Ernie Hudson is one of the most sought-after actors of our time with an impressive list of credits and awards whose body of work has diverse range. He is a beloved star in film, television and stage, long considered one of Hollywood’s iconic working actors who continually delivers.
In his early years, Hudson served in the Marine Corps and then moved to Detroit, Michigan. He became the resident playwright at Concept East, the oldest black theatre company in the U.S. He established the Actors’ Ensemble Theatre where he and other talented young black writers directed and appeared in their own works. Later, he enrolled and subsequently graduated from the Yale School of Drama.
Hudson first met Ivan Reitman on “Spacehunters.” It wasn’t long before he was asked to join Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis in the 1984 feature film “Ghostbusters gained fame playing ‘Winston Zeddemore,’ the fourth ‘Ghostbuster.’ The 1989 sequel, “Ghostbusters 2,” cemented his stardom as both films ultimately became two absolute fan favorite blockbuster films.
A trio of critically lauded roles in diverse films soon followed from his standout role as the mentally challenged ‘Solomon’ in “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle” to ‘Munro’ in “Congo” and ‘Police Sgt. Albrecht’ in the award-winning film, “The Crow.” Hudson continued to expand industry attention by changing gears again showing amazing range in his role as ‘Harry McDonald,’ the FBI superior of Sandra Bullock’s character in the feature film, “Miss Congeniality” (2000) and its hit sequel, “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous” in 2005.
Standout roles in feature films this past year include “You’re Not You” (eOne Films) with Emily Rossum, Josh Duhamel, Hillary Swank and Loretta Divine/ Ernie reteamed with Duhamel again in the baseball drama, “The Wrong Stuff,” due for release late 2015. He toplined award-winning “Gallows Road” opposite Kevin Sorbo. Due to overwhelming studio and consumer demand, Ernie recently filmed a pivotal cameo in “Ghostbusters 3” (Sony) due for release July 16, 2016.
It is perhaps on the small screen where Hudson’s wide range is most varied. Whether in memorable roles like ‘Warden Leo Glynn’ on HBO’s lauded series “Oz” or the final season of “Law & Order, Ernie’s ability to become the character is precisely what sets him apart. He has guest-starred on a myriad of shows from “Modern Family” and “Grey’s Anatomy” to “Criminal Minds,” “Key and Peele” and “Franklin & Bash,” among many others. Last year he starred in Lifetime’s acclaimed, award-winning ensemble drama, “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” as Jennifer Hudson’s father who insisted Ernie be cast opposite her in the PRISMs award-winning film directed by Laura Dern.
Ernie is currently appearing in two primetime series. On critically lauded “Grace & Frankie” (Netflix), currently shooting season 2, Ernie portrays Lily Tomlin’s love interest. He just signed for a starring role in Epix’s new, original series “Graves” opposite Nick Nolte and Sela Ward.
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