Ernie Hudson (born December 17, 1945) is an African-American actor. He was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan. After a short stint in the Marine Corps, he moved to Detroit where he became the resident playwright at Concept East, the oldest Black Theatre company in the country. In addition, he enrolled at Wayne State University to further develop his writing and acting skills, and found time to establish the Actors' Emsemble Theatre where he and other talented young black writers directed and appeared in their own works, before enrolling and subsequently graduating from The Yale School of Drama.
He played Winston Zeddemore, a firefighter who enlists with the Ghostbusters in the 1984 film Ghostbusters, as well as Warden Leo Glynn on HBO's Oz. On Oz, his son Ernie Hudson Jr. co-starred with him as Muslim inmate Hamid Khan.
One of Mr. Hudson's early films was in 'Penitentiary' in the late '70s starring Leon Issac Kennedy.
Many TV shows, in particular The Critic have referenced Hudson as "The Black Ghostbuster."