Ernie Hudson is an actor known for portraying Winston Zeddemore.

Film Roles

Ernie Hudson is best known for his role as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters films. Much like Winston, Earnest L. Hudson, Sr. is a U.S. Marine veteran. He has also appeared in Airheads, Congo, The Crow, and Miss Congeniality.

In Ghostbusters (2016 Movie), Ernie Hudson plays Mr. Tolan, uncle of the new Ghostbuster Patty Tolan.

Recent TV Roles

Ernie Hudson has recently done the voice of Agent Fowler in Transformers Prime and portrayed Dr. Fields in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. He has appeared in other TV shows, TV movies, and movies such as Modern Family, Franklin & Bash, and Mob City.

Contributions to IDW Comics


  • Hudson is allergic to shellfish. A few weeks after signing up for the U.S. Marines, Hudson's drill instructor made him eat shellfish. He suffered an asthma attack and was discharged shortly after.[1]
  • Ernie Hudson first heard about Ghostbusters when he happened to bump into Ivan Reitman in an elevator at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. At the time, Reitman assured him there wasn't a role for him but later auditioned for the Winston character.[2]
  • During a premiere for Ghostbusters at Westwood, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts were not recognized as part of the cast and were removed from the red carpet by security.[3]
  • Ernie Hudson just happened to have no mustache during filming for Ghostbusters II. There was no decision made to have him shave it. Hudson also considered shaving his head before filming.[4]
  • For the Realistic Versions of Ghostbusters: The Video Game, the development crew used Ernie Hudson's appearance in the movie "Airheads" for model reference.[5]
  • On page 10, panel 3, of Ghostbusters Annual 2015, on Winston's blue coffee mug is "Reggie Sandman Martin" which was the name of the boxer Ernie Hudson portrayed on the Full House episode "Knock Yourself Out" (season 1, episode 7), which aired on October 30, 1987.
  • On page 2 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #3, the Ghostbusturtles references a co-worker out sick who has the first name of Ernie Hudson.
  • On Cover B of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1, the employee file lists Winston's birthday as June 17, 1945. It is derived from Ernie Hudson's birthday, December 17, 1945.
  • On page 2 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #4, Winston's outfit is visually based on one worn by Ernie Hudson's character Sergeant Tremaine "Night Train" Lane in the 1986 NBC series, "The Last Precinct".

External Links


  1. Cross The Streams Episode 37 (ts. 34:06-34:43)
  2. Ernie Hudson (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 57:59-58:28). Bueno Productions. Ernie Hudson says: "I first heard about Ghostbusters on an elevator at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and I had went to visit a friend. And I got on the elevator and Ivan Reitman was on the elevator. And we had like 12 floors to sort of travel together in silence and after 'hello.' So he says, "I'm doing this movie Ghostbusters." I say, "Oh, great." Y'know. And he said, "But there's nothing in it for you"."
  3. Annie Potts (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, Deleted Scenes (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 20:02-20:46). Bueno Productions. Annie Potts says: "When it premiered in Westwood, I got out on the red carpet and some people in official looking jackets came up and got me under both elbows and said, "Please step very quickly to the left so the celebrities can arrive." And I--they shuttled me into a little tiny room and there was Ernie standing there and he went, "Did they just do the same thing to you they did to me?" And I went, "Did they tell you to get out of the way so the stars could arrive?" And he said, "Yeah." Well, here we are."
  4. Hasbro Pulse YouTube "Hasbro PulseCon 2020 Day 2" 3:59:17-3:59:41 9/28/2020 Ernie Hudson says: "And at that time I didn't have, um, I just didn't have a mustache. In fact, I was thinking about shaving my head so Winston almost had a bald head. But, um, uh, we already shoot the movie, I had no mustache. It wasn't anything planned. But, um, fans have come up with all kinds of theories as to why I didn't have a mustache. But there was nothing to it other than I just didn't have one when we started the movie."
  5. Cross The Streams Episode 38 (ts. 37:36-38:54)




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