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Bill Hudson (singer)
Hudson in 1974
William Louis Hudson Jr.
(1949-10-17) October 17, 1949
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Children||5, including Oliver & Kate|
William Louis Hudson Jr. (born October 17, 1949) is an American musician and actor. He was vocalist in The Hudson Brothers, a band he formed in 1965 with his two younger brothers, Brett and Mark. He later had a brief acting career, appearing in supporting roles in Zero to Sixty (1978), Hysterical (1983), and Big Shots (1987). He also appeared in a recurring guest role on the series Doogie Howser, M.D..
Hudson was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, the eldest of three sons (Brett and Mark are his two younger brothers) born to Eleanor (née Salerno) and William Louis Hudson. His mother was Italian American (his maternal grandfather came from Carlentini, Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy). He and his brothers were nephews (by marriage) of actor Keenan Wynn.
Hudson's father left his family when he was six (famously saying he was going out for a pack of cigarettes), and he stated that his mother had to depend on welfare to support her children. Of Italian descent on their mother's side, he and his siblings were raised in the Roman Catholic faith.
The Hudson Brothers
Hudson released his memoir, Two Versions: The Other Side of Fame and Family, in December 2011.
Hudson married actress Goldie Hawn in 1976. Hudson filed for divorce in 1980 and it was finalized two years later. They have two children, Oliver Hudson (b 1976) and Kate Hudson (b 1979), who were raised by Hawn and Kurt Russell. Hudson would later accuse Hawn of "willfully alienating" him from their children.
|1978||Zero to Sixty||Eddie|
|1978||Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park||Man in Kiss Booth|
|1978||The Millionaire||Eddie Reardon||Television film|
|1980||The Love Boat||Dr. Louis DaCosta||1 episode|
|1983||Hysterical||Frederic Lansing / Casper|
|1986||Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color||Tom Burke||Episode: "Help Wanted: Kids"|
|1987||Big Shots||Mr. Dawkins|
|1989–1992||Doogie Howser, M.D.||Michael Plenn||3 episodes|
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