Ernie Hudson
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General Information
Gender: Male
Birthday: December 17, 1945
Age: 71
Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
Other Information
Height: 6'
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: Wayne State University
University of Minnesota
Yale University School of Drama (trained for stage)
Benton Harbor High School
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Maggie Donald (mother)
Ernie Hudson Jr. (son)
Rahaman (son)
Andrew (son)
Ross (son)
Relationships: Jeannie Moore (ex-wife)
Linda Kingsberg (current wife)
Series Information
Character: King Poseidon
First appearance: Poor Unfortunate Soul

Earnest Lee "Ernie" Hudson is an American character actor. Having appeared in dozens of film and television roles throughout his career, he is perhaps best known for his roles as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters film series, Sergeant Darryl Albrecht in The Crow (1994), and Warden Leo Glynn on HBO's Oz.

View the Ernie Hudson Gallery.

Early life

Hudson was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He never knew his father. His mother, Maggie Donald, died of tuberculosis when he was two months old. He was subsequently raised by his maternal grandmother, Arrana Donald.

Hudson joined the United States Marine Corps straight from High School, dismissed after only three months due to asthma, before he moved to Detroit, Michigan. He became the resident playwright at Concept East, the oldest black theatre company in the United States. He enrolled at Wayne State University to further develop his writing and acting skills. 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 Yale School of Drama.

In an interview with, Hudson stated that he is a practicing Christian, but does not believe that "one church is the right one."


One of Hudson's early films was in Penitentiary II (1982) starring Leon Isaac Kennedy. He landed various guest roles on television series such as The Dukes of Hazzard and The A-Team. He was on the television series Fantasy Island in a first-season episode as a voodoo man named Jamu. Hudson gained fame playing Winston Zeddemore, who enlists with the Ghostbusters in the feature film Ghostbusters (1984) and its 1989 sequel. He also auditioned to reprise the role for the animated series, The Real Ghostbusters, but it was given to Arsenio Hall. He had a major supporting role as the mentally challenged handyman Solomon in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992).

Hudson was cast as Warden Leo Glynn on HBO's series Oz. On Oz, his son Ernie Hudson Jr. co-starred with him as Muslim inmate Hamid Khan. Hudson also appears as the character Munro in Congo (1995) and as Police Sergeant Albreact in The Crow (1994). He switched gears when he played a preacher opening the eyes of a small town prejudice in the 1950s in Stranger in the Kingdom. He is also known for his role as Harry McDonald, the FBI superior of Sandra Bullock's character in the feature film Miss Congeniality (2000). He appears in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Ethon" as Pernaux. Hudson also appeared as Reggie in the film The Basketball Diaries (1995). In 2006, he appeared in the television movie The Ron Clark Story as Principal Turner. In 2008, he began a recurring role as Dr. Fields on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Hudson also had a recurring role on the final season of Law & Order as Lt. Anita Van Buren's boyfriend and then fiancé.

In 2011, he played Stuart Owens in Torchwood: Miracle Day.

Beginning in 2015, Hudson was cast in a recurring role as Jacob, an organic farmer who is the romantic interest for Frankie Bergstein (Lily Tomlin) in the series Grace and Frankie.

Hudson appeared in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, playing Bill Jenkins, the uncle of Leslie Jones' lead character Pattie Tolan.

Personal Life

Hudson married his first wife, Jeannie Moore, in 1963, when she was sixteen and he was eighteen. They had two sons, Ernie Hudson Jr. and Rahaman Hudson. When Ernie and Jeanie divorced in 1976, the boys (then seven and ten) moved to live with Hudson in California. Hudson remarried in 1985 to the former Linda Kingsberg; they had two more sons, Andrew and Ross.


