Actor Oliver Hudson, the son of the Academy Award winning actress Goldie Hawn and older brother of actress Kate Hudson, is perhaps best known to television audiences for portraying Eddie Doling on “Dawson's Creek” (2002-2003) and Adam Rhodes on “Rules of Engagement” (2007-2010). He also starred in the short lived series “My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star” (2002, as Jace Darnell) and “The Mountain” (2004-2005, as David Carver Jr.). His movie credits include “The Out-of-Towners” (1999, with his mother), “The Smokers” (2000), “New Best Friend” (2002), “Black Christmas” (2006), “The Breed” (2006) and “Strange Wilderness” (2008). He currently plays Adam in the series “Rules of Engagement” (2007-2010).
“I have a box of things from Becca, my high school girlfriend, and Vanessa and each one of them was love. I have the notes, the valentines, twenty mixed tapes, all of it. It's important to keep that stuff.” Oliver Hudson
One of People Magazine's “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2002, Hudson once dated model and actress Vinessa Shaw (born July 19, 1976). He is currently married to actress Erinn Bartlett and they have two sons. Hudson enjoys playing hockey.
Childhood and Family:
The son of actress Goldie Hawn and musician Bill Hudson (of the rock group The Hudson Brothers), Oliver Rutledge Hudson was born on September 7, 1976, in Los Angeles, California. His younger sister, Kate Hudson, was born on April 19, 1979. Their parents divorced a year later in 1980. He and his sister then lived in Colorado with their mother and her long term companion, actor Kurt Russell, who became the father figure in Oliver's life. He has a half brother named Wyatt Russell (born on July 10, 1986) from his mother's relationship to Kurt Russell and a half brother named Zachary Hudson and a half sister named Emily Hudson from his father's marriage to actress Cindy Williams (together from 1982-2000). Another half sister, Lalania Hudson (born in 2006), is from his father's relationship with a woman named Suzanne.
Oliver, who is nicknamed Ollie, is of Italian, Hungarian and Jewish descent. He studied film at the University of Colorado.
On June 9, 2006, Oliver married actress Erinn Bartlett (born February 26, 1973) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He began dating his wife in 2002 and they became engaged in February 2004. The couple had a son they named Wilder Brooks Hudson, on August 23, 2007. Their second son, Bodhi Hawn Hudson, was born on March 19, 2010.
Rules of Engagement
In 1996, Oliver Hudson began his career as a production assistant on the action adventure film “Executive Decision,” which starred Kurt Russell. He went on to serve as a set staff assistant on “Father's Day” (1997), a comedy starring Robin Williams and Billy Crystal that was directed by Ivan Reitman. Hudson made his first film appearance in the Luke Wilson and Joshua Melina comedy “Kill the Man,” which opened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 1999. He followed it up with the bigger role of Alan Clark, the son of Steve Martin and his real life mother Goldie Hawn, in “The Out-of-Towners” (1999), a remake of a 1970 movie of the same name. Directed by Sam Weisman, the remake performed poorly. Produced with a budget of $75 million, it only grossed $29 million in the U.S., and $33 million worldwide.
Entering the new millennium, Hudson was cast with Chris Potter, Paul Scherrer and Andrea Thompson in the thriller “Rocket's Red Glare” (2000), which was directed and co-written by Joseph Manduke. He then played Keri Lynn Pratt's on and off boyfriend, David, in “The Smokers” (2000), an independent drama written and directed by Christina Peters, and supported Dylan Bruno, Laura Harris, Simon Rex and Chris Owen in the indie comedy “Going Greek” (2001), for director/writer Justin Zackham. He also costarred with Mia Kirshner, Meredith Monroe, Dominique Swain, Rachel True, Eric Michael Cole, Scott Bairstow and Taye Diggs in the 2002 movie “New Best Friend,” which was based on a story by James Edwards. He branched out to television when he starred as Jace Darnell in the mid season replacement series “My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star” (2002), which focused on a rock band and their search for fame. Costars of the show included Kevin Rankin, Lauren Hodges, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shannon Tweed and Kris Lemche.
Hudson, however, did not get his huge break until he won the role of Eddie Doling, Katie Holmes' love interest, on the sixth and final season of The WB's hit teen dramatic series “Dawson’s Creek,” which was created by Kevin Williamson. He appeared in sixteen episodes during 2002 and 2003. While working on the series, Hudson also appeared in the supporting role of Corky Stevens in the thriller “As Virgins Fall,” which premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival on March 26, 2003. The film won a Best Director honor at the 2003 Beverly Hills Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film and the Short Film Award for Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the 2003 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.
After “Dawson's Creek” ended, Hudson was cast as David Carver Jr., on The WB's drama “The Mountain” (September 2004 - January 2005), opposite Anson Mount. Due to low ratings, the show was canceled after thirteen episodes. He then starred in the short film “Mr. Dramatic” (2005), which was written and helmed by John Stalberg, costarred with Kim Delaney, David Cubitt, Dean Cain, Carlos Bernard, Frank Langella and Beau Bridges in the television miniseries “10.5: Apocalypse” (2006), a sequel to 2004's “10.5,” and was cast as Eric Lively's brother, John, in the horror film “The Breed” (2006), which was directed by Nicholas Mastandrea. He also teamed up with Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert, Kristen Cloke and Andrea Martin for “Black Christmas” (2006), a remake of the 1974 Canadian slasher movie of the same name. The film flopped critically but was a moderate success outside the U.S.
In 2007, Hudson appeared in a television series pilot titled “The Weekend,” alongside John Farley, Matt McClure, Danielle Nicolet and Janet Varney. He also starred as Cade Lavelle in the television film “Caroline Moon” (Lifetime), opposite Claire Forlani and Jacqueline Bisset and was cast as Adam Rhodes in the series “The Rules of Engagement,” opposite Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, Bianca Kajlich, David Spade and Adhir Kalyan. The show, which debuted on CBS on February 5, 2007, has been renewed for a fifth season, which began airing on September 20, 2010.
In addition to the series “Rules of Engagement,” in 2008 Hudson appeared with Steve Zahn, Allen Covert, Justin Long, Kevin Heffernan and Jonah Hill in the comedy movie “Strange Wilderness,” which was produced by Adam Sandler's production company Happy Madison Productions for Paramount Pictures. The film was directed and co-written by Fred Wolf.