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Ernie Hudson - Acting is his calling and ministry!

Ernie Hudson - Acting is his calling and ministry!

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First Published: July 2003
Ernie Hudson | Working Actor

Ernie Hudson | Working Actor

Ernie Hudson | "Penitentiary II" (1982)
Ernie Hudson, Leon Isaac Kennedy | "Penitentiary II" (1982)
Ernie Hudson, John Candy | "Going Berserk" (1983)
Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd | "Ghostbusters" (1984)
Eddie Barth, Ernie Hudson, Bob Saget | "Full House" (1987)
Ernie Hudson | "Leviathan" (1989)
Ernie Hudson | "The Crow" (1994)
Ernie Hudson, Ray Liotta | "No Escape" (1994)
Ernie Hudson, Colin O'Donoghue | "Once Upon a Time" (2011)
Regina King, Ernie Hudson, Sandra Bullock | "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" (2005) *
Ernie Hudson | "God's Not Dead 2" (2016)
Ernie Hudson | "APB" (2016)
Ernie Hudson | "APB" (2016)
Ernie Hudson | Working Actor
Ernie Hudson | Working Actor

Ernie Hudson may be recognizable to many from his roles in the "Ghostbuster" movies and some others, but his record as a working actor in film, television, and as a stage performer certainly earns his place among our list.

There are very few actors who can lay claim to a professional resume as long and varied as Ernie Hudson, but Hudson has always been a unique screen presence, capable of taking on any role. When we first published this profile, Hudson was most recognized for his starring role as Warden Glynn on the critically acclaimed HBO series "Oz", which ran for six seasons. Then, he starred as a veteran cop on the new ABC prime-time series "10-8"; which was followed by a returned to the stage in an acclaimed production of August Wilson's "King Hedley" in Minneapolis. He also played the simple-minded handyman Solomon in the box-office smash "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle" and was slimed when he starred as one of the original "Ghostbusters" in two films. His list of credits in film. television and on stage only grew from there!

In 2003, Hudson appeared in Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson's latest effort, "King Hedley II" at the Penumbra Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Early in his career, Hudson made a splash starring in the Minneapolis production of "The Great White Hope". Returning to Minneapolis to star in "Hedley" during the renowned Penumbra's 25th season has led to accolades for Hudson, with local reviewers noting the 'slick panache' and 'butter smooth' approach he brings to the role of Elmore, a con artist.

Born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, a career as a performer seemed like an unlikely path for young Ernie Hudson, who was already married with a young son when he enrolled at Wayne State University as a Speech and English major. 'Being an actor never occurred to me', Hudson recalls. '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.' Hudson's early ambition was to be a writer, and he for a time served as the resident playwright at Detroit's Concept East, the oldest black theater company in the country. Later, he founded Actors Ensemble Theater, where he and other black performers staged and appeared in their own original works. After attending Wayne State, Hudson accepted a full scholarship to the prestigious Master of Fine Arts Program at Yale University as a writing and acting student. This led to a number of regional theater roles and critical acclaim, and his feature film debut in "Leadbelly".

'The thing that altered my life the most was when my first marriage ended and my two young sons came to live with me', Hudson remembers. His wife wanted to pursue her education, and it made sense for Hudson to bring the kids to California. At the time, Ernie, Jr. and Rahaman were 10 and 7 years old. 'Thankfully, their mother taught them how to cook and clean and they were very self-sufficient', Hudson jokes. 'I sent them away one summer and the house fell apart'. Being a full-time dad to his kids enriched Hudson in unexpected ways: "They did as much raising me as I did them," he explains. 'I grew up without having a father, and I wasn't really sure what that role was. They helped me find it'.

