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JOE MANGANIELLO (Big Dick Richie), Pittsburgh native and People Magazine's Sexiest Bachelor, is well known for playing fan-favorite character Alcide Herveaux, the loyal, no-]nonsense werewolf, on HBO's critically acclaimed series "True Blood." He has just wrapped filming "Pee-Wee's Big Holiday," alongside Paul Reubens.

In 2012, Manganiello starred in Steven Soderbergh's wildly successful "Magic Mike," inspiring him to further expose the unknown world of male stripping. He directed and produced the documentary "La Bare," which premiered at Slamdance 2014 and was sold that same evening. The film, released in the summer of 2014, chronicles the history and culture of male dancers at America's most popular male strip club. Manganiello received the Triple Threat Award at the 2014 Maui International Film Festival for his accomplishments as an actor, director and producer.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, Manganiello returned to his theater roots in Fall 2013, playing the iconic Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" at Yale Repertory Theater. Manganiello appeared alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington in David Ayer's action drama "Sabotage," and also starred in the ensemble comedy film "What to Expect When You're Expecting."

Simon & Schuster published Manganiello's first book, Evolution, in December 2013. In it, Manganiello shares his lifetime of experience and research in terms of diet, cardio, and anatomy, to bring you the only fitness book you'll ever need in order to look and feel your best. The book continues to sell out across the country.

A star athlete since childhood, Manganiello surprised his family and friends when he decided to steer off the paved road to professional athletics and instead become an actor. Not one to do anything halfheartedly, Manganiello resolved to learn all he could about the craft before pursuing a fulltime acting career. After high school, he enrolled in the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama where he ultimately earned his BFA in acting.

Prior to joining the cast of "True Blood," Manganiello was seen in a variety of television and film roles. He showed off his comedic chops and impeccable timing on several seasons of the Emmy Award-nominated CBS show "How I Met Your Mother."

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