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 but it is the wisdom Hudson gained before his Hollywood days during his formative years which allows him to relate to struggling individuals and communities. He understands the challenges of overcoming seemingly insurmountable problems and inspires others to always persevere.
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.
Hudson’s persistence has had him working in the film industry for over four decades and he loves segueing genres from film to tv to theater. It’s his public speaking on topics ranging from “The Value of Fatherhood” to “Overcoming Odds & Adversity,” “Surviving Hollywood…With A Smile” and the five most important life lessons he learned from the most impactful person in his life , “Grandma’s Hands: Life Lessons from a Matriarch” that truly brings him — and his diverse audience — the greatest satisfaction