Binghamton University honors Tony-winning alum, Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Binghamton University alumnus and accomplished actor and writer, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, will discuss his career in theater, film and TV in a presentation titled “From autobiographical playwriting to TV movie production,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 27, in the Casadesus Recital Hall on the University campus. The event is free and open to the public.
During his visit to campus, Santiago-Hudson will also receive the Glenn G. Bartle Distinguished Alumnus Award, which serves as a memorial to Dr. Glenn G. Bartle, the first president of Harpur College. Santiago-Hudson earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Binghamton University in 1978.
A Tony and Obie Award winner, Santiago-Hudson starred opposite Halle Berry in the television movie, Their Eyes Were Watching God, for producer Oprah Winfrey, which garnered huge ratings for ABC. His Lackawanna Blues aired in February 2005 on HBO for which he wrote the screenplay from his award winning play of the same name. He is also starring in an upcoming PBS special on the life of famed African American chemist Dr. Percy Julian. Santiago-Hudson recently starred with Phylicia Rashad on Broadway in August Wilson’s newest play Gem of the Ocean.
He co-starred with John Travolta in Paramount Pictures Domestic Disturbance and starred opposite Gregory Hines in Showtime Entertainment’s The Red Sneakers. Santiago-Hudson played Christopher Darden in the CBS miniseries American Tragedy, which also starred Ron Silver as Robert Shapiro. Santiago-Hudson received rave reviews for his starring role in the off-Broadway production of Deep Down and as Walter Lee Younger in the Williamstown Theater Festival Playhouse production of A Raisin in the Sun with Viola Davis and Gloria Foster.
He also starred as Roma in the McCarter Theatre production of Glengarry Glen Ross with Charles Durning and Daniel Benzali.
Santiago-Hudson starred in NBC’s Hunt For The Unicorn Killer with Tom Skerritt, and with Christopher Reeves in the ABC production of Rear Window. He appeared opposite Al Pacino in Devil’s Advocate as the attorney who recruits Keanu Reeves, and co-starred in Shaft with Samuel L. Jackson. He can also be “heard” as the voice of the villain Jess Chapel in the HBO animated cartoon series Spawn.
Santiago-Hudson received the 1996 Tony Award for Best Featured Performer in August Wilson’s acclaimed Seven Guitars. He made his Broadway debut as Buddy Bolden opposite Gregory Hines in Jelly’s Last Jam. His feature credits include Bleeding Hearts directed by Gregory Hines, Blown Away with Jeff Bridges, Paramount’s Coming to America, TNT’s Which Way Home with Cybil Shepard, and Showtime’s unique production, Solomon and Sheba, with Halle Berry and Jimmy Smits. This project marked the first time a biblical movie was filmed using people of color in principle roles.
Santiago-Hudson is well remembered for his series regular roles as Captain Billy Cooper on the daytime drama Another World and as Curtis on Dear John, both on NBC. His other television credits include; Law and Order, NYPD Blue, New York Undercover, Whoopie, Murphy Brown, Life Goes On, and Amen.
Santiago-Hudson was born in Lackawanna, New York. His father was Puerto Rican and his mother black, but the landlady, whom he refers to as “Nanny,” raised
Santiago-Hudson with the assistance of his godparents. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in theatre from Binghamton University, Santiago-Hudson holds an MFA from Wayne State University.