Joe Manganiello (info)

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Joe Manganiello
is an American actor. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Susan (Brachanow) and Charles John Manganiello, and has a younger brother, Nicholas. His father is of Italian descent and his mother has German/Austrian/Croatian and Armenian ancestry. Joe was raised in Mount Lebanon and attended Mount Lebanon high school. During school, he was good at sports and was captain of the football, basketball and volleyball teams. He went on to play varsity level in all three. It was during school that he enjoyed making films with his friends and, as a result, became interested in acting. He went on to study acting at Carnegie Mellon, after which he moved to Los Angeles. He landed a great first job as 'Flash Thompson' in Spider-Man (2002). - IMDb Mini Biography By: Kad

Sofía Vergara (22 November 2015 - present) 

Trade Mark
Muscular physique

Towering height

Attended and graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1995.

Received his Bachelor's degree in drama from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2000).

Wrote, directed and starred in a movie made for extra credit in his Chemistry class in which all of his friends starred.

Was a great athlete for the Blue Devils. He played Varsity football until a knee injury sidelined him in tenth grade in a game against Ringgold (Monongahela, Pennsylvania) before recovering and lettering in both basketball and volleyball.

He played Jud Fry in the Mt. Lebanon High School production of "Oklahoma!" in his senior year.

Used to spend his summers on Peaks Island, Maine.

Originally cast in the part of the spiritual exorcist, Friar Lazaro Mate, in the film, Sublime(2007), but was recast when he had to cut his long hair and shave his beard to reprise his role as Flash Thompson in Spider-Man 3 (2007). He did shoot a day on the film and appears briefly in the hallway scene, performing a breast augmentation.

Used to get paid to dress up like Captain Morgan at bars in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Travelled the world as a roadie for the rock band Goldfinger.

Has been skydiving with the Army's parachute team the "Golden Knights".

Used to shovel sand and gravel off of a truck and do demolitions for a construction company.

Sang backup vocals for the 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 trained for five months to play the character Alcide on True Blood (2008), since the character is described as "having arms like tree trunks" in Charlaine Harris' novels. Manganiello said that, even considering the grueling training, the most difficult aspect of the role was getting Alcide's Southern accent right.

His father's ancestry is Italian (from Naples), and Sicilian (from Messina). Joe's maternal grandfather had Dalmatian/Croatian ancestry, and Joe's maternal grandmother had German and Armenian ancestry.

He campaigned for the coveted role of Superman in director Zack Snyder's and producer Christopher Nolan's upcoming adaptation. Snyder admitted that Manganiello was down to the last two considered for the role and said that Manganiello is "a great guy". British actor Henry Cavill ultimately won the role.

He was rumored for months to be the front runner for the title role of Superman in Zach Snyder and Christopher Nolan's reboot. When asked what happened, in an interview with Access Hollywood (1996), Joe cited that scheduling problems with True Blood (2008) forced him out of the running in the final stage, "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 (2008) 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." British actor Henry Cavill was eventually cast in the role.

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

He trained for several months, with a former Navy SEAL, to prepare for his role as Lt. Sean Macklin in Tras la línea enemiga: Colombia (2009). Upon finding out that the studio did not provide a Navy SEAL to consult on the film, Joe flew his SEAL trainer to the set in Puerto Rico and put him up in the cast's hotel, out of his own pocket, in hopes of adding authenticity to the production.

Has 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.

Named one of Paper magazine's Beautiful People of 2011.

Honored as the Grand Marshall of the 2010 Pittsburgh Macy's Celebrate the Season Parade.

He was brought onto Pittsburgh's Heinz Field right before kickoff to lead the crowd of 62,000+ in the ceremonial "Terrible Towel Wave" before the Steelers played the New York Jets on December 19, 2010.

Named one of People magazine's Sexiest Men Alive in 2010.

Winner of the Logo Channel's 2011 New Now Next "Cause You're Hot" Award.

