Also Credited As:Joseph Michael Manganiello
|Joseph Michael Manganiello on December 28, 1976 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA|
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Joseph Michael Manganiello was born on Dec. 28, 1976 in Pittsburgh, PA. He played football at Mt. Lebanon High School, where he also nurtured a passion for making films; often borrowing the school cameras to make films with his friends on weekends. Manganiello also took acting classes and starred in a production of "Oklahoma" during his senior year. After attending a year at the University of Pittsburgh, Manganiello became more serious about acting and signed up for the acting program at Carnegie Mellon University, where he graduated in 2000 with a degree in drama.
Shortly after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and quickly landed his first feature film role in no less than "Spider-Man" opposite Tobey Maguire in the title role, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco. In the monster hit, Manganiello played Peter Parker's nemesis, Flash Thompson, a role he reprised in "Spider-Man 3" (2007). After starring in two installments of the big-budgeted superhero flick, Manganiello appeared in the independent film "Irene in Time" (2009) and also starred in the direct-to-video war film "Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia" (2009) as a Navy SEAL squad leader.
Manganiello found steady work on television, guest starring on numerous hit shows including "Las Vegas" (NBC, 2003-08), the CBS drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000- ), ABC's "Scrubs" (2001- ), and played a law school buddy of Jason Segel's character on "How I Met Your Mother." Manganiello also had a four-episode arc on "ER" as a police officer and love interest of Nurse Samantha Taggart (Linda Cardellini). He gained a large fan base of rabid teenage girls when he joined the cast of The CW's "One Tree Hill" as the strong yet sensitive boyfriend of Brooke Davis (Sophia Bush).
In 2010, Manganiello landed a star-making role in director Alan Ball's sexy vampire drama "True Blood" (HBO, 2008- ), based on the The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, which follows the residents in a small Louisiana town who coexist with modern-day vampires. Manganiello packed on muscle to play the werewolf, Alcide Herveaux, hired by a vampire named Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) to protect human waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) on a search for her vampire beau Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Alcide was introduced as a pensive werewolf trying to nurse a broken heart after his psychotic fiancée, Debbie Pelt (Brit Morgan), left him. Alcide, considered one of the good guys on the show, was a construction worker who wound up being the unlikely leader of the wolf pack. Inevitably, Manganiello's character started developing a fondness for the trouble-prone waitress, which ultimately paved the way for a "love square" on the series. As his profile grew, in 2010, he was cast in a lead role on the CBS comedy "Livin' on a Prayer" as a high school football star-turned-nice dad.