As a single father, Hudson quickly realized that making a living as an actor was now a necessity, not just a dream. There were parts in feature films like "The Main Event" with Barbra Streisand, "The Jazz Singer" with Neil Diamond, and television projects like Abby Mann's acclaimed miniseries "King" and the highly-rated "Roots II". Hudson found himself alternating between film and television roles until 1983, when he was cast as Winston Zeddemore, the fourth member of the "Ghostbusters" team. The two "Ghostbusters" films, co-starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, were huge box-office hits and gave Hudson a higher profile than he had ever known. He continued to work at a steady pace and began to get recognized on the street. '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'.

Hudson subsequently earned starring roles in films such as "Weeds" with Nick Nolte, "Leviathan", "Sugar Hill", "The Cowboy Way", "Speechless" and "The Basketball Diaries" (starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio). When director Curtis Hanson ("L.A. Confidential") was making "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle", he cast Hudson in the pivotal role of Solomon. 'After "Ghostbusters", a lot of people thought that I was a comedian, but doing more comedies wasn't my goal', says Hudson. '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'. Another favorite role of Hudson's was in the thriller "Congo". 'I never really envisioned myself as a leading man. The character in "Congo" was my Ronald Colman character, the man who ran the show. 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'. He also starred in the action thriller "No Escape" with Ray Liotta, directed by Martin Campbell. who also directed the pilot episode of"10-8." Hudson singles out his role of Officer Aibrecht in the 1994 thriller "The Crow" opposite the late Brandon Lee. Although Lee's death, a result of an on-set accident, is still a painful memory, Hudson remains proud of the movie. 'I'm so glad we got to finish it because it really shows Brandon's enormous talent', he says. Hudson admits that two of his heroes growing up were Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee, and he remembers conversations with Brandon in which the young star said he hoped "The Crow" would establish his career apart from his father's legacy.

Hudson then completed the sixth and final season of the acclaimed series "Oz". Series co-creator Tom Fontana had worked with Hudson when he guest-starred on an episode of "St. Elsewhere" years ago, and cast him as Warden Leo Glynn, the fair- minded warden of the high-tech experimental unit of a maximum security prison. 'It was a wonderful show to do because the actors were so good', Hudson enthuses. 'It's a hard show to watch because of the brutal nature of prison life, but I do think it makes a very strong statement and there's some very powerful writing'. For his work on the show, Hudson won the International Press Academy Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series.

"Oz" also afforded Hudson a unique opportunity - to get a chance to work with his oldest son, Ernie Hudson, Jr., who played an inmate in the third season. 'I always told him that it didn't matter what he did for a living, but I knew my own career would influence what my kids wanted to do', he says of Ernie, Jr.'s choice of career. Both of his older sons earned college degrees and are continue to find success.

In his career, Hudson continues to defy expectations and typecasting, and has taken on more daring parts in recent years, including playing the cigar-smoking caddy in "Miracle on the 17th Green"; a terrorist expert in TBS' highly-rated premiere film "Nowhere to Land"; the President of the United States in the action film "Stealth Fighter"; the late James Jordan in the Fox Family telefilm "Michael Jordan: An American Hero"; as a literary police detective in HBO's "Red Letters"; or co-starring in projects as diverse as the thriller "The Watcher" with Keanu Peeves and the comedy "Miss Congeniality" with Sandra Bullock. Since then he has contributed memorable roles on television in "ER", "Desperate Housewives", "Las Vegas", "Bones", "Law & Order", "Criminal Minds", "Grey's Anatomy", "The Secret Life of the American Teenager", "Transformers Prime", "Franklin & Bash", "Modern Family", "Graves", "APB", "Grace and Frankie", and recently "Blue Bloods" and on the big screen; "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous", "Pastor Brown", "Doonby", "Spaceman", "Gallows Road", and in the lead role, "High & Outside: a baseball noir" to name only a few!

For someone with over 200 film and television credits on his resume, Ernie Hudson still considers his biggest challenges ahead of him. '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'.

When he's not working, Hudson likes to spend time relaxing at home with his wife and family and remains committed to developing all facets of his creativity, including his writing.


