Ernie Hudson's professional career includes extensive work in film and television and on stage. He has played a variety of roles in such films as The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, No Escape, Cowboy Way and Speechless.
Additional film roles include the concerned neighbor helping Leonardo DiCaprio kick his drug habit in The Basketball Diaries, a mercenary leading a jungle expedition in Congo, the adoptive father of a Chinese child in Fakin' Da Funk and a CIA operative trailing jewel thieves in Mr. Magoo. After playing a tough FBI boss in the serial killer flick The Watcher, Hudson appeared in the 2000 comedy hit, Miss Congeniality. Hudson revived his role as McDonald, boss to a bumbling FBI agent whose newfound fame is jeopardized by her undercover work in Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.
On the small screen, the actor scored as the no-nonsense prison warden in the HBO series OZ and displayed his charms as a widower whose second marriage to a white woman causes familial problems in Clover. Hudson has guest-starred on numerous television series, ranging from Little House on the Prairie to Diff'rent Strokes. He was a recurring character for one season of NBC's St. Elsewhere and a regular on several series, including The Last Precinct and Broken Badges.
Hudson made his professional acting debut in 1976 in the Gordon Parks acclaimed biopic Leadbelly.