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DJ Qualls American Actor – Bio, Movies, TV, Net Worth

Who is DJ Qualls?

DJ Qualls
DJ Qualls, By Katherine Kinkead, License (CC BY 2.0)

Dj Qualls was born Donald Joseph Qualls in 1978, in Nashville, Tennessee. His notoriety came early for his roles in movies like The New Guy, Road Trip, and Hustle & Flow.  His exposure was enhanced by numerous TV appearances.  Shows like Supernatural, Scrubs, Lost, CSI, Breaking Bad, and The Big Bang Theory. Qualls was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 14.  However, he triumphed as a survivor and went on with his life.  He attended the University of London, concentrating his studies on the English language and literature.

After college, he returned to Tennessee and worked in a local theater appearing on stage in Nashville productions. Shortly thereafter, he was noticed by photographers David LaChappelle and Steve Klein.  They were captivated by his unique, atypical, and rather childlike physical appearance.  He attributes his stunted physical stature to his chemotherapy and cancer treatments as an early teenager.  As a result, Qualls landed a print modeling job in a campaign for the high-end label Prada.  The exposure catapulted him to notoriety in top fashion and lifestyle magazines.

DJ Qualls Defining Roles

The Man in the High Castle (2015-2018) DJ Qualls plays Ed McCarthy

The series, based on Philip K. Dick’s alternative history novel of the same name.  It envisions a world where the United States lost World War II and the country is divided.  Nazi Germany runs most of the East Coast and Middle America.  On the other side of a small neutral zone, Japan runs the West Coast. There’s a small resistance movement that suffers relentless defeats.  But it maintains its motivation and optimism through an underground film reel showing that the Allies actually won the war.

What makes the series so relevant also makes it hard to watch. In every frame, it’s impossible not to feel the connections to the state of the real world (and not just the United States). The show is so good because it’s so real. Watching makes you tense. It makes you angry. It makes you think — if, for some reason, you hadn’t before — that this could very easily happen here and now, if it’s not happening already. And the series will certainly make you want to vote. (Source:

The Core (2003) DJ Qualls plays Theodore Donald “Rat” Finch

The Earth’s rotating core has stalled. As a result, electromagnetic fields are thrown out of whack, violent storms are tearing through Rome, and intense microwaves threaten to cook the planet and everyone on it. The earth will be a wasteland in less than a year unless the world’s scientists and the U.S. military can come up with a way to burrow to the center of the globe and unleash bombs that will act as a nuclear defibrillator, jumpstarting The Core.

The ship’s diverse crew includes scruffy geophysics professor Josh Keyes, a humble hunk with a good heart. He is reunited with Sergei Leveque, an old friend, and colleague specializing in weaponry. They are joined by a brilliant if pompous self-promoter named Dr. Conrad Zimsky, as well as the ship’s designer, Dr. Brazleton, who happens to be an unheralded genius Zimsky took advantage of years earlier. At the controls are NASA astronauts Col. Robert Iverson and Maj. Rebecca Childs. Back on the surface, a nerdy computer hacker known as Rat (DJ Qualls) controls the flow of information and works miracles from his keyboard. (Source:

Road Trip (2000) DJ Qualls plays Kyle Edwards

Josh (Breckin Meyer), a University of Ithaca student, is suffering through a romantic crisis. His life-long girlfriend, Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard), is attending the University of Texas.  However, she has stopped returning his phone calls, and Josh is convinced she’s cheating on him. So, haunted by visions of her in another guy’s arms, he succumbs to the seductive wiles of Beth (Amy Smart), a girl who has a crush on him. But, the camcorder is running and the tape is accidentally mailed to Tiffany the next day.

One of Josh’s roommates mixes it up with the “I miss you” tape Josh had intended to send. And, shortly after the tape gone out, Tiffany calls and explains that she has been out of touch because her grandfather died. So, an impromptu road trip is a last-ditch attempt to intercept the tape and save his relationship.  Josh is joined by three friends (Sean William Scott, DJ Qualls, Paolo Costanzo).  Together, they head south on a three-day, 1800-mile road trip. (Source:

DJ Qualls Quotes

People don’t realize that most actor’s careers are basically accidental. You do the best that’s available to you at the time when you feel like you need to work. Both of my long-running shows, Man in the High Castle and Z Nation ended at the same time. And so I took a period to sort of morn it. On Z Nation, I was ready to go. But you sort of mourn the loss of that day-to-day, because you love these people. And it’s usually somewhere where you don’t live because nothing shoots in Los Angeles anymore. So, I’ve been in Vancouver for four years.DJ Qualls

I don’t know. Also, I think people… as they get older, my face is not going to age well. I have a lot of cartilage. So your ears and your nose are going to continue to grow. So unless I have that surgically altered, I’m probably going to be more and more in the horror genre. Like that’s where I’m sort of going and I don’t have a problem with that. I’ll probably work forever with this face. – DJ Qualls

It’s a good thing. There’s more content than there’s ever been before. But the problem is it that I think it’s starting to fragment the audience. Like, I’ll see a friend that I haven’t in a couple of years. Like, “What have you been doing?” “Oh, I’m on this TV show.” “Oh, cool. Is that new?” “No, it’s five years old.” And, so there’s so much s*** you can’t see anything anymore. And that’s hard. There are more opportunities so, your stuff has to be really good. There’s so, there’s so much content. I think we’re a kind of critical mass. – DJ Qualls

Net Worth

Zodiac Sign

Qualls was born on June 10th.  That puts him under the zodiac sign of Gemini, the twins.

JUNE 10 birthday horoscope shows that you are sharp-minded and creative especially when it comes to business. However, you are likely to want the approval of someone you look up to. Your talents are tested, and usually, you are successful in attaining your goals. You know clearly what you want out of life.  If June 10th is your birthday, you are a person who is disciplined and perhaps makes sacrifices in the name of love. However, you like to mingle with everyone. Those born on this day can’t bear being bored. If you are different, you are of interest to this Gemini. (Source:

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Hannah John-Kamen
Hannah John-Kamen in 2015,
Source: Meet the Killjoys,
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Hannah John-Kamen was born on 7 September 1989.  She is an English actress. Hannah is known for her roles as Yalena “Dutch” Yardeen in the Syfy television series KilljoysOrnela in the HBO series Game of Thrones.  She plays F’Nale Zandor in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, the character Ava Starr / Ghost in the MCU film Ant-Man and the Wasp, and the title character in Netflix’s mystery series The Stranger.  John-Kamen moved to London at the age of 18 and has lived there since. She enjoys playing the piano and is trained in various dance styles such as ballet, cabaret, jazz, salsa, and tap.

Hannah Dominique E. John-Kamen is her full name.  She was born in Anlaby, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.  She is the daughter of a Norwegian mother and a Nigerian father. Her mother is a former fashion model, while her father is a forensic psychologist. Hannah is the youngest of three children with an older brother and an older sister. She attended primary school in nearby Kirk Ella.  She received her secondary education at Hull Collegiate School and trained at the National Youth Theatre in London.

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