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Ian Somerhalder

Highest Rated:   50% The Sensation of Sight (2008)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Anomaly (2015)
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Birthplace:   Covington, Louisiana, USA
At once pixie-ish and masculine with a pair of piercing blue eyes that seem to glow even while under the bright spotlights of Hollywood, former top-list model-turned-actor Ian Somerhalder has the unique looks to make it in both worlds. Add to that an introspective philosophy toward acting, which he claims is a unique opportunity to explore his true inner motivations and feelings, and you have all the ingredients necessary to create one of the most sought-after young actors of the new millennium. A native of Covington, LA, who spent much of his childhood enjoying such outdoor activities as training horses, Somerhalder would soon join up with the school's drama club and make many stage appearances with the local theater group. Encouraged by his mother to pursue a career in modeling, Somerhalder's career was soon ablaze with many summers spent in New York City. Though he would shy away from modeling in junior high school to focus more on academics and athletics, an opportunity to travel Europe while modeling was too much to resist and the worldly youngster was soon posing for the likes of Guess?, Versace, Calvin Klein, and Dolce and Gabanna. Settling in New York at age 17 to devote himself to acting under the tutelage of William Esper proved a fateful move that found the developing thespian eschewing his modeling career entirely. Though his feature debut as an extra in Black and White (1998) would eventually end up on the cutting-room floor, his presence caught the attention of a visiting talent agent who immediately signed Somerhalder for representation. After gaining exposure on the television series The Young Americans (2000), the up-and-comer would appear in the made-for-MTV drama Anatomy of a Hate Crime (also 2000) before returning to features, role fully intact, in 2001's Life as a House. Reluctant to discuss his modeling career lest he be considered just another pretty face, Somerhalder turned up in Changing Hearts (2002) before accepting a prominent role in director Roger Avery's edgy teen drama The Rules of Attraction. But it wasn't until he got Lost on an island in 2004 that Somerhalder found stardom, as he played a plane-crash survivor secretly in love with his spoiled brat of a step-sister. Although his character was killed off in the first season, the time-bending nature of the show didn't rule out appearances in future seasons. Film work followed, as well as a racy (and undressed) role on HBO's Tell Me You Love Me. In 2009, Somerhalder once again landed steady series work, playing a not-so-nice vampire on the CW's hit Vampire Diaries. Off-screen, he is an animal lover and has even filmed PSAs for Louisiana's Humane Society.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
0% The Anomaly
  • Harkin Langham
2015
No Score Yet Caught on Tape
  • Officer Lewis
2013
No Score Yet How to Make Love to a Woman
  • Daniel
2010
No Score Yet The Tournament
  • Miles Slade
2009
No Score Yet Wake
  • Tyler
2009
No Score Yet Fireball
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Lost City Raiders
  • Jack Kubiak
2008
50% The Sensation of Sight
  • Drifter
2008
No Score Yet The Lost Samaritan
  • William Archer
2008
10% Pulse
  • Dexter McCarthy
$20.3M 2006
No Score Yet National Lampoon's TV: The Movie
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet In Enemy Hands
  • Danny Miller
2004
43% The Rules of Attraction
  • Paul Denton
$6.5M 2002
No Score Yet Changing Hearts
  • Jason Kelly
2002
47% Life as a House
  • Josh
$15.5M 2001
No Score Yet Anatomy of a Hate Crime
  • Russell Henderson
2001

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
86% The Vampire Diaries
2009
  • Damon Salvatore
  • Director
  • Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
87% Lost
2004-2010
  • Boone Boone Carlyle
  • 2010
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Smallville
2001-2011
  • Adam Knight
  • 2004
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Ricky Murdoch
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Charlie Baker
  • 2003
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Tony Del Nagro
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Vampire Diaries
  • Damon Salvatore

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