Ernie Hudson was born on 17th December 1945 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA. He never knew his father and his mother, Maggie Donald, died of TB when he was just 4 years old. His grandmother, Arrana Donald, raised him. He has a half-brother, Lewis Hudson.
For some time he was in the Marine Corps then he moved to Detroit where he started writing plays for the Concept East theatre company. He attended to Wayne State University to improve is acting abilities and then graduated from Yale School of Drama. He also founded the Actors’ Ensemble Theatre where young black writers like himself directed and performed in their own plays.
He is perhaps best known as Winston Zeddemore, one of the Ghostbusters in the 1984 film Ghostbusters. He was in the 1994 film The Crow as Sergeant Albrecht and in the 1995 film Congo. In year 2000 he starred as Harry McDonald in the comedy Miss Congeniality with Sandra Bullock and Michael Caine.
He has also appeared as a guest star in many famous TV series like Desperate Housewives (as Det. Ridley), Cold Case, E.R., Stargate SG-1, Everwood, Without a Trace and Oz (as Warden Leo Glynn).