This hunk of man meat was raised on monster movies, the Steelers and Catholicism in Pittsburgh. He exceled at basketball, volleyball and football, but was sidelined by an injury. Luckily, working at the school's TV station kindled his interest in filmmaking. He and friends started making movies on weekends and he discovered school plays his senior year. After being rejected the first time, Manganiello reapplied and got into Carnegie Mellon's theater program after a year of at University of Pittsburgh. Post-graduation, he moved to LA and picked up work on the small screen in "ER," "How I Met Your Mother,"