DJ Qualls

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DJ Qualls
BornDonald Joseph Qualls
(1978-06-10) June 10, 1978 (age 36)
Manchester, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActor, film producer, model
Years active1995–present
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DJ Qualls
BornDonald Joseph Qualls
(1978-06-10) June 10, 1978 (age 36)
Manchester, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActor, film producer, model
Years active1995–present

Donald Joseph "DJ" Qualls (born June 10, 1978) is an American actor, producer, and model. He is best known for his work in films such as Road Trip, The New Guy, and Hustle & Flow, and for appearances on television series such as Breaking Bad, Supernatural, Scrubs, Lost, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and The Big Bang Theory.[1] He most recently co-starred in the FX comedy series Legit. Next, he co-starred in the SyFy channel's Z Nation, which premiered on September 12th, 2014.

Early life[edit]

Qualls was born in Nashville, Tennessee, one of five children of Debbie and Connie Qualls. He was raised in Manchester, Tennessee and attended school nearby. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 14; 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, Qualls attended the University of London, where he studied English language and English literature. He returned to Tennessee and enrolled in Belmont University in Nashville, where he also began acting in a local theater company.[2]


Qualls was an extra in the 1994 HBO film Against the Wall. He landed the small role of Jason in the miniseries Mama Flora's Family (1998) while participating 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. He debuted in Road Trip as shy virgin Kyle Edwards.[3] After this, he worked as a model for Prada and photographers such as David LaChapelle and Steve Klein.[4] In Cherry Falls (2000), he played Wally, another virgin. In 2001, he played Neil Lawrence in Chasing Holden.[5]

In 2002, Qualls played Archie in the film Comic Book Villains, Andrew in the film Big Trouble, Junior in the film Lone Star State of Mind, Dizzy Gillespie Harrison in the film The New Guy, and Rat in the sci-fi film The Core.[6] He starred in the comedy Delta Farce. In 2005, he appeared as Shelby in the film Hustle & Flow.[7] His television work includes eccentric hunter Garth Fitzgerald IV on Supernatural and appearances on Monk, Scrubs, Criminal Minds, Lost, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, CSI, Numb3rs, My Name Is Earl, Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory, and Memphis Beat.

Qualls appeared in a cameo in Britney Spears' music video "Boys" (2001) and was also in the "I'm Just a Kid" music video by Simple Plan (2002). He stars in the Paramount Pictures web series Circle of Eight.[8][9] He most recently co-starred as Billy Nugent, a 33-year-old man with muscular dystrophy, on the television series Legit.



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"
2005Punk'dHimselfSeason 6, Episode 8
2006MonkRufusEpisode: "Mr. Monk and the Big Reward"
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationHenry GardenEpisode: "Post Mortem"
2007Numb3rsAnthony BraxtonEpisode: "Primacy"
2007My Name Is EarlRay-Ray2 episodes
2008The Big Bang TheoryToby LoobenfeldEpisode: "The Loobenfeld Decay"
2009Breaking BadGetzEpisode: "Better Call Saul"
2010Memphis BeatDavey Sutton20 episodes
2011–presentSupernaturalGarth Fitzgerald IV4 episodes
2013Hawaii Five-0Marshall DempsEpisode: "Kupouli 'la"
2013PerceptionAgent Rudy Fleckner2 episodes[11]
2013–2014LegitBilly Nugentmain cast 26 episodes
2014–presentZ NationCitizen Z

Music videos[edit]

2001Britney Spears"Boys"
2002Simple Plan"I'm Just a Kid"


  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. ^ Heyman, Jessie (September 26, 2011). "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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