Joe Manganiello

by ethnic on September 6, 2010

Joe Manganiello

Birth Name: Joseph Michael Manganiello

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 28, 1976

*50% Italian, from Naples and Sicily
*25% Dalmatian Croatian
*25% Armenian [possibly also German]

Joe Manganiello is an American actor, writer, director, and producer. He is known for playing Alcide Herveaux in the series True Blood.

Joe is the son of Susan C. and Charles J. Manganiello. Joe’s father’s family is Italian, from Campania and Siciliy. Joe’s mother is of half Croatian/Dalmatian and half Armenian descent. A picture of Joe with his parents can be seen here.

Joe is married to actress Sofia Vergara. His stepson is Sofía’s son, internet personality Manolo González.

Joe’s paternal grandparents were Emilio “John” Manganiello and Marie R. Bonanno (the daughter of Joseph Bonanno and Rose Correnti). Emilio’s family was from Avellino, Campania. Rose’s family was from Messina, Sicily.

Joe has said, discussing his maternal great-grandmother:

[S]wimming across the Euphrates River with her last baby on her back. But when she got across the river, she saw that the baby had drowned. She ended up living in a cave until some German soldiers found her and one of them got her pregnant. They went to Germany where she had an Armenian-German baby daughter. This was my grandmother. She lived on the streets of Constantinople for three years, until she gathered enough money to go to the United States, where she eventually married. That’s the story of my great-grandmother and grandmother.


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madman April 29, 2016 at 6:09 am

What does “Dalmatian Croatian, from Austria” mean? Was his great-grandparents born in Austria, to Dalmatian parents? Because writing “from Austria” is sort of contradictory to writing “Dalmatian Croatian”, which implies his grandfather’s family was from Dalmatia. Just because Croatia was a part of Austria-Hungary does not mean it has to say “from Austria” after.

andrew April 29, 2016 at 11:47 am

IMO “Croatian” would be enough. Dalmatia is a region of Croatia, with his own history. He surely does not have ethnic Austrian ancestors.

darya March 12, 2016 at 7:38 am

He looks Italian, as well as Croatian! Also, he is very tall and Croats are known as a tall nation, especially if you come from a coastal region of Dalmatia :)

andrew March 12, 2016 at 6:27 pm
andrew February 22, 2016 at 4:20 pm

I don’t see any Austrian/German name or surname. Do you know Croatia was part of Austria?

darya March 12, 2016 at 8:01 am

Croatia was a part of Habsburg Empire from 1527 till 1918. During that time a lot of Croatians immigrated to the States, Chile, Argentina etc.

fatkat February 27, 2017 at 7:12 am

Not exactly part of Austria though, but of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was always its own country and they never really mixed with Austrian people

savanna December 31, 2015 at 4:03 pm

“I am part Sicilian,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.

“I’m Sicilian and Armenian and I play a werewolf.”

Samsara December 21, 2015 at 6:55 pm

That mixture makes a gorgeous looking man.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 6:30 am

Looks more Italian and Armenian than anything.

He’s one of the people who can be good looking in one pic and very average in the other. Now, in that pic, he is cute.

ashash November 13, 2015 at 7:22 pm

I agree with you … for once.

cwm85 August 7, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Cool that he is at least 1/4th native.

follers August 7, 2015 at 5:55 pm


Wolfman August 29, 2015 at 5:33 am

cwm85 are you that stupid? How is Joe 1/4th native? I bet you confused Armenian for Amerindian? LOL

neiltennant July 17, 2015 at 11:24 am

he looks hot

dennybb September 28, 2014 at 1:34 pm


mcro August 12, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Joe explains his ancestry on The Pete Holmes Show:

Father is Neapolitan Italian, mother is Dalmatian Croatian (he also mentions German/Armenian).

Check7t August 11, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Looks Italian.

andrew August 13, 2014 at 5:46 am
fatkat February 27, 2017 at 7:13 am

Looks very Croatian, too

Brittney December 11, 2013 at 9:22 pm

That’s a REAL man. Off the charts Hotttttttt!!! Not like a lot of these girly looking boys like Justin Bieber and Zac Efron. Don’t know what girls see in girls (oops) I mean “guys” like Bieber, Efron, and Levine. If I wanted to date a woman, I would. I’ll take guys like Timberlake, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughy any day of the week.

TAMTAM November 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm

omg I didn’t know he’s Armenian!! I’m Armenian and would have never guessed….this makes him more attractive<3

dennybb September 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm

armenian? LOL
his father is italian, and is mother is a mix of small % of ancestry from different countries such austria, germany, croatia and serbia
Basically he is 50% italian and the rest of his 50% is divided in other 4 ethnicity
and manganiello is an italian last name

fatkat February 27, 2017 at 7:13 am

What? He is NOT Serbian at all and he is 25% Croatian. Get your facts right

andrew July 31, 2013 at 6:07 am

Manganiello is hardly a Sicilian surname, it sounds Neapolitan (-ello is typical) and through my researches I traced it comes from Naples

The same for Armand Assante who claims Sicilian and Irish ancestry. Actually Assante is Neapolitan too

smiley July 30, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Where is the “submit a celeb” button? Joe’s co-star Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays Pam) is of German descent.

When asked about her heritage she says “I’m all German!”

ethnic July 31, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Submit page is currently unavailable. Will put up your Celeb soon.


follers April 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

His father’s family is from Sicily. His mother has Austrian and Armenian ancestry. His great-grandmother was Armenian.

Yayoute April 23, 2012 at 6:09 am

He has a very Italian nose!!

interesting February 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

one of the sexiest men walking this earth!

Marko February 20, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Looks pretty Italian to me

ale September 5, 2011 at 3:06 am

Well, according to Wikipedia he is of Sicilian, Austrian, German and Armenian descent. But in his interview on Joe mentions only about his Sicilian and Armenian roots.

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