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      Ernie Hudson

      Ernie Hudson

      Highest Rated: 100% Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Dec 17, 1945

      Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA

      Immortalized in popular culture as the African-American Ghostbuster in the 1984 mega-hit and its 1989 sequel, Ernie Hudson enjoys a longer and more diverse career than many of the movie stars he once supported. The Yale graduate's impressive physique won him a scattering of bruiser roles early on, including bits in Gordon Parks' "Leadbelly" (1976) and the Barbra Streisand vehicle "The Main Event" (1979), until his ability to underscore menace with intelligence earned him more substantial roles in Jamaa Fanaka's "Penitentiary II" (1982) and the 3-D actioner "Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone" (1983). Although "Ghostbusters" (1984) augured a significant uptake in the quality of his assignments, the actor continued to struggle well into the next decade. Better parts in "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" (1992), "The Crow" (1994), "Congo" (1995) and "The Basketball Diaries" (1995) with Leonardo DiCaprio boosted Hudson to the next level and to greater success on the small screen. Frequently seen as a guest actor on dozens of primetime series, the actor enjoyed a six-year run on the critically-lauded HBO prison series "Oz" (1997-2003), as well as subsequent semi-regular roles on "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) and "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012). Remaining in demand past the age of retirement, Hudson made his Broadway debut in 2009 in the Tony Award-winning revival of "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," proving himself to be one of the most unsung but invaluable actors of the American stage and screen.

      Highest rated movies

      Ghostbusters The Crow
      The Human Tornado
      Lackawanna Blues
      Ghostbusters
      Weeds
      Nappily Ever After
      The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

      Photos

      Ernie Hudson Ernie Hudson, Jeannie Moore at arrivals for DRAFT DAY Premiere, The Regency Village Theatre, Westwood, CA April 7, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Ernie Hudson at arrivals for Annual EBONY Power 100 Gala, The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA November 30, 2018. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Ernie Hudson at arrivals for IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Screening, ArcLight Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA December 4, 2018. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Linda Kingsberg, Ernie Hudson at arrivals for GHOSTBUSTERS Premiere, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres (formerly Grauman''s), Los Angeles, CA July 9, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Ernie Hudson at arrivals for YOU''RE NOT YOU Premiere, The Landmark Theatre, Los Angeles, CA October 8, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Ernie Hudson at arrivals for CALL ME CRAZY: A Five Film World Premiere, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA April 16, 2013. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection Ernie Hudson at arrivals for NOBEL SON Premiere, Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, December 02, 2008. Photo by: Michael Germana/Everett Collection GHOSTBUSTERS II, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, 1989, (c)Columbia Pictures GHOSTBUSTERS II, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, 1989, (c) Columbia GHOSTBUSTERS, from left, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, director Ivan Reitman, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, 1984, ©Columbia CONGO, Ernie Hudson, Dylan Walsh, Laura Linney, 1995. ©Paramount THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, back to front: Ernie Hudson, Rebecca De Mornay, 1992. ©Buena Visa Pictures GHOSTBUSTERS, from left, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, director Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, on-set, 1984, ©Columbia CONGO, Ernie Hudson, Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh, 1995 Comic Book Men, Ernie Hudson, 'Stashbusters', Season 4, Ep. #8, 11/30/2014, ©AMC LEVIATHAN, Ernie Hudson, Hector Elizondo, Peter Weller, 1989, (c)MGM GHOSTBUSTERS, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, 1984 The Lottery, Ernie Hudson, 'Sleep Deprived', Season 1, Ep. #6, 08/24/2014, ©LIFETIME GHOSTBUSTERS II, Ernie Hudson, 1989, (c) Columbia

