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Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
(born November 24, 1956) is an American actor, playwright, and director who has won national awards for his work in all three categories. From 2009 to 2011, he played Captain Roy Montgomery in ABC's Castle. In November 2011 he appeared on Broadway in Lydia R. Diamond's play Stick Fly.[1][2] In 2013 he starred in the TV series Low Winter Sun, a police drama set in Detroit.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Selected filmography 4 Honors 5 Personal life 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Ruben Hudson was born in 1956 in Lackawanna, New York, the son of Alean Hudson and Ruben Santiago, a railroad worker. He later adopted his mother's maiden name as part of his compound surname.[3] His father was Puerto Rican and his mother was African American.[4] He went to Lackawanna High school, earned his bachelor's degree from Binghamton University, his master's degree from Wayne State University and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Buffalo State College.[4] Career[edit]

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In 2003, he was the reader in Volume 13 of the HBO
film, Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives. The series was narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. He wrote Lackawanna Blues (2001), an autobiographical play in which he portrayed himself and some twenty different characters from his past, which was produced in New York at the Joseph Papp Theatre in 2001. He adapted it for a highly acclaimed, award-winning 2005 HBO
film, in which the parts were played by different people. He won the Humanitas Prize
Humanitas Prize
and earned Emmy and Writers Guild of America Award nominations. Santiago-Hudson appeared on Broadway in Jelly's Last Jam (1992), written by George C. Wolfe. He received the 1996 Tony for his performance in August Wilson's Seven Guitars. Santiago-Hudson's screen credits include Coming to America
Coming to America
and Domestic Disturbance. On television he has appeared on the daytime dramas Another World and All My Children. His work in primetime series have included The Cosby Mysteries, New York Undercover, NYPD Blue, Touched by an Angel, The West Wing, Third Watch, Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit and five episodes of Law & Order (which coincidentally stars Lackawanna Blues star S. Epatha Merkerson), among others. He starred as New York City Police Captain Roy Montgomery in the ABC series Castle until his character's death occurred in the third season finale. In 2007 he starred in a Public Broadcasting Service Nova documentary about the life of chemist Percy Lavon Julian. In 2013, Santiago-Hudson won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director,[5] an Obie Award
Obie Award
for Direction,[6][7] and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play for his work in the Off-Broadway production of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson.[8] In 2016, he won the Obie Awards Special
Citation for Collaboration for his work on Skeleton Crew with Dominique Morisseau and the Atlantic Theater Company.[9] Selected filmography[edit]

Coming to America
Coming to America
(1988) Dear John (1990–1992) TV series Another World (1990–1993) Soap opera Law & Order (1990–2008) TV series Which Way Home (1991) TV miniseries Blown Away (1994) NYPD Blue
(1994–1995) TV series Gargoyles (1995–1996) TV animation (voice) The Devil's Advocate (1997) Michael Hayes (1997–1998) TV series Spawn (1997–1999) TV animation (voice) Rear Window (1998) TV movie The West Wing
The West Wing
(1999) TV series Shaft (2000) American Tragedy (2000) TV movie Domestic Disturbance
Domestic Disturbance
(2001) The Red Sneakers
The Red Sneakers
(2002) TV movie Little John (2002) TV movie Lackawanna Blues (2005) TV movie, also screenplay Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005) TV movie Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit (2005) Brother's Shadow (2006) Mr. Brooks
Mr. Brooks
(2007) Honeydripper (2007) TV movie American Gangster (2007) The Invention of Lying
The Invention of Lying
(2009) Castle (2009–2011, 2014) TV series Low Winter Sun (2013) TV series Selma (2014) Public Morals (2015) TV series The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017), TV movie The Quad (2017–) TV series Designated Survivor (2017–) TV series


1996, Tony Award for performance in Seven Guitars 2006, Humanitas Award for writing, for HBO
film adaptation of his play Lackawanna Blues.[10] 2009, NAACP
Lifetime Achievement Theatre Award at the Los Angeles NAACP
Theatre Awards.[10] He played Mayor Joe Starks in Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Personal life[edit]

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Santiago-Hudson has four children: Broderick and Ruben III from previous relationships, and Trey and Lily from his marriage with Jeannie Brittan. When he came to New York in 1983, he was known as Ruben Santiago. He tried to get a part at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and was asked if he spoke Spanish. (He does not.) When he wanted to work at the Negro Ensemble Company, "they laughed and said, 'We don't have Puerto Ricans,' " he said. So he added his mother's name, Hudson, and eventually won a part in "A Soldier's Play" at the Ensemble Company. See also[edit]