Year Title Type Role
1976 Leadbelly Archie (as Earnest L. Hudson)
1976 The Human Tornado Bo (as Louis Hudson)
1977 Man from Atlantis TV Series Minion
1977 Mad Bull TV Movie Black Bart
1978 King TV Mini-Series Jack Corbin
1978 Fantasy Island TV Series Jamu
1978 Last of the Good Guys TV Movie El Coliph
1978 Winners TV Series Ted
1978 Black Sheep Squadron TV Series King George
1979 The Incredible Hulk TV Series Lee
1979 Roots: The Next Generations TV Mini-Series Muslim at Door
1979 The White Shadow TV Series Johnson
1979 Joni Earl
1979 The Main Event Killer
1979 Detective School TV Series Bombacaa
1979 One Day at a Time TV Series Desk Sergeant
1979 Highcliffe Manor TV Series Smythe
1980 Skag TV Series
1980 The $5.20 an Hour Dream TV Movie Homer Burden
1980 White Mama TV Movie Counsellor
1980 The Octagon Quinine
1980 Too Close for Comfort TV Series Sam Morton
1980 The Jazz Singer Heckler
1981 A Matter of Life and Death TV Movie Mr. Harrison
1981 Underground Aces African General
1981 Diff'rent Strokes TV Series Kwame
1981 Crazy Times TV Movie Harold 'Jazzman' Malloy
1981 Little House on the Prairie TV Series William Thomas
1981 Bosom Buddies TV Series Rochelle
1981 Taxi TV Series Terry Carver
1982 The Dukes of Hazzard TV Series Avery
1982 Penitentiary II Half Dead
1982 Flamingo Road TV Series Chandler
1982 The New Odd Couple TV Series Moses Brown
1983 Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone Washington
1983 Webster TV Series Rudy
1983 Going Berserk Muhammed Jerome Willy
1983 Women of San Quentin TV Movie Charles Wilson
1983 The A-Team TV Series Cal Freeman
1983 Two of a Kind Det. Skaggs
1984 Ghostbusters Winston Zeddemore
1984 Joy of Sex Mr. Porter
1984 St. Elsewhere TV Series Jerry Close
1984 Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters Video short Winston Zeddmore (uncredited)
1985 California Girls TV Movie Ernie
1985 Love on the Run TV Movie Lamar
1985 The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians TV Series Cyborg / Victor Stone
1986 The Last Precinct TV Series Sergeant Lane / Night Train
1986 It's a Living TV Series Dougie
1986 The New Mike Hammer TV Series Digger Love
1987 Gimme a Break! TV Series Prince
1987 Weeds Bagdad
1987 Full House TV Series Reggie 'The Sandman' Martin
1987 Pound Puppies TV Series Police Officer / Lisa's Father / Officer Chauncey
1988 The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission TV Movie Joe Hamilton
1988 The Wrong Guys Dawson
1989 Leviathan Justin Jones
1989 Collision Course Shortcut
1989 Trapper County War Jefferson Carter
1989 Ghostbusters II Winston Zeddemore
1990 Cop Rock TV Series Commander Warren Osborne
1990 - 1991 Broken Badges TV Mini-Series Toby Baker
1991 Miss Jones TV Movie Evinrude Johnson
1992 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Solomon
1992 The Ben Stiller Show TV Series The Tennis Captain
1992 Batman: The Animated Series TV Series Security Guard
1993 Tribeca TV Series Howard
1993 Angel Street TV Movie Thurman Nickens
1993 Wild Palms TV Mini-Series Tommy Lazlo
1993 Tales from the Crypt TV Series Zambini
1993 Sugar Hill Lolly Jonas
1993 The Pitch Short Vet
1994 No Escape Hawkins
1994 Lifestories: Families in Crisis TV Series short Coach Seldon
1994 The Crow Albrecht
1994 The Cowboy Way Officer Sam 'Mad Dog' Shaw
1994 Airheads O'Malley
1994 Speechless Dan Ventura
1995 The Basketball Diaries Reggie
1995 Congo Captain Monroe Kelly
1996 Grace Under Fire TV Series Thad Alford
1996 The Substitute Rolle
