DJ Qualls

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DJ Qualls
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Qualls in 2014
Donald Joseph Qualls

(1978-06-10) June 10, 1978 (age 41)
EducationCoffee County Central High School
King's College London
University of London
OccupationActor, producer, model
Years active1994–present

Donald Joseph Qualls (born June 10, 1978) 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,[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[2][3][4] 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.[5]


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.[6] After this, he worked as a model for Prada and photographers such as David LaChapelle and Steve Klein.[7] In Cherry Falls (2000), he played Wally, another virgin. In 2001, he played Neil Lawrence in Chasing Holden.[8] Qualls also appeared as a Y2K prophet opposite 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,[9] he starred in the comedy Delta Farce. In 2005, he appeared as Shelby in the film Hustle & Flow,[10] 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.[11][12] He co-starred on the television series Legit as Billy Nugent, a 33-year-old man with muscular dystrophy.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Road Trip Kyle Edwards
Cherry Falls Wally
2001 Chasing Holden Neil Lawrence
2002 Comic Book Villains Archie Co-producer
Big Trouble Andrew
Lone Star State of Mind Junior
The New Guy Dizzy Gillespie Harrison / Gil Harris
2003 The Core Theodore Donald "Rat" Finch
2005 Hustle & Flow Shelby
Little Athens Cory
2006 I'm Reed Fish Andrew
2007 Delta Farce Private Everett Shackleford
2008 Familiar Strangers Kenny Worthington
2009 Road Trip: Beer Pong Kyle Edwards
All About Steve Howard
Circle of Eight Randall[13]
2010 Last Day of Summer Joe Executive producer
Amigo Zeke
2011 Running Mates Graham "One Ball" Jones
21 & Over Counselor
2013 Small Apartments Artie
Pawn Shop Chronicles JJ
2016 November Rule Kareem
Buster's Mal Heart Brown/Last Free Man


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Mama Flora's Family Jason
2002 Scrubs Josh Episode: "My Student"
2005 Lost Johnny Episode: "Everybody Hates Hugo"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Robie Boatman Episode: "Scared Crazy"
Criminal Minds Richard Slessman Episode: "Extreme Aggressor"
Punk'd Himself Season 6, Episode 7
2006 Monk Rufus Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Big Reward"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Henry Garden Episode: "Post Mortem"
2007 Numb3rs Anthony Braxton Episode: "Primacy"
My Name Is Earl Ray-Ray 2 episodes
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, 2019 Supernatural Garth Fitzgerald IV 4 episodes
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Marshall Demps Episode: "Kupouli 'la"
Perception Agent Rudy Fleckner 2 episodes[14]
2013–2014 Legit Billy Nugent Main character (26 episodes)
2014–2018 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
Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry Himself 1 episodes
2017 Fargo Golem 2 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Title Role
2000 Barenaked Ladies "Pinch Me"
2002 Simple Plan "I'm Just a Kid"
Britney Spears "Boys"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2006 12th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (shared with the cast)
Hustle & Flow


  1. ^ "DJ Qualls Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Archived from the original on 2013-12-21. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  2. ^ "Hi, Im DJ Qualls. Im an actor from such movie masterpieces as Road Trip, The New Guy, Hustle & Flow, and Sandra Bullock's razzie award winning film, All About Steve. I recur on Supernatural, Perception, and am a regular on the FX series Legit. • r/IAmA". reddit. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  3. ^ Abrams, Tamar (19 August 2010). "DJ Qualls: Putting the "Character" in Character Actor". Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  5. ^ "DJ Qualls". IMDb.
  6. ^ Mark Plante (January 28, 2008). "DJ Qualls Interview for Hustle and Flow". The Cinema Source. Archived from the original on 2012-02-04.
  7. ^ Steve Head (April 4, 2003). "A Conversation with DJ Qualls". IGN FilmForce.
  8. ^ Bonnie Laufer (May 10, 2002). "Star Chat: A conversation with DJ Qualls". Tribute MovieMail Newsletter.
  9. ^ Bonnie Laufer (March 21, 2003). "Star Chat: A conversation with DJ Qualls". Tribute MovieMail Newsletter.
  10. ^ Jenny Halper (July 25, 2005). "INTERVIEW: DJ Qualls on "Hustle & Flow"". Cinema Confidential. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011.
  11. ^ "Finale of Paramount's Circle of Eight Now LIVE! - Dread Central". Dread Central.
  12. ^ Heyman, Jessie (September 26, 2011). "D.J. Qualls Tweets: Beaten By Vancouver Police For No Reason". Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  13. ^ "Join Paramount's Circle of Eight - Dread Central". Dread Central.
  14. ^ "Exclusive: DJ Qualls Returns to TNT for Perception". TV Guide.

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