
    • Starlog, May, 1994

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