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Ernie Hudson

Actor & Activist
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Biography

Ernie Hudson is one of the most sought-after actors of our time with an impressive list of credits and awards. His body of work has diverse range, including Ghostbusters 1 and 2 with Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis, TV’s Law and Order and HBO’s award winning series Oz, the acclaimed movie The Crow, and starring next to Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality 1 and 2. He is a beloved star in film, television and stage, long considered one of Hollywood’s iconic working actors who continually delivers.

His road to fame, however, had its share of hardships. In his early years, Hudson was born in poverty and raised in the housing projects of Benton Harbor, Michigan, in a time where civil rights had a long road ahead. The odds were more in favor of Hudson spending a life in prison than his having a successful life in Hollywood. Whether it was reconciling the loss of his mother and the absence of a father, gaining the reputation of being the toughest kid in school, serving in the Marine Corps, attending Yale, raising his sons as a single father or overcoming racism in the entertainment industry, Hudson was always supported first and foremost by his grandmother, who taught him patience and graciousness.

The wisdom Hudson gained before his Hollywood days allows him to relate to struggling individuals and communities. He understands the challenges of overcoming seemingly insurmountable problems and inspires others to always persevere.

Hudson’s persistence has had him working in the film industry for over four decades. With such a resume, he can entertain audiences with stories of his humble beginnings, his Hollywood ups and downs and the lessons he has learned. Ernie will share the secrets of how to get out of the box of limitation and land dream roles, not just on the stage or screen, but roles important to everyday life.

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The Value of Fatherhood

What does it mean to be a father and the responsibilities that come with? Having four sons from two very different generations and two marriages, Ernie Hudson knows the trials and tribulations of fatherhood. In this speech, he shares how to heal the wounds of your own father issues and raise a new generation of healthy, loving children.

Grandma’s Hands: Life Lessons from a Matriarch

This presentation by Ernie Hudson reviews the 5 important life lessons he learned from his grandmother. Lessons that can get anyone through life's most difficult and challenging times, Hudson's grandmother was always there for him, even after his mother died when he was three months old and he never knew his father. Both a wise and spiritual person, his grandmother imparted many lifelong lessons and practical advice he carries with him to this day and is now sharing with audiences.

Overcoming Odds & Adversity

How do you push through overwhelming odds and become that "somebody" you have always dreamed of being? Born in poverty and raised in the housing projects of Michigan, the odds were more in favor of Ernie Hudson spending a life in prison than having a glowing career in Hollywood. Whether it was gaining the reputation of being the toughest kid in school or attending Yale, raising his sons as a single father or overcoming racism in the entertainment industry, Hudson has practiced his grandmother's teaching: Never fight against the odds, but stand on faith in the eye of the storm. Hudson explains to audiences how knowing you are bigger than any circumstances can lead to success.

Surviving Hollywood…With A Smile

In this personal presentation, Ernie Hudson shares how he survived Hollywood and lived to laugh about it. Hudson has been working in the film industry for over four decades with big film roles in Ghostbusters, The Crow, Miss Congeniality and many more. Join Hudson as he tells how he got started, his journeys, struggles and the lessons he has learned along the way. Whether it is the field of acting or any other endeavor, he will share with you secrets of how to get out of your box of limitations and land the roles of people’s dreams.

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