Qualls in 2014
|Born||Donald Joseph Qualls|
June 10, 1978
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Education||King's College London |
University of London
Donald Joseph Qualls (born June 10, 1978), known professionally as DJ Qualls, is an American actor, producer, and model. He is best known for his work in films including Road Trip, The New Guy, Hustle & Flow, and The Core and for several appearances on television series such as Breaking Bad, Supernatural, Scrubs, Lost, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and The Big Bang Theory. He co-starred in the FX comedy series Legit, and is co-starring in the Syfy horror series Z Nation. He was cast in the Amazon Studios show The Man in the High Castle.
Qualls was born in Nashville, Tennessee, one of five children of Donnie and Debbie 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. According to Qualls the chemotherapy he received at an early age sped up his metabolism and impacted his system at a time of growth, "It stopped my development," which explains his slender frame. After graduating from Coffee County Central High School, where he was an active member in the Red Raider Band, Qualls attended King's College, 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.
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. After this, he worked as a model for Prada and photographers such as David LaChapelle and Steve Klein. In Cherry Falls (2000), he played Wally, another virgin. In 2001, he played Neil Lawrence in Chasing Holden. Qualls also appeared as a Y2K prophet opposite of Rami Malek in the sci-fi mystery thriller Buster's Mal Heart (2017).
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. He starred in the comedy Delta Farce. In 2005, he appeared as Shelby in the film Hustle & Flow. 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. He most recently co-starred as Billy Nugent, a 33-year-old man with muscular dystrophy, on the television series Legit.
|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|
|2011||21 & Over||Counselor|
|2013||Pawn Shop Chronicles||JJ|
|2016||Buster's Mal Heart||Brown/Last Free Man|
|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"|
|2005||Punk'd||Himself||Season 6, Episode 7|
|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||2 episodes|
|2007||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|
|2011–2014, 2018||Supernatural||Garth Fitzgerald IV||4 episodes|
|2013||Hawaii Five-0||Marshall Demps||Episode: "Kupouli 'la"|
|2013||Perception||Agent Rudy Fleckner||2 episodes|
|2013–2014||Legit||Billy Nugent||Main character (26 episodes)|
|2014–present||Z Nation||Citizen Z||Series regular, 28 episodes|
|2015–present||The Man in the High Castle||Ed McCarthy||Series regular, 30 episodes|
|2016||Time Traveling Bong||Future Man||2 episodes|
|2016||Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry||Himself||1 episodes|
|2002||Simple Plan||"I'm Just a Kid"|
|2000||Barenaked Ladies||"Pinch Me"|
Awards and nominations
|2006||12th Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (shared with the cast)||Nominated|
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