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Ian Joseph Somerhalder was born on December 8, 1978 and is an American actor and model, best known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in the TV drama The Vampire Diaries.

Ian was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana, and is the son of Edna, a massage therapist, and Robert Somerhalder, an independent building contractor. Raised as a Catholic, he attended St. Paul’s, a private Catholic school in Covington. He embarked on a modeling career from age 10 to 13, and by the age of 17 he decided to go into acting.

In the summer of 2000, he starred in the short-lived WB series Young Americans, a spin-off of Dawson’s Creek. Ian played Hamilton Fleming, the son of the dean of a prestigious boarding school. In 2002, he then played bisexual character Paul Denton in Roger Avary’s adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel, The Rules of Attraction, alongside James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, and Jessica Biel.

In 2004, Ian scored his breakthrough role when he played Boone Carlyle in the hit TV show Lost. Despite his character’s death in the twentieth episode of the first season, he returned to the role of Boone for seven more episodes between 2005 and 2010, including the series finale. Ian was the first actor to be cast in a role for the series and the first character to die.

In June 2009 Ian was cast in the role of Vampire Damon Salvatore as a series regular in The CW television drama series The Vampire Diaries. The series premiere attracted The CW’s highest premiere ratings of any season premiere since the network began in 2006. The series has continued to be the highest rated series on its channel with both Ian’s performance and show receiving a positive response from critics. He has even received a Teen Choice Award for his participation on the series. The shows third and most recent season premiered on September 15, 2011. While working on The Vampire Diaries, Ian began dating his co-star Nina Dobrev.

Not just a pretty face, model and actor, Ian is also heavily involved in charity work and was part of the cleanup after the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling disaster on April 22, 2010. His efforts included cleaning of oiled wildlife and taping public service announcements to let the public know how they could help. Ian also supports the St. Tammany Humane Society, an organization for animal shelter and welfare. On November 13, 2010, he hosted a Bash on the Bayou charity fundraiser for the Society. During the event, Ian was presented with a donation of $11,100 by The Vampire Diaries fandom for his birthday project.

Together with his The Vampire Diaries co-stars Candice Accola and Michael Trevino, Ian Somerhalder supports the It Gets Better Project, which makes it a goal to prevent suicide among LGBT youthassociated with The Trevor Project.

Two years ago Ian announced via Twitter and in various interviews that he was setting up The Ian Somerhalder Foundation (launched on December 8, 2010, Somerhalder’s 32nd birthday), which he hopes will educate people on the importance of protecting the environment and animals:

“Instead of gifts this year, my birthday wish is that we come together and raise funds to support projects that protect our habitat and nurture our furry friends.”

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The Vampire Diaries
Ian as Damon Salvatore
The vampire brothers Damon and Stefan Salvatore, eternal adolescents, having been leading 'normal' lives, hiding their bloodthirsty condition, for centuries, moving on before their non-aging is noticed. They are back in the Virginia town where they became vampires. Stefan is noble, denying himself blood to avoid killing, and tries to control his evil brother Damon.
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Ian as Harkin Langham
A former soldier is taken captive and awakens in the back of a van where he learns that he only has a few moments to figure out how he got there.
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The Ian Somerhalder Foundation
Ian is extremely passionate about animal rights, and has even set up his own foundation to help raise awareness for the protection of animals all over the world. Visit The ISFoundation to find out more!
"The IS FOUNDATION aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures."
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