D.J. Qualls

Actor, Model, Paralegal
A tall and gangly actor from small-town Tennessee, D J Qualls made his breakthrough with a funny and oddly touching performance as shy, geeky coed Kyle, taken along on a crass college "Road Trip" (2000) as the guy with ... Read more »
Born: 06/11/1978 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Z Nation 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Perception 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chasing Holden 2014 (Movie)

Neil Lawrence (Actor)

Comic Book Villains 2014 (Movie)

Archie (Actor)

Conan 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Legit 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

November Rule 2014 (Movie)

Kareem (Actor)

Running Mates 2014 (Movie)

"One Ball" (Actor)

Supernatural 2011 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pawn Shop Chronicles 2013 (Movie)

J.J. Thomas (Actor)

Small Apartments 2013 (Movie)

Artie (Actor)

Amigo 2011 (Movie)

Zeke Whatley (Actor)

Memphis Beat 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Glenn Martin, DDS 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Last Day of Summer 2010 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

All About Steve 2009 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

Breaking Bad 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Familiar Strangers 2008 (Movie)

Kenny Worthington (Actor)

Road Trip: Beer Pong 2008 (Movie)

Kyle (Actor)

The Big Bang Theory 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Delta Farce 2007 (Movie)

Everett Shackleford (Actor)

I'm Reed Fish 2007 (Movie)

Andrew (Actor)

My Name is Earl 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lost 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hustle & Flow 2004 (Movie)

Shelby (Actor)

Little Athens 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cowboys and Idiots 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Core 2003 (Movie)

Rat (Actor)

Big Trouble 2002 (Movie)

Andrew (Actor)

Scrubs 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The New Guy 2002 (Movie)

Dizzy (Actor)

Cherry Falls 2000 (Movie)

Wally (Actor)

Road Trip 2000 (Movie)

Kyle (Actor)

Mama Flora's Family (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A tall and gangly actor from small-town Tennessee, D J Qualls made his breakthrough with a funny and oddly touching performance as shy, geeky coed Kyle, taken along on a crass college "Road Trip" (2000) as the guy with the car. A survivor of an adolescent bout with Hodgkin's disease, the academically talented Qualls left Tennessee after high school to attend the University of London, where he studied English language and literature. He later returned to his home state and began working in local theater, appearing on stage in Nashville productions. There he was discovered by photographers David LaChappelle and Steve Klein, who were intrigued by his unusual and rather childlike look. Qualls subsequently landed a print modeling job in a campaign for high end label Prada, landing him in the top fashion and lifestyle magazines. While the modeling job proved a positive and lucrative experience, earning him crucial exposure in addition to money, acting was still the object of the young man's passion.

Relationships

Donnie Qualls

Father
Divorced from Qualls' mother in 1983

Debbie Qualls

Mother
Divorced from Qualls' father in 1983

EDUCATION

University of London

Studied English and literature

Belmont University

Nashville , Tennessee

Coffee County Central High School

Manchester , Tennessee 1995
Was the first person in his family to graduate high school

Milestones

2009

Featured in the comedy, "All About Steve"

2007

Co-starred in the comedy "Delta Farce" with Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy

2005

Co-starred with Terrence Howard and Anthony Anderson in Craig Brewer's "Hustle & Flow"

2002

Cast as Joshua Jackson's best friend in "Lone Star State of Mind"

2001

Played Neil Lawrence in "Chasing Holden"

2001

Had a supporting role in "Big Trouble"

2000

Cast in the teen horror film, "Cherry Falls" (aired on USA Network in lieu of theatrical release)

2000

Had breakthrough role as an awkward college student in Todd Phillips' "Road Trip"

1998

Had a small role in the CBS miniseries, "Mama Flora's Family"

1994

Cast as an extra in the HBO movie, "Against the Wall"

1992

At age 14, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, resulting in the removal of his spleen

Worked as a model, for Prada and with photographers David LaChapelle and Steve Klein

Raised in Manchester, TN

Returned to Tennessee and began acting in local theatre productions

Studied at the University of London

Bonus Trivia

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Qualls on his newfound success: "It's amazing. Last week I was eating Ramen noodles." - from The Tennessean, Sept. 28, 1999

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"Road Trip" director Todd Phillips on casting Qualls: "What is exciting about a movie at this level is you have the ability to find new faces. He has this great, unique look and there is this underlying sweetness to him, which comes through amazingly in the movie because that's the way he is. Everybody is on his side - he is such an underdog [in the movie]." - quoted in The Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2000

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