Graduated from Wayne State University.
He also attended the University of Minnesota.
Trained for the stage at the Yale University School of Drama.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating from Benton Harbor High School, but was medically discharged less than three months later due to asthma.
Father of actor Ernie Hudson Jr.. Father and son have appeared together in the HBO series "Oz".
Has been a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in the San Bernardino County (California) Sheriff's office for 14 years (as of 2003)
Auditioned to reprise his Winston Zeddemore role from Ghostbusters (1984) for the animated series adaptation The Real Ghostbusters (1986) but was declined in favor of Arsenio Hall.
Admits that two of his heroes growing up were Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee. He later went on to star with the late Brandon Lee in The Crow (1994).
He has four sons: Ernie, Jr., Rahaman, Andrew, and Ross.
Raised by his grandmother.
His mother died when he was two months old.
Hosted Cinemax's "Summer of a Thousand Movies".
Hudson was on the shortlist for the role of The Master in Doctor Who (1996), Eric Roberts won the role. His only association with the Doctor Who franchise is a major guest role of Stuart Owens in Torchwood: Miracle Day (2011).