Representation

Talent Agent

Agency for the Performing Arts (APA)
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Studio City, CA 91604
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Managment

Zero Gravity Management
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Phone: 310-694-3800
Email: info@zerogravitymanagement.com
11110 Ohio Avenue Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Representatives: Michael McConnell (mmcconnell@zerogravitymanagement.com)

Publicist

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http://integrated-pr.com/
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Representative: Monique Moss (monique@integrated-pr.com)
Phone: 310-994-4582

Ernie Hudson's Credits
 2018 Nappily Ever After
Richard Jones
 2018 The Family Business
L.C. Duncan
 2018 Wizardream
Lieutenant Schwieger
 2018 L.A.'s Finest (TV Series)
Joseph Burnett
 2018 Blue Bloods (TV Series)
Darryl Ward
- School of Hard Knocks (2018) ... Darryl Ward
 2015-2018 Grace and Frankie (TV Series)
Jacob
- The Knee (2018) ... Jacob
- The Scavengender Hunt (2018) ... Jacob
- The Lodger (2018) ... Jacob
- The Musical (2017) ... Jacob
- The Apology (2017) ... Jacob
 2018 Lethal Weapon (TV Series)
Hank Peterson
- Funny Money (2018) ... Hank Peterson
 2017 Spider-Man (TV Series)
Robbie Robertson
- Screwball Live (2017) ... Robbie Robertson (voice)
 2017 Survivor's Remorse (TV Series)
Ansell Jones
- Reparations (2017) ... Ansell Jones
 2017 Gallows Road
Bob Collins
 2017 Twin Peaks (TV Series)
Colonel Davis
- Part 7 (2017) ... Colonel Davis
- Part 5 (2017) ... Colonel Davis
 2017 Angie Tribeca (TV Series)
Pete Tribeca
- Germs of Endearment (2017) ... Pete Tribeca
 2017 APB (TV Series)
Ned Conrad
- Ricochet (2017) ... Ned Conrad
- Pandora's Box (2017) ... Ned Conrad
- Strange Bedfellows (2017) ... Ned Conrad
- Last Train to Europa (2017) ... Ned Conrad
- Fueling Fires (2017) ... Ned Conrad
 2016 The Grindhouse Radio (TV Series)
Ernie Hudson
- GHR: Ernie Hudson & Evan Ginzburg (2016) ... Ernie Hudson
 2016 Graves (TV Series)
Jacob Mann
- Not Giants But Windmills (2016) ... Jacob Mann
- Through a Glass Gravely (2016) ... Jacob Mann
- TV Is the Shepard (2016) ... Jacob Mann
- The Careless Giant (2016) ... Jacob Mann
- A Tincture of Madness (2016) ... Jacob Mann
 2016 Heaven Sent (TV Movie)
Donatello
 2016 Infinity Train (TV Short)
Atticus (voice)
 2012-2016 Modern Family (TV Series)
Miles
- A Stereotypical Day (2016) ... Miles
- Thunk in the Trunk (2016) ... Miles
- Bringing Up Baby (2012) ... Miles
- Virgin Territory (2012) ... Miles
 2016/I Spaceman
Joe
 2016 Ghostbusters: The Board Game II (Video short)
Winston Zeddemore
 2016 God's Not Dead 2
Judge Robert Stennis
 2016 Batman: Bad Blood (Video)
Lucius Fox (voice)
 2016 Robot Chicken (TV Series)
Detective Ernie / Judge Hudson, Jr. / Dad
- Blackout Window Heatstroke (2016) ... Detective Ernie / Judge Hudson, Jr. / Dad (voice)
 2016 The Man in the Silo
Marcus Wells
 2015 Delores & Jermaine (TV Movie)
 2015 To Hell and Back (TV Movie)
Joe
 2015 Once Upon a Time (TV Series)
King Poseidon
- Poor Unfortunate Soul (2015) ... King Poseidon
