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Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Born November 24, 1956 (1956-11-24) (age 53)
Lackawanna, New York

Ruben Santiago-Hudson (born November 24, 1956) is a Tony Award-winning American actor and playwright.


Early life

Santiago-Hudson was born in Lackawanna, New York, the son of Alean Hudson and Ruben Santiago, a railroadworker.[1] His father was Puerto Rican and his mother was African American.[2] He went to Lackawanna High school, earned his bachelor's degree from Binghamton University, his first master's degree from Wayne State University, and his doctorate from Buffalo State College.[3]


He wrote Lackawanna Blues, an autobiographical play in which he portrayed himself and some twenty different characters from his past, which he adapted for a highly-acclaimed, award-winning 2005 HBO film that won him the Humanitas Prize and earned him 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 and Domestic Disturbance. On television he has appeared on the daytime dramas Another World and All My Children and the primetime series 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 is currently starring as New York City Police Captain Roy Montgomery in the ABC series Castle.

Personal life

Santiago-Hudson has four children, Broderick, Ruben, Trey and Lily.


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