When he was 8 and suffering from rheumatic fever, Joe spent five months in La Rabida, where he would continue outpatient treatment until he was 21.
While there he was cast in two hospital theater shows. "And that," he says, "is how my career as an actor got started."When he was 12, the family moved to Cicero and he attended Morton East, where he was deeply influenced by drama teacher Jack Leckel, who, many years later, would call Mantegna "the most outstanding student I ever had."He appeared in any number of school shows and also played bass in a band called The Apocryphals (you can see/hear a short clip of the band on You Tube), which later played with another local group, The Missing Links, whose members went on to form the band Chicago.
Mantegna decided to move to LA, later saying, "I knew that if we didn't go then, we never would."He and Arlene (they married in 1975) drove from Chicago to LA in a van with Organic colleague Dennis Franz, two cars in tow.
There were some lean years at first, with just a few small roles in film and television.
His directorial debut came in 2014 with the documentary feature “La Bare,” which he also produced and financed.
In 2017 he won an Emmy as the narrator of the documentary “Pittsburgh is Home: The Story of the Penguins,” which documented the first 50 years of history of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team.
On that corner is the River Shannon tavern and the building above it is where Mantegna once lived."It was a great apartment that I shared with two other guys, guys I still know," he says. There was a gang, the Hudson Headhunters, and we had to dodge around those characters.
He was eight years younger than his brother Ronald, and their late father, Joseph, was beset with medical problems and often away from home.; born December 28, 1976) is an American film, television, and theater actor, producer, director, author, and Emmy winning narrator.His professional film career began when he played Flash Thompson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.He reapplied to Carnegie Mellon a year later, and was one of 17 students accepted into the acting program.While a student at Carnegie Mellon University, Manganiello appeared in numerous productions in Pittsburgh's theatre scene, including Ulfheim in Henrik Ibsen's When We Dead Awaken, Lorenzo in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice for Quantum Theatre, and Joe in the Pittsburgh premiere of The Last Night of Ballyhoo.Manganiello was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Susan (née Brachanow; Bračanov in Croatian) and Charles John Manganiello.His father is of Italian descent, from Naples, and his mother is of Armenian, He won the role of Jud Fry in his school's senior year production of Oklahoma! He would borrow equipment to make films with his friends, and became interested in acting to become a better filmmaker."I had a Tony and every TV network was offering me series and stuff, and it was like Cinderella. They have two daughters, Gia, an actress, and the eldest, Mia, who has autism and works as a makeup artist.He devotes much of his time and energy to various causes, notably veterans affairs and autism.In his five years there he appeared in many of its shows.And then he got the idea for and helped write "Bleacher Bums."The show was a smash and financial salvation for the Organic. When it had an off-Broadway run in New York, several cast members stayed.