Ernest Lee “Ernie” Hudson was born on the 17th December 1945, in Benton Harbor, Michigan USA, and is an actor probably best known for his roles of Winston Zeddemore in the films released under the franchise of “Ghostbusters” (1984, 1989), Albrecht Sergeant in the cult movie “The Crow” (1994) and Sifu Norris in the film “Dragonball Evolution” (2009). Hudson has been active in the entertainment industry since 1976.
How much is the net worth of Ernie Hudson? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the overall size of his wealth is as much as $15 million, as of the data given in the middle of 2016. Acting is the main source of Hudson’s wealth.
Ernie Hudson Net Worth $15 Million
To begin with, Hudson grew up in Benton Harbor; he never knew his father, and his mother died from tuberculosis just two months after his birth, so the boy was raised by his grandmother from his mother’s side. After matriculation from high school, Ernie joined the US Marine Corps, then after service, he moved to Detroit where he played at Concept East, the oldest USA theatre for blacks. While studying at Wayne State University, he deepened his acting skills, so that later he graduated from the Yale School of Drama. Soon, he played in the musical “Daddy Goodness” in which he met Gordon Parks, who gave him his first film role in “Leadbelly” (1976). Afterwards, Hudson enrolled at the University of Minnesota to study for a doctorate, before he returned to acting.
Concerning his professional career, the roles which made him famous were as Winston Zeddemore in the films “Ghostbusters” (1984) and the sequeal “Ghostbusters II” (1989), although he lost this role in an audition for the animated series “The Real Ghostbusters on Arsenio Hall” (1986 – 1992). In 2016, he landed the cameo role in the film “Ghostbusters” directed by Paul Feig. He appeared as Munro in “Congo” (1995). In 1994, in the film “The Crow” he portrayed Sergeant Albrecht. He played a preacher, Walter Andrews who opened the eyes of a small town in the 1950s in “Stranger in the Kingdom” (1998). Also he is known as Harry McDonald, the FBI assistant of the superior character of Sandra Bullock in “Miss Congeniality” (2000), the same role he landed in the sequel released in 2006. He participated in the series “Stargate SG-1” as Pernaux. He was also in the television series “Desperate Housewives” (2006 – 2007), “Bones” (2007 – 2008), “Psych” (2008), “Heroes” (2009), “Modern Family” (2012) and other popular ones. Recently, Reggie Hudson also appeared in the film “Turning Point” (2012) by Niyi Towolawi, “You’re Not You” (2014) by George C. Wolfe and “God’s Not Dead 2” (2016) by Harold Cronk. Overall, all the above mentioned roles have significantly increased the net worth of Hudson.
Finally, in the personal life of the actor, Hudson was married with Jeannie Moore from 1963 to 1976, with whom he has two sons, one of whom is the actor Ernie Hudson Jr. Since 1985, he has been married to his second wife Linda King Mountain, with whom he also has two sons.
Hudson was on the shortlist for the role of The Master in Doctor Who (1996), Eric Roberts won the role. His only association with the Doctor Who franchise is a major guest role of Stuart Owens in Torchwood: Miracle Day (2011).
Hosted Cinemax's "Summer of a Thousand Movies".
His mother died when he was two months old.
Raised by his grandmother.
He has four sons: Ernie, Jr., Rahaman, Andrew, and Ross.
Has been a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in the San Bernardino County (California) Sheriff's office for 14 years (as of 2003)
Father of actor Ernie Hudson Jr.. Father and son have appeared together in the HBO series "Oz".
He enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating from Benton Harbor High School, but was medically discharged less than three months later due to asthma.
Trained for the stage at the Yale University School of Drama.
He also attended the University of Minnesota.
Graduated from Wayne State University.
Rich serious voice
Frequently plays good, heroic characters
(2012, on The Basketball Diaries) That was a good experience. I loved that character. He was the only character that wasn't in the book. I got to know Leonardo DiCaprio; he was great to work with. He's a very talented guy; I look at that movie now, and I love the scenes that we had together. It certainly took everything I had. It was some of the best work I've ever done. Once again, it's a film that has a small following. Not nearly as big as The Crow, nor did it do nearly what I thought it would do. I think it was a little bit of a challenge for America to see white kids in those urban drug situations. Whatever the case, it just never really caught on. But I'm glad I had the chance to work with Leonardo and Mark Wahlberg and some of the other guys. It was good.
(2012, on filming Collision Course and what he thought of Jay Leno as an action star) That was one of those films that started with one director; he got fired. We brought in another guy; he got fired. Some of the cast got fired. We moved around; I'm still hanging on-I didn't get fired!-but then we got about halfway through it, and they said, "We ran out of money." Which meant that I left early. So it was one of those productions that just had a lot of issues. But Jay was great. He's had me on The Tonight Show a couple of times. But, they say all of us actors have our own signature and...I'm trying to find the right words here. As an action star, it just didn't seem to fit him. But he was fun to work with, and he was funny in the film. And Pat Morita. I thought they played very well together.
