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Joe Manganiello        

Actor; Known for his Roles in "True Blood" and "Magic Mike"

An actor known for his rugged good looks, Joe Manganiello was born on December 28, 1976. He studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University. Manganiello enjoyed some success with the film "Spider-Man" and TV shows including "ER" and "One Tree Hill." In 2010, he became a popular leading actor with his portrayal of werewolf Alcide Herveaux on the supernatural drama "True Blood."

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Joe Manganiello had a passion for scary things and sports. He loved monster movies. Raised Catholic, Manganiello even prayed that he would transform into a werewolf. Instead he became a star athlete, playing basketball, volleyball and football. Manganiello played on the varsity level at Mt. Lebanon High School until he was sidelined by an injury.

Around this time, Manganiello got interested in filmmaking. He worked at the school's television station and borrowed some of the equipment on the weekends. With his friends, Manganiello started making his own movies. His growing interest in acting led to the discovery of musical theater in his senior year of high school. He landed the role of Jud in "Oklahoma!"

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon in 2000, Manganiello made his way to Los Angeles. He landed his first major film role in 2002's "Spider-Man" starring Tobey Maguire. In the movie, Manganiello played Flash Thompson, a bully who terrorized Spider-Man's alter ego, Peter Parker, in high school. He reprised the role for 2007's "Spider-Man 3."

On the small screen, Manganiello landed recurring roles on "ER" and "How I Met Your Mother." He also played Sophia Bush's love interest on "One Tree Hill." When he wasn't acting, Manganiello sometimes served as a roadie for the rock group Goldfinger.

Manganiello's career really took off in 2010 when he became a series regular on "True Blood" during its third season. Based on the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, the series has enabled him to fulfill his childhood dream. He plays a werewolf named Alcide Herveaux on the show. The supernatural drama is set in the Louisiana town of Bon Temps, which is also inhabited by vampires, witches and fairies. His character competes with vampires played by Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard for the affections of waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin).

He has also achieved film success with his role in "Magic Mike" and it's sequel "Magic Mike XXL."

Manganiello is also instantly recognizable for his fit body and commitment to exercise. In 2013 he released his first book, "Evolution: The Cutting-Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You've Always Wanted" to help others live a healthy lifestyle.


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