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Dr. Winston Zeddemore (Character) - 2024
      58% 42% The Retirement Plan Joseph (Character) $1.4M 2023
      59% 95% Champions Coach Phil Perretti (Character) $16.3M 2023
      43% 83% Prisoner's Daughter Hank (Character) - 2022
      64% 94% Ghostbusters: Afterlife Dr. Winston Zeddemore (Character) $128.8M 2021
      13% 49% Redemption Day Ed Paxton (Character) - 2021
      100% 100% Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters Self - 2019
      No Score Yet 90% Adventure Force 5 Dr. Abel (Character) - 2019
      67% 71% Nappily Ever After Richard Jones (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High & Outside: A Baseball Noir Sanzone (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 88% Heaven Sent Donatello (Character) - 2016
      0% 41% Spaceman Joe (Character) - 2016
      74% 49% Ghostbusters Uncle Bill (Character) - 2016
      10% 62% God's Not Dead 2 Judge Stennis (Character) $20.8M 2016
      100% 64% Batman: Bad Blood Lucius Fox (Voice) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet To Hell and Back Joe (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 31% Merry Ex-Mas Pastor Ed (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 43% The Grim Sleeper Detective Gerry Claymar (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 47% Gallows Road Bob Collins (Character) - 2014
      48% 70% You're Not You John (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Song Guest (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched Dr Beck (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 63% Dear Secret Santa Pastor Avery (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 62% Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Unknown (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 18% Battledogs Max Stevens (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Adonis Chick Magnet CEO (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Fear Death Director,
      Producer
      - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Turning Point Joe Johnson (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 82% The Man in the Silo Marcus Wells (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 26% Ambush at Dark Canyon Cyrus Parker (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 57% Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy Ivan Stumpwater (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 33% Deer Crossing Captain Bailey (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarwheels Prof. Zaccharine Ragus PhD (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 67% Doonby Leroy (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 49% Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Pedro (Voice) - 2011
      No Score Yet 12% Machete Joe Sheriff Taylor (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 20% Game of Death Clarence (Character) - 2010
      44% 22% Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball Anthony Vejar (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 53% Pastor Brown Deacon Harold Todd (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 21% Balancing the Books Detective Carter (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 17% Lonely Street Unknown (Character) - 2009
      14% 20% Dragonball: Evolution Master Mutaito (Character) $9.4M 2009
      26% 44% Nobel Son Lasasso (Character) $333.9K 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Final Approach Agent Lorenzo Dawson (Character) - 2007
      20% 23% All Hat Unknown (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 85% The Ron Clark Story Principal Turner (Character) - 2006
      11% 36% Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror Roscoe Lee (Character) $2.3M 2006
      No Score Yet 91% Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story Perry Beasley (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Halfway Decent Tom (Character) - 2005
      75% 91% Lackawanna Blues Dick Barrymore (Character) - 2005
      22% 62% Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Blake Rische (Character) $247.1K 2005
      15% 43% Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Harry McDonald (Character) $48.5M 2005
      No Score Yet 42% Anne B. Real Principal Davis (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 52% A Town Without Christmas Ted (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walking Shadow Hawk (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 12% Nowhere to Land Danny Gorlin (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 83% Everything's Jake Jake (Character) - 2000
      41% 69% Miss Congeniality McDonald (Character) $106.8M 2000
      11% 28% The Watcher FBI Director (Character) $28.9M 2000
      No Score Yet 18% Red Letters Detective Glen Teal (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 33% Hijack Senator Douglas Wilson (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 22% Stealth Fighter President Westwood (Character) - 1999
      0% 23% Shark Attack Lawrence Rhodes (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 54% Michael Jordan: An American Hero Unknown (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 17% Miracle on the 17th Green Unknown (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 28% Interceptor Force Major (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Bullets Detective Ron Mills (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 35% Best of the Best: Without Warning Detective Gresko (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet October 22 Arthur (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Stranger in the Kingdom Rev. Walter Andrews (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 68% Butter Curtis `'8-Ball'` Harris (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 30% Operation Delta Force Major Tipton (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Clover Gaten Hill (Character) - 1997
      10% 24% Mr. Magoo Agent Gus Anders, CIA (Character) $21.4M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Levitation Downbeat (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 64% Fakin' Da Funk Joe Lee (Character) - 1997
      42% 41% The Substitute Principal Claude Rolle (Character) $14.8M 1996
      No Score Yet 60% The Cherokee Kid Nat Love (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 26% Tornado! Dr. Joe Branson (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Which He Stands DEA Agent Baxter (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Your Luck Willie (Character) - 1996
      47% 76% The Basketball Diaries Reggie (Character) $2.1M 1995
      20% 29% Congo Captain Munro Kelly (Character) $80.1M 1995
      10% 33% Speechless Ventura (Character) $19.6M 1994
      29% 50% Airheads Sergeant O'Malley (Character) $4.9M 1994
      20% 59% The Cowboy Way Officer Sam "Mad Dog" Shaw (Character) $19.6M 1994
      84% 90% The Crow Sergeant Albrecht (Character) $47.3M 1994
      57% 41% No Escape Hawkins (Character) $14.2M 1994
      20% 69% Sugar Hill Lolly Jonas (Character) $18.3M 1993
      66% 61% The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Solomon (Character) $87.5M 1992
      No Score Yet 0% Trapper County War Jefferson Carter (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 33% Collision Course Shortcut (Character) - 1989
      23% 27% Leviathan Justin Jones (Character) $15.4M 1989
      55% 61% Ghostbusters II Winston Zeddemore (Character) $110.4M 1989
      No Score Yet 51% The Wrong Guys Dawson (Character) $601.3K 1988
      No Score Yet 9% The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission Joe Hamilton (Character) - 1988
      71% 55% Weeds Bagdad (Character) $1.5M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Precinct Sergeant Lane (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love on the Run Lamar (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet California Girls Ernie (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 49% Joy of Sex Mr. Porter (Character) - 1984
      95% 88% Ghostbusters Winston Zeddemore (Character) $298.5M 1984
      17% 37% Two of a Kind Detective Skaggs (Character) - 1983
      27% 36% Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone Washington (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Women of San Quentin Charles Wilson (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Penitentiary II Half Dead (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crazy Times Harold "Jazzman" Malloy (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The $5.20 an Hour Dream Homer Burden (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 100% White Mama Counsellor (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad Bull Black Bart (Character) - 1977
      80% 69% The Human Tornado Bo (Character) - 1976

