Joe Manganiello

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Joe Manganiello
Joe Manganiello July 2015.jpg
Manganiello in July 2015
Joseph Michael Manganiello

(1976-12-28) December 28, 1976 (age 44)
EducationCarnegie Mellon University (BFA)
  • Actor
Years active2001–present
(m. 2015)

Joseph Michael Manganiello (/ˌmæŋɡəˈnɛl/ MANG-gə-NEL-oh; Italian: [maŋɡaˈnjɛllo], Neapolitan: [maŋɡaˈnjellə]; born December 28, 1976) is an American actor. His professional film career began when he played Flash Thompson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man. His breakout role came in the form of werewolf Alcide Herveaux in five seasons of the HBO series True Blood.

Manganiello is also known for his roles in films such as Magic Mike, Magic Mike XXL, Pee-wee's Big Holiday, What to Expect When You're Expecting, and Sabotage, among others. In late 2013, he became a published author when his first book, Evolution, was released by Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books.[1] His directorial debut came in 2014 with the documentary feature La Bare, which he also produced and financed. Manganiello is also known for his role in How I Met Your Mother as Brad. In 2017 he won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy as the narrator of the documentary Pittsburgh Is Home: The Story of the Penguins, which documented the first 50 years of history of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. He is active with several charities, primarily UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for which he serves on the board of trustees. In 2016, Manganiello was cast as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke in the DC Extended Universe, making his first appearance in 2017's Justice League.

Early life[edit]

Manganiello was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Susan (née Brachanow; Croatian: Bračanov) and Charles John Manganiello. His father, born and raised outside of Boston, MA, is of Italian descent, from Naples, and his mother is of Armenian,[2] Austrian,[3] and Croatian ancestry.[2] His great-grandmother was a survivor of the Armenian genocide where her husband and seven of her children were murdered and her eighth child drowned during the escape.[4]

Manganiello was raised in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.[5] He has a younger brother, Nicholas. He was a student at St. Bernard School, a Roman Catholic elementary school in Mt. Lebanon,[6] and then attended Mt. Lebanon High School,[7] where he graduated with honors in 1995[citation needed] 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.[6] 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.[8]

After a series of sports injuries, including a torn medial collateral ligament 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.[6] He performed in theater productions and wrote, produced, and acted in a student film entitled Out of Courage 2: Out for Vengeance.[9] He graduated in 2000 with a BFA in acting.[8] He traveled to New York and Los Angeles through his university to participate in group auditions, which provided him contacts in the entertainment business.[10]


Early career[edit]

Manganiello at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International.

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.[9] He moved to Los Angeles, California after graduating from Carnegie Mellon.[10] 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.[9] 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 John Leguizamo's 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 returned to the stage playing The Chick Magnet in May 2007 for the New York City premiere of Skirts & Flirts, a monologue show by Gloria Calderon Kellett, for which he was a finalist for HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival.[11] He then played Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire for the West Virginia Public Theatre in 2008,[12] directed by his former Carnegie Mellon professor Geoffrey Hitch.[11]

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. The summer prior, Manganiello worked alongside McNally and director Leonard Foglia to create the role at the Ojai Playwrights Conference.[11] He played Brad on several seasons of the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother.[13] 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.[14]

Manganiello played Stu on the Fox sitcom 'Til Death for two episodes, and starred in the short film Wounded that year,[15] which he originated on the stage and won Best Short Film at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival.[citation needed] He starred in the direct-to-video war film Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia in 2009 playing 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.[16] 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.[6] He shot television pilots for 100 Questions and the Pittsburgh-set sitcom Livin' on a Prayer.[17][18]

True Blood[edit]

In late 2009 Manganiello was cast as werewolf Alcide Herveaux in the third season of HBO's True Blood. His work on the show over the next five years would bring 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.[8] True Blood was his favorite television show before he joined the cast. He was originally brought in by casting for the role of Coot, another werewolf in the series, but was asked by the producers to read for Alcide instead.[19] He familiarized himself with the novels while growing out his hair and beard. He also trained twice a day for months to add muscle to match the description of the character in the books.[8] Manganiello also got a suntan to set himself apart from the vampires on the series and spent time studying live wolves.[20]

Then 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, 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 with his former drama school classmate Matt Bomer, and then shot the film adaptation of the best selling book What To Expect When You're Expecting before returning to Los Angeles to shoot an episode of Two and a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher.

Magic Mike[edit]

Manganiello was cast as Big Dick Richie in Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, the story of a young stripper in Tampa, Florida, played by actor Channing Tatum. Magic Mike would go on to become a cultural and box office phenomenon spawning its 2015 sequel Magic Mike XXL.

In between Magic Mike films and finishing out his last two seasons of True Blood, Manganiello branched out in a multitude of different ways. He shot David Ayer's Sabotage with his childhood idol Arnold Schwarzenegger, who would go on to become a friend and mentor to Manganiello, penning the foreword to his book Evolution which was released through Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books in the fall of 2013. That autumn also saw Manganiello's return to the stage once again as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire but this time for the prestigious Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven, Connecticut.

A few months later Manganiello would take his documentary film La Bare, which he financed, directed, and produced under his new production company banner 3:59 with his brother Nick, to Park City, Utah for the Slamdance Film Festival. He received multiple offers from distributors in the lobby after the first screening and within 24 hours sold the International and Domestic rights, including sales to Showtime and Netflix. Manganiello was given the Triple Threat Award, from the Maui International Film Festival later that year for his work on the film.

