Royal Court’s first attendent, Christine Perry, at the John W. Davison Lecture Series with a jubiant Pooch Hall.
November 7, 2012 – Actor Marion “Pooch” Hall—former star of the hit television show “The Game”—headlined the second John W. Davison Lecture Series of the fall semester. The series, which was held on Oct. 24 in the C.W. Pettigrew auditorium, was named after the first principal of Fort Valley High & Industrial School John Wesley Davison.
The energetic and lighthearted California native did more than just deliver a speech. When he arrived on FVSU’s campus, Hall interacted with his fans, taking pictures with admirers and shaking hands with the university’s faculty and staff.
Hall launched his acting career in New York. The actor got his big break when he landed the role of Derwin Davis, a rookie wide receiver for the San Diego Sabers on “The Game.” Recently Hall decided to leave Black Entertainment Television’s top syndicated show to pursue a role on Showtime’s “Ray Donavan.” Pooch has also appeared in films like “Stomp the Yard 2” and “Jumping the Broom.”
Though Hall enjoys the success of his acting career, he told FVSU students know that the transition to fame wasn’t an easy one.
“I’ve faced a lot of obstacles,” said Hall. “I lost my mother, I was arrested, I even slept in my car and ate nothing but noodles.”
Hall’s lively attitude captivated the audience, especially members of the university’s Joseph Adkins Players, a popular theater troupe at FVSU.
“It was an amazing experience to hear him speak about how he got into acting,” saidFVSU student Amanda Allen, who is also a JAP theater troupe member. “As someone who is aspiring to be an entertainer, it was really inspiring to hear him tell his story.”
At the end of the lecture, Hall answered a few questions from the crowd and thankedFVSU faculty, staff and students in his own special way.
“This is what it’s all about,” said Hall. “You guys are the future; it starts right here. Right here is where you make a difference.”
The lecture series is free and open to the public. For more details contact Alecia Livatt, interim development director and JWDLS coordinator at (478) 825-6959.
Horace Holloman III, contributing writer
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