      TV

      Credit
      57% 75% Quantum Leap Herbert "Magic" Williams (Character) 2022-2024
      No Score Yet 24% The Jennifer Hudson Show Guest 2023
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021 2023
      No Score Yet 76% Carl Weber's The Family Business LC Duncan (Character) 2018-2022
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 70% MacGyver Milton Bozer (Guest Star) 2021
      24% 59% L.A.'s Finest Joseph Vaughn (Character) 2019-2020
      100% 93% Infinity Train Atticus (Voice) 2019-2020
      86% 63% Arrow Four-Star General of the Defense Intelligence Agency (Guest Star) 2019
      No Score Yet 76% Puppy Dog Pals Buddy (Guest Voice) 2019
      No Score Yet 80% Blue Bloods Darryl Ward (Guest Star) 2018
      90% 87% Grace and Frankie Jacob (Guest Star) 2015-2018
      89% 76% Lethal Weapon Peterson (Guest Star) 2018
      94% 83% Twin Peaks: The Return Colonel Davis (Guest Star) 2017
      35% 76% APB Captain Ned Conrad (Character) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Family Feud Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2016
      85% 90% Modern Family Miles (Guest Star) 2012 2016
      No Score Yet 92% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2016
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2015
      78% 78% Once Upon a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 89% Hot in Cleveland Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      61% 84% Franklin & Bash Judge Lawrence Perry (Guest Star) 2012 2014
      61% 79% Scorpion Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet 88% Rizzoli and Isles Admiral Frost (Guest Star) 2011 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Haunted Hathaways Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      47% 44% The Millers Walter (Guest Star) 2014
      66% 80% Mob City Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      93% 72% Scandal FBI Commander Randolph Boles (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Let's Stay Together Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      79% 85% Last Resort Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      7% 53% Guys With Kids Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet 39% The Secret Life of the American Teenager Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      81% 88% Hart of Dixie Ernie Hayes (Guest Star) 2012
      84% 85% How I Met Your Mother Ernie Hudson (Guest Star) 2011
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      98% 83% Torchwood Stuart Owens (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2009-2010
      52% 65% Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 81% Private Practice Captain Frank (Guest Star) 2008
      90% 83% Bones David Barron (Guest Star) 2007-2008
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Detective Ridley (Guest Star) 2006-2007
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 85% ER Colonel James Gallant (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 88% Stargate SG-1 Pernaux (Guest Star) 2006
      9% No Score Yet 10-8: Officers on Duty Sgt. John Henry Barnes (Character) 2003-2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      93% 96% Oz Warden Leo Glynn (Character) 1997-2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1999 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 1999
      82% 99% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Palms Unknown (Character) 1993
      No Score Yet 82% Full House Reggie "The Sandman" Martin (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gimme a Break Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a Living Dougie (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Precinct Sgt. Night Train Lane (Character) 1986
      No Score Yet 64% The A-Team Cal Freeman (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Odd Couple Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard Avery (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet 62% Taxi Terry Carver (Guest Star) 1981
      80% 60% Bosom Buddies Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie William Thomas (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Day at a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet 76% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978