Birth Name: Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Birth Place: Lackawanna, New York, USA
Born and raised outside Buffalo, NY, Santiago-Hudson had an unusual childhood. His father, a railroad worker, and his mother, who struggled with drug addiction, did not live together. While his father was involved with his son, Santiago-Hudson was raised by his mother and her landlady, Rachel Crosby. While his mother dealt with her problems, Crosby, whom the youth called Nanny, oversaw his upbringing with the help of another couple. As one of only 200 blacks in a high school with 1,700 students, Santiago-Hudson encountered racism and his interest in academics dwindled. Nevertheless, he went on to college on scholarships designed for "disadvantaged students" and became interested in acting. Y...
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