Ernie Hudson

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  • Birth Place: Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Joined the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from high school, but was dismissed less than three months later due to asthma.
  • Initially focused more on writing than acting; was the resident playwright at Detroit's Concept East Theater, one of the oldest black theaters in the country.
  • Established Wayne State University's Actors Ensemble Theater so he and other black writers and performers could showcase their work.
  • Earned a full scholarship to the Yale School of Drama.
  • Enrolled in a University of Minnesota program that would lead to a PhD, but he dropped out to star in a Minneapolis production of The Great White Hope.
  • Made his film debut in 1976's Leadbelly, which was followed by a myriad of television appearances before his breakout role in 1984's Ghostbusters. 
  • Lost the role of Winston to Arsenio Hall in 1986 for The Real Ghostbusters, an animated adaption of the movie.
  • Became a sergeant in the special service bureau of the San Bernardino County police force in California in 1994 after studying for three acting roles with the police.
  • Appeared with son Ernie Jr. in the HBO series Oz. 
  • Received the 2007 Award for Excellence in Film, Television and Beyond at the Lake Arrowhead Film Festival in California.


  • Jeannie Moore — Ex-wife
  • Ross Hudson — Son
  • Andrew Hudson — Son
  • Ernie Hudson Jr. — Son
  • Rahaman Hudson — Son
  • Maggie Donald — Mother
  • Linda Kingsberg — Wife
  • Arrana Donald — Grandmother


  • Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, United States (BA, 1972); Yale University, School of Drama, New Haven, Connecticut, United States; attended University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States


  • Birth Place: Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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