Who is Bill Hudson?

William Louise ‘Bill’ Hudson Jr. was born on 17 October 1949 under the zodiac sign of Libra, in Portland, Oregon USA. He is a 72-year-old retired musician and actor, probably best recognized for being the vocalist of the  band called The Hudson Brothers. He’s also known for being the father of the famous Hollywood actress Kate Hudson.

How rich is he, as of now? Bill Hudson Net Worth

As of early 2022, Bill Hudson’s net worth is estimated at over $5 million; the amount of money he earned through his successful music career since he has released numerous studio albums and singles. He has also increased his fortune through his acting career by making appearances in more than ten film and TV titles.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background

Bill Hudson spent his early years in his hometown of Portland. He’s the son of William Louis Hudson and Eleanor (nee Salerno, but his father left the family when he was six years old, so he was raised by his mother alongside his two younger brothers, Brett and Mark Hudson. His mother was Italian-American, since her father hails from Sicily, Italy. Bill holds American nationality, belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group, and is a Roman Catholic. Regarding his education, Bill attended Grover Cleveland High School.

Career Beginnings

Bill Hudson and his two younger brothers developed their love for performing and singing at a very young age, under the influence of their mother who was also a singer. They started making music very early, and had their own band called the My Sirs. While they were recording songs at a local studio, the boys were discovered by a local producer who offered a recording contract; they then became The New Yorkers. After releasing several songs, such as “Seeds Of Spring”, “I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City”, and “When I’m Gone”, they changed their name to Everyday Hudson, which was later shortened to Hudson. Their debut self-titled studio album was issued through Playboy Records in 1972.

Rise to Fame as The Hudson Brothers

In 1973, they signed a contract with Elton John’s label The Rocket Record Company, and started performing under the name The Hudson Brothers. They released their second studio album the next year, entitled “Hollywood Situation”, with the single “So You Are A Star”, which peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Later that year, they issued their third studio album “Totally Out Of Control”, which reached No. 179 on the Billboard 200. They then launched their own variety show “The Hudson Brothers Show”, which was broadcast on CBS in 1974, and was such a huge success that CBS devised another show, entitled “The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show”, which lasted from 1974 to 1975.

Thanks to that, the brothers gained enormous popularity among the younger population.

Further Work and Dissolution

Their fourth studio album entitled “Ba-Fa” was released in 1975, and peaked at No. 176 on the Billboard 200 chart. The following year they recorded the single “Help Wanted”, which reached No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100. They then signed a contract with Arista Records, and made public their next studio album “The Truth About Us”but without any major success, since it failed to chart. Afterwards, the group reverted to the name Hudson, and signed a new record deal with Elektra Records, through which they released their final studio album “Damn Those Kids”, after which they disbanded.

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Career as an Actor

Apart from being a musician, Bill Hudson tried himself as an actor. He made his debut feature film appearance in the role of Eddie in Don Weis’ comedy film “Zero To Sixty” in 1978. Later that year, he starred as Eddie Reardon in the made-for-TV drama film “The Millionaire”, in which he shared the screen with Martin Balsam and Edward Albert. In 1982, he co-wrote, and played Fredric Lansing / Casper in, the comedy film “Hysterical”, alongside his brothers Brett and Mark. Five years later, he was chosen to portray Mr Dawkins in the comedy-adventure film “Big Shots”, which was directed by Robert Mandel.

In 1989, he was cast as Tom Burke in the family comedy TV series “Just Like Family”, next to Cindy Williams, Gabriel Damon and Grace Johnston. His latest project was the ABC medical sitcom “Doogie Howser, M.D.”, in which he landed the role of Michael Plenn from 1989 to 1992. During his short-lived acting career, he also guest-starred in such TV series as “Bonkers!”, “The Love Boat”, and “The Magical World Of Disney”.

Other Work

Following his retirement from acting, Bill Hudson worked as a composer for several documentary films and TV titles, such as “Adults Only: The Secret History Of The Other Hollywood” (2001), “The Secret History Of Rock ‘n’ Roll With Gene Simmons” (2001), “Death Of A Beatle” (2001), and “All The Presidents’ Movies: The Movie” (2009).

Two years later, he worked as a camera operator and executive producer for the comedy TV series “What The”. Also in 2011, he published his memoir entitled “Two Versions: The Other Side Of Fame And Family”.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Bill Hudson has short dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 11ins (1.80m), while his weight is around 175lbs (80kgs). Information about his vital statistics, biceps size, and shoe size isn’t available.

Personal Life

Bill Hudson was romantically involved with actress Jill St. John in 1974.

A year later, he started dating actress Goldie Hawn, and the two exchanged their wedding vows at a ceremony held on 3 July 1976 in Takoma Park, Maryland. On 7 September of the same year, the couple welcomed their first child, a son they named Oliver, and welcomed their second child, daughter Kate Hudson, on 19 April 1979. The following year he filed for a divorce, and it was finalized on 19 March 1982. After their separation, their children were raised by Goldie and Kurt Russell.

He then briefly dated actress Ali MacGraw in 1981., then following their split, he tied the knot with actress and producer Cindy Williams on 1 May 1982. She gave birth to their first child,  daughter Emily Taylor Hudson, on 23 November 1982, while their second child, son Zachary Hudson, was born on 9 April 1986. They later divorced on 15 December 2000, after which he dated Caroline Graham, with whom he welcomed a daughter they named Lalania Hudson in 2006.

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