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Joe Manganiello (1976)

Joseph Michael Manganiello

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Joseph Michael "Joe" Manganiello is a classically-trained American film and theatre actor. He holds a BFA in acting from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. He played Flash Thompson in the Spider-Man film series, and was previously best known for his recurring roles in television on ER, How I Met Your Mother and One Tree Hill, among others before landing his breakout role as werewolf Alcide Herveaux on the HBO television series True Blood for which he has garnered both popular and critical praise. For his work on True Blood, Manganiello received two 2011 Scream Awards for Breakout Performance – Male, and a shared award for Best Ensemble, as well as a Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role in Television and a NewNowNext Award. In 2011 Manganiello was voted "Favorite Pop-Culture Werewolf of All Time" by the readers of Entertainment Weekly.
Along with the premiere of True Blood season five, the summer of 2012 will see Manganiello in two films, the Steven Soderbergh-directed Magic Mike and the all-star ensemble, What to Expect When You're Expecting. Aside from his work in film and television, Manganiello is active with several charities including Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the Los Angeles based "The Art of Elysium."

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 early life
Manganiello was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Mt. Lebanon, a suburb south of the city. His parents are Charles and Susan Manganiello. Manganiello is of Sicilian, Austrian, German and Armenian descent, and has a younger brother, Nicholas. He was a student at St. Bernard School, a Roman Catholic elementary school in Mt. Lebanon, and then attended Mt. Lebanon High School, where he graduated with honors in 1995 and won the school's Great Alumni Award in 2011. Growing up he was the captain of his football, basketball, and volleyball teams and went on to play at the varsity level in all three sports. Manganiello won the role of Jud Fry in his school's senior year production of Oklahoma!, and was involved with the school's TV studio. On weekends, he would borrow equipment to make movies with his friends, and became interested in acting to become a better amateur filmmaker.

After a series of sports injuries including a torn MCL returning a kickoff in a varsity football game against Ringgold High School , Manganiello auditioned for the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama as a senior in high school. He was not accepted, so enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and worked at doing theatre. Manganiello re-applied to Carnegie Mellon a year later, and was one of 17 students accepted into the acting program. He performed in theatre productions and wrote, produced and acted in the student film Out of Courage 2: Out for Vengeance. Manganiello graduated in 2000 with a BFA in acting. Manganiello studied all styles of classical theatre while he was there. Manganiello traveled to New York and Los Angeles through his university to participate in group auditions, which provided him contacts in the entertainment business.

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 Film and television
Manganiello moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Carnegie Mellon. He quickly signed with a talent agent, and three days later, auditioned for the role of Peter Parker in the Sam Raimi-directed film, Spider-Man . Manganiello landed the role of Eugene "Flash" Thompson, Peter Parker’s nemesis, playing opposite Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, and Willem Dafoe, as his first acting job out of college. He reprised the role several years later, making a brief cameo at the end of Spider-Man 3 .

Manganiello began finding work in television, playing Tori Spelling's boyfriend on VH1's So Notorious in 2006, and guest starred on Las Vegas, Jake in Progress and Close to Home. That year he also played John Leguizamo's AA sponsor in the CBS television pilot Edison. In 2007, he appeared in "My No Good Reason", a Zach Braff-directed episode of the NBC series Scrubs, and in the MyNetwork TV nighttime soap opera American Heiress. He also played Officer Litchman, the love interest to Linda Cardellini's character, for a four-episode arc on NBC's ER.

Manganiello played Brad, the law school buddy of Jason Segel's character Marshall Eriksen, on several seasons of the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother. In 2008, he joined the cast of The CW drama One Tree Hill for its the fifth season, playing bartender Owen Morello, Sophia Bush’s love interest. Manganiello shot the series in Wilmington, North Carolina, and returned for its sixth and seventh seasons. He played Stu on the Fox sitcom 'Til Death for two episodes, and starred in the short film "Wounded" that year, written by Gloria Calderon Kellett, which he first originated on the stage and won Best Short Film at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival.

Manganiello starred in the direct-to-video war film Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia in 2009, alongside WWE professional wrestler Ken Kennedy. Manganiello played Lt. Sean Macklin, a Navy SEALs squad leader. Joe trained for several months with a former Navy SEAL who he flew to the set and put up in the cast's hotel out of his own pocket in order to add authenticity to the production. The Fox Home Entertainment film was shot in Puerto Rico. Manganiello appeared in Medium in 2009, and has guest starred on all three series of CBS's CSI television franchise: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY. He had a role in the independent film Irene in Time, written and directed by Henry Jaglom.

In 2010, Manganiello appeared in television commercials for Taco Bell promoting its new product, the Tortada. He shot television pilots for 100 Questions and the Pittsburgh-set sitcom Livin' on a Prayer, written in part by How I Met Your Mother writer and fellow CMU alum, Kourtney Kang along with HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.

Manganiello plays the role of werewolf Alcide Herveaux in HBO's True Blood. His character arrived on the third season of the series as a bodyguard, hired by Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) for Sookie Stackhouse , when her romantic companion, vampire Bill Compton , goes missing. Manganiello described the four characters' relationship as a "love square". Manganiello's work on the show brought him both popular and critical recognition including 2011 Scream Awards for Breakout Performance – Male and a shared award for Best Ensemble, as well as a Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role in Television and a NewNowNext Award.