 2014 American Storage (TV Series)
Rich
- Pilot (2014) ... Rich
 2014 Living the Dream (TV Movie)
Benny
 2014 The Last Song (Short)
Guest
 2014 Hot in Cleveland (TV Series)
Ernie Hudson
 2014 Key and Peele (TV Series)
Dad
- Terrorist Meeting (2014) ... Dad
 2014 Merry Ex-Mas
Pastor Ed
 2012-2014 Franklin & Bash (TV Series)
Judge Lawrence Perry
- Spirits in the Material World (2014) ... Judge Lawrence Perry
- Deep Throat (2014) ... Judge Lawrence Perry
- Waiting on a Friend (2012) ... Judge Lawrence Perry
- Strange Brew (2012) ... Judge Lawrence Perry
 2014 You're Not You
John
 2014 Scorpion (TV Series)
Brooks
- Pilot (2014) ... Brooks
 2014 The Lottery (TV Series)
 2011-2014 Rizzoli & Isles (TV Series)
Admiral Frost
- ...Goodbye (2014) ... Admiral Frost
- Sailor Man (2011) ... Admiral Frost
 2014 The Grim Sleeper
Detective Gerry Claymar
 2014 Touched (TV Movie)
Dr. Beck
 2014 The Haunted Hathaways (TV Series)
Duke Preston
- Haunted Visitor (2014) ... Duke Preston
 2014 The Millers (TV Series)
Walter
- Dear Diary (2014) ... Walter
 2013 Adonis (Short)
Chick Magnet CEO
 2013 Reckless (TV Movie)
Frank Wolfe
 2013 Mob City (TV Series)
Bunny
- Oxpecker (2013) ... Bunny
- His Banana Majesty (2013) ... Bunny
 2013 Dear Secret Santa (TV Movie)
Pastor Avery
 2013 Dads (TV Series)
Detective Swan
- Comic Book Issues (2013) ... Detective Swan
 2013 Doonby
Leroy
 2013 Ironside (TV Series)
Bludso
- Uptown Murders (2013) ... Bludso
 2013 Scandal (TV Series)
Commander Randolph Boles
- Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington (2013) ... Commander Randolph Boles
 2010-2013 Transformers Prime (TV Series)
Agent William Fowler
- Deadlock (2013) ... Agent William Fowler (voice)
- Synthesis (2013) ... Agent William Fowler (voice)
- Persuasion (2013) ... Agent William Fowler (voice)
- Minus One (2013) ... Agent William Fowler (voice)
- Plus One (2013) ... Agent William Fowler (voice)
 2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (TV Movie)
Percy
 2013 Let's Stay Together (TV Series)
Anthony
- Troy Story (2013) ... Anthony
 2008-2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager (TV Series)
Dr. Ken Fields / Dr. Fields
- Fraid So (2013) ... Dr. Ken Fields
- It's a Miracle (2013) ... Dr. Ken Fields
- They Gotta Eat (2012) ... Dr. Ken Fields
- Pomp (2011) ... Dr. Ken Fields
- Flip Flop (2011) ... Dr. Ken Fields
 2013 Battledogs (TV Movie)
Max Stevens
 2013 Last Resort (TV Series)
Conrad Buell
- The Pointy End of the Spear (2013) ... Conrad Buell
- Damn the Torpedoes (2013) ... Conrad Buell
 2013 Guys with Kids (TV Series)
The Judge
- Marny's Dad (2013) ... The Judge
 2012 Nosferajew (TV Series)
CDC Director
- Community Blech (2012) ... CDC Director
 2012/I Turning Point
Joe Johnson
 2012 Ambush at Dark Canyon
Cyrus Parker
 2012 Deer Crossing
Captain Bailey
 2012 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! (Video)
Pedro (voice)
 2012/I Dinner Date (Short)
Man
 2012 Beautiful People (TV Movie)
Jack
 2012 Hart of Dixie (TV Series)
Ernie Hayes
- Snowflakes & Soulmates (2012) ... Ernie Hayes
 2011 Deep Blue Breath (Short)
Lord Vater (voice)
