Hudson, Ernie 1945–

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HUDSON, Ernie 1945–

(Earnest L. Hudson)


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. Education: Wayne State University, B.A., speech and English; attended Yale University School of Drama; attended University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.

Addresses: Agent—The Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., 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.

Career: Actor. Concept East (theatre company), Detroit, MI, resident playwright; Actors' Ensemble Theatre, Detroit, MI, founder and member of the company; San Bernardino County sheriff's office, CA, reserve deputy sheriff. Military service: U.S. Marine Corps.

Awards, Honors: DramaLogue Award for The Great White Hope; Universe Reader's Choice Award, Sci–Fi Universe magazine, best supporting actor in a genre motion picture, 1995, for Congo; Golden Satellite Award, International Press Academy, best performance by an actor in a television series—drama, 1999, for Oz.


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, a Love 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 as Best 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.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

E. D. Nixon, King, NBC, 1978.

Bodyguard, Roots: The Next Generation, ABC, 1981.

Tommy Laszlo, Wild Palms, ABC, 1993.

Television Appearances; 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.

Television Appearances; 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.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Jamu, "Family Reunion/Voodoo," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1978.

King George, "A Little Bit of England," Baa Baa, Black Sheep (also known 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 as Grace 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.

Television Appearances; 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, Los Angeles, c. 1976.


Music Videos:

"Ghostbusters," by Ray Parker, Jr., 1984.

"On Our Own," by Bobby Brown, 1989.


Stage Plays:

Author of plays for Concept East, a theatre company in Detroit, MI.



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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