1996 Tornado! TV Movie Dr. Joe Branson
1996 For Which He Stands DEA Agent Baxter
1996 Just Your Luck Video Willie
1996 The Cherokee Kid TV Movie Nat Love aka Deadwood Dick
1997 Operation Delta Force TV Movie Major Tipton
1997 Levitation Downbeat
1997 Clover TV Movie Gaten Hill
1997 Superman: The Animated Series TV Series Professor Felix
1997 Professor Felix Joe Lee
1997 Mr. Magoo Agent Gus Anders
1997 - 2003 Oz TV Series Warden Leo Glynn
1998 The Gregory Hines Show TV Series Jack
1998 Arli$$ TV Series Warden Leo Glynn
1998 Butter Curtis '8-Ball' Harris
1998 Best of the Best 4: Without Warning Video Detective Gresko
1998 Hijack Senator Douglas Wilson (as Ernie Hudson Sr.)
1998 October 22 Arthur
1999 Michael Jordan: An American Hero TV Movie James Jordan
1999 Shark Attack TV Movie Lawrence Rhodes
1999 Interceptor Force Major
1999 Stealth Fighter President Westwood
1999 A Stranger in the Kingdom Rev. Walter Andrews
1999 Paper Bullets Detective Ron Mills
1999 Miracle on the 17th Green TV Movie Earl Fielder
1999 Lillie Larry Miller
2000 Nowhere to Land TV Movie Danny Gorlin
2000 Everything's Jake Jake
2000 Red Letters Detective Glen Teal
2000 The Watcher Ibby
2000 Miss Congeniality Harry McDonald
2001 Walking Shadow TV Movie Hawk
2001 Touched by an Angel TV Series Norm McCloud
2001 A Town Without Christmas TV Movie Ted
2001 Hostage Rescue Team TV Movie
2003 Without a Trace TV Series Manny Aybar
2003 Anne B. Real Principal Davis
2003 - 2004 10-8: Officers on Duty TV Series Senior Deputy John Henry Barnes
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie P.T. (voice)
2004 Everwood TV Series Bill Hoover
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Blake Rische
2005 Lackawanna Blues TV Movie Dick Barrymore
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous FBI Asst. Director Harry McDonald
2005 Bathsheba Short Nathan
2005 Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story TV Movie Perry Beasley
2005 Halfway Decent Tom
2006 The Ron Clark Story TV Movie Principal Turner
2006 Crossing Jordan TV Series Colonel Wirth
2006 Stargate SG-1 TV Series Pernaux
2006 ER TV Series Colonel James Gallant
2006 Hood of Horror Roscoe
2006 - 2007 Desperate Housewives TV Series Detective Ridley
2007 Cold Case TV Series Moses Jones
2007 Nobel Son Bill Canepa
2007 All Hat Jackson Jones
2007 Final Approach TV Movie Agent Lorenzo Dawson
2007 Las Vegas TV Series Bob Casey
2007 Psych TV Series William Guster
2007 - 2008 Bones TV Series David Barron
2008 Pie'n Burger Short Cedric
2008 Lonely Street Captain Morgan
2008 Private Practice TV Series Captain Frank
2008 - 2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager TV Series Dr. Ken Fields / Dr. Fields
2009 Fatal Secrets Detective Carter
2009 Meteor TV Mini-Series Gen. Brasser
2009 Dragonball Evolution Sifu Norris
2009 Ghostbusters Video Game Winston Zeddemore (voice)
2009 Pastor Brown Deacon Harold Todd
2009 Heroes TV Series Captain Lubbock
2009 - 2010 Law & Order TV Series Frank Gibson
2010 Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball Video Anthony Vejar
2010 Machete Joe Sheriff Taylor
2010 Stasis Short Stranger
2010 Childrens Hospital TV Series Hubert McGraw
2010 Criminal Minds TV Series Lt. Al Garner
2010 - 2013 Transformers Prime TV Series Agent William Fowler
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Video Pedro (voice)
2011 Game of Death Clarence
2011 White Collar TV Series Mr. Jeffries
2011 Sugarwheels Short Prof. Zaccharine Ragus PhD
