About Ernie Hudson

Earnest Lee Hudson is an American actor known by his character Winston Zeddemore in the series Ghostbusters. He was seen in various movies, including “The Crow,” “Oz,” The Basketball Diaries,” and many more.

Quick Info
Full NameEarnest Lee Hudson
Date of BirthDecember 17, 1945
Birth PlaceBenton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
Parent(s)Maggie (mother)
OccupationActor, Producer
Spouse(s)Jeannie Moore
​​(m. 1963; div. 1976)​
Linda Kingsberg ​(m. after 1985)
Net WorthUS $5 million

Personal Life

Hudson was born on December 17, 1945, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, as a mother, Maggie. He even doesn’t know who his father was, and he is alive or dead, but his mother died after two months of his birth, so he was raised by his maternal grandmother, whose name was Arena Donald. 

Ernie Hudson


In 1963, Hudson married her beautiful wife named Jeannie Moore at an early age. Hudson is eighteen years old, and his wife is only 16 years old when they got married. They gave birth to their two children, where both are sons named Ernie Hudson Jr. and Rahaman Hudson. They decided to live separately, so they gave a divorce from each other in 1976. After living separately, their son also agreed to move to their father, Hudson, in California. Later, in 1985, he married a former flight attendant Linda Kingsberg, and they had also given birth to their two sons, whose names are Andrew and Ross.

Nationality and Physical Stat

Hudson holds the American nationality. He is 6 feet 1 inch (1.83m) with a weight of 50 kg to talk about his height. He had got black hair color with dark brown eye color. Currently, he is 74 years old, where his zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

Early Life and Education

When Ernie Hudson was growing up, he had joined the United States Marine Corps after he completed his high school level but had to do the treatment for three months because he had Asthma. After that, he decided to move to Detroit, Michigan, and at the Concept East, known as the oldest black theatre company located in the United States, where he had become the resident playwright. Later, to improve and sharpen his acting and writing skills, he started to participate at Wayne State University.

In 1973, he was graduated and decided to establish the Actors’ Ensemble theatre. After that, he found the theatre, and he and other talented black writers chose to direct and do their work. Before he was at the University of Minnesota, briefly in a doctoral program, but he left to be part of the stage production of the “The Great White Hope.” Besides, he decided to study the Master of Fine Arts in acting at “Yale School Of Drama,” but he had to leave her study to become part of the movie “Leadbelly.” He was actively working from 1973 to till now.

Ernie Hudson


In the year 1982, Ernie Hudson was seen playing a role in the movie Penitentiary II, one of his earliest movies. Hudson also played guest roles in several series like “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “The A-Team.” Further, he acted in the series like “Fantasy Island,” where he played a voodoo man named Jamu, in the first season episode. Later, he worked in the movie Ghostbusters, released in 1984, where he had done the fictional character Winston Zeddemore from which he had to earn more fame and popularity from his character.

After earning fame, he again wanted to repeat his role in “The Real Ghostbusters” and gave the audition for that, but he was not selected for the position. Later, he got the chance to play in the movie “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle” in 1992, a psychological thriller movie where he played a significant supporting role.

Later, Ernie Hudson played as Warden Leo Glynn on HBO’s series “Oz On Oz,” where his son Ernie Hudson Jr. was also seen in the movie, playing Muslim’s role inmate Hamid Khan. Further, Hudson can be seen in the science fiction action-adventure movie as a Munro in 1994 and seen in the “Stranger in the Kingdom.” In 2000, he was cast for the FBI superior of Sandra Bullock’s character in the movie, “Miss Congeniality” as a Harry McDonald. Later, he was appeared in the series “Stargate SG-1”, in the episode “Ethon,” playing the role of Pernaux.

In 1995, Ernie Hudson was seen in the movie “The Basketball Diaries” as a Reggie, and in 2006, he showed himself as Principle Turner in the television film “The Ron Clark Story.” Furthermore, he was seen playing the recurring role as a Dr. Field on the drama “the secret of the American Teenager” and played the recurring role in the final season of the ”Law & Order” as Lt. Anita Van Buren’s boyfriend and fiancé.

Ernie Hudson

In 2011, Ernie Hudson had a chance to play in the “Torchwood: Miracle Day” series as a Stuart Owens. After that, he was cast for recurring in the series “Grace and Frankie” as a Jacob, who used to be an organic farm where he was romantically interested in Frankie Bergstein, where Lily Tomlin plays this role. After cast by lots of movies and series, he was also seen in the “Ghostbusters reboot” as a Bill Jenkins, who used to be an uncle of Leslie Jones in 2016. In 2019, he would also appear in “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” and the movie was scheduled for March 5, 2021.

Net Worth

Ernie Hudson’s estimated net worth is $5 million.