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DJ Qualls

A hip and hot rising star, DJ Qualls continues to shine in a myriad of film roles.

Qualls was last seen opposite Terrence Howard in the critically-acclaimed Hustle and Flow. Qualls plays Shelby, the young white guy with serious musical talent who helps in creating Djay's (Howard) new music career. He was also recently seen playing the role of Corey in the independent film Little Athens, a drama about the unfortunate lives of several small town youth. Scheduled to be released this year is his starring role in I'm Reed Fish. This drama, which also stars Alexis Bledel and Jay Baruchel focuses on the lives of three residents of the same town. As one of the three residents, DJ plays a convenience store owner in love with the town's beauty (Bledel).

In 2003, DJ joined Hilary Swank and Aaron Eckhardt in The Core for Paramount Pictures. This Action-Adventure/ Sci -Fi film had DJ playing Rat, a computer hacker who helps save the world. Prior to The Core, Qualls starred in Revolution Studio's The New Guy, a script written specifically with him in mind. Directed by There's Something About Mary co-writer Ed Decter, the story centers around a nerdy high school senior (Qualls) who gets himself expelled so that he can attend the town's rival high school and reinvent himself as cool.

Also in the can for DJ is Sony Screen Gems' Lone Star State of Mind, opposite Joshua Jackson and Jaime King. Set in Texas, this comedy is about a young couple fighting to get out of the state. Along the way things go awry when Qualls who plays Junior, robs a pizza delivery boy who just happens to be a mobster. In addition, Qualls co-produced and starred in the Lions Gate film Comic Book Villains, a dark comedy about the comic book industry and rival comic book stores. He stars opposite Donal Logue, Michael Rapaport, Danny Masterson and Cary Elwes. DJ can also be seen in the Lions Gate film Chasing Holden. Qualls plays Neil, a student who is assigned to answer the question, What happens to Holden Caulfield? While searching for answers about this main character in Catcher in the Rye, he discovers unanswered questions about his own life.

Qualls is perhaps best known for his role as the geeky Kyle in Dreamworks' smash hit, Road Trip. DJ received much praise for his portrayal as the studious member of the road trip gang. He has since added a great list of credits to his name.

Other film credits include Big Trouble, Cherry Falls and Mama's Flora's Family. His television credits include: Criminal Minds, Lost, Monk, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Scrubs."

DJ grew up in a small town in middle Tennessee and is one of five children. After studying at the University of London, he returned to Tennessee and began a series of odd jobs before performing in local theatre and later being discovered by photographers David Chappelle and Steven Kline. This led to a lucrative career modeling for Prada, as well as many other advertising/editorial campaigns.

He splits his time between Los Angeles and Tennessee. He is proud to be a cancer survivor and an advocate for cancer awareness and research.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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DJ Qualls Facts

Birth NameDonald Joseph Qualls
BirthdayJune 12, 1978 (45)
BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee, USA
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is DJ Qualls compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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