- Pamela Lee Gray
actor, comedian, and writer, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the only child of Fred Hall, a Baptist minister, and Annie Hall. Hall entertained himself as a child by learning magic tricks and watching television talk shows. He played basketball during his teens, and the love of the sport carried over to frequent attendance at professional basketball games as an adult. His parents divorced in 1964, when Hall was nine, and he went to live with his mother, grandmother, and godmother. Hall still had a relationship with his father, but they spent limited time together because of his father's travel schedule. He attended Warrensville Heights High School near Cleveland and then Ohio University, where he was a member of the speech team. He transferred to Kent State University and graduated with a degree in speech.
After graduation he worked for Noxell Corporation and then left ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.