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Also Known As: Dj Qualls, D J Qualls, Donald Joseph Qualls Died:
Born: June 12, 1978 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Nashville, Tennessee, USA Profession: actor, model, paralegal

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 November Rule (2014)
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 Small Apartments (2012)
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 Amigo (2010)
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 All About Steve (2009)
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 Delta Farce (2007)
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 I'm Reed Fish (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Manchester, TN
1992:
At age 14, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, resulting in the removal of his spleen
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Studied at the University of London
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Returned to Tennessee and began acting in local theatre productions
1994:
Cast as an extra in the HBO movie, "Against the Wall"
1998:
Had a small role in the CBS miniseries, "Mama Flora's Family"
2000:
Had breakthrough role as an awkward college student in Todd Phillips' "Road Trip"
2000:
Cast in the teen horror film, "Cherry Falls" (aired on USA Network in lieu of theatrical release)
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Worked as a model, for Prada and with photographers David LaChapelle and Steve Klein
2001:
Played Neil Lawrence in "Chasing Holden"
2001:
Had a supporting role in "Big Trouble"
2002:
Cast as Joshua Jackson's best friend in "Lone Star State of Mind"
2005:
Co-starred with Terrence Howard and Anthony Anderson in Craig Brewer's "Hustle & Flow"
2007:
Co-starred in the comedy "Delta Farce" with Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy
2009:
Featured in the comedy, "All About Steve"
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Education

University of London: -
Belmont University: Nashville , Tennessee -
Coffee County Central High School: Manchester , Tennessee - 1995

Notes

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

"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 to the Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2000

On Kyle, the gawky inexperienced character he plays in "Road Trip", Qualls noted: "I knew a lot of kids like this. A lot of the South is almost secluded in a way. Parents are really strict because of fear of the unknown. I knew kids who had no life experience by the time they graduated from high school. That's how I looked at him. I just tried to be open and honest. I didn't play dork shtick." --quoted in the Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2000

Family close complete family listing

father:
Donnie Qualls. Welder. Works in a casket factory in Manchester, Tennessee; divorced from Qualls' mother in 1983.
mother:
Debbie Qualls. Divorced from Qualls' father in 1983.

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