Ron Hall’s life was centered around a successful career as an international art dealer and a passion for his Rocky Top ranch on the Brazos River. All that changed in 1998 as a result of an encounter with a homeless man, Denver Moore, who was threatening to kill everyone in the Fort Worth, Texas homeless shelter where Ron and his wife Deborah had begun to volunteer two weeks earlier.
After the death of Ron’s wife in November 2000, Denver Moore moved in with Ron and lived with him for the next ten years. This life-changing encounter, featured on many television and radio shows inspired Ron to write his first book Same Kind of Different As Me, a story of hope and redemption. The word-of- mouth hit became a New York Times platinum bestseller and stayed on the list for more than three and one-half years. In 2005, Ron and Denver were honored as Philanthropists of the Year in Fort Worth for their work to build a new homeless shelter in honor of Ron’s late wife. In 2008, they were honored as Good Samaritans by the Krist Samaritan Center in Houston, Texas.
In 2007, President Bush appointed Ron to the State Department Cultural Property Committee to advise the President on diplomatic matters regarding international art and antiquities. He served through December 2011. In 2017, Ron was honored by TCU as the Distinguished Alumni for 2017.
Currently, Ron is a screenwriter and producer of the movie version of his book Same Kind of Different As Me. It opened in theaters across America by Paramount Pictures on October 20, 2017. He recently published Same Kind of Different As Me, Children’s Version and Workin’ Our Way Home, the story of the ten years he and Denver lived together. Ron is currently writing the sequel for the movie.
Ron and his wife Beth reside in Dallas where they direct the Same Kind of Different As Me Foundation, SKODAM.org, established to raise money and awareness for the homeless.