Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello
Manganiello at the premiere of Magic Mike XXL in Sydney Australia, July 2015
Born Joseph Michael Manganiello
(1976-12-28) December 28, 1976
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Occupation Actor, director, producer, author
Years active 2002–present
Partner(s) Sofía Vergara (2014–present; engaged)

Joseph Michael "Joe" Manganiello ( ; Italian pronunciation: ; born December 28, 1976) is an American actor, director, producer, and author. He played Flash Thompson in the Sam Raimi directed Spider-Man trilogy and had various recurring roles in television on ER, How I Met Your Mother, and One Tree Hill, before landing his breakout role as werewolf Alcide Herveaux on the HBO television series True Blood. In 2011, he was voted "Favorite Pop-Culture Werewolf of All Time" by the readers of Entertainment Weekly, and one of Men's Health‍‍ '​‍s "100 Fittest Men of All Time".[1]

Manganiello has appeared in films such as Magic Mike, the film adaptation of What to Expect When You're Expecting, and Sabotage. In late 2013, he became a published author when his first book, Evolution, was released by Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books.[2] He is active with several charities, including Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and he serves on the committee of The Art of Elysium.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film acting 4.1
    • Television acting 4.2
    • Directing 4.3
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Manganiello was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. His parents are Susan (née Brachanow (Bračanov in Croatian)) and Charles John Manganiello.[3][4][5] His father's family is of Italian descent, from Avellino and Messina, while his mother is of Armenian, Croatian and Austrian descent.[6][7][8] He has a younger brother, Nicholas. He was a student at St. Bernard School, a Roman Catholic elementary school in Mt. Lebanon,[9] and then attended Mt. Lebanon High School,[10] 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.[9] He won the role of Jud Fry in his school's senior year production of Oklahoma!, and was involved with the school's TV studio. He would borrow equipment to make films with his friends, and became interested in acting to become a better filmmaker.[11]

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 he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and worked at theater. He reapplied to Carnegie Mellon a year later, and was one of 17 students accepted into the acting program.[9] He performed in theater productions and wrote, produced, and acted in a student film entitled Out of Courage 2: Out for Vengeance.[12] He graduated in 2000 with a BFA in acting.[11] He traveled to New York and Los Angeles through his university to participate in group auditions, which provided him contacts in the entertainment business.[13]


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 Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice for Quantum Theatre, and Joe in the Pittsburgh premiere of The Last Night of Ballyhoo.[12] He moved to Los Angeles, California after graduating from Carnegie Mellon.[13] He quickly signed with a talent agent, and three days later, he auditioned for the role of Peter Parker in the Sam Raimi-directed film Spider-Man (2002). He landed the role of Eugene "Flash" Thompson, Peter Parker's nemesis, as his first acting job out of college.[12] He reprised the role several years later, making a brief cameo at the end of Spider-Man 3 (2007).

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 an Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor in the CBS television pilot Edison. In 2007, he appeared in the Scrubs episode "My No Good Reason" 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. 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.[14] He played Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire for the West Virginia Public Theatre in 2008,[15] directed by his former Carnegie Mellon professor Geoffrey Hitch.[14]

He starred as Leo Belraggio, a New York jazz musician, in the west coast premiere of Terrence McNally's Unusual Acts of Devotion in June 2009. The play was staged at the La Jolla Playhouse at the University of California in San Diego. He worked with the noted playwright and director Leonard Foglia while creating his role in 2008 at the Ojai Playwrights Conference.[14] He played Brad on several seasons of the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother.[16] In 2008, he joined the cast of The CW drama One Tree Hill for its fifth season, playing bartender Owen Morello. He shot the series in Wilmington, North Carolina, and returned for its sixth and seventh seasons.[17]

Manganiello at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International

Manganiello played Stu on the Fox sitcom 'Til Death for two episodes, and starred in the short film Wounded that year,[18] which he originated on the stage and won Best Short Film at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival. He starred in the direct-to-video war film Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia in 2009. He played Lt. Sean Macklin, a Navy SEAL squad leader. In order to add authenticity to the production, he trained for several months with a former Navy SEAL, for whom he paid to come to the set and stay in the cast's hotel. The film was shot in Puerto Rico.[19] He appeared in an episode of 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. In 2010, he appeared in television commercials for Taco Bell, promoting its new product.[9] He shot television pilots for 100 Questions and the Pittsburgh-set sitcom Livin' on a Prayer.[20][21]

