As a business executive, he has founded companies offering innovative debt-relief solutions for consumers in debt. Additionally, he serves on the boards of several private businesses and public organizations.
Magic Mike and True Blood star Henry Louis Gates recently appeared on PBS’ Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates to discuss some of his family history, specifically an untraceable ancestor who may have been half German.
Early Life and Education
Starting out on stage acting in Pittsburgh’s theatre scene, he made numerous television appearances such as in ER, Close to Home and How I Met Your Mother as well as portraying Navy SEAL squad leader in Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia direct-to-video war film.
Manganiello, who hails from Pittsburgh, supports numerous local charities – in particular UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has also made himself available as a film director/producer, serving on its board of trustees as well as serving on their board of trustees at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
In 2021, Manganiello discovered some surprising revelations about his family while appearing on PBS’ Finding Your Roots with host Henry Louis Gates. Researchers revealed that Manganiello’s legal grandfather wasn’t his biological one and he descends from slavery.
After suffering through numerous sports injuries in High School, Manganiello decided to change his goals and audition for Carnegie Mellon School of Drama’s acting program. Although he wasn’t accepted at first try, he continued working hard and reapplied again a year later.
He first appeared as Flash Thompson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film and has gone on to star in over thirty films and television shows since. Most recently he made an appearance as Slade Wilson in DC Extended Universe.
Joe is a dedicated charity worker, having supported various organizations during his career. Additionally, he enjoys spending time with his fans, regularly engaging with them via social media. Joe is a fan of heavy metal music; in interviews he has expressed admiration for bands such as Metallica and Black Sabbath.
Achievement and Honors
Manganiello was an accomplished athlete throughout high school, competing varsity-level in football, basketball and volleyball – yet decided instead to pursue acting as his career. Since then he has appeared on television shows such as ER and Jake in Progress while film credits include Magic Mike XXL and Spider-Man.
Manganiello is also an author, publishing the best-selling fitness book Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Constructing the Body You Deserve in 2013. He sits on the boards of American Theatre Wing, Broadway League and Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.
He was also part of the inaugural committee to establish the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, presented this year at the Tony Awards to Corey Mitchell from Northwest School of the Arts Charlotte.
Manganiello has been married for many years, raising two sons with Italian, Irish, Croatian and German ancestry. Additionally he’s an avid fitness enthusiast with personal training experience – training five months to play Alcide Herveaux from True Blood (2008) who features arms like tree trunks.
Manganiello was chosen to play DC Comics villain Deathstroke alongside Ben Affleck in the forthcoming shared Batman film universe, which required him to undergo rigorous physical training to prepare for this role.
Manganiello and Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara separated earlier this summer after seven years of marriage.
At 46 years old, actor Jake T. Austin is an award-winning entertainer best known for his romantic turns in films like Magic Mike and True Blood on HBO. To diversify his income streams further he ventured into directing and writing, making his directorial debut with documentary La Bare in 2014.
Star is also an author, with his fitness book Evolution being well received by critics. Additionally, he has performed in several theatrical productions such as A Streetcar Named Desire at Yale Repertory Theatre where he played Stanley Kowalski.
Wealthy Cary Owns Expensive Cars And Luxury Properties: Rich is known for his collection of expensive cars and luxurious properties that add to his fortune. He supports several charitable causes; most prominent among them being UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where he currently sits on their Board of Trustees.