Pooch Hall

Marion "Pooch" Hall, Jr. (born February 8, 1977)[1] is an American television and film actor, rapper, and model known for his role as Derwin Davis, the football player on The CW/BET sitcom The Game, and as Ricky in the 2011 film Jumping the Broom. He also played the character of Daryll Donovan in the Showtime drama Ray Donovan.

Pooch Hall
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Hall at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival
Marion H. Hall, Jr.

(1977-02-08) February 8, 1977 (age 44)
Years active1990–present
Linda Hall
(m. 1997)

Hall portrayed Muhammad Ali in the 2016 sports biography film, Chuck, about Ali's opponent Chuck Wepner and the Ali-Wepner 1975 world heavyweight title boxing bout.

Early lifeEdit

Marion H. Hall, Jr. is the son of Marion and Cindy Hall. He was born in Brockton, Massachusetts and attended Brockton High School. In 1994, he won the Southern New England Golden Gloves for boxing. Hall attended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he first began acting with the UMass Dartmouth Theatre Company.[2]


Hall started his career doing commercials and modeling. Hall landed his first acting role in the 2001 Lift. That same year, he appeared in Blue Hill Avenue. In 2003, he served as co-host for The N reality series Girls v. Boys. In 2005, he portrayed Ty'ree in the miniseries Miracle's Boys. The following year, he won the role of Derwin Davis on Game. He was featured as Chrisette Michele's love interest in her music video "What You Do".

Hall had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom Accidentally on Purpose during its 2009–2010 season. He replaced Cory Hardrict (the husband of Tia Mowry, his co-star from The Game). In an interview on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Hall clarified details about his departure from the series The Game. "My contract came up, I promise you. We negotiated, and we couldn't come up with a number. So my team said we're going to send you out [to auditions]". Hall said the Showtime series Ray Donovan knew about his commitment to BET, but it took so long to respond to his agents; however, he continued to move forward with his new projects. "I never did quit the show," Hall said. "When The Game got canceled, I was offered another job and I booked Ray Donovan the next day."[citation needed] Hall made a guest appearance for the sixth season in one episode "The Blueprint" and in the series finale.

On September 18, 2015, he was cast in A Dog's Purpose.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Hall met his wife Linda in 1996 when she was a freshman in college.[2] They married in 1997.[4] They have four children.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Lift Derek
2001 Blue Hill Avenue Billy "Schlep Rock" Brown
2003 Beacon Hill Michael Cannon
2004 Black Cloud Rocket Ray Tracey Credited as "Pooch" Marion Hall
2004 Without a Trace Lionel Episode: "The Season"
2004 Christmas at Water's Edge Tre Television movie
2005 Miracle's Boys Tyree Mini Series
2006 Pepper Dennis Garfield 6 episodes
2006 Hood of Horror Sod Alternative title: Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror
2006 Blind Dating Jay
2006–2013, 2015 The Game Derwin Davis 101 episodes; Main Role: 99 episodes, Guest Role: Episode 100 and Series Finale.
2008 Courtroom K Orangelo Tell Television movie
2009 Xtra Credit Shawn Hadley Television movie
2009 Diary of a Champion Terrell Thomas Television movie
2009–2010 Accidentally on Purpose Ryan 10 episodes
2010 Stomp the Yard: Homecoming Dane Direct to video
2011–2016 Suits Jimmy 4 episodes
2011 Jumping the Broom Ricky
2012 Warehouse 13 Cody Bell Episode: "Second Chance"
2012 Royal Pains JJ Small Episode: "Business & Pleasure"
2013–2020 Ray Donovan Daryll Donovan Main Role
2013 Necessary Roughness Blake Bridges Episode: "Sucker Punch"
2015 Carter High Coach Vonner
2016 Chuck Muhammad Ali
2016 Hell's Kitchen Himself Episode: "Surf Riding & Turf Fighting"; Guest Diner
2017 Criminal Minds FBI Trainee Clark Episode: "Profiling 202"
2018 Unsolved (American TV series) Frank Alexander Episode 8: "Tupac Amaru Shakur"
2018 A Dog's Purpose Al
2021 Cherry Sgt. Whomever


  1. ^ a b "Pooch Hall". iconmann.com. June 18, 2016. Archived from the original on July 29, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Q & A With the Lovely Linda AKA Pooch Hall's Wife". What About Mommy's. August 13, 2015. Archived from the original on July 29, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (September 18, 2015). "Pooch Hall Joins 'A Dog's Purpose', Doug McKeon Will Run with 'LBJ'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  4. ^ "Pooch Hall's Wife Launches 'Inclusion Clubhouse' to Support Families with Special Needs". BCKOnline.com. Black Celebrity Kids, Inc. July 28, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2017.

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