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Ernie Hudson

There are very few actors who can lay claim to a professional resume as long and varied as Ernie Hudson, but Hudson has always been a unique screen presence, capable of taking on any role. He was slimed when he co-starred as one of the Ghostbusters in two films; he played the simple-minded handyman Solomon in the box-office smash The Hand that Rocks the Cradle; and for seven seasons he played Warden Glynn in the critically acclaimed HBO series Oz, for which he won the International Press Academy Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series. He was the no nonsense training officer in ABC's 10-8, and recently completed work on HBO Feature's Lackawanna Blues and Randy Miller's new feature Miss Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School. Both films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2005.

Hudson made his feature film debut in Gordon Park's Leadbelly. This led to other roles including The Main Event, with Barbra Streisand; The Jazz Singer, with Neil Diamond; The Octagon, with Chuck Norris; Going Berserk, with John Candy; and television projects such as Abby Mann's acclaimed miniseries King and the highly-rated Roots II. Hudson found himself alternating between film and television roles until 1983, when he was cast as Winston Zeddemore, the fourth member of the Ghostbusters team. The two Ghostbusters films, starring Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd, were huge box-office hits. Hudson's subsequent screen roles included parts in Weeds, Leviathan, Sugar Hill, The Cowboy Way, Speechless, No Escape, The Substitute, The Basketball Diaries, Congo and The Crow.

Throughout his career, Hudson has avoided being typecast by playing a variety of different roles which include: the cigar-smoking professional golfer in Miracle on the 17th Green, a terrorist expert in TBS' highly-rated premiere film Nowhere to Land, a psychotic mass murderer in the thriller October 22, the President of the United States in the action film Stealth Fighter, and the late James Jordan in the Fox Family telefilm Michael Jordan: An American Hero. Other recent credits include A&E's Spenser: Walking Shadows, with Joe Mantegna and Marcia Gay Harden, and CBS's A Town Without Christmas, with Patricia Heaton and Peter Falk.

When he's not working, Hudson likes to spend time at home with his wife Linda and sons, Andrew and Ross.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Ernie Hudson Facts

BirthdayDecember 17, 1945 (78)
BirthplaceBenton Harbor, Michigan, USA
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is Ernie Hudson compared to you?

Selected Filmography

All Hat
The Watcher
Miss Congeniality
Ghostbusters II
Batman: Bad Blood
Gallows Road
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
The Cowboy Way
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