A veteran of the Detroit Police Department and the commander of Frank's precinct, Lieutenant Charles Dawson has survived the down and dirty arena of Detroit crime and politics for 25 years. Dawson intends to stay on top during this latest corruption probe, but when one of his cops is found dead with a mutilated corpse nearby, he faces scandal and demotion. He puts Frank, his most trusted detective, in charge of the investigation, not realizing that Frank may be more closely tied to these deaths than he's letting on.
On film, Santiago-Hudson has starred opposite Halle Berry in Their Eyes Were Watching God, Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in American Gangster, Demi Moore and Kevin Costner in Mr. Brooks, Samuel L. Jackson in Shaft, Al Pacino in The Devil's Advocate and John Travolta in Domestic Disturbance.
On television, Santiago-Hudson co-starred for three seasons on the hit ABC series, Castle, portrayed famed chemist Dr. Percy Julian in the episode "Forgotten Genius" of the TV series Nova and starred opposite Gregory Hines in The Red Sneakers. Santiago-Hudson's television movies and mini-series include American Tragedy, Solomon & Sheba and Rear Window. Other TV credits include a series regular role on Michael Hayes and recurring roles on The West Wing and Law & Order.
His screenplay debut Lackawanna Blues for HBO received the Humanitas Prize, a Christopher Award, National Board of Review Honors, an NAACP Image Award as well as Emmy®, Golden Globe® and WGA Award nominations. Santiago-Hudson made his directorial debut with August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at the McCarter Theater in Princeton and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Other directing credits include the highly acclaimed Jitney, Naomi Wallace's Things Of Dry Hours, Leslie Lee's The First Breeze of Summer, Athol Fugards' My Children! My Africa! and August Wilson’s Radio Golf and Seven Guitars.
Most recently, Santiago-Hudson starred on Broadway in Lydia Diamond’s play Stick Fly. He made his Broadway acting debut in Jelly's Last Jam and later 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. Other awards and honors include Outer Critics Circle, Drama-Logue, Clarence Derwent and a Glenn G. Bartle Award from SUNY Binghamton, a Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayne State University, three AUDELCO Awards, a Black Filmmaker's Award, a NAMIC Award and an HBO Comedy Arts Festival Theater Award. Santiago-Hudson received a NAACP Lifetime Achievement Theatre Award at the Los Angeles NAACP Awards.