John Magaro is an American actor best known for his role of Douglas Damiano in the film ‘Not Fade Away’. Born in Akron, Ohio, he grew up in the nearby suburb of Munroe Falls where he attended Stow-Munroe Falls City School District. He began acting in local theatre during his school days and appeared in shows at the Cleveland Play House, the Kent State Porthouse Theatre at Blossom Music Center, and Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio. He then went on to appear in television commercials as a youth. At the same time, he landed a small role in an episode of the docu-drama television series ‘Rescue 911’ in 1996. After graduating from high school, he attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh to study theatre. In 2005, he made his film debut in a movie ‘Prisoners of War,’ followed by a role in an episode of the TV series ‘Conviction’ the next year. He worked in numerous other television series, films and stage productions in the ensuing years. His film credits include ‘Assassination of a High School President’, ‘Not Fade Away’, ‘Carol’, and ‘The Big Short’.
John Magaro started acting in school when he began working in Munroe Falls’ local theatre scene. He acted in shows at the Cleveland Play House, the Kent State Porthouse Theatre at Blossom Music Center, and Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio. He then appeared in a few television commercials before portraying a small role in an informational TV series, ‘Rescue 911,’ in 1996. He made his film debut in 2005 with a role in the short film ‘Prisoners of War’. In 2006, he appeared in the television series ‘Conviction’ and in the movie ‘Level Red’.
After making appearances in movies like ‘The Brave One’ (2007) ‘Assassination of a High School President’ (2008) and ‘The Box’ (2009), he appeared in the TV movie ‘Taking Chance’ in 2009. In 2010, he made an appearance in the film ‘My Soul to Take’. He then appeared as Douglas Damiano in the movie ‘Not Fade Away’ in 2012, which earned him a ‘Hollywood Spotlight Award.’ It was followed by his appearances in ‘Deep Powder’ (2013) and ‘Unbroken’ (2014). In 2015, he featured in movies like ‘Don't Worry Baby’, ‘Carol’, and ‘The Big Short,’ before appearing in the Netflix series ‘Orange Is the New Black’ (2015-19) and ‘The Good Wife’ (2015-16).
In 2016, he made his Broadway debut as Earl Williams in the hit revival of ‘The Front Page,’ and appeared in the TV series ‘Crisis in Six Scenes’. He also played the male lead in the play ‘Tigers Be Still’, for the Roundabout Theatre Company. His film credits in the ensuing years include ‘War Machine’ (2017), ‘Marshall’ (2017), and ‘Overlord’ (2018). After appearing in the television series ‘Jack Ryan’ (2018), he appeared in the Netflix hit series ‘The Umbrella Academy’ in 2019. In the near future, he will be seen in the films ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ and ‘Sylvie.’
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John Magaro was born on February 16, 1983, in Akron, Ohio, to Wendy and James Magaro. Both of his parents are teachers by profession. His father is of Italian descent and his mother is Jewish. He was raised in his mother's religion. He grew up in the nearby suburb of Munroe Falls and went to Stow-Munroe Falls City School District from where he graduated in 2001. His parents were very supportive of his acting aspirations and put him in a local theatre to hone his acting skills. He then went on to study theatre at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.