• DJ Qualls is an American model, actor and producer born in 1978 in Nashville, Tennessee
• He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 14 and is now openly gay
• He is best known for his roles in “Road Trip,” “The New Guy,” and “The Core” in 2000, 2002, and 2003 respectively
• He has appeared in several other movies and TV shows and has a net worth of about $6 million as of 2022
• He is 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall, weighs 140lbs (63kgs), and has blue eyes and dark brown hair.

DJ Qualls is an acclaimed American model, actor and producer, who is perhaps best known for appearing in the films “Road Trip,” “The New Guy,” and “The Core” in 2000, 2002 and 2003 respectively.

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Age, Early Life, and Education Background

DJ Qualls was born under the Gemini zodiac sign on 10 June 1978, in Nashville, Tennessee, and is 44 years old as of 2022. His birth name is Donald Joseph Qualls, and he was raised alongside his four siblings by their mother Debbie Qualls, and her better half, Donnie Qualls. He follows the Christianity religion. When he was fourteen, doctors discovered that he was suffering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system (the body’s immune system) and is mostly characterized by swelling of lymph nodes. Luckily, he recovered after chemotherapy but the procedure impacted his growth, and so why he has a slender frame.

DJ Qualls attended a local elementary school in Nashville before he joined Coffee County Central High School. He began expressing a keen interest in music while he was in high school, and was a member of the Red Raider Band. He later joined the London-based King’s College, where he studied English literature. Subsequently, he moved back to Tennessee and enrolled at Belmont University, Nashville; he began appearing in several local theatrical productions while he was studying there.

Career Beginnings

In 1994, DJ Qualls landed a minor role in the HBO movie “Against the Wall” – four years later, he was cast as Jason in the TV mini-series “Against the Wall,” which was based on the 1997 eponymous novel by David Stevens and Alex Haley. During this time, he made frequent appearances in several theatrical productions. He also modeled for several reputable brands such as the Italian luxury clothing line, Prada, and posed before acclaimed photographers such as Steve Klein and David LaChapelle. Moreover, he made appearances in the music videos “Boys” by Britney Spears and “I’m Just a Kid” by the rock band Simple Plan.

Rise To Prominence

In 2000, DJ auditioned for a role in the comedy film “Road Trip,” which was written by Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong and directed by the American producer and screenwriter Todd Phillips. He was selected to portray the shy virgin, Kyle Edwards, and his praised performance in the film saw him landing several other roles in productions such as the Geoffrey Wright-directed film “Cherry Falls.” His following appearances were in “Chasing Holden,” in which he portrayed Neil Lawrence in 2001, “Lone Star State of Mind,” and “The New Guy” among others. 2002 saw Donald cast as Archie in the James Robinson-written and directed American dark comedy movie “Comic Book Villains.” He also served as the co-producer of the movie. In the same year, he was cast in the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed crime-comedy film “Big Trouble,” which is based on a 1999 eponymous novel by Dave Barry. It starred Barry Sonnenfeld, Rene Russo and Tim Allen and had a box office collection of around $8.5 million.

In 2005, DJ appeared in the Creig Brewer-directed independent drama movie, “Hustle & Flow” and two years later, he starred in the comedy movie “Delta Force.” In 2009, he acted and also came in as the executive producer of the comedy-drama movie “Last Day of Summer,” which was written, directed, and produced by Vlad Yudin. He was later seen in the comedy film “Small Apartment” and “Pawn Shop Chronicles” in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

The Tennessee native has appeared in several series, such as “Legit,” Eric Kripke’s fantasy horror “Supernatural,” and Andy Breckman’s mystery “Monk” among others. Moreover, he played minor roles in the series “Criminal Minds,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “Breaking Bad” among several others. 2017 saw DJ sharing the screen with Rami Malek in the Sarah Adina Smith-directed sci-fi thriller “Buster’s Mal Heart.” He also appeared in “The Jim Jefferies Show” in 2020.

Donald’s appearance in “Hustle & Flow” saw him nominated for a joint Screen Actors Guild Award in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion picture.

Social Media Presence

DJ Qualls is active on Instagram under the username @djqualls and has over 80,000 followers. He has a verified Twitter handle under the username @TheOnlyDJQualls, having joined the platform in April 2010. He has over 210,000 followers and likes posting videos and photos about his daily lifestyle and future career plans.

Personal Life

In 2006 and 2007, Donald was in a romantic relationship with the Young Hollywood Awards-winning actress and singer Nikki Reed. DJ Qualls revealed on Instagram that he’d known Reed for a decade and a half before they began dating. Reed is possibly best known for playing vampire Rosalie Hale in the fantasy film franchise “The Twilight Saga’ from 2008 to 2012.

After the end of their relationship, Nikki went on to date several prominent figures such as Pavel Priluchnyy, Ryan Phillippe and Derek Hough, among others. She was previously married to the singer-songwriter, Paul McDonald from 2011 to 2014. She is now the wife of the acclaimed actor, Ian Somerhalder, who is popularly known for playing Damon Salvatore in the hit mystery TV series “The Vampire Diaries,” which aired on The CW from 2009 to 2017.

DJ Qualls is now openly gay – he announced through Twitter in January 2020 when he wrote, ‘It is 11:20 pm, I Just came out on stage at a @jimjefferieshow in San Diego. Yep, I’m gay. Been gay this whole time. Tired of worrying about what people would think of me. Tired of worrying about what it would do to my career.’ DJ Qualls has not revealed whether he’s currently dating; he is unmarried without any children as of 2022.

Net Worth

Donald has been active in the showbiz industry for several years now, which has seen him earn a good sum. He has appeared in several hit projects such as “Road Trip” which had an impressive box office collection of almost $120 million – it made him very popular and increased his wealth significantly. He’s worth approximately $6 million as of 2022.

Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance

DJ Qualls is of white ethnicity and has a set of blue eyes and dark brown hair. He stands 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall, and weighs approximately 140lbs (63kgs). Moreover, he wears shoe size 10(US).


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