Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Ruben Santiago-Hudson

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson (born November 24, 1956) is an American actor and playwright, who has won national awards for his work in both areas.

Early life

Santiago-Hudson was born in Lackawanna, New York, the son of Alean Hudson and Ruben Santiago, a railroad worker. His father was Puerto Rican and his mother was African American. He went to Lackawanna High school, earned his bachelor's degree from Binghamton University, and his first master's degree from Wayne State University. He received an honorary doctorate of letters from Buffalo State College.


In 2003 Ruben Santiago-Hudson was the reader in Volume 13 of the HBO film Readings from the Slave Narratives. The series was narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.

He wrote Lackawanna Blues, an autobiographical play in which he portrayed himself and some twenty different characters from his past, which was produced in New York. He adapted it for a highly acclaimed, award-winning 2005 HBO film, in which the parts would be played by different people, that won him the Humanitas Prize and earned Emmy and Writers Guild of America Award nominations.

Santiago-Hudson appeared on Broadway in Jelly's Last Jam and received the 1996 Tony for August Wilson's Seven Guitars. Santiago-Hudson's screen credits include Coming to America...
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