Ghostbusters' Ernie Hudson Has a Son Who Shares His Name & Is Also an Actor

Monica Otayza
May 28, 2019
09:25 A.M.

Ernie Hudson, the man who played Winston on the 1984 blockbuster "Ghostbusters," has a son who shares his name and his passion for acting.


Ernie Hudson is a familiar face to those who enjoy watching TV, especially for those who like sci-fi blockbusters like "Ghostbuster." He played Winston Zeddemore, something that he became known for through the years.

Hard at Work

Up until today, the two Ernies work extremely hard. The senior citizen worked on three different TV shows back in 2016, which had him on the road for 50 out of 52 weeks in the year. He filmed "Graves" in New Mexico, "Grace and Frankie" in Los Angeles, and "APB" in Chicago. He also had a lot of speaking engagements that he squeezed in between visiting his family in New York and Minneapolis.


While he's been in Hollywood for more than fifty years now, acting wasn't always Ernie Hudson Sr.'s dream. He first joined the Marine Corps when he got out of high school, however, after he was diagnosed with asthma, he was let go of.

Getting to Hollywood

Confused as to where he would go next, he ended up joining Concept East, the oldest black theatre company in Detroit, Michigan. There, he became a playwright and fell in love with acting. He then went to the Yale School of Drama and graduated with a Master in Fine Arts.


It was "Ghostbusters" that proved his capacity to go on other roles, and since then, he's had countless others.

Ernie Jr.'s Road to Hollywood

Meanwhile, his son Earnest Lee Hudson Jr. is also an actor. He first attended the California University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his Masters of Science in Exercise Science. Only after completing his degree did he take up acting.


Ernie's projects include "Oz," where he starred alongside his father as a Muslim inmate named Hamid Khan.

The Hudson Family

Hudson Sr. shares Ernie Jr. and his other son, Rahaman, with his first wife, Jeannie Moore. After their separation, he met Linda Kingsberg and began an interracial relationship with her. They met during a production of Howard Sackler's play called "The Great White Hope," and they hit it off then.


At first, he was worried about the implications that came with being an interracial couple, and about having biracial children, due to the judgment of other people. However, in the end, love prevailed.

The two got married in 1985 and had two sons named Andrew, 31, and Ross, 29.

The Remake

Due to its commercial success, "Ghostbusters" is soon to be remade in 2020, and fans are thrilled that Ernie Hudson may have a cameo in the project. Of course, this is something that Ernie would not ever reject, as it is something that brought him many other opportunities.

Aside from a cameo from Ernie, it'll star "Captain Marvel" actress McKenna Grace, and will be directed by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman who directed the original hit show.

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