 2011 How I Met Your Mother (TV Series)
Ernie Hudson
- The Rebound Girl (2011) ... Ernie Hudson
 2011 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Dr. Brad McDougall
- Put Me in, Coach (2011) ... Dr. Brad McDougall
 2011 Torchwood (TV Series)
Stuart Owens
- Miracle Day: The Middle Men (2011) ... Stuart Owens
 2011 Sugarwheels (Short)
Prof. Zaccharine Ragus PhD
 2011 White Collar (TV Series)
Mr. Jeffries
- Dentist of Detroit (2011) ... Mr. Jeffries
 2011 Game of Death
Clarence
 2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (Video)
Pedro (voice)
 2010 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
Lt. Al Garner
- Devil's Night (2010) ... Lt. Al Garner
 2010 Childrens Hospital (TV Series)
Hubert McGraw
- Joke Overload (2010) ... Hubert McGraw
 2010/II Stasis (Short)
Stranger
 2009-2010 Law & Order (TV Series)
Frank Gibson
- Rubber Room (2010) ... Frank Gibson
- Love Eternal (2010) ... Frank Gibson
- Crashers (2010) ... Frank Gibson
- Innocence (2010) ... Frank Gibson
- Fed (2009) ... Frank Gibson
 2010 Machete Joe
Sheriff Taylor
 2010 Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball (Video)
Anthony Vejar
 2009 Heroes (TV Series)
Captain Lubbock
- Chapter Five 'Tabula Rasa' (2009) ... Captain Lubbock
- Chapter Four 'Hysterical Blindness' (2009) ... Captain Lubbock
 2009 Pastor Brown
Deacon Harold Todd
 2009 Ghostbusters (Video Game)
Winston Zeddemore (voice)
 2009 Dragonball: Evolution
Sifu Norris
 2009 Meteor (TV Mini-Series)
Gen. Brasser
- Episode #1.2 (2009) ... Gen. Brasser
- Episode #1.1 (2009) ... Gen. Brasser
 2009 Fatal Secrets
Detective Carter
 2008 Private Practice (TV Series)
Captain Frank
- Nothing to Talk About (2008) ... Captain Frank
 2008 Lonely Street
Captain Morgan
 2007-2008 Bones (TV Series)
David Barron
- The Verdict in the Story (2008) ... David Barron
- The Man in the Mansion (2007) ... David Barron
 2008 Pie'n Burger (Short)
Cedric
 2007 Psych (TV Series)
William Guster
- Gus's Dad May Have Killed an Old Guy (2007) ... William Guster
 2007 Las Vegas (TV Series)
Bob Casey
- The High Price of Gas (2007) ... Bob Casey
- My Uncle's a Gas (2007) ... Bob Casey
 2007 Final Approach (TV Movie)
Agent Lorenzo Dawson
 2007 All Hat
Jackson Jones
 2007 Nobel Son
Bill Canepa
 2006-2007 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Detective Ridley
- The Little Things You Do Together (2007) ... Detective Ridley
- No Fits, No Fights, No Feuds (2007) ... Detective Ridley
- Beautiful Girls (2006) ... Detective Ridley
- Children and Art (2006) ... Detective Ridley
- Sweetheart, I Have to Confess (2006) ... Detective Ridley
See all 7 episodes
 2007 Cold Case (TV Series)
Moses Jones
- 8:03 AM (2007) ... Moses Jones
 2006 Hood of Horror
Roscoe
 2006 ER (TV Series)
Colonel James Gallant
- 21 Guns (2006) ... Colonel James Gallant
- Strange Bedfellows (2006) ... Colonel James Gallant
 2006 Everything's Jake
Jake
 2006 Stargate SG-1 (TV Series)
Pernaux
- Ethon (2006) ... Pernaux
 2006 Crossing Jordan (TV Series)
Colonel Wirth
- Code of Ethics (2006) ... Colonel Wirth
 2006 The Ron Clark Story (TV Movie)
Principal Turner
 2005 Halfway Decent
Tom
