Joe Manganiello is an American actor. He played roles in movies like Spiderman (2002) and its continuation Spiderman 3 (2007) as Flash Thompson and Magic Mike (2012) and Magic Mike XXL (2015) as stripper Big Dick Richie, but is more known for TV parts such as in True Blood (2010-2014). His upcoming projects include this year’s Drunk Parents and 2017’s Stano and Smurfs: The Lost Village. Born in Pennsylvania with Armenian, Croatian and Italian descent. After a number of sports injuries, Joe started studying in University of Pittsburgh where he worked at theater. Was accepted in Carnegie Mellon’s acting program after applying for a second time. Started acting and writing in small undergraduate productions before actually starting his career.
Raised in a Catholic family and studied in a Roman Catholic school, the actor seems to have challenged his faith at moments. But he sent prayers after the Boston 2013 bombings, which suggest he’s still a Catholic at heart.
When not working, Joe enjoys watching sports as a big fan of both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Wests Tigers. He even went so far as to direct and produce a short documentary about Steelers’ fans in Los Angeles called DieHardz. He’s also worked as a roadie for punk rock Goldfinger and is friends with lead singer John Feldmann.
The actor is a fan of Ayn Rand’s writing and has tweeted about small government, suggesting he might be a libertarian. He also talks a lot about gay rights, considering it a personal subject for him as many of his friends are part of the LGBT community.
Manganiello started dating Colombian-born actress, Sofía Vergara in July 2014, got engaged only six months after, and both finally married in November 2015. The couple has been together since.
He almost got to play Superman in Man of Steel before Henry Cavill ultimately got the part. Both actors were the last two choices for the superhero, as admitted by director Zack Snyder, but unfoturnately scheduling conflicts with True Blood didn’t allow him to do the screen test that could have resulted in him getting the part.