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Joe Manganiello’s first scene in True Blood as Alcide Herveaux was about as good as any an unknown actor could hope for. True Blood, based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of novels by Charlaine Harris, takes place in Bon Temps, a fictional small town in Louisiana. The plot centers on Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress at a local bar caught in a love triangle involving two vampires. Despite the werewolf introduction, it was a case of a second chance for Joe. He had previously been cast as bully-jock Flash Thompson in Spider-Man. However, he fell into the bad habit of drinking and smoking every day and it led to a downward spiral from which he miraculously bounced back to in True Blood.

He was voted “Favorite Pop-Culture Werewolf of All Time” in 2011 by the readers of Entertainment Weekly. Initially hired for just six episodes, Joe Manganiello elicited public approval so loud the network couldn’t let him go. Joe’s most recent works include an unaccredited role in the superhero film Justice League and a voice role in the animated film Smurfs: The Lost Village. Joe is also one of the sexiest men in the world. Chelsea Handler once announced at the MTV Movie Awards that she wanted to ride home on his face. Octavia Spencer, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Retta, from Parks and Recreation, engaged in a Twitter feud over him.

Joe Manganiello supports Until There’s a Cure, a national organization dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS by raising awareness and funds through his public service announcements.

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Joe was born Joseph Michael Manganiello on the 28th of December, 1976. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Susan 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. He was a student at St. Bernard School, a Roman Catholic elementary school in Mt. Lebanon. Joe studied theater at the University of Pittsburgh. The reason Joe ended up in Pittsburgh was that he incurred serious injuries during sports activities and decided to switch careers.

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Joe Manganiello first applied to Carnegie Mellon School of Drama as a senior but was rejected before finally been accepted into Pittsburgh. he reapplied a year later and was accepted into Carnegie. He graduated in 2000 with a BFA in acting. He won his school’s Great Alumni Award in 2011. Joe was the captain of his football, basketball, and volleyball teams and went on to play at the university level in all three sports.

When Did He Become Famous?

Joe Manganiello
Joe as Alcide Herveaux

Joe Manganiello started his career in the 2002 Spider-Man film that starred Toby Maguire. At that time, Joe’s role was quite short as he appeared only for a particular scene as Flash Thompson. About 6 months after the shoot ended, he was thrown out of his apartment for his inability to pay rent.  Joe lost his car, his clothes, and furniture. Furthermore, the sheriff only gave him 5 minutes to collect whatever he wanted in a small duffel bag and vacate the premises. The reason for such a hapless situation stemmed from the fact that he was drinking and smoking profusely. He was sleeping on his friend’s couch when he attended the Spider-Man premiere in 2002 and his agent dropped him 3 weeks after.

Joe Manganiello quit drinking and smoking in 2002. But it would be another 4 years before he’d score his next acting credit. He delivered packages, worked as a roadie for the band Goldfinger, and sparred with an NHL enforcer in his off-season training. Joe Manganiello also worked in construction, mixing concrete and also going to the gym which helped him to get his super-toned body.

In 2006, He was asked to audition for a Tori Spelling sitcom titled So NoTORIous, playing her love interest. After that, TV work came steadily, even though none of them helped to push him to the limelight. That year, he also played John Leguizamo’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor in the CBS television pilot Edison.

His fame, however, skyrocketed in 2009 when he won the role of Alcide Herveaux in season three of HBO’s supernatural series True Blood. Popular appeal would give Joe more episodes to feature in, contrary to his original agreement to appear in just a few episodes. For over five years, Joe took Alcide as his own, gaining more recognition as the years went by. In 2011, he was the winner of four different awards; a NewNowNext Awards, a Saturn Award, and two Scream Awards for Best Ensemble and Breakout Performance – Male.

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