 2005 Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story (TV Movie)
Perry Beasley
 2005 Bathsheba (Short)
Nathan
 2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous
FBI Asst. Director Harry McDonald
 2005 Lackawanna Blues (TV Movie)
Dick Barrymore
 2004 Everwood (TV Series)
Bill Hoover
- The Birds and the Batteries (2004) ... Bill Hoover
 2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie
P.T. (voice)
 2003-2004 10-8: Officers on Duty (TV Series)
Senior Deputy John Henry Barnes
- Wild and the Innocent (2004) ... Senior Deputy John Henry Barnes
- Love Don't Love Nobody (2004) ... Senior Deputy John Henry Barnes
- Gypsy Road (2004) ... Senior Deputy John Henry Barnes
- Flirtin' with Disaster (2004) ... Senior Deputy John Henry Barnes
- Lucy in the Sky (2003) ... Senior Deputy John Henry Barnes
 2003 Anne B. Real
Principal Davis
 2003 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Manny Aybar
- Kam Li (2003) ... Manny Aybar
 1997-2003 Oz (TV Series)
Warden Leo Glynn
- Exeunt Omnes (2003) ... Warden Leo Glynn (credit only)
- Junkyard Dawgs (2003) ... Warden Leo Glynn
- A Day in the Death... (2003) ... Warden Leo Glynn
- 4giveness (2003) ... Warden Leo Glynn
- A Failure to Communicate (2003) ... Warden Leo Glynn
 2001 Hostage Rescue Team (TV Movie)
 2001 A Town Without Christmas (TV Movie)
Ted
 2001 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Norm McCloud
- The Perfect Game (2001) ... Norm McCloud
 2001 Walking Shadow (TV Movie)
Hawk
 2000 Miss Congeniality
Harry McDonald
 2000/I The Watcher
Ibby
 2000 Red Letters
Detective Glen Teal
 2000 Nowhere to Land (TV Movie)
Danny Gorlin
 1999 Lillie
Larry Miller
 1999 Miracle on the 17th Green (TV Movie)
Earl Fielder
 1999 Paper Bullets
Detective Ron Mills
 1999 A Stranger in the Kingdom
Rev. Walter Andrews
 1999 Stealth Fighter
President Westwood
 1999 Interceptor Force
Major
 1999 Shark Attack (TV Movie)
Lawrence Rhodes
 1999 Michael Jordan: An American Hero (TV Movie)
James Jordan
 1998 October 22
Arthur
 1998 Hijack
Senator Douglas Wilson (as Ernie Hudson Sr.)
 1998 Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (Video)
Detective Gresko
 1998 Butter
Curtis '8-Ball' Harris
 1998 Arli$$ (TV Series)
Warden Leo Glynn
- Fans First (1998) ... Warden Leo Glynn
 1998 The Gregory Hines Show (TV Series)
Jack
- Carpe Diem (1998) ... Jack
 1997 Mr. Magoo
Agent Gus Anders
 1997 Fakin' Da Funk
Joe Lee
 1997 Superman (TV Series)
Professor Felix
- Action Figures (1997) ... Professor Felix (voice)
 1997 Clover (TV Movie)
Gaten Hill
 1997 Levitation
Downbeat
 1997 Operation Delta Force (TV Movie)
Major Tipton
 1996 The Cherokee Kid (TV Movie)
Nat Love aka Deadwood Dick
 1996 Just Your Luck (Video)
Willie
 1996 For Which He Stands
DEA Agent Baxter
 1996 Tornado! (TV Movie)
Dr. Joe Branson
 1996 The Substitute
Principal Claude Rolle
 1996 Grace Under Fire (TV Series)
Thad Alford
- Love Thy Neighbor (1996) ... Thad Alford
 1995 Congo
Captain Monroe Kelly
 1994 Speechless
Ventura
 1994 Airheads
O'Malley
 1994 The Cowboy Way
Officer Sam 'Mad Dog' Shaw
 1994 The Crow
Albrecht
 1994 Lifestories: Families in Crisis (TV Series)