Named US magazine's "Sharp Dressed Man" of 2011.

One of the world's 25 Fittest Guys of 2011 according to Men's Fitness Magazine.

Ranked #1 on Men's Health Magazine's best Summer Bodies of 2011.

Won the Saturn Award for "Best Guest Starring Role in Television 2011" for his role as Alcide Herveaux on True Blood (2008).

Winner of two 2011 Scream Awards for "Breakout Performance - Male" and a shared award for "Best Ensemble" (True Blood (2008)).

Former bodyguard for singer/actor Tyrese Gibson.

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

Was engaged to Audra Marie from October 2010 to October 2011.

Friends with Matt Bomer, they went to the same drama school together.

Attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated the same year as his fellow Magic Mike (2012) co-star, Matt Bomer.

In a tournament, including 63 other stars, Manganiello was voted's #1 Shirtless Celebrity of 2012.

Named's Sexiest Man on Television in 2012.

[2012, on being in shape for Magic Mike (2012)] When you're shirtless one or two days a week - which is how it works with True Blood (2008) - you can ramp up and ramp down the intensity of training. When you're shirtless every day there's no let up. So we spent a fortnight doing thousands of push-ups, thousands of curls, thousands of lat raises. We basically spent every day working out for two weeks in a row. After that, I needed a pretty hardcore vacation. But it was worth it. It was the most fun I've ever had in my life. One hundred per cent.

Named one of Men's Health Magazine's 100 Fittest Men of All Time, alongside Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, Michael Phelps and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Older brother of Nick Manganiello.

Awarded the "Triple Threat Award" by the Maui International Film Festival for his work as the producer and director of his documentary film La Bare.

Self-financed, directed and produced (with his brother/producing partner Nick Manganiello) the independent documentary "La Bare" about a male strip club in Dallas, Texas. The film was released theatrically on June 27, 2014 and went on to crack the top ten iTunes documentary downloads in its first 24 hours of release on VOD.

Simon & Schuster published his first book "Evolution" in December 2013 to rave reviews. A second printing was forced after only five days of release.

Buzzfeed named him the #1 "Hottest Male Butt in Hollywood" in 2014.

Named People magazine's Hottest Bachelor Alive in 2014.

Honored by the Human Rights Campaign in 2014 with their "Ally for Equality" award for his philanthropic work on behalf of marriage equality.

Engaged to Sofía Vergara on Christmas Eve after six and a half months together. [December 2014]

Attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated the same year as fellow Magic Mike costar Matt Bomer.

Personal Quotes
(2012) Quitting drinking and smoking have been the two biggest turning points of my entire life.

[2012] I screen-tested, alongside James Franco, for my part in Spider-Man (2002) the week after I graduated from CMU (Carnegie Mellon) and got the part. However, it didn't start shooting for six months, so I paid the bills as a bodyguard for singer/actor Tyrese Gibson and as a bouncer at a Mexican rock bar and an after-hours club.

(2012) I grew up a misfit. I never fit in. I had all of these parts that were in direct conflict with each other. I was an athlete, but I was extremely artistic. I was a big strong kid who was also very sensitive and empathetic. I was a jock who was good at math and chess and loved to read. I didn't know what group to hang out with in school until I started acting. When I did, I realized everyone was as weird and out of place as I was, and that I could combine all of those weird opposing characteristics together and create characters that made sense to me in my weird way. Acting was the only place that I ever felt like I belonged so went for it with everything I had.

(2012, on being a sex symbol) It's flattering, but it's not really something I need to be concerned with. I'm glad people feel that way, obviously, but it doesn't change the fact that I have to haul my ass to the gym every day and then get home and study. I put my pants on the same way I did when no one cared.

[2010, on staying in shape for True Blood (2008)] During the season, I work out twice a day, six days a week. And it's protein from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed. It's just protein and vegetables every day. But I get one cheat meal a week.