Santiago-Hudson at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Ruben Santiago Jr.
November 24, 1956
Lackawanna, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, playwright, director|
Ruben Santiago-Hudson (born Ruben Santiago Jr., November 24, 1956) is an American actor, playwright, and director who has won national awards for his work in all three categories. He is best known for his role of Captain Roy Montgomery from 2009 to 2011 on ABC's Castle. In November 2011 he appeared on Broadway in Lydia R. Diamond's play Stick Fly. In 2013 he starred in the TV series Low Winter Sun, a police drama set in Detroit.
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. 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, his master's degree from Wayne State University and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Buffalo State College and Wayne State University.
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. It won the Humanitas Prize and earned Emmy and Writers Guild of America Award nominations.
On television, he has appeared on the daytime soaps 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 PBS Nova documentary about the life of chemist Percy Lavon Julian.
In 2013, Santiago-Hudson won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director, an Obie Award for Direction, 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.
|1988||Coming to America||Street Hustler||Credited as Ruben Hudson|
|1997||The Devil's Advocate||Leamon Heath|
|2001||Domestic Disturbance||Sergeant Edgar Stevens|
|2002||Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control||Samuel Menendez|
|2009||The Invention of Lying||Landlord|
|1990-92||Dear John||Larry/Orlando/Curtis||6 episodes|
|1990-93||Another World||Billy Cooper||Soap opera|
|1990-2008||Law & Order||Mr. Gaines/Detective Brian Keene/Attorney Winters/Dr. Paul Jackson||6 episodes|
|1994||The Cosby Mysteries||Police Officer||Episode: "Expert Witness"|
|1994-95||NYPD Blue||Otis||2 episodes|
|1994-96||New York Undercover||Johnny/Walter Perry||2 episodes|
|1995||Solomon & Sheba||Tamrin||TV film|
|1995||The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A.||Detective Stan Lewis||TV film|
|1995-96||Gargoyles||Gabriel||3 episodes (voice)|
|1997||Spawn||Jess Chapel||Direct-to-video (voice)|
|1997-98||Michael Hayes||Eddie Diaz||21 episodes|
|1998||Rear Window||Antonio Fredericks||TV film|
|1999||The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer||Detective Newhouse||TV film (credited as Ruben Santiago Hudson)|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Dr. Joe Acot||Episode: "Such a Time as This"|
|1999||The West Wing||Morris Tolliver||Episode: "Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc"|
|1999||Third Watch||Detective Wolfort, NYPD||Episode: "History of the World"|
|2000||American Tragedy||Christopher Darden||TV film|
|2002||The Red Sneakers||Uncle Joe||TV film (credited as Ruben Santiago Hudson)|
|2005||Lackawanna Blues||Freddie Combs||TV movie (also wrote the screenplay)|
|2005||Their Eyes Were Watching God||Joe Starks||TV film|
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Carlos Guzman||Episode: "Name"|
|2009-14||Castle||Captain Roy Montgomery||59 episodes|
|2013||Low Winter Sun||Charles Dawson||10 episodes|
|2015||Public Morals||Lieutenant King||10 episodes|
|2016||The Family||Chief of Police Len Bucksey||3 episodes|
|2017||Designated Survivor||General Contreras||Episode: "Commander-in-Chief"|
|2017||The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks||Dr. Roland Pattillo||TV film|
|2017-18||The Quad||Cecil Diamond||18 episodes|
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.