Coach Seldon
 1994 No Escape
Hawkins
 1993 The Pitch (Short)
Vet
 1993 Sugar Hill
Lolly Jonas
 1993 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Zambini
- Food for Thought (1993) ... Zambini
 1993 Wild Palms (TV Mini-Series)
Tommy Lazlo
- Hello, I Must Be Going (1993) ... Tommy Lazlo
- Hungry Ghosts (1993) ... Tommy Lazlo
- Rising Sons (1993) ... Tommy Lazlo
- The Floating World (1993) ... Tommy Lazlo
- Everything Must Go (1993) ... Tommy Lazlo
 1993 Tribeca (TV Series)
Howard
- Heros Exoletus (1993) ... Howard
 1992 Angel Street (TV Movie)
Thurman Nickens
 1992 Batman: The Animated Series (TV Series)
Security Guard
- Joker's Wild (1992) ... Security Guard (voice)
 1992 The Ben Stiller Show (TV Series)
The Tennis Captain
- With Bobcat Goldthwait (1992) ... The Tennis Captain
 1991 Miss Jones (TV Movie)
Evinrude Johnson
 1990-1991 Broken Badges (TV Series)
Toby Baker
- Can I Get a Witness? (1991) ... Toby Baker
- Meet Your Matchmaker (1991) ... Toby Baker
- Chucky (1990) ... Toby Baker
- Westside Stories (1990) ... Toby Baker
- Pilot (1990) ... Toby Baker
 1990 Cop Rock (TV Series)
Commander Warren Osborne
- Pilot (1990) ... Commander Warren Osborne
 1989 Trapper County War
Jefferson Carter
 1989 Ghostbusters II
Winston Zeddemore
 1989 Collision Course
Shortcut
 1989 Leviathan
Justin Jones
 1988 The Wrong Guys
Dawson
 1988 The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (TV Movie)
Joe Hamilton
 1987 Pound Puppies (TV Series)
Police Officer / Lisa's Father / Officer Chauncey
- Cooler, Come Back (1987) ... Police Officer (voice)
- Snow Puppies/Nose Marie Day (1987) ... Lisa's Father (voice)
- The Rescue Pups/Good Night, Sweet Pups (1987) ... Officer Chauncey (voice)
 1987 Full House (TV Series)
Reggie 'The Sandman' Martin
- Knock Yourself Out (1987) ... Reggie 'The Sandman' Martin
 1987 Weeds
Bagdad
 1987 Gimme a Break! (TV Series)
Prince
- Someday My Prince... (1987) ... Prince
 1986 The New Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Digger Love
- Harlem Nocturne (1986) ... Digger Love
 1986 It's a Living (TV Series)
Dougie
- The Bar (1986) ... Dougie
 1986 The Last Precinct (TV Series)
Sergeant Lane / Night Train
- Three Ring Circus (1986) ... Sergeant Lane
- Toehold (1986) ... Sergeant Lane
- Ghost of a Chance (1986) ... Sergeant Lane
- Never Cross a Vampire (1986) ... Sergeant Lane
- I Want My Mummy (1986) ... Sergeant Lane
 1985 The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (TV Series)
Cyborg / Victor Stone
- The Death of Superman (1985) ... Cyborg / Victor Stone (voice)
- Escape from Space City (1985) ... Cyborg / Victor Stone (voice)
- Brainchild/The Case of the Stolen Super Powers (1985) ... Cyborg / Victor Stone (voice)
- The Wild Cards (1985) ... Cyborg / Victor Stone (voice)
- The Fear (1985) ... Cyborg / Victor Stone (voice)
 1985 Love on the Run (TV Movie)
Lamar
 1985 California Girls (TV Movie)
Ernie
 1984 Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters (Video short)
Winston Zeddmore (uncredited)
 1984 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Jerry Close
- Fade to White (1984) ... Jerry Close