(2012) Congo was my film. It was my character, and I got a chance to do my version of whatever a leading man is, which has always been a bit of a challenge, finding those parts. I had so much fun with that character, and they allowed me, reluctantly, to do the accent and be the African guide. It was just so much fun, and it's probably my favorite character of all. Yeah, I have nothing but fond memories. I'm so glad I got a chance to do that, and when people ask about my career, put (my character) Munro Kelly up against the guys I played on Oz and The Crow and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, and that's my career. That's the range.
(2012, on The Hand That Rocks The Cradle) That was very challenging as an actor, and I felt responsibility not to tell that story and that character badly, because I felt it represented a lot of people. I did a lot of research, which I don't always do, 'cause sometimes you don't feel it's necessary, but I'm proud of it. I'm proud of that character, and I think he represented the best of everything I could possibly be. He's a better person than I am, and I'm really glad to have had an opportunity to do that, because it's not the kind of role I've normally been asked to do. Not before or since. Once I did Ghostbusters, there was the whole thing of being thought of as a comedian. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle broke that a little bit.
(2012) The Crow is so near to my heart. It's one of my favorite films, and it's the one film that all my kids-I have four sons-think of as one of their favorite films as well. It's so tragic what happened. I knew Brandon [Lee] for about eight years before we did the movie, and I just loved him and considered him a good friend. When this happened... I am still trying to recover from that. It's amazing that it could happen. But I'm so glad I did it, because I think the movie really highlighted his abilities as an actor, and if we have to go, at least let it be on a good film, as opposed to something really stupid. But I love (my character) Albrecht because he was a different character than a lot of the characters I've played, and I think he was just a genuinely good guy. He was there, and he was well intentioned. I like that character. But The Crow was a hard shoot. And it's really unfortunate what happened.
(2012, on Penitentiary II and his character Half Dead) That [film] was like The Human Tornado. A friend of mine [Badja Djola] portrayed the first Half Dead, and there were some problems. But another good friend of mine, Cliff Roquemore, who was directing a lot of those kind of films, asked me to do it. He was producing that. And it was stupid. But it was fun. It's one of those characters where I go, "I have no idea what this is, I don't know any human being on the planet who would be this stupid, but I'm committed to it." And, surprisingly, it developed a huge fan base. No matter where I travel-Africa or Europe or wherever-people will come up and say, "Half Dead!" Calling me by the character's name. I really don't understand, but these things have a way of going around the world, so I think that's pretty cool.
(2012, on Oz) Oz was a great experience. The cast on Oz is the best acting troupe I think I've ever had the good fortune of working with. A really talented group of people. Tom Fontana's an amazing writer. Unfortunately, we only did eight episodes a year. I think when you're on a series, you get a chance to learn and grow every time, with some amazing guest stars coming in, but we only did eight a year, which made it impossible to make any real money. But I loved doing it, and there are fans, no matter where I go, who show up because of that. I really appreciate that.
(2012, on Going Berserk) John Candy. Loved John. He was a good friend. David Steinberg directed, and I got a chance to work with those guys for the first time, that whole Second City troupe. They brought me in to read for the role of my character's buddy-who comes in later, looking for me-but it was a smaller part, and I was just so determined to play Jerome Muhammed, but David had already cast the part. I just went in and said, "Let me show you how it should be done," and I convinced him to fire the other guy and give me the job. It's one of those audition stories I tell: Sometimes you can turn things around. But I loved the character. It was silly, but it was fun.
Nice job you did!
(On getting into acting) I grew up in a very poor family. My mother died when I was two months old, I never knew my father: my grandmother raised me. And none in my family had ever finished High School. But I realized that I wanted to do something more with my life, and after getting married at 18 and my wife getting pregnant, and then suddenly realizing that I had to change things and I finally got accepted to the university and got involved with theatre. And I think I did it primarily because of the birth of my older son, and realizing that things that I wanted to ask of him that I couldn't ask if I didn't absolutely try myself.
(On his first job and why he chose acting as a career) Well the first job I had was a janitor in a manufacturing company, and it wasn't a bad job, a lot of people would have been very happy to have it, but it wasn't what I wanted, and I think having my son made me realize it wasn't what I wanted for him. It's very easy to say to a child, 'You can be whatever you want to be', but then that child in turn looks at me and says, 'But why weren't you what you wanted to be?' So I wanted to give it a good shot and give it my best, so I could at least say I ran a good race and you can too. So once my son was born that's when I knew I had to really get serious. I applied at the University and was not accepted, and then I went and talked to the Admittance Officer face to face and convinced him to give me a chance.
After doing so many different kinds of movies, I've found that the people who recognize me come from all walks of life...and everyone knows me from a completely different role.
Doing The Hand that Rocks the Cradle reminded me of the fun I could have while exploring different facets of acting. I loved making that movie, and it also allowed me to re-establish myself as a dramatic actor.
(On his role in Congo) After I saw my performance in that movie, I felt really good about what I was capable of achieving and what I had to offer as an actor.
After Ghostbusters, a lot of people thought that I was a comedian, but doing more comedies wasn't my goal.
Acting is what I do. I consider it my calling and ministry. It's as important as anything I do in life. It's a journey that has taken me to places beyond my wildest imagination and continues to excite me with its endless possibilities.
Being an actor never occurred to me. There was no one even remotely connected to the industry where I was from. It wasn't until I got to college that I realized how much I enjoyed it.