Qualls at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival
|Born||Donald Joseph Qualls
June 10, 1978
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, film producer|
Donald Joseph "DJ" Qualls (born June 10, 1978) is an American actor and comedian known for his work in films such as The New Guy, Road Trip, and Hustle & Flow, and for appearances on television series such as Supernatural, Scrubs, Lost, CSI, Breaking Bad, and The Big Bang Theory.
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 Cup County Central High School, 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.
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.
After Road Trip, Qualls increasingly worked as a model, working for Prada and with photographers David LaChapelle and Steve Klein. In Cherry Falls (2000), he played Wally, another virgin again. In 2001 he played Neil Lawrence in Chasing Holden.
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. Qualls starred in the comedy Delta Farce with Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy.
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.
|2000||Road Trip||Kyle Edwards|
|2001||Chasing Holden||Neil Lawrence|
|2002||Comic Book Villains||Archie||Co-producer|
|2002||Lone Star State of Mind||Junior|
|2002||The New Guy||Dizzy Gillespie Harrison / Gil Harris|
|2003||The Core||Theodore Donald 'Rat' Finch|
|2005||Hustle & Flow||Shelby|
|2006||I'm Reed Fish||Andrew|
|2007||Delta Farce||Private Everett Shackleford|
|2008||Familiar Strangers||Kenny Worthington|
|2009||Road Trip: Beer Pong||Kyle Edwards|
|2009||All About Steve||Howard|
|2009||Circle of Eight||Randall|
|2010||Last Day of Summer||Joe||Executive producer|
|2011||Running Mates||Graham "One Ball" Jones|
|1998||Mama Flora's Family||Jason|
|2002||Scrubs||Josh||Episode: "My Student"|
|2005||Lost||Johnny||Episode: "Everybody Hates Hugo"|
|2005||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Robie Boatman||Episode: "Scared Crazy"|
|2005||Criminal Minds||Richard Slessman||Episode: "Extreme Aggressor"|
|2006||Monk||Rufus||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Big Reward"|
|2006||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Henry Garden||Episode: "Post Mortem"|
|2007||Numb3rs||Anthony Braxton||Episode: "Primacy"|
|2007||My Name Is Earl||Ray-Ray||Episodes: "Blow" and "Midnight Bun"|
|2008||The Big Bang Theory||Toby Loobenfeld||Episode: "The Loobenfeld Decay"|
|2009||Breaking Bad||Getz||Episode: "Better Call Saul"|
|2010||Memphis Beat||Davey Sutton||20 Episodes(Series Regular)|
|2011–present||Supernatural||Garth Fitzgerald IV|
- "DJ Qualls Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
- DJ Qualls - IMDb
- Mark Plante (January 28, 2008). "DJ Qualls Interview for Hustle and Flow". The Cinema Source.
- Steve Head (April 4, 2003). "A Conversation with DJ Qualls". IGN FilmForce.
- Bonnie Laufer (May 10, 2002). "Star Chat: A conversation with DJ Qualls". Tribute MovieMail Newsletter 1 (33).
- Bonnie Laufer (March 21, 2003). "Star Chat: A conversation with DJ Qualls". Tribute MovieMail Newsletter 3 (78).
- Jenny Halper (July 25, 2005). "INTERVIEW: DJ Qualls on "Hustle & Flow"". Cinema Confidential. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011.
- Finale of Paramount's Circle of Eight Now LIVE!
- "D.J. Qualls Tweets: Beaten By Vancouver Police For No Reason". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
- Join Paramount's Circle of Eight