- My Aim Is True (1984) ... Jerry Close
- Breathless (1984) ... Jerry Close
- Strikeout (1984) ... Jerry Close
- Two Balls and a Strike (1984) ... Jerry Close
 1984 Joy of Sex
Mr. Porter
 1984 Ghostbusters
Winston Zeddmore
 1983 Two of a Kind
Det. Skaggs
 1983 The A-Team (TV Series)
Cal Freeman
- The Taxicab Wars (1983) ... Cal Freeman
 1983 Women of San Quentin (TV Movie)
Charles Wilson
 1983 Going Berserk
Jerome Willy Muhammed
 1983 Webster (TV Series)
Rudy
- Happy Un-Birthday (1983) ... Rudy
 1982 The New Odd Couple (TV Series)
Moses Brown
- That Was No Lady (1982) ... Moses Brown
 1982 Flamingo Road (TV Series)
Chandler
- Murder, They Said (1982) ... Chandler
- The Harder They Fall (1982) ... Chandler
- The Bad and the Beautiful (1982) ... Chandler
- The High and the Mighty (1982) ... Chandler
 1982 Penitentiary II
Half Dead
 1982 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series)
Avery
- Dear Diary (1982) ... Avery
 1981 Taxi (TV Series)
Terry Carver
- Of Mice and Tony (1981) ... Terry Carver
 1981 Bosom Buddies (TV Series)
Rochelle
- One for You, One for Me (1981) ... Rochelle
 1981 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
William Thomas
- Chicago (1981) ... William Thomas
 1981 Crazy Times (TV Movie)
Harold 'Jazzman' Malloy
 1981 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
Kwame
- Almost American (1981) ... Kwame
 1981 Underground Aces
African General
 1981 A Matter of Life and Death (TV Movie)
Mr. Harrison
 1980 The Jazz Singer
Heckler
 1980 Too Close for Comfort (TV Series)
Sam Morton
- The Bag Lady (1980) ... Sam Morton
 1980 The Octagon
Quinine
 1980 White Mama (TV Movie)
Counsellor
 1980 The $5.20 an Hour Dream (TV Movie)
Homer Burden
 1980 Skag (TV Series)
- Pilot (1980)
 1979 Highcliffe Manor (TV Series)
Smythe
- Stark Terror (1979) ... Smythe
- Sex & Violence (1979) ... Smythe
- Love Blooms (1979) ... Smythe
- The Evil from Within (1979) ... Smythe
- The Blacke Death (1979) ... Smythe
 1979 One Day at a Time (TV Series)
Desk Sergeant
- A Little Larceny (1979) ... Desk Sergeant
 1979 Detective School (TV Series)
Bombacaa
- Nick Is Smitten (1979) ... Bombacaa
 1979 The Main Event
Killer
 1979 Joni
Earl
 1979 The White Shadow (TV Series)
Johnson
- Little Orphan Abner (1979) ... Johnson
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)
Muslim at Door
- Episode #1.7 (1979) ... Muslim at Door
 1979 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
Lee
- Like a Brother (1979) ... Lee
 1978 Black Sheep Squadron (TV Series)
King George
- A Little Bit of England (1978) ... King George
 1978 Winners (TV Series)
Ted
- Journey Together (1978) ... Ted
 1978 Last of the Good Guys (TV Movie)
El Coliph
 1978 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Jamu
- Family Reunion/Voodoo (1978) ... Jamu
 1978 King (TV Mini-Series)
Jack Corbin
- Episode #1.3 (1978) ... Jack Corbin
 1977 Mad Bull (TV Movie)
Black Bart
 1977 Man from Atlantis (TV Series)
Minion
- The Disappearances (1977) ... Minion
 1976 The Human Tornado
Bo (as Louis Hudson)
 1976 Leadbelly
Archie (as Earnest L. Hudson)

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