Joseph Michael “Joe” Manganiello (born December 28, 1976) is a classically trained American film and theatre actor. He holds a BFA in acting from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. He played Flash Thompson in the Spider-Man film series, and had recurring roles in television on ER, How I Met Your Mother and One Tree Hill, among others. He has received both critical and popular praise for his role as werewolf Alcide Herveaux on the HBO television seriesTrue Blood.
Film and television
Manganiello moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Carnegie Mellon. He quickly signed with a talent agent, and three 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 reprised 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 he also played John Leguizamo‘s AA sponsor in the CBS television pilot Edison. 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 four-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 and won Best Short Film at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival.
Manganiello 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. Joe trained for several months with a former Navy SEAL who he flew to the set and put up in the cast’s hotel out of his own pocket in order to add authenticity to the production. 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’sCSI 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 for100 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 along with HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.
Manganiello plays the role of werewolf Alcide Herveaux in HBO‘s True Blood. His character arrived on the third season of the series as a bodyguard, hired by Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) for Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), when her romantic companion, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), goes missing. Manganiello described the four characters’ relationship as a “love square“. Manganiello’s work on the third season brought him both popular and critical recognition including a Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role in Television and aNewNowNext Award. 
True Blood was already Manganiello’s favorite television show when he joined the cast. He auditioned to play Coot, another werewolf in the series, but was asked to read for Alcide instead. Manganiello grew a beard and trained for five months with trainer Ron Mathews, who trained Hugh Jackman for the original X-Men film and Jennifer Garner for the TV series Alias, 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 and spent time studying live wolves. Manganiello has since signed on to be a regular cast member.
In early 2011 Manganiello was asked to screen test for the title role of Superman in Zach Snyder and Christopher Nolan‘s reboot, Superman: Man of Steel but due to scheduling problems with True Blood he was forced out of the running in the final stage. Manganiello told Access Hollywood in a March 5 interview, “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 got to screen test, I never got to put the suit on.”
Upon completion of filming for True Blood season four, Manganiello travelled to New York City to reunite with his Carnegie Mellon School of Drama classmate Matthew Bomer to shoot an episode of USA‘s White Collar directed by Andrew McCarthy. He then headed to Atlanta, Georgia to begin production on the film adaptation of the best selling book What to Expect When You’re Expecting with Cameron Diaz,Jennifer Lopez, and Chris Rock.