African-American actor Pooch Hall began his career on a noble and dignified note, by landing one of his first significant acting assignments in the critically acclaimed miniseries Miracle's Boys -- under the aegis of revered directors Spike Lee, Ernest Dickerson, LeVar Burton, Bill Duke, and Neema Barnette. In Boys, Hall starred as the eldest of three orphaned brothers, Ty'ree, who sacrifices an MIT scholarship in order to look after his siblings, remaining in Harlem and working in a publishing-house mail room. The work received positive notices and scored favorable ratings for Hall when it premiered on The N network in 2005, and marked an auspicious beginning for the actor. He then opted to portray football hero Derwin Davis (the boyfriend of med student Melanie Barnett [Tia Mowry] in the weekly series The Game) and, also in 2006, signed for a supporting role in the blood-soaked comic fright-fest Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror. The next year, Hall contributed a minor role to the romantic comedy Blind Dating. In 2011 he joined the cast of the comedy drama Jumping the Broom.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Played football for the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, for two years, with hopes of turning pro.
- Considered becoming a professional welterweight or middleweight boxer during college, but a knockout punch during a sparring match changed Hall's mind.
- Began his acting career with a series of Boston TV commercials and industrial films.
- Landed his first series-regular role in 2006, playing NFL wide receiver Derwin Davis on the CW sitcom The Game.
- Came by his unusual stage name as a baby: a neighbor took to calling Ronald Hall Jr. "Pookie," which his father changed to "Poochie," and eventually just "Pooch."