was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents Charles and Susan were both born
in Boston, Massachusetts but moved to Pittsburgh a few years before Joe was born.
He has one brother, Nicholas who works behind the scenes in the entertainment industry
in Los Angeles. Joe graduated from the suburban Mt. Lebanon High School in 995,
where he was a letterman in football, basketball, and volleyball. He appeared in
a senior high school production of Oklahoma! as "Jud Fry" and was very
involved with the high school's TV studio where he would write, direct, edit and
act in movies with all of his friends. He is a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School
of Drama, a prestigious school in Pittsburgh.|
Manganiello's first job
out of drama school was appearing opposite Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James
Franco as "Peter Parker's" nemesis, "Flash Thompson" in Spider-Man (film)
directed by: Sam Raimi. He reprised his role several years later making a brief
cameo at the end of Spider-Man 3. He played Sophia Bush"s love interest, "Owen
Morello" on seasons five, six, and seven of The CW"s drama One Tree Hill (TV
series) and played Jason Segel's buddy "Brad" on several seasons of the
CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother. Manganiello could also be seen as "Stu"
on FOX"s half-hour comedy, "Til Death", opposite Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher
and as Linda Cardellini's love interest, "Officer Litchman" on E.R. (NBC) for
several seasons. Other credits include: The starring role of "Lt. Sean Macklin"
in Fox"s Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia which co-starred former WWE Superstar Mr.
Kennedy and a recurring role as Tori Spelling's boyfriend on So Notorious.
Manganiello will play the role of werewolf Alcide Herveaux opposite Anna Paquin
in the third season of HBO's True Blood, based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries
by: Charlaine Harris.
Manganiello holds a BFA in Acting from the Carnegie Mellon
School of Drama where he studied all styles of classical theatre. In June of 2009
he starred on stage as "Leo Belraggio" alongside Doris Roberts, Richard Thomas,
Harriet Harris, and Maria Dizzia in the West Coast Premiere of Terrence McNally's,
"Unusual Acts of Devotion", directed by: Trip Cullman, at the La Jolla Playhouse in
San Diego. Other notable theatre roles include: Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar
Named Desire for the West Virginia Public Theatre and starring roles in the premieres
of Gloria Calderon Kellett's Wounded (which is now a short film), and The Chick
Magnet for which he was an HBO Aspen Comedy Festival Finalist.