Dr. Roland Pattillo
Played by Ruben Santiago-Hickey
Ruben Santiago-Hudson is a Tony Award-winning actor, an accomplished writer/director with three Obie awards. In addition to an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination he received numerous accolades for his screenplay of HBO’s Lackawanna Blues. He received the 2013 Lucille Lortel and Obie Award for Best Direction of August Wilsons The Piano Lesson, and in 2016 an Obie Award for Special Citations: Collaboration of the play Skeleton Crew with playwright Dominique Morriseau. Ruben recurred in Showtime’s hit series Billions opposite Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti and TNT’s Public Morals from writer/director Ed Burns. Ruben currently stars in BET’s new series The Quad opposite Anika Noni Rose set in the culture filled world of a HBCU that premiered February 1, 2017. Santiago-Hudson guest stars on ABC’s political drama Designated Survivor.
Ruben directed August Wilson’s JITNEY! on Broadway opening to rave reviews in January 2017. He starred on Broadway in Lydia Diamond’s play Stick Fly produced by Alicia Keys. Santiago-Hudson co-starred for three seasons as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery on the hit ABC series, Castle. Ruben starred in AMC’s gritty crime drama Low Winter Sun based on the 2006 British mini-series. His screenplay debut Lackawanna Blues for HBO, received the Humanitas Prize, a Christopher Award, National Board of Review Honors, a NAACP Image Award; and Emmy, Golden Globe and WGA nominations. Under the artistic leadership of George C. Wolfe, the Public Theater/NY Shakespeare Festival originally commissioned Lackawanna Blues as a solo performance piece. Santiago-Hudson performed the play bringing to life over two dozen characters garnering his first OBIE award. Working with the Public Theatre again in the summer of 2010, Santiago-Hudson starred as King Leontes in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of A Winter’s Tale.
On film Santiago-Hudson starred opposite Denzel Washington and Russell Crow in American Gangster, opposite Halle Berry in Their Eyes Were Watching God, Demi Moore and Kevin Costner in Mr. Brooks, Samuel L. Jackson in Shaft, Al Pacino in Devil’s Advocate, and John Travolta in Domestic Disturbance. On television he portrayed famed chemist Dr. Percy Julian in Forgotten Genius and starred opposite Gregory Hines in The Red Sneakers. Ruben’s other feature films and mini-series include American Tragedy with Christopher Plummer, Solomon and Sheba with Jimmy Smits and Halle Berry -- the first time a biblical movie starred actors of color, and opposite Christopher Reeve in Rear Window. Other TV credits include a series regular role on Michael Hayes, recurring roles on The West Wing, Law & Order and numerous guest star appearances.
Santiago-Hudson made his directorial debut with August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at the McCarter Theater in Princeton and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Most recently Ruben directed the world premieres of Paradise Blue for The Williamstown Theater Festival and his own Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine for The Two River Theater Company and Cabin In The Sky for ENCORES! at NY City Center. His off-broadway Directing credits include Naomi Wallace’s Things Of Dry Hours at the NY Theater Workshop, The Happiest Song Plays Last at Second Stage Theater, August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, Leslie Lee’s The First Breeze of Summer and Athol Fugards My Children! My Africa! all for The Signature Theater Company, where Santiago-Hudson held the position of Associate Artist. Ruben was awarded the Obie, Lucille Lotrtel and CSDC Calloway Awards for his direction of The Piano Lesson in the 2012 production also at The Signature Theatre.
August Wilson’s American Century Cycle was recorded at The Green Space NYC in September of 2013. Ruben served as Artistic Director of dramatic readings of all 10 plays for live audiences which aired on NY Public Radio. He directed Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Jitney and The Piano Lesson and performed in Fences and Seven Guitars in that series.
Ruben made his Broadway acting debut in Jelly’s Last Jam, opposite Gregory Hines, Also on Broadway Ruben co-starred opposite Phylicia Rashad in Gem Of The Ocean and originated the role of Canewell in Seven Guitars, which earned him several awards including Broadway's most prestigious award, the Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Featured Actor in a Play. Ruben’s regional theater and off-Broadway credits span over 30 years.
Santiago-Hudson received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Buffalo State College in 2006 and from Wayne State University in 2015. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts from Wayne State University and an honorary Master’s from A.C.T. in San Francisco, a Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University. Other Awards and honors include Outer Critics Circle, Dramalogue, Clarence Derwent, Glen G. Bartle Award from SUNY Binghamton, Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayne State University, three Audelco Awards, a Black Filmmaker’s Award, a Helen Hayes Award, a N.A.M.I.C. Award, and an HBO Comedy Arts Festival Theater Award. Santiago-Hudson received a NAACP Lifetime Achievement Theatre Award at the Los Angeles NAACP Theatre Awards in August 2009.
In 2014 The Ruben Santiago-Hudson Fine Arts Learning Center opened in his hometown of Lackawanna, NY. This dream project, which Ruben has been a driving force of, has been instrumental in teaching young people the transformative power of the arts.