DJ Qualls is mostly known for his extremely thin frame and quirky sense of humor. What most people probably don’t know is that he is a proud cancer survivor and an advocate for cancer research and awareness. Donald Joseph “DJ” Qualls was born on June 10, 1978 in Nashville, Tennessee. He is one of five children born to Debbie and Connie Qualls. DJ was raised in Manchester, Tennessee where he attended Coffee Cup Central High School. At age fourteen, DJ was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and was said to be in remission after two years of treatment. After graduating from high school, DJ attended the University of London in England where he studied English and literature. Following that, he returned to Nashville, Tennessee where he attended Belmont University and began acting in a local theater company.
DJ’s acting career began in 1994 when he was cast as an extra in the HBO movie Against the Wall. He then landed the small role of Jason in the television miniseries Mama Flora’s Family in 1998. When he auditioned for a one-liner roll in Road Trip in 2000, he was asked to meet with producer Ivan Reitman in California. DJ debuted as shy virgin Kyle Edwards in said film. Following Road Trip, he was discovered by photographers David LaChapelle and Steve Klein and spent some time modeling for Prada. Some of his other films include Comic Book Villains, Big Trouble, Lone Star State of Mind, The New Guy (my personal favorite!), The Core, Delta Force, and Hustle & Flow. He has also appeared on television shows such as Monk, Scrubs, Criminal Minds, Lost, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, CSI, Numb3rs, My Name Is Earl, Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory, Memphis Beat, and, most recently, Legit.
We know him from Supernatural, of course, where he portrays hunter Garth Fitzgerald IV. Garth went to college and dental school before his first case in which he claims he killed the Tooth Fairy. Although Garth usually works alone, he has used Bobby as a resource in the past and teamed up with the Winchesters a few times. He is most notably quoted as saying “You’ve been Garthed” when he ganks a bad guy. Garth has appeared in quite a few episodes. We first hear of Garth during season six’s episode “Weekend at Bobby’s” when he calls up Bobby for help on a case he’s working. The first time we see Garth is during season seven’s “Time for a Wedding”. When Sam is put under a spell by Becky Rosen and goes missing, and Bobby is busy on a case of his own, Dean enlists Garth to help him with a case. Next is the Garth-centric episode “Party On, Garth” where he calls Dean and Sam for help with a case concerning a spirit known as a “shojo”. We don’t see Garth again until season eight’s “Southern Comfort” where Garth has taken over the hunting community after Bobby’s death and has the job of answering hunter calls and giving advice about different monsters. Together the trio hunts a Spectre that leaves behind green goo and was woken up when its grave was disturbed. This is the last that we actually see of Garth, but he is mentioned (or calls the boys) in the season eight episodes “A Little Slice of Kevin”, “Hunteri Heroici”, “Torn and Frayed”, “LARP and the Real Girl”, “As Time Goes By”, “Everbody Hates Hitler”, “Trial and Error”, and “Freaks and Geeks”.
While to the fans of Supernatural, Garth will never be able to fill Bobby’s shoes, DJ’s character has been very well received. He has been invited to the notorious Supernatural conventions and has been a great hit with the attending fans. I know that I long for the day that that I can see Garth and Mr. Fizzles on my television screen again… and I’m sure I’m not alone!
Lastly, the staff here at Supernatural-Fandom.com
wants to wish DJ a very happy belated birthday!!!