True Blood was already Manganiello's favorite television show when he joined the cast. He auditioned to play Coot, another werewolf in the series, but was asked to read for Alcide instead. Manganiello grew a beard and trained for five months with trainer Ron Mathews, who trained Hugh Jackman for the original X-Men film and Jennifer Garner for the TV series Alias, to add muscle for the role; author Charlaine Harris had described Alcide as having "arms the size of boulders". He also got a sun tan to set himself apart from the other characters on the series and spent time studying live wolves. Manganiello has since signed on to be a regular cast member.

In early 2011 Manganiello was asked to screen test for the title role of Superman in Zach Snyder and Christopher Nolan's reboot, Superman: Man of Steel but due to scheduling problems with True Blood he was forced out of the running in the final stage. Manganiello told Access Hollywood in a March 5 interview, "They wanted me to screen test and they actually asked for my measurements for the suit and everything... Their shoot date switched and it would have taken up 11 weeks out of my True Blood schedule. At the end of the day, we couldn't get the schedule to work so that I could go off and screen test. So, regrettably, I never got to screen test, I never got to put the suit on."

Upon completion of filming for season four of True Blood, Manganiello travelled to New York City to reunite with his Carnegie Mellon School of Drama classmate Matthew Bomer to shoot an episode of USA's White Collar, directed by Andrew McCarthy. He then headed to Atlanta, Georgia to shoot the film adaptation of the best selling book What to Expect When You're Expecting alongside Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, and Chris Rock. Upon completion of the film, Manganiello returned to Los Angeles to shoot an episode of ratings juggernaut, Two and a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher. He then re-teamed with Bomer as well as Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Adam Rodriguez, and Kevin Nash for the Steven Soderbergh-directed film Magic Mike, which documents the story of Tatum's life as a 19-year-old male stripper in Tampa, Florida.

 Theatre
While a student at Carnegie Mellon University, Manganiello appeared in numerous productions in Pittsburgh's theatre scene, including Ulfheim in Henrik Ibsen's When We Dead Awaken, Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice for Quantum Theatre and Joe in the Pittsburgh premiere of The Last Night of Ballyhoo for Starlight Productions'. He played "The Chick Magnet" in May 2007 at the New York City premiere of Skirts & Flirts, a monologue by Gloria Calderon Kellett, which was a finalist for HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival. He played Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire for the West Virginia Public Theatre in 2008, directed by his former Carnegie Mellon professor Geoffrey Hitch.

Manganiello starred in the west coast premiere of Terrence McNally's Unusual Acts of Devotion in June 2009, alongside Doris Roberts, Richard Thomas, Harriet Harris and Maria Dizzia. He starred as Leo Belraggio, a New York jazz musician. The play was directed by Trip Cullman at the La Jolla Playhouse at the University of California in San Diego. Manganiello worked with the noted playwright and director Leonard Foglia at creating his role in 2008 at the Ojai Playwrights Conference.

 other work
Joe Manganiello has also narrated Dragon Bones, and Dragon Blood, two fantasy novels by New York Times best-selling author Patricia Briggs. These are the first two books in the Hurog series and are produced by Buzzy Multimedia.

Manganiello sang backup vocals for rock band The Used on their song "Hospital" from their album Lies for the Liars and on the Goldfinger song "Wasted" on their album Disconnection Notice.
He also recorded some spoken word for the band D.R.U.G.S. that appears at the very end of their 2011 self-titled debut album.

 personal life
As of 2010, Manganiello lives in Los Angeles, California. He is an active supporter of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and of "The Art of Elysium", a non-profit organization founded in 1997. It encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions. He has also supported "Until There's a Cure", a charity dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS, and has appeared in public service announcements for the organization.

Manganiello is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and produced and directed the 2007 short documentary "DieHardz", about Steelers fans that meet at bars in Los Angeles.

Manganiello was a roadie for the band Goldfinger. He is friends with lead singer John Feldmann and toured internationally with the group doing security.

Former bodyguard of singer/actor Tyrese Gibson.

Manganiello trained as a boxer and was a former sparring partner of NHL player Brantt Myhres.

On August 13, 2010 he attended the WWE SummerSlam Kick-Off at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles that benefited the Muscular Dystrophy Association. On August 16, 2010, he was in attendance at WWE Monday Night Raw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

On September 12, 2010 Manganiello was a presenter alongside his True Blood castmate Evan Rachel Wood at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, then later that night he hosted a live chat on Bloodcopy.com, a website affiliated with True Blood.

Manganiello has made positive statements about the writer/philosopher Ayn Rand, citing The Fountainhead as his favorite book.

Joe was honored as the Grand Marshall of the 2010 Pittsburgh Macy's Celebrate the Season Parade and returned for a second time in 2011.

In 2010 Manganiello was named one of People magazine's sexiest men alive.

Manganiello was ranked #1 on Men's Health magazine's best Summer Bodies of 2011, as well as one of the World's 25 Fittest Guys by Men's Fitness magazine and the winner of Us Weekly's 2011 "Sharp Dressed Man" Award. He was also named the summer of 2011's Hottest Supernatural Being – Male, by Entertainment Weekly.

In 2011 Manganiello was voted "Favorite Pop-Culture Werewolf of All Time" by the readers of Entertainment Weekly.

Manganiello won Mt. Lebanon High School's Great Alumni Award of 2011 and later that weekend hosted a sold out fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in conjunction with the Season 4 finale of True Blood.

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