2011 Torchwood TV Series Stuart Owens
2011 Grey's Anatomy TV Series Dr. Brad McDougall
2011 How I Met Your Mother TV Series Ernie Hudson
2011 Deep Blue Breath Short Lord Vater (voice)
2011 - 2014 Rizzoli & Isles TV Series Admiral Frost
2012 Hart of Dixie TV Series Ernie Hayes
2012 Beautiful People TV Movie Jack
2012 Dinner Date Short Man
2012 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! Video Pedro (voice)
2012 Deer Crossing Captain Bailey
2012 Ambush at Dark Canyon Cyrus Parker
2012 Turning Point Joe Johnson
2012 Nosferajew TV Series CDC Director
2012 - 2014 Franklin & Bash TV Series Judge Lawrence Perry
2012 - 2016 Modern Family TV Series Miles
2013 Guys with Kids TV Series The Judge
2013 Last Resort TV Series Conrad Buell
2013 Battledogs TV Movie Max Stevens
2013 Let's Stay Together TV Series Anthony
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film TV Movie Percy
2013 Scandal TV Series Commander Randolph Boles
2013 Ironside TV Series Bludso
2013 Doonby Leroy
2013 Dads TV Series Detective Swan
2013 Dear Secret Santa TV Movie Pastor Avery
2013 Mob City TV Series Bunny
2013 Reckless TV Movie Frank Wolfe
2013 Adonis Short Chick Magnet CEO
2014 The Millers TV Series Walter
2014 The Haunted Hathaways TV Series Duke Preston
2014 Touched TV Movie Dr. Beck
2014 The Grim Sleeper Detective Gerry Claymar
2014 The Lottery TV Series
2014 Scorpion TV Series Brooks
2014 You're Not You John
2014 Merry Ex-Mas Pastor Ed
2014 Key and Peele TV Series Dad
2014 Hot in Cleveland TV Series Ernie Hudson
2014 The Last Song Short Guest
2014 Living the Dream TV Movie Benny
2014 American Storage TV Series Rich
2015 Once Upon a Time TV Series King Poseidon
2015 To Hell and Back TV Movie Joe
2015 Gallows Road Bob Collins
2015 The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure Ivan Stumpwater
2015 Delores & Jermaine TV Movie
2015 - 2020 Grace and Frankie TV Series Jacob
2016 The Man in the Silo Marcus Wells
2016 Robot Chicken TV Series Detective Ernie / Judge Hudson, Jr. / Dad (voice)
2016 Batman: Bad Blood Video Lucius Fox (voice)
2016 God's Not Dead 2 Judge Robert Stennis
2016 Ghostbusters: The Board Game II Video short Winston Zeddemore
2016 Ghostbusters Uncle Bill
2016 Spaceman Joe
2016 Infinity Train TV Short Atticus (voice)
2016 Heaven Sent TV Movie Donatello
2016 Graves TV Series Jacob Mann
2016 The Grindhouse Radio TV Series Ernie Hudson
2017 APB TV Series Ned Conrad
2017 Angie Tribeca TV Series Pete Tribeca
2017 Twin Peaks TV Series Colonel Davis
2017 Survivor's Remorse TV Series Ansell Jones
2017 Spider-Man TV Series short Robbie Robertson
2018 Lethal Weapon TV Series Hank Peterson
2018 Blue Bloods TV Series Darryl Ward
2018 High & Outside: a baseball noir Sanzone
2018 Ballers TV Series Mr. Hagerty
2018 Nappily Ever After Richard
2018 - 2019 The Family Business TV Series L.C. Duncan
2019 Hot Streets TV Series John Wayne Jetwayne Jr.
2019 Arrow TV Series General Stewart
2019 L.A.'s Finest: Behind the Scenes Extras TV Series Joseph Burnett
2019 Infinity Train TV Series Atticus
2019 NBA 2K20 Video Game Israel Bacon (voice)
2019 Adventure Force 5 Dr. Lawrence Abel
2019 - 2020 L.A.'s Finest TV Series Joseph Burnett / Joseph Vaughn
2020 Ghostbusters: Afterlife (post-production) Dr. Winston Zeddmore
Wizardream (post-production) Lieutenant Schwieger
Redemption Day (post-production) Ed Paxton
I Love You... Forever (post-production) Short George Henry
Mr. Beebee (announced) Wayne Proctor
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