Joe Manganiello plays the role of Alcide Herveaux on True Blood. He was a recurring guest star in the third season. He joined the starring cast for the fourth season and remains a starring cast member for the fifth season.
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 Italian American descent, and has a younger brother. He was a student at St. Bernard School, a Catholic elementary school in Mt. Lebanon, and then attended Mt. Lebanon High School, where he graduated in 1995. He grew up playing football, basketball, and volleyball, and played varsity football in high school, and was the captain of his basketball and volleyball teams. Manganiello won the role of Jud Fry in his school's 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 getting injured in football, Manganiello auditioned for the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama as a senior in high school. He wasn't 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. 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.
Film and TVEdit
Manganiello moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Carnegie Mellon. He quickly signed with a talent agent, and 3 days later, auditioned for the role of Peter Parker in the Sam Raimi-directed film, Spider-Man (2002). Manganiello landed the role of Eugene "Flash" Thompson, Peter Parker’s nemesis, playing opposite Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, and Willem Dafoe, as his first acting job out of college. He reprises 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. In 2007, he appeared in "My No Good Reason", a Zach Braff-directed episode of the NBC series Scrubs, 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 4 episode arc on NBC's ER.
Manganiello played Brad, the law school buddy of Jason Segel's character Marshall Eriksen, on several seasons of the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother. In 2008, he joined the cast of The CW drama One Tree Hill for its the fifth season, playing bartender Owen Morello, Sophia Bush’s love interest. Manganiello shot the series in Wilmington, North Carolina, and returned for its sixth and seventh seasons. He played Stu on the Fox sitcom 'Til Death for two episodes, and starred in the short film "Wounded" that year, written by Gloria Calderon Kellett, which he first originated on the stage.
He starred in the direct-to-video war film Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia in 2009, alongside WWE professional wrestler Ken Kennedy. Manganiello played Lt. Sean Macklin, a Navy SEALs squad leader. The Fox Home Entertainment film was shot in Puerto Rico. Manganiello appeared in 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, written and directed by Henry Jaglom.
In 2010, Manganiello appeared in television commercials for Taco Bell promoting its new product, the Tortada. He shot television pilots for 100 Questions and the Pittsburgh-set sitcom Livin' on a Prayer, written in part by How I Met Your Mother writer and fellow CMU alum, Kourtney Kang.
Manganiello plays the role of werewolf Alcide Herveaux in season 3 of HBO's True Blood. He arrived on the series as a bodyguard, hired by Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) for Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), when her romantic companion, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), goes missing. Manganiello described the character's relationship to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as "a love square" between his character, Stackhouse, Northman, and Compton. Manganiello was a fan of the series when he was cast. He grew a beard and trained for five months to add muscle for the role. Author Charlaine Harris had described Alcide as having "arms the size of boulders". He also got a sun tan to set himself apart from the other characters on the series.
True Blood AccoladesEdit
- NewNextNow gave Joe Manganiello the ''Cause You're Hot Award' (season 3)
- Won the Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role in Television (season 3)
- Won the Scream Award for Best Breakout Performance – Male (season 3)
As a student at Carnegie Mellon University, Manganiello appeared as Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice at the Quantum Theatre and played Joe in Starlight Productions' The Last Night of Ballyhoo. He played "The Chick Magnet" in May 2007 at the New York City premiere of Skirts & Flirts, a monologue by Gloria Calderon Kellett, which was a finalist for HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival. He played Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire for the West Virginia Public Theatre in 2008, directed by his former Carnegie Mellon professor Geoffrey Hitch.
Manganiello starred in the west coast premiere of Terrence McNally’s Unusual Acts of Devotion in June 2009, alongside Doris Roberts, Richard Thomas, Harriet Harris and Maria Dizzia. He starred as Leo Belraggio, a New York jazz musician. The play was directed by Trip Cullman at the La Jolla Playhouse at the University of California in San Diego. Manganiello worked with the esteemed playwright at creating his role in 2008 at the Ojai Playwrights Conference.
As of 2010, Manganiello lives in Los Angeles, California. He is a supporter of Until There’s a Cure, a charity dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS, and appears in public service announcements for the organization. Manganiello is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and produced and directed the 2007 short documentary "DieHardz", about Steelers fans that meet at a bar in Los Angeles.
- Joe's Twitter: @joemanganiello
|Out of Courage 2: Out for Vengeance||Ruslan Zmeyev||Student film|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||Flash Thompson|
|2008||Impact Point||Matt Cooper|
|2009||Not Evelyn Cho||Ryan||Short film|
|Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia||Lt. Sean Macklin|
|Irene in Time||Charlie|
|2012||Magic Mike||Big Dick Richie|
|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||Episode: "Plucky" (pilot)|
|2006–2009||How I Met Your Mother||Brad||5 Episodes|
|2007||Scrubs||Chad Miller||Episode: "My No Good Reason"|
|American Heiress||Solomon Cortez||65 Episodes|
|E.R.||Officer Litchman||4 Episodes|
|2008–2010||'Til Death||Stu||Episode: "Joy Ride"|
Episode: "Snore Loser"
|One Tree Hill||Owen Morello||13 Episodes|
|2009||CSI: Miami||Tony Ramirez||Episode: "Target Especific"|
|Medium||Angelo Filipelli||Episode: "Once in a Lifetime"|
|CSI: NY||Rob Meyers||Episode: "Criminal Justice"|
|2010||100 Questions||Rick||Episode: "What Brought You Here?" (pilot)|
|Livin' on a Prayer||Doug||Television pilot|
|True Blood||Alcide Herveaux|