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  • It’s Black History Month. That means it is the one month out of year that everyone is posting the sort stuff I post all the time. And that means that I need to step up my game. For my first (and possibly only) entry for Black History Month 2014, I’ve decided to write about one of the most important African American characters in the history of cinema — Winston Zeddemore. Before any of you roll your eyes and stop reading, hang with me for just a little longer while I explain why a character from the movie Ghostbusters is so important.

    It’s Black History Month. That means it is the one month out of year that everyone is posting the sort stuff I post all the time. And that means that I need to step up my game. For my first (and possibly only) entry for Black History Month 2014, I’ve decided to write about one of the most important African American characters in the history of cinema — Winston Zeddemore. Before any of you roll your eyes and stop reading, hang with me for just a little longer while I explain why a character from the movie Ghostbusters is so important.

  • Winston has been featured as a playable character in for , for NES and , and the multiplayer mode of 2009's . Ernie Hudson reprised his role as Winston Zeddemore in the latter, with both Hudson's appearance and voice being used in the game. Furthermore, since the events of the first film sequel, Zeddemore has earned a Doctorate and is now addressed as "Doctor" along with his colleagues. During battles on multiplayer, Zeddemore can be heard quipping "That's Dr. Zeddemore to you, punk!" when defeating enemies.

    Ernie Hudson, who played Winston Zeddemore in the 1984 comedy and its 1989 sequel, said the makers of the rebooted version did not ask for his advice on casting, but he would have suggested having both genders play the main characters.

    Winston Zeddemore
    First appearanceGhostbusters (1984)
    Last appearanceLego Dimensions (2015)
    Created byDan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
    Portrayed byErnie Hudson[1]
    Voiced byErnie Hudson
    (Ghostbusters: The Video Game)
    Arsenio Hall
    (The Real Ghostbusters; 1986–1988)
    Buster Jones
    (The Real Ghostbusters; 1988–91)
    (Extreme Ghostbusters; guest star)
    Information
    SpeciesHuman
    GenderMale
    OccupationGhostbuster
    FamilyEdward "Big Ed" Zeddemore (father)
    ReligionChristian
    NationalityAmerican

  • Winston Zeddemore
    Played by: Ernie Hudson
    Appearances: Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Ghostbusters: The Video Game

    After working with him the previous year on , Dan Aykroyd originally wanted to play the role of Winston Zeddemore. Aware of his comic abilities, his characterization of Winston would have been in a semi-improvisational style, similar to 's performance as Peter Venkman. Murphy was too busy shooting to commit.

Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore

Winston Zeddemore is the self-described "short-stop" of the Ghostbusters, having a hand in the mechanical upkeep of a variety of the company's equipment and transportation. More recently, Zeedemore has pursued graduate work in the study of ancient Egyptian mythology and paranormal psychology.