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2006 BAFF to honor legendary actor Ernie Hudson

August 3, 2006

This year the Big Apple Film Festival is proud to honor legendary actor Ernie Hudson. An honorary achievement award will be presented to Mr. Hudson during the festival at the Tribeca Cinemas, the official venue for the 2006 BAFF. As part of the official lineup, the festival will also be featuring Mr. Hudson's feature film, "Everything's Jake".

About Ernie Hudson

As a child growing up in Benton Harbour, Michigan, Ernie Hudson wrote short stories, poems and songs, always thinking that his words might one day come to life on stage. After a short stint in the Marine Corps, he moved to Detroit where he became the resident playwright at Concept East, the oldest Black theatre in the country. In addition, he enrolled at Wayne State University to further develop his writing and acting skills and found time to establish the Actors' Emsemble Theatre where he and other talented young black writers directed and appeared in their own works. After graduating with a B.A. from Wayne State, he was rewarded a full scholarship to the M.F.A. program at the prestigious Yale School of Drama. While performing with the school's repertory company, he was asked to appear in the Los Angeles production of Lonnie Elder's musical "Daddy Goodness," which led to his meeting Gordon Parks who gave Hudson the costarring role in his first feature film, "Leadbelly." Unfortunately, all that followed "Leadbelly" was a year of "bit parts and some harsh lessons about Hollywood," which led Hudson to enroll in another academic program at the University of Minnesota that would lead to a Ph.D. Through his experience, he learned another vital lesson: "there are those who spend their lives studying it and those who spend their lives doing it." Hudson definitely wanted to be in the second group. Keeping in mind this self-revelation, Hudson accepted the starring role of Jack Jefferson in the Minneapolis Theatre In The Round's production of "The Great White Hope," a role that he put "everything he had into..." including shaving his head. A series of starring and guest roles followed on such television shows as "Fantasy Island," "The Incredible Hulk," "Little House On The Prairie," "Diff'rent Strokes," "Taxi," "One Day At A Time," "Gimme A Break," "The A-Team" and "Webster," as well as costarring roles in the TV movies "White Mama," with Bette Davis, "Roots II," "Women Of San Quentin," "California Girls," "Mad Bull," "Love On The Run" and "The Dirty Dozen 4." Other feature film credits include "The Jazz Singer," "The Main Event," "Space Hunter," "Penitentiary II," "Going Berserk," "The Joy of Sex" and, of course, the mega-hit "Ghostbusters."

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