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Ernie Hudson most recently seen in The Watcher, a suspense thriller starring Keanu Reeves, James Spader and Marisa Tomei.

Hudson's role on the HBO acclaimed series Oz earned him the International Press Academy Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series.

After several parts in feature films such as The Main Event, The Jazz Singer and television projects such as the acclaimed mini-series King and the highly-rated Roots, Hudson's breakthrough role came as ‘Winston Zeddemore' in Ghostbusters. The two Ghostbuster films were huge box-office hits, which gave Hudson a higher profile than he had ever known.

Hudson's other film credits include Weeds, Leviathan, Sugar Hill, The Cowboy Way, Speechless, The Basketball Diaries, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Congo and The Crow.

Born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Hudson's early ambition was to be a writer, and he was for a time the resident playwright at Detroit's Concept East, the oldest black theatre company in the country at the time. Later, he founded the Actors Ensemble Theater, which allowed him and other black performers to perform in projects they themselves had written. After attending Wayne State, Hudson accepted a full scholarship to the Master of Fine Arts Program at Yale University. This led to a number of regional theater roles, critical acclaim and his feature film debut in Leadbelly.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)