Manganiello was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Mt. Lebanon, a suburb south of the city. His parents are Charles and Susan Manganiello. Manganiello is of Sicilian, Austrian, German and Armenia descent, and has a younger brother, Nicholas. He was a student at St. Bernard School, a Roman Catholic elementary school in Mt. Lebanon, and then attended Mt. Lebanon High School, 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. Manganiello won the role of Jud Fry in his school's senior year production of Oklahoma!, and was involved with the school's TV studio. On weekends, he would borrow equipment to make movies with his friends, and became interested in acting to become a better amateur filmmaker.
After a series of sports injuries including a torn MCL returning a kickoff in a varsity football game against Ringgold High School (former high school of NFL Hall of Fame Joe Montana), Manganiello auditioned for the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama as a senior in high school. He was not accepted, so enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and worked at doing theatre. Manganiello re-applied to Carnegie Mellon a year later, and was one of 17 students accepted into the acting program. He performed in theatre productions and wrote, produced and acted in the student film Out of Courage 2: Out for Vengeance. Manganiello graduated in 2000 with a BFA in acting. Manganiello studied all styles of classical theatre while he was there. Manganiello traveled to New York and Los Angeles through his university to participate in group auditions, which provided him contacts in the entertainment business.
Towering frame and muscular physique
Graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School.
Graduated with a degree in drama from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Wrote, directed, and starred in a movie made for extra credit in his Chemistry class in which all of his friends starred.
Graduated in 1995 from Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Was a great athlete for the Blue Devils, playing 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.
Acted 'Jud', 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 2007 film "Sublime," 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.
Travelled the world as a roadie for the rockband "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 rockband "The Used" on their song "Hospital" from their album "Lies for the Liars" and and on the "Goldfinger" song "Wasted" on their album "Disconnection Notice".
He trained for 5 months to play the character of Alcide on "True Blood" (2008), since the character is described as "having arms like tree trunks" in Charlaine Harris's novels. Manganiello said that, even considering the grueling training, the most difficult aspect of the part was getting Alcide's Southern accent right.
Is of Sicilian, Austrian, German and Armenian descent.
He campaigned for the coveted part of Superman in director Zack Snyder's and producer Christopher Nolan's upcoming adaptation. Snyder admitted that Manganiello was down to the last two in consideration for the part and said that Manganiello is "a great guy". British actor Henry Cavill ultimately won the part.
Manganiello 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, Joe cited that scheduling problems with True Blood 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 ' 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 go to screen test, I never got to put the suit on." British actor Henry Cavill was eventually cast in the role.
Joe trained as a boxer and was a former sparring partner of NHL player Brantt Myhres.
Joe trained for several months with a former Navy SEAL to prepare for his role as "Lt. Sean Macklin" in Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia. Upon finding out that the studio didn't 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.
Joe 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.
One of Paper Magazine's Beautiful People of 2011.
Honored as the Grand Marshall of the 2010 Pittsburgh Macy's Celebrate the Season Parade.
Manganiello 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.
Joe was named one of People Magazine's 2010 Sexiest Men Alive.
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.
Winner of two 2011 Scream Awards for "Breakout Performance - Male" and a shared award for "Best Ensemble" (True Blood).
Former bodyguard of 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.
Is friends with 'Matt Bomer', they went to the same drama school together.
In a tournament, including 63 other stars, Manganiello was voted Popsugar.com's #1 Shirtless Celebrity of 2012.
Manganiello was voted People.com 's Sexiest Man on Television 2012.
[2012, on being in shape for Magic Mike] When you're shirtless one or two days a week - which is how it works with True Blood - 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.
(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 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) 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.
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