Manganiello plays werewolf Alcide Herveaux in HBO's True Blood, starting from the third season. His work on the show brought him both popular and critical recognition, including the 2011 Scream Award 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.[11] True Blood was his favorite television show before he joined the cast. He had originally auditioned to play Coot, another werewolf in the series, but was asked to read for Alcide instead.[22] He grew a beard and trained for five months to add muscle for the role,[11] as author Charlaine Harris had described Alcide as having "arms the size of boulders".[7] He also got a suntan to set himself apart from the other characters on the series and spent time studying live wolves.[23]

In early 2011, Manganiello was asked to screen test for the title role of Superman in Man of Steel. Due to scheduling problems with True Blood, he was forced out of the running in the final stage. He told Access Hollywood in an 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, he shot an episode of USA's White Collar, and then shot the film adaptation of the best selling book What To Expect When You're Expecting.

Manganiello later returned to Los Angeles to shoot an episode of Two and a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher. He then re-teamed with Bomer, and co-starred in the film Magic Mike, the story of a young stripper in Tampa, Florida, played by actor Channing Tatum.

Personal life

Manganiello is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Australian NRL Club the Wests Tigers.[24] He directed and produced the 2007 short documentary DieHardz about Steelers fans who meet up at bars in Los Angeles, California.[9] He was a roadie for the band Goldfinger, and is friends with lead singer John Feldmann; he toured internationally with the group as a member of their security.[22]

In July 2014, it was reported that Manganiello began dating Modern Family star Sofia Vergara.[25] The pair became engaged on Christmas Day 2014 after six months of dating.[26]


Film acting

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Out of Courage 2: Out for Vengeance Ruslan Zmeyev Short film
2002 Spider-Man Flash Thompson
2002 The Ketchup King Black Dildo
2006 A.K.A. Brian TV movie
2007 Spider-Man 3 Flash Thompson Cameo
2008 Impact Point Matt Cooper
2008 Wounded Patient Short film
2009 Not Evelyn Cho Ryan Short film
2009 Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia Lt. Sean Macklin Video
2009 Irene in Time Charlie
2011 The Girl With the Tramp Stamp Tattoo Mikael Blomkvist Short film
2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting Davis
2012 Magic Mike Big Dick Richie
2014 Sabotage Joseph "Grinder" Phillips
2015 Knight of Cups TBA
2015 Tumbledown Curtis
2015 Magic Mike XXL Big Dick Richie
2016 Pee-wee's Big Holiday Filming

Television acting

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Jake in Progress Rick Cavanaugh Episode: "Notting Hell"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tom Harper Episode: "Daddy's Little Girl"
2006 Las Vegas Carson Stuart Episode: "Urban Legend"
2006 Close to Home James Miller Episode: "Escape"
2006 So Notorious Scott 2 episodes
2006–12 How I Met Your Mother Brad Morris 7 episodes
2007 Scrubs Chad Miller Episode: "My No Good Reason"
2007 American Heiress Solomon Cortez 65 episodes
2007 E.R. Officer Litchman 4 episodes
2008–10 'Til Death Stu 2 episodes
2008–10 One Tree Hill Owen Morello 13 episodes
2009 CSI: Miami Tony Ramirez Episode: "Target Especific"
2009 Medium Angelo Filipelli Episode: "Once in a Lifetime"
2010 CSI: NY Rob Meyers Episode: "Criminal Justice"
2010 100 Questions Rick Episode: "What Brought You Here?"
2010 Livin' on a Prayer Doug Pilot
2010–14 True Blood Alcide Herveaux 42 episodes
2011 Two and a Half Men Alex Episode: "The Squat and the Hover"
2012 White Collar Ben Ryan Episode: "Neighborhood Watch"


  • 2014 - La Bare (film), documentary about the male strip club of that name in Dallas, Texas; presented by himself

Awards and nominations

Year Group Award Work Result
2011 NewNowNext Awards 'Cause You're Hot True Blood Won[27]
Saturn Awards Best Guest Starring Role in Television Won[28]
Scream Awards Breakout Performance – Male Won[28]
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout: Male What To Expect When You're Expecting Nominated[28]
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Moment Magic Mike Nominated[28]
2014 Maui Film Festival Triple Threat Award (Directing, Producing, Acting) La Bare Won[29]


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  29. ^ "Joe Manganiello Talks About his Film 'La Bare' and Winning the Triple Threat Award at the 2014 Maui Film Festival". KTLA. June 9, 2014. 

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