After True Blood[edit]

In August 2016, test footage of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke on the set of some unnamed film was posted to Twitter by Ben Affleck. In September 2016, Geoff Johns, who was DC Comics' President and CCO, and who is signed on to both co-run the DCEU and co-write/co-produce the solo Batman film with Affleck, confirmed that Deathstroke will appear in the shared film universe, with Manganiello portraying the character.[21] In 2019 he was confirmed to appear in the Ben Affleck Batman movie.[22]

In 2017, Manganiello won an Emmy as the narrator of the documentary Pittsburgh is Home: The Story of the Penguins, which documented the first 50 years of history of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team.

Personal life[edit]

Manganiello is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the rugby league team Wests Tigers.[23] He directed and produced the 2007 short documentary DieHardz about Steelers fans who meet up at bars in Los Angeles, California.[6] Manganiello is also a noted Pittsburgh Penguins fan and hosted the 2017 NHL Awards and the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.[24]

Manganiello was once 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.[19]

Manganiello became engaged to actress Sofía Vergara on Christmas Day 2014 after six months of dating.[25] They married in Palm Beach, Florida on November 21, 2015.[26][27]

He has also been a longtime Dungeons & Dragons fan and player, appearing on episodes of The Big Bang Theory, Nerd Poker, CelebriD&D,[28] the web show Critical Role[29][30] and Force Grey playing the game.[31]

Manganiello has learned Transcendental Meditation.[32]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Out of Courage 2: Out for Vengeance Ruslan Zmeyev / Writer / Producer Short film
Spider-Man Flash Thompson
2007 Spider-Man 3 Cameo
2008 Impact Point Matt Cooper
Wounded Patient Short film
2009 Not Evelyn Cho Ryan Short film
Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia Lt. Sean Macklin
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
Magic Mike Big Dick Richie
2014 Sabotage Joseph "Grinder" Phillips
2015 Knight of Cups Joe
Tumbledown Curtis
Magic Mike XXL Big Dick Richie
2016 Pee-wee's Big Holiday Himself
2017 Smurfs: The Lost Village Hefty Smurf (voice)
Justice League Slade Wilson / Deathstroke Uncredited cameo
2018 Rampage Burke
2019 Drunk Parents Bob Donnelly
Bottom of the 9th Sonny Stano Also producer
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Bailiff
2020 The Sleepover Leo
Archenemy Max Fist
2021 Shoplifters of the World Full Metal Mickey Also producer
Zack Snyder's Justice League Slade Wilson / Deathstroke Uncredited cameo
The Spine of Night Mongrel


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Jake in Progress Rick Cavanaugh Episode: "Notting Hell"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tom Harper Episode: "Daddy's Little Girl"
Las Vegas Carson Stuart Episode: "Urban Legend"
Close to Home James Miller Episode: "Escape"
So Notorious Scott Recurring role, 2 episodes
A.K.A. Brian TV movie
2006–2012 How I Met Your Mother Brad Morris Recurring role, 7 episodes
2007 Scrubs Chad Miller Episode: "My No Good Reason"
American Heiress Solomon Cortez Main cast, 64 episodes
ER Officer Litchman Recurring role, 4 episodes
2008–2010 'Til Death Stu Recurring role, 2 episodes
One Tree Hill Owen Morello Recurring role, 13 episodes
2009 CSI: Miami Tony Ramirez Episode: "Target Specific"
Medium Angelo Filipelli Episode: "Once in a Lifetime"
2010 CSI: NY Rob Meyers Episode: "Criminal Justice"
100 Questions Rick Episode: "What Brought You Here?"
Livin' on a Prayer Doug Unaired pilot
2010–2014 True Blood Alcide Herveaux Main cast (42 episodes)
2010, 2014 WWE Raw Himself 2 episodes
2011 Two and a Half Men Alex Episode: "The Squat and the Hover"
2012 White Collar Ben Ryan Episode: "Neighborhood Watch"
2013 Talking Dead Himself Episode #2.10
2016 Mom Julian Episode: "Cinderella and a Drunk MacGyver"
2018 The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale Himself Recurring role, 2 episodes
No Activity Dugan 2 episodes ("By the Siege Side" and "Operation Meat Puppet")
2019 One Day at a Time Nick Episode: "Drinking and Driving"
The Big Bang Theory Himself Episode: "The D&D Vortex"
Daybreak Karl Pokaski Episode: "5318008"
Star Wars Resistance Ax Tagrin (voice)
2021 Big City Greens Viper Fang (voice) Episode: "Spaghetti Theory"
TBA Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas Rose (voice)

Web shows and series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Force Grey: Lost City of Omu Himself/Arkhan the Cruel 18 episodes
Critical Role Himself/Arkhan the Cruel 2 episodes
2018 Spellslingers Himself 1 episode
2018-2019 The Angel of Vine Hank Briggs 10 episodes (series regular)
2020 Good Mythical Morning Himself Episodes: "What Mask Am I Wearing? (GAME)"


Year Title Roles Awards/Notes
2014 La Bare Director, Producer, Financier Winner - Triple Threat Award - Maui International Film Festival

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Group Award Work Result
2011 NewNowNext Awards 'Cause You're Hot True Blood Won[33]
Saturn Award Best Guest Starring Role in Television Won[34]
Scream Award Breakout Performance – Male Won[34]
Best Ensemble Won[34]
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout: Male What To Expect When You're Expecting Nominated[34]
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Moment Magic Mike Nominated[34]
2014 Maui Film Festival Triple Threat Award (Directing, Producing, Acting) La Bare Won[35]
2017 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards Narrator - Sports Program One-Time Special Pittsburgh is Home: The Story of the Penguins Won[34]


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