DJ Qualls

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DJ Qualls
Qualls at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival
BornDonald Joseph Qualls
(1978-06-10) June 10, 1978 (age 35)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActor, film producer
Years active1995–present
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DJ Qualls
Qualls at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival
BornDonald Joseph Qualls
(1978-06-10) June 10, 1978 (age 35)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActor, film producer
Years active1995–present

Donald Joseph "DJ" Qualls (born June 10, 1978) is an American comedic actor known for his work in films such as The New Guy, Road Trip, and Hustle & Flow, and for appearances on television series such as Breaking Bad, Legit, Supernatural, Scrubs, Lost, CSI and The Big Bang Theory.[1]

Early life[edit]

Qualls was born to Debbie and Connie Qualls in Nashville, Tennessee, and was one of five children. He was raised in Manchester, Tennessee, and attended school nearby. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 14, and after two years of treatment, his cancer was said to be in remission.

After graduating from Coffee County Central High School where he was an active member in the Red Raider Band, in Manchester, Tennessee, Qualls attended the University of London in England where he studied English and literature. He returned to Tennessee and enrolled in Belmont University in Nashville, where he also began acting in a local theatre company.[2]


He was an extra in the HBO movie Against the Wall in 1994. He landed the small role of Jason in the television miniseries Mama Flora's Family (1998) while participating for free in Community Theater. After auditioning for a one-liner in Road Trip (2000) he was asked to come from the Atlanta office to meet producer Ivan Reitman in California. Qualls debuted in Road Trip as shy virgin Kyle Edwards.[3]

After Road Trip, Qualls increasingly worked as a model, working for Prada and with photographers David LaChapelle and Steve Klein.[4] In Cherry Falls (2000), he played Wally, another virgin again. In 2001 he played Neil Lawrence in Chasing Holden.[5]

In 2002, he appeared as Archie in the film Comic Book Villains, Andrew in Big Trouble, Junior in Lone Star State of Mind, Dizzy Gillespie Harrison in The New Guy, and Rat in the sci-fi film The Core.[6] Qualls starred in the comedy Delta Farce with Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy.

In 2005, Qualls appeared in the movie Hustle & Flow in a supporting role as Shelby.[7]

His television work includes appearances on Supernatural, Monk, Scrubs, Criminal Minds, Lost, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, CSI, Numb3rs, My Name Is Earl, Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory, and Memphis Beat, as well as his current role as Billy Nugent, a 33 year old man with Paralyzing Muscular Dystrophy on the television series Legit, alongside a fictionalized version of Jim Jefferies.

Qualls appeared in a cameo in Britney Spears' music video "Boys" and was also in the "I'm Just a Kid" music video by Simple Plan. He stars in the Paramount Pictures web series Circle of Eight.[8][9]



2000Road TripKyle Edwards
2000Cherry FallsWally
2001Chasing HoldenNeil Lawrence
2002Comic Book VillainsArchieCo-producer
2002Big TroubleAndrew
2002Lone Star State of MindJunior
2002The New GuyDizzy Gillespie Harrison / Gil Harris
2003The CoreTheodore Donald 'Rat' Finch
2005Hustle & FlowShelby
2005Little AthensCory
2006I'm Reed FishAndrew
2007Delta FarcePrivate Everett Shackleford
2008Familiar StrangersKenny Worthington
2009Road Trip: Beer PongKyle Edwards
2009All About SteveHoward
2009Circle of EightRandall[10]
2010Last Day of SummerJoeExecutive producer
2011Running MatesGraham "One Ball" Jones
2013Pawn Shop ChroniclesJJ


1998Mama Flora's FamilyJason
2002ScrubsJoshEpisode: "My Student"
2005LostJohnnyEpisode: "Everybody Hates Hugo"
2005Law & Order: Criminal IntentRobie BoatmanEpisode: "Scared Crazy"
2005Criminal MindsRichard SlessmanEpisode: "Extreme Aggressor"
2006MonkRufusEpisode: "Mr. Monk and the Big Reward"
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationHenry GardenEpisode: "Post Mortem"
2007Numb3rsAnthony BraxtonEpisode: "Primacy"
2007My Name Is EarlRay-RayEpisodes: "Blow" and "Midnight Bun"
2008The Big Bang TheoryToby LoobenfeldEpisode: "The Loobenfeld Decay"
2009Breaking BadGetzEpisode: "Better Call Saul"
2010Memphis BeatDavey Sutton20 Episodes(Series Regular)
2011–presentSupernaturalGarth Fitzgerald IVEpisodes: "Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!" "Party on, Garth" "Southern Comfort"
2013PerceptionAgent Rudy FlecknerEpisode: "Caleidoscope"[11] "Defective"
2013Hawaii Five-0Marshall DempsEpisode: "Kupouli 'la"


  1. ^ "DJ Qualls Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  2. ^ DJ Qualls - IMDb
  3. ^ Mark Plante (January 28, 2008). "DJ Qualls Interview for Hustle and Flow". The Cinema Source. 
  4. ^ Steve Head (April 4, 2003). "A Conversation with DJ Qualls". IGN FilmForce. 
  5. ^ Bonnie Laufer (May 10, 2002). "Star Chat: A conversation with DJ Qualls". Tribute MovieMail Newsletter 1 (33). 
  6. ^ Bonnie Laufer (March 21, 2003). "Star Chat: A conversation with DJ Qualls". Tribute MovieMail Newsletter 3 (78). 
  7. ^ Jenny Halper (July 25, 2005). "INTERVIEW: DJ Qualls on "Hustle & Flow"". Cinema Confidential. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ Finale of Paramount's Circle of Eight Now LIVE!
  9. ^ "D.J. Qualls Tweets: Beaten By Vancouver Police For No Reason". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  10. ^ Join Paramount's Circle of Eight
  11. ^

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