Santiago-Hudson, Ruben 1956–

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Santiago-Hudson, Ruben 1956–

(Ruben Hudson, Ruben-Santigo Hudson)


Born November 24, 1956, in Lackawanna, NY; son of Ruben Santiago (a railroad worker) and Alean Hudson; married Jeannie Brittan; children: (from previous relationships) Broderick, Ruben III. Education: State University of New York at Binghamton, graduated, 1978; graduate study at Wayne State University.

Addresses: Agent—Stephen Hirsh, Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Manager—Vincent Cirrincione, Vincent Cirrincione and Associates, 8721 Sunset Blvd., Suite 205, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Career: Actor, writer, and producer. Afro-American Studio Theatre, Detroit, MI, founding member; Shakespeare Society, moderator of "Shakespeare on Film" series, 2005.

Awards, Honors: Antoinette Perry Award and Drama Desk Award nomination, both best featured actor in a play, 1996, for Seven Guitars; special Obie Award, Village Voice, Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding solo performance, and Audelco Award, outstanding solo performance, Audience Development Committee, 2001, and Helen Hayes Award, outstanding lead actor in a non-resident production, Washington Theatre Awards Society, 2004, all for the stage show Lackawanna Blues; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding made-for-television movie (with others), and Humanitas Prize, ninety-minute or longer category, Human Family Educational and Cultural Institute, both 2005, for the television movie Lackawanna Blues; Golden Satellite Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor in a television series, miniseries, or movie, International Press Academy, 2005, for Their Eyes Were Watching God.


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.

Television Appearances; 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.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Detective Jake Newhouse, The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, NBC, 1999.

Christopher Darden, American Tragedy, CBS, 2000.

Television Appearances; 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.

Television Appearances; 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).

Television Appearances; 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 as Prince 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, Anspacher Theatre, 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, Classical Stage 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, Negro Ensemble 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.



Lackawanna Blues (solo show), New York Shakespeare Festival, LuEsther Hall, Public Theatre, New York City, 2001.


Lackawanna Blues (based on his solo stage show), HBO, 2005.



American Theatre, February, 2005, p. 32.

New York Times, May, 1996.

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