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Oliver Rutledge Hudson (born September 7, 1976)[1] is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Adam Rhodes in the CBS comedy series Rules of Engagement (2007–2013), Wes Gardner in the Fox horror comedy Scream Queens, opposite Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis, and Jeff Fordham on the ABC musical drama series Nashville (2013–2015). He is the son of Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson and the older brother of actress Kate Hudson.

Early life

Hudson was born in Los Angeles, California, to Goldie Hawn and musician Bill Hudson.[1] After his parents divorced in 1980, he and his sister, actress Kate Hudson, were raised in Colorado by their mother and her partner, actor Kurt Russell. He has four half-siblings: Emily and Zachary, from his biological father's marriage to actress, Cindy Williams; Lalania, from another of his father's relationships in 2006; and Wyatt, from his mother's relationship with Kurt Russell.

Hudson is of Italian,[2]Hungarian and Jewish ancestry.[3] He was raised in the Jewish faith.[4]


Hudson appeared opposite his mother in 1999 comedy film The Out-of-Towners and later starred in several teen movies, like The Smokers, and Going Greek. In 2002 he played the lead role of The WB comedy series My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star. Hudson also appeared in recurring role opposite Katie Holmes as her love interest, Eddie Doling, in sixteen episodes of Dawson's Creek from 2002 to 2003.[5]

Hudson in 2010

Hudson starred in The WB series The Mountain from 2004 to 2005; the show was canceled after 13 episodes. In 2006 he starred in horror films The Breed and Black Christmas. He also starred with Claire Forlani in Lifetime movie Carolina Moon in 2007. From 2007 to 2013 Hudson starred as Adam Rhodes in the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement (2007–13).

In 2013 Hudson was cast in the recurring role of Jeff Fordham for the second season on the ABC drama series Nashville.[6][7] Hudson later was promoted to series regular for third season.[8]

In 2015 Hudson was cast as a series regular on the horror comedy anthology series Scream Queens playing Wes, the father of a college sorority pledge member. Hudson juggled both his role as Jeff on Nashville and his role as Wes on Scream Queens, since he had a one-year series regular deal with Nashville before it was renewed for a fourth season.[9]

Also in 2015, Hudson and his sister, Kate Hudson, launched FL2, a men's activewear line and subsidiary of Fabletics.[10]

Personal life

Hudson married Erinn Bartlett on June 9, 2006, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The ceremony was officiated by a Buddhist monk.[11] The couple has three children: two sons, Wilder Brooks (born August 23, 2007) and Bodhi Hawn (born March 19, 2010),[12][13] and a daughter, Rio Laura (born July 18, 2013).[14]

Hudson entered the World Series of Poker main event in 2005 but was eliminated in his first hand by Sam Farha.[citation needed]



Year Film Role Notes
1999 Kill the Man Revolutionary #1
1999 The Out-of-Towners Alan Clark
2000 Rocket's Red Glare Hank Baker
2000 The Smokers David
2001 Going Greek Ziegler
2002 New Best Friend Josh
2003 As Virgins Fall Corky Stevens
2005 Mr. Dramatic Mr. Dramatic Short film
2006 The Breed John
2006 Black Christmas Kyle Autry
2008 Strange Wilderness TJ / Animal Handler
2013 Grown Ups 2 Kyle
2014 Walk of Shame Kyle


Year Title Role Notes
2002 My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star Jace Darnell Series regular (11 episodes)
2002–03 Dawson's Creek Eddie Doling 16 episodes
2004–05 The Mountain David Carver Jr. Series regular (13 episodes)
2006 10.5: Apocalypse Will Malloy Movie
2007 The Weekend Julian Pilot
2007 Carolina Moon Cade Lavelle Movie
2007–13 Rules of Engagement Adam Rhodes Series regular (100 episodes)
2013–15 Nashville Jeff Fordham Recurring: seasons 2, 4; regular: season 3 (37 episodes)
2015–16 Scream Queens Weston "Wes" Gardner Main role: season 1 (12 Episodes); Recurring: season 2 (2 episodes)
2016 Journey Back to Christmas Sheriff Hallmark Movie

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
2001 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Comedy (shared with co-star Harvey Silver)[citation needed] Going Greek Won


  1. ^ a b "Oliver Hudson Biography: Actor (1976–)". (FYI / A&E Networks). Archived from the original on November 29, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ Fisher, Emily (May 14, 1975). "The Hudson Brothers Ensnarled into the 'Hollywood Situation'". The St. Petersburg Times. p. 2-D. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Golden Child An Interview with Actress Kate Hudson". Irish Connections. Archived from the original on April 16, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  4. ^ Moore, Camille. "10 Things You Didn't Know about Oliver Hudson". Celebrity Toob. Celebrity Toob Copyright. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Oliver Hudson". Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  6. ^ Bucksbaum, Sydney. "'Nashville' Season 2 casts Oliver Hudson as Rayna's new boss...and love interest?". Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Oliver Hudson Joins 'Nashville' In Major Recurring Role". Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  8. ^ "Oliver Hudson & Will Chase Promoted To Regular On ABC's 'Nashville'". Deadline. March 11, 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Oliver Hudson Joins 'Scream Queens' As Joe Manganiello Has To Pull Out". March 13, 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Aria Hughes, WWD. "Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson Celebrate FL2 Launch." June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Erinn Bartlett and Oliver Hudson Wedding". Celebrity Bride Guide. February 9, 2013. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ Malkin, Marc (2007-03-27). "Breaking Baby News!". E! Online. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  13. ^ Oliver Hudson :
  14. ^ "Oliver Hudson Welcomes Daughter Rio Laura". People. 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2013-10-03.