• American actor known for his portrayal of Dillon James in "All American" and Emmett Till in the film "Till"
• Started honing his acting skills in school plays at a young age
• Starred in the hit series "Star" as Cotton, as well as "Black-ish" and "Family Reunion"
• Appeared in the films "The House with a Clock in Its Walls", "Shaft", "All Day and a Night", "Space Jam", "John Henry", and "Bruiser"
• Talented singer with a YouTube channel and several singles released
Who is Jalyn Hall?
Jalyn is an American actor, probably best known to the world for his portrayal of Dillon James in the TV series “All American” (2018-2022), and as Emmett Till in the film “Till” (2022), in addition to several other notable characters he’s portrayed during his career.
Jalyn Hall Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Jalyn Emil Hall was born on 23 December 2006, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the son of Og Hall, a mailman, and Imy Hall, a supermarket worker. He is one of four children, having two sisters Jada and Cassie, and a brother Jordan Jullian.
Although nobody from his family was involved in acting, he became interested in showbiz before he even entered elementary school. He joined the school’s drama club, and began honing his acting skills in school plays. Additional to acting, he was interested in sports, and played soccer on the school’s team.
However, as he got older, acting prevailed, and he focused on making a name for himself as an actor from when he was 10.
Jalyn made his acting debut in 2017, when he portrayed six-year-old Cotton in the critically acclaimed TV music-drama series “Star”, which starred Jude Demorest, Brittany O’Grady and Ryan Destiny. His character’s older version is one of the main stars of the series, and a transgender person.
Next, he had a minor role in the TV romantic-drama series “The Quad”, and the following year he was 8-year-old Dre in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning TV comedy series “Black-ish”, about an African-American family living in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood, with Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Marcus Scribner in the lead roles.
Rise to Prominence
Jalyn’s first breakthrough role was as Dillon James in the sports drama series “All-American”. The series is based on the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger. Jalyn’s character, Dillon, is the younger brother of the series’ main character, Spencer James, and like his older brother, he’s interested in football but is too young to play the game. He then turns to basketball, but as he grows up, his interest switches to digital arts, and he eventually becomes Spencer’s graphic designer for his social media brand.
So far, Jalyn’s appeared in 40 episodes of the award-winning series, which stars Daniel Ezra, Samantha Logan and Michael Evans Behling.
Although he hasn’t won any award yet for his portrayal of Dillon James, Jalyn has received wide praise and has become an international star.
He’s boosted his career with a few guest-starring roles, including the part of Shawn in the TV comedy-music series “Atlanta”, starring Donald Glover who created the series, then he appeared in an episode of the TV series “NCIS: Los Angeles”, all in 2018.
Moreover, he was Devin in the 2018 award-winning fantasy comedy film “The House with a Clock in Its Walls”, based on the novel by John Bellairs, which starred Cate Blanchett, Jack Black and Owen Vaccaro, while in 2019, he was Harlem Kid in the action crime-comedy film “Shaft”, about cyber-security expert JJ Shaft, portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, and co-starring Jessie T. Usher, and Richard Roundtree.
The same year, he portrayed Grayson in the TV series “Family Reunion” and reprised the role in 2020. He was Deydey in the thriller-drama film “John Henry”, with Terry Crews, Jamila Velazquez and Ludacris in the lead roles,
Later in 2020, he appeared in Joe Robert Cole’s drama film “All Day and a Night”, about a young man who faces repercussions after committing murder, and which starred Ashton Sanders, Jeffrey Wright and Isaiah John.
The following year, Jalyn appeared in the animated adventure-comedy film “Space Jam”, which starred LeBron James and some other National Basketball Association stars in the new take on the popular story, in which alien creatures match up against star basketball players and Looney Tunes characters. The film received mixed reviews, but Jalyn’s popularity increased thanks to the international success of the film.
In 2022, Jalyn auditioned for a role in the film “Till”, but wasn’t told by the director that he would portray Emmet Till until it was time for the second audition. The film follows a harrowing true story of a young African-American boy who is murdered in a brutal lynching; directed by Chinonye Chukwu and co-stars Danielle Deadwyler and Frankie Faison.
To better prepare for his role, Jalyn met with Till’s relatives in Georgia prior to filming. The film premiered to positive reviews, and won several awards, further improving Jalyn’s popularity.
To speak further of his accomplishments, Jalyn featured in the drama film “Bruiser”, with Shamier Anderson, Shinelle Azoroh and Jonah Bishop-Pirrone in the lead roles, about a teenage boy who has problems with high school bullies.
Furthermore, he starred in the drama film “Having Thangs”, alongside Isaiah John and G Perico, while he is set to star in the upcoming film “The Outlaw Johnny Black”, as the younger version of the titular character played by Michael Jai White, and co-starring Byron Minns and Anika Noni Rose.
He will appear in the TV sports-drama series “The Crossover”, set to premiere in 2023.
According to sources, Jalyn Hall’s net worth has been estimated at $1.5 million as of late 2022, earned through his acting career, during which he has already appeared in more than 20 film and TV series.
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Personal Life, Dating, Girlfriend, Single
Jalyn is very secretive in regard to his personal life and hasn’t shared many details about it. He is now 15 years old, and according to reports, he isn’t interested in dating anyone, and is more focused on his acting career for the time being.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Jalyn Hall has short black hair and brown eyes. He stands at the height of 5ft 7ins (1.7m), while he weighs approximately 120lbs (55kgs). His vital statistics are unknown, though he has a fit figure.
Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia
In addition to acting, Jalyn is a talented singer. He’s already released a few singles, which can be heard on his official YouTube channel, including “One of a Kind” and “Been Thru“, among others. Moreover, he uploads daily vlogs onto his channel, and has already amassed over 15,000 subscribers and more than 650,000 views on his official channel.
Jalyn is very active; in addition to going to the gym, he enjoys tennis, badminton, basketball and running.