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DeRay Davis (born Antwan De Ray Davis) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He has also appeared in a number of films and television programs since the early 2000s. Davis may also be best known for portraying Ray Ray the Hustle Guy in Barbershop and also Barbershop 2: Back in Business. He also appeared in Black Entertainment Television’s show, ComicView, as a comedian.
The comedian also sounds on several skits on rapper Kanye West’s albums The College Dropout and Late Registration, and also appeared in his music video for “Through the Wire.”
In 2005 he appeared in the HBO series Entourage, playing X-Box with Turtle.
In 2008 he appeared alongside Will Ferrell in the basketball comedy Semi-Pro.
Davis also appears in Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out and also in Lil’ Flip’s (rapper) Game Over Video And also Chris Brown’s music video for “Yo (Excuse Me Miss).” He also recently appeared in Three 6 Mafia’s music video for “Doe Boy Fresh.”
He was also featured in an episode of the MTV sketch comedy show Short Circuitz in 2007.
He is the half brother of DTP recording artist Steph Jones.
DeRay Davis is quickly killing Hollywood with his hilarious humor and persona. DeRay is currently working on New Line’s feature, Semi-Pro, opposite Will Ferrell, Andre Benjamin, Woody Harrelson, and Rob Corddry. DeRay also stars in Warner Bros. forthcoming feature License to Wed opposite Mandy Moore and Robin Williams. He most recently appeared in Dimension’s School for Scoundrels, Swap Meet , and New Line Cinema’s Code Name: The Cleaner.
DeRay’s film credits also include the Hustle Guy in Barbershop and Barbershop 2, the Will Smith-produced The Seat Filler, Fox’s Johnson Family Vacation, Jiminy Glick in Lalawood, and Disney’s Frank McKlusky. DeRay is best known for his role in Revolution Studios feature The Fog. You can also currently catch DeRay on MTV’s “Wild N Out”, in which he just finished the latest season. DeRay is also in the post production stages of his own pilot at Comedy Central currently self-titled “The DeRay Way.”
On the small screen Davis was seen in HBO’s “Entourage”, Comedy Central’s “Reno 911”, ABC’s “My Wife and Kids”, Fox’s “Cedric Presents…”, VH1’s “Love Lounge”, NBC’s “Late Friday”, VH-1’s “Play’d”, Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and BET’s “ComicView”.
On the recording side, DeRay wrote and performed the comedy skits on Kanye West’s LPs “Late Registration” and “The College Dropout” and he performed at the 2006 Grammy Awards with Kanye and Jamie Foxx. Furthermore, Davis is currently re-writing the feature Sons of the Hammer with Patrick T. Gorman and Jason Major for Strike Entertainment.
A born hustler from Chicago’s South Side, DeRay began his career in the comedy clubs and was first noticed by Hollywood at Atlanta’s Laffapalooza Festival. Shortly after moving to LA, DeRay won the Comedy Central Laugh Riots Competition and was a standout on the Cedric the Entertainer Tour and at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.