Puerto Rico portal Biography portal

List of famous Puerto Ricans List of Puerto Ricans of African descent


^ "All that you wanted to know about the Broadway production 'Stick Fly'". StickFlyBroadway.com. Retrieved June 22, 2016.  ^ Hetrick, Adam (September 7, 2011). "Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Dulé Hill and Tracie Thoms to Star in Stick Fly on Broadway". Playbill. Archived from the original on October 7, 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2016.  ^ " Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
profile, FilmReference.com; accessed October 14, 2010. ^ a b Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
profile, DanaRoc.com; accessed April 19, 2016. ^ Healy, Patrick (2013-05-05). "'Piano Lesson' and 'The Whale' Win Lortel Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-05-06.  ^ Gans, Andrew (2013-05-20). "Detroit, Grimly Handsome, Eisa Davis, John Rando, Shuler Hensley and More Are Obie Winners". Playbill. Retrieved 2013-05-21.  ^ Healy, Patrick (2013-05-20). "Obie Awards Honor 'Detroit' and 'Grimly Handsome'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-05-21.  ^ Hetrick, Adam (2013-05-19). "Billy Porter, Andrea Martin, Pippin, Matilda, Vanya and Sonia Win Drama Desk Awards". Playbill. Retrieved 2013-05-20.  ^ Village Voice Staff, "The Complete List of 2016 Obie Award Honorees", The Village Voice, May 24th, 2016. ^ a b ABC's Castle "Ruben Santiago- Hudson" aka Det.Montgomery, October 17, 2009; accessed October 14, 2010.

External links[edit]

Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
on IMDb

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play

John Dexter (1975) Ellis Rabb (1976) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
/ Alan Schneider (1977) Melvin Bernhardt (1978) Jack Hofsiss (1979) Vivian Matalon (1980) Peter Hall (1981) Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
(1982) Trevor Nunn (1983) Michael Blakemore (1984) John Malkovich
John Malkovich
(1985) Jerry Zaks
Jerry Zaks
(1986) Howard Davies (1987) John Dexter (1988) Jerry Zaks
Jerry Zaks
(1989) Frank Galati (1990) Jerry Zaks
Jerry Zaks
(1991) Patrick Mason (1992) George C. Wolfe
George C. Wolfe
(1993) Stephen Daldry
Stephen Daldry
(1994) Gerald Gutierrez (1995) Gerald Gutierrez (1996) Trevor Nunn (1999) Michael Blakemore (2000) Jack O'Brien (2001) Mary Zimmerman
Mary Zimmerman
(2002) Robert Falls (2003) Jack O'Brien (2004) Doug Hughes (2005) Nicholas Hytner (2006) Jack O'Brien (2007) Anna D. Shapiro (2008) Matthew Warchus
Matthew Warchus
(2009) Michael Grandage (2010) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
and George C. Wolfe
George C. Wolfe
(2011) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(2012) Pam MacKinnon (2013) Tim Carroll (2014) Marianne Elliott (2015) Ivo van Hove
Ivo van Hove
(2016) Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson

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Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor
in a Play


Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1949) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1951) John Cromwell (1952) John Williams (1953) John Kerr (1954) Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Sullivan
(1955) Ed Begley
Ed Begley
(1956) Frank Conroy (1957) Henry Jones (1958) Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
(1959) Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
(1960) Martin Gabel
Martin Gabel
(1961) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1962) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(1963) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1964) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1965) Patrick Magee (1966) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1967) James Patterson (1968) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1969) Ken Howard
Ken Howard
(1970) Paul Sand (1971) Vincent Gardenia
Vincent Gardenia
(1972) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1973) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1974) Frank Langella
Frank Langella


Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
(1976) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1977) Lester Rawlins (1978) Michael Gough (1979) David Rounds (1980) Brian Backer (1981) Zakes Mokae (1982) Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
(1983) Joe Mantegna
Joe Mantegna
(1984) Barry Miller (1985) John Mahoney
John Mahoney
(1986) John Randolph (1987) B. D. Wong
B. D. Wong
(1988) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1991) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(1992) Stephen Spinella (1993) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(1994) John Glover (1995) Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
(1996) Owen Teale
Owen Teale
(1997) Tom Murphy (1998) Frank Wood (1999) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice


Robert Sean Leonard
Robert Sean Leonard
(2001) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2002) Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
(2003) Brían F. O'Byrne (2004) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2005) Ian McDiarmid
Ian McDiarmid
(2006) Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup
(2007) Jim Norton (2008) Roger Robinson (2009) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2010) John Benjamin Hickey
John Benjamin Hickey
(2011) Christian Borle
Christian Borle
(2012) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2013) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2014) Richard McCabe (2015) Reed Birney (2016) Michael Aronov (2017)

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