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Born: Dec. 8, 1978 Covington, Louisiana, USA
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Ian Joseph Somerhalder was born on December 8th, 1978 in Covington, Louisiana. He began modeling during his summers in Manhattan when he was ten years old. He also took to acting and began performing in local theatre. Though he took time off to be a regular student, he returned to modeling in his mid teens that took him to the runways in Europe and well-known print ads. When he turned seventeen, he began acting in New York and later studied with acting coach William Esper.
While on set as an extra on the feature Black & White, he was discovered by a manager who signed him on immediately. In 1999, he made his television debut in the series Now and Again in a guest starring role. In 2000, Ian was seen in the short-lived series Young Americans with Mark Famiglietti. The following year, he was seen in the TV movie Anatomy of a Hate Crime and made his feature film debut in Life as a House starring Kevin Kline and Hayden Christensen.
In 2002, Somerhalder was in Changing Hearts with Tom Skeritt and Lauren Holly and The Rules of Attraction with Jessica Biel and James Van Der Beek. In 2004, he was busy with the TV movie Fearless, the film In Enemy Hands with William H. Macy and Scott Caan, the short films The Old Man and the Studio and Recess and a recurring role on the series Smallville. That same year, he joined the cast of Lost with Matthew Fox, Josh Holloway and Evangeline Lilly.
In 2006, Ian was in National Lampoon’s TV the Movie , Pulse with Kristen Bell and Christina Milian and The Sensation of Sight with David Strathairn. In 2007, after leaving Lost, he had a recurring role in the ten episode HBO series Tell Me You Love Me. The next year, he was in the film The Lost Samaritan and the TV movie Lost City Raiders. In 2009, he was busy again with Wake, Fireball and the CW series The Vampire Diaries with former Degrassi star Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley.
In 2010, Ian was seen in the comedy How to Make Love to a Woman with Josh Meyers.
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