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Somerhalder at the 2015 Wizard World Convention, February 2015
|Born||Ian Josef Somerhalder
December 8, 1978
Covington, Louisiana, U.S.
Ian Joseph Somerhalder (born December 8, 1978) is an American actor, model and director. He is known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in The CW's supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries.
Somerhalder was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana, the son of Edna, a massage therapist, and Robert Somerhalder, an independent building contractor. He is the second of three children, with an older brother, Robert, and younger sister, Robyn. He attended St. Paul's, a private Catholic school in Covington. He embarked on a modeling career from age 10 to 13, and by the age of 17 he decided to go into acting.
In the summer of 2000, Somerhalder starred in the short-lived WB series Young Americans, a spin-off of Dawson's Creek. He played Hamilton Fleming, the son of the dean of a prestigious boarding school. In 2002, Somerhalder played bisexual character Paul Denton in Roger Avary's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel, The Rules of Attraction, alongside James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, and Jessica Biel
In 2004, Somerhalder scored his breakthrough role when he played Boone Carlyle in the hit TV show Lost. Despite his character's death in the twentieth episode of the first season, Somerhalder returned to the role of Boone for seven more episodes between 2005 and 2010, including the series finale. Somerhalder was one of the first actors to be cast in a role for the series and the first major character to die.
In 2009, Somerhalder appeared in the movie The Tournament where he played the role of an assassin participating in a lethal competition with other assassins. He appears in the coffee table book About Face by celebrity photographer John Russo.
In June 2009, Somerhalder was cast in the role of Vampire Damon Salvatore as a series regular in The CW television drama series The Vampire Diaries. The series premiere attracted The CW's highest premiere ratings of any season premiere since the network began in 2006. The series has continued to be the highest rated series on its channel with both Somerhalder's performance and the show receiving a positive response from critics. Somerhalder has received several Teen Choice Award's and a People's Choice Award for his participation on the series.
In October 2012 it was reported that Somerhalder had been cast in the film Time Framed, which had begun filming in Los Angeles.
Foundations and causes
Somerhalder was involved in the cleanup after the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling disaster on April 22, 2010. His efforts included cleaning of oiled wildlife and taping public service announcements to let the public know how they could help. Somerhalder also supports the St. Tammany Humane Society, an organization for animal shelter and welfare. On November 13, 2010, he hosted a Bash on the Bayou charity fundraiser for the Society. During the event, Somerhalder was presented with a donation of $11,100 by The Vampire Diaries fandom for his birthday project.
Together with his The Vampire Diaries co-stars Candice Accola and Michael Trevino, Somerhalder supports the It Gets Better Project, which makes it a goal to prevent suicide among LGBT youth associated with The Trevor Project.
Somerhalder announced, via Twitter and in various interviews that he was setting up "Ian Somerhalder Foundation" (launched on December 8, 2010, Somerhalder's 32nd birthday), which he hopes will educate people on the importance of protecting the environment and animals: "Instead of gifts this year, my birthday wish is that we come together and raise funds to support projects that protect our habitat and nurture our furry friends. He opposes GMO foods and factory farming, and supports visionary ecologist Allan Savory in his crusade to let cows graze in sync with nature to enrich soil, enhance biodiversity, and reverse climate change. In 2011 Somerhalder visited Savory in Africa and announced he was making a documentary about him with the goal of winning him a Nobel Prize.
In September 2011, Somerhalder confirmed that he and his The Vampire Diaries co-star Nina Dobrev are in a relationship. In May 2013, it was reported that the relationship had ended. Somerhalder has been in a relationship with actress Nikki Reed since early 2014. She confirmed their engagement in February 2015.
|2001||Life as a House||Josh|
|2002||Changing Hearts||Jason Kelly|
|2002||The Rules of Attraction||Paul Denton|
|2004||In Enemy Hands||U.S.S. Swordfish Danny Miller|
|2004||The Old Man and the Studio||Matt||Short Film|
|2006||National Lampoon's TV: The Movie||Unconfirmed||Uncredited|
|2006||The Sensation of Sight||Drifter|
|2008||The Lost Samaritan||William Archer|
|2009||The Tournament||Miles Slade|
|2010||How to Make Love to a Woman||Daniel Meltzer|
|2013||Caught On Tape||Officer Lewis|
|2013||Time Framed||Agent Black||Short Film|
|2014||The Anomaly||Harkin Langham|
|1997||The Big Easy||I.Q.||1 episode: "The Black Bag"|
|1999||Now and Again||Brian||1 episode: "A Girl's Life"|
|2000||Young Americans||Hamilton Fleming||Main cast; all 8 episodes|
|2001||Anatomy of a Hate Crime||Russell Henderson||TV Film|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Tony Del Nagro||1 episode: "Revenge Is Best Served Cold"|
|2002||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Charlie Baker||1 episode: "Dominance"|
|2003||CSI: Miami||Ricky Murdoch||1 episode: "The Best Defense"|
|2004||Fearless||Jordan Gracie||Unsold TV pilot|
|2004||Smallville||Adam Knight||6 episodes|
|2007||Marco Polo||Marco Polo||TV Film|
|2007||Tell Me You Love Me||Nick||6 episodes|
|2008||Lost City Raiders||Jack Kubiak||TV Film|
|2009||Fireball||Lee Cooper||TV Film|
|2004–2010||Lost||Boone Carlyle||Main Cast; 28 episodes.|
|2009–present||The Vampire Diaries||Damon Salvatore||Main cast|
|2014||Years of Living Dangerously||Himself||Documentary series
1 episode: "Ice & Brimstone"
Awards and nominations
|2002||Young Hollywood Awards||Exciting New Face – Male||N/A||Won|
|2005||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Performance – Male||Lost||Nominated|
|2006||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Lost (with cast)||Won|
|2010||Young Hollywood Awards||Cast To Watch (with Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev)||The Vampire Diaries||Won|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Villain||The Vampire Diaries||Won|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Male Hottie||The Vampire Diaries||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi||The Vampire Diaries||Won|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Vampire||The Vampire Diaries||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Male Hottie||The Vampire Diaries||Nominated|
|2011||People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Drama Actor||The Vampire Diaries||Nominated|
|2012||People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Drama Actor||The Vampire Diaries||Nominated|
|2012||Genesis Awards||Humane Society||Won|
|2012||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor – Fantasy/Sci-Fi||The Vampire Diaries||Won|
|2012||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Male Hottie||The Vampire Diaries||Won|
|2012||Do Something Awards||Best TV Star||The Vampire Diaries||Nominated|
|2012||Do Something Awards||Nominated|
|2012||Environmental Media Awards||EMA Futures Award||Won|
|2012||Fright Night Awards||Favorite Male TV/Movie Vampire||The Vampire Diaries||Won|
|2012||International Green Awards||Most Responsible Celebrity||Won|
|2013||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Dramatic TV Actor||The Vampire Diaries||Nominated|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||The Vampire Diaries||Won|
|2014||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor||The Vampire Diaries||Won|
|2014||People's Choice Awards||Favorite On Screen Chemistry (with Nina Dobrev)||The Vampire Diaries||Won|
|2014||mtvU Fandom Awards||Ship Of The Year (with Nina Dobrev)||The Vampire Diaries||Won |
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi||The Vampire Diaries||Won|
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Male Hottie||The Vampire Diaries||Won|
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Twit||Nominated|
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Social Media King||Nominated|
|2014||Young Hollywood Awards||Best Threesome (with Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev)||The Vampire Diaries||Won|
|2015||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor||The Vampire Diaries||Nominated|
|2015||People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Duo (with Nina Dobrev)||The Vampire Diaries||Won|
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