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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 the industry’s most versatile actors who always delivers.

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 the industry’s most versatile actors who always delivers.
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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,” gaining overnight fame playing ‘Winston Zeddemore,.’ The 1989 sequel, “Ghostbusters 2,” cemented Ernie’s stardom as a film star when both pictures skyrocketed to box office gold, fan favorite standout blockbuster films.

A trio of critically lauded roles in diverse features soon followed including his critically lauded 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 box office winner, “Miss Congeniality” (2000) and its hit sequel, “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous” in 2005.

Last year, Hudson has been singled out for his riveting role in Hilary Swank-directed “You’re Not You” (eOne Films) with Emily Rossum, Josh Duhamel, Swank and Loretta Divine. Ernie reteamed with Duhamel again in the baseball drama, “The Wrong,” due for release late 2016. Due to overwhelming studio and consumer demand, Ernie appears in a pivotal cameo in “Ghostbusters 3″ (Sony) due for release July 15, 2016.

On the small screen, 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 from his peers. He has guest-starred on a myriad of shows from “Modern Family” and “Grey’s Anatomy” to “Criminal Minds” and “Key and Peele” among others. He currently co-stars in Netflix’s sophmore series “Grace & Frankie” opposite Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda and will be seen this fall in a starring role on “Graves” (Epix) cast opposite Nick Nolte and Sela Ward.

The father of four strapping boys, Hudson divides his time between homes in Minneapolis and Los Angeles and giving back to the community whenever possible.

Currently you can catch Ernie on Netflix’s Grace&Frankie!

Ernie Hudson is one of the most sought-after actors of our time with an impressive list of credits and awards. His body of work has diverse range but it is the wisdom Hudson gained before his Hollywood days during his formative years which allows him to relate to struggling individuals and communities. He understands the challenges of overcoming seemingly insurmountable problems and inspires others to always persevere. Born in poverty and raised in the housing projects of Benton Harbor, Michigan, in a time where civil rights had a long road ahead, the odds were more in favor of Hudson spending a life in prison than his having a successful life in Hollywood. Whether it was reconciling the loss of his mother and the absence of a father, gaining the reputation of being the toughest kid in school, serving in the Marine Corps, attending Yale, raising his sons as a single father or overcoming racism in the entertainment industry, Hudson was always supported first and foremost by his grandmother, who taught him patience and graciousness.

Hudson’s persistence has had him working in the film industry for over four decades and he loves segueing genres from film to tv to theater. It’s his public speaking on topics ranging from “The Value of Fatherhood” to “Overcoming Odds & Adversity,” “Surviving Hollywood…With A Smile” and the five most important life lessons he learned from the most impactful person in his life , “Grandma’s Hands: Life Lessons from a Matriarch” that truly brings him — and his diverse audience — the greatest satisfaction

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