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Reginald Hudlin

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Black Godfather (2019)
  • Lowest Rated: 4% Serving Sara (2002)
  • Birthday: Dec 15, 1961
  • Birthplace: Centerville, Illinois, USA
  • The creator of the hip-hop teen comedy (House Party) and the producer of the first African-American animated film (Bebe's Kids), writer/director Reginald Hudlin worked his way to the forefront of African-American entertainment in the early 2000s. An East St. Louis native whose childhood home was flanked by those of legendary musicians Ike and Tina Turner and Brother Joe May, Hudlin always had inspiration nearby, and was only a brief walk away from Cosmo Hall, the location often cited as the birthplace of rock & roll. It was during his time at Harvard that Hudlin truly began to realize his talent as a filmmaker, and his 20-minute thesis film House Party eventually formed the basis for his first feature of the same name. A breakthrough success when released in 1990, the film was a hit with critics and audiences alike, and not only spawned a franchise, but also proved to be the catalyst for a wave of hip-hop teen comedies that would flourish at the box office in years to come.The pressure to craft a solid follow-up was high, and with the Eddie Murphy comedy Boomerang, Hudlin successfully avoided the dreaded sophomore slump. Not only did the film score a direct hit at the box office with a 130-million-dollar worldwide take, but the soundtrack went double platinum and launched the career of popular singer Toni Braxton. It was also during this period that Hudlin wrote and served as a co-executive producer of the popular animated comedy Bebe's Kids, which featured the voice of House Party's Robin Harris. As the 1990s progressed, Hudlin brought his talents to television, and though the Twilight Zone-inspired HBO series Cosmic Slop (hosted by none other than grandmaster of funk George Clinton) scored high with critics and audiences, it quickly disappeared from the airwaves. Hudlin did, however, earn a Cable ACE Award for his episode "Space Traders." Hudlin's third film, the Samuel L. Jackson comedy-satire The Great White Hype, may have drawn only mediocre reviews, but it still managed to score better than his next effort, the abysmal Saturday Night Live character feature The Ladies Man, which immediately tanked at the box office. His 2002 comedy Serving Sara didn't fare much better, despite a talented cast which included Matthew Perry and Elizabeth Hurley.Focusing his efforts more intently on the small screen, Hudlin garnered kudos for his production/direction work on three series in particular: The groundbreaking Bernie Mac Show on Fox, Chris Rock's nostalgic Everybody Hates Chris, and the acclaimed Boondocks animated series on the Cartoon Network. These sorts of efforts made him the perfect candidate to lead one of the most venerable channels on basic cable, and in the summer of 2005, Hudlin was named president of the Black Entertainment Network, where he would spearhead a successful mix of music, reality, documentary and fictional programming.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

100% The Black Godfather Director 2019
80% Marshall Director Producer $9.5M 2017
86% Django Unchained Producer $162.9M 2012
75% I Am Bruce Lee Actor 2012
No Score Yet The Robin Harris Story: We Don't Die, We Multiply Actor 2006
No Score Yet Robin Harris: Live from the Comedy Act Theater Director 2006
4% Serving Sara Director $16.9M 2002
11% The Ladies Man Aloysius Director $13.4M 2000
No Score Yet Ride Producer 1998
19% Joe's Apartment Rodney Roach 1996
45% The Great White Hype Director 1996
No Score Yet Cosmic Slop Director 1995
29% Posse Reporter 1993
30% Bebe's Kids Producer Executive Producer Screenwriter 1992
44% Boomerang Street Hustler Director 1992
93% House Party Screenwriter Director 1990
91% She's Gotta Have It Dog 4 1986

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Showtime at the Apollo
2017-2018
Executive Producer
  • 2018
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2017
41% Angel From Hell
2016
Director
  • 2016
30% Uncle Buck
2015-2016
Director
  • 2016
94% New Girl
2011-2018
Director
  • 2015
78% Marry Me
2014-2015
Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
20% Bad Judge
2014-2015
Director
  • 2014
No Score Yet Murder in the First
2016
Director
  • 2014
90% Bones
2005-2017
Director
  • 2013
18% How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)
2013
Director
  • 2013
No Score Yet Are We There Yet?
2010-2012
Director
  • 2012
  • 2011
92% Psych
2006-2014
Director
  • 2012
  • 2010
86% Modern Family
2009
Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
89% Better Off Ted
2009-2010
Director
  • 2010
20% Outsourced
2010-2011
Director
  • 2010
22% Raising the Bar
2008-2009
Director
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Middle
2009-2018
Director
  • 2009
89% The Office
2005-2013
Director
  • 2009
95% Everybody Hates Chris
2005-2009
Director
  • 2007
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show
2001-2006
Director
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
20% City of Angels
2000
Director
  • 2000
54% The Boondocks
2005-2014
Executive Producer Producer

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