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|Birthplace||Nashville, Tennessee, USA|
|Date of Birth||June 12, 1978|
|Role on LOST||Johnny|
|IMDB||DJ Qualls at IMDB|
Donald Joseph Qualls (born June 12, 1978) is an American actor, better known as DJ Qualls. Qualls was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and was raised in Manchester, Tennessee, as one of five children. Two two primary industries of Manchester are casket making and pajama making. Qualls worked in a factory one summer.
He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer, at age 14. After two years of surgery (including the removal of his spleen), chemotherapy, and radiation treatments, Qualls's cancer went into remission. The young survivor came to believe that there was something bigger and better out there for him. As a teenager, Qualls went to Camp Horizon. As an adult, Qualls volunteered there as a counselor until his celebrity status made him a distraction. He has since been an advocate for cancer research.
After graduating from Coffee County Central High School in 1992, Qualls was desperate to get out of Tennessee, so he took off for a foreign country where he didn't have to learn a new language. He ended up at King's College London studying English language and literature. He eventually returned to Tennessee, after about three years. At first he worked as a paralegal in 1997 and began studying at Belmont University in Nashville.
He was an extra in the HBO movie Against the Wall in 1994. He got the small role of Jason in the television miniseries Mama Flora's Family (1998) while participating for free 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 Beverly Hills. He made his debut in that movie as a lead character, the shy virgin Kyle Edwards. After the movie was released, Qualls was reportedly afraid people would think his personality was the same as that of the character he played in the movie.
After Road Trip, Qualls increasingly worked as a model, working for Prada and with photographers David LaChapelle and Steve Klein. The film Cherry Falls (2000) came next, where he played another virgin named Wally. In 2001 he played Neil Lawrence in Chasing Holden.
In 2002 he appeared as Archie in Comic Book Villains, as Josh in the episode My Student of Scrubs, he was Andrew in the movie Big Trouble, Junior in the Lone Star State of Mind movie, and he also starred as Dizzy Gillespie Harrison in the film The New Guy. He was playing the main character, when he got to kiss Eliza Dushku.
He has also done work on television as well. He has made guest appearances on shows such as Monk, Scrubs, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and CSI. Qualls spewed a string of profanity when he was chastised for "ruining" the surprise aspect of a surprise party in an episode of Punk'd.
According to early reports, Qualls was a passenger aboard JetBlue Airways Flight 292 on September 21, 2005, a flight in which the landing gear wouldn't fully retract forcing an emergency landing. But both Qualls' publicist told E! Thursday Qualls was not on board. Qualls, however, was at the airport, where he met Hustle & Flow co-star Taryn Manning, who was on the plane.
DJ appeared in the February 8, 2007 episode "Blow" of My Name Is Earl. He played the character Ray Ray, who is married to Joy's newly discovered half-sister Liberty. There are many parallels between Ray Ray and Crabman's characters, essentially making Ray Ray seem like a white Crabman.
Qualls' next project is comedy called Delta Farce, set to be released in 2007. He will star alongside Blue Collar Comedy Tour stars Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy.
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Appears as Johnny in: