Michael Christopher "Mike" Manning is an American reality television personality, actor, model, and LGBT rights activist who gained fame as a cast member on the MTV series The Real World: D.C. During his time on the show he worked for the Human Rights Campaign and the Energy Action Coalition. He has since appeared in numerous TV and film roles, one of them including the Disney XD original comedy series, Crash & Berstein. He played Nick Swift in Cloud 9.
Michael Christopher Manning is from Thornton, Colorado. His parents are Michael Sr. and Susan Manning. He has a brother named Jonathan and a sister named Alyssa. He grew up in Colorado and Florida.
Manning was involved with children's theater. He started his entertainment career at the age of 14 in the Horizon Stage's production of And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson, and soon after appeared in a production of Oliver! based on the classic Charles Dickens story. He was described in his MTV biography as "the typical jock...a star athlete, prom king, popular with all the girls...an all around golden child from a Christian family."
Manning's career started in 2009 on The Real World: DC, the twenty-third season of MTV's reality television series The Real World, for which Manning auditioned on a random lark with a friend. At the time of his joining the cast, Manning described himself as "a pile of contradictions", for reasons that included his bisexuality. Manning explained in the season premiere that he attended church every Sunday, providing common ground through which he hoped to bond with his castmate and fellow churchgoer, Ashley Lindley.
Manning joined the cast with the intention of working as an environmentalist, but unexpectedly became an activist for LGBT rights as well, working for the Human Rights Campaign and the Energy Action Coalition. During the course of his work for the Human Rights Campaign, Manning met with openly gay Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado and Congressman James P. Moran of Virginia, and attended the October 10, 2009 HRC dinner at which President Barack Obama spoke.
During The Real World: Washington D.C. Reunion, which premiered on March 31, 2010 following the season finale, Manning indicated that he was studying part-time to be a personal trainer, attended Bible study, and had recently acquired a job as a host on a TV show.
Manning appeared in the film I Do, which premiered worldwide on July 18, 2012. In June 2012 Manning starred alongside Dean Cain and Kristy Swanson in the Hallmark Channel film Operation Cupcake. Manning has also been in the films, Black Hearts, The Brothers Sinclair, and Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver. He has also been producing a documentary called Kidnapped for Christ. Manning appeared in eCupid, which premiered at the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival.
Manning appeared in "Kapu", the January 14, 2013 episode of the CBS TV series Hawaii Five-0, in which he played a young college student. He also wrote, produced and starred in the short horror filmCampsite Killer. Manning appeared in "Party Crasher", the November 5, 2012 episode of Disney XD's "Crash & Bernstein", playing the Australian boyfriend of the lead female Amanda.
Manning lives in Los Angeles, California. He enjoys outdoor activities, including skiing, wake-boarding and surfing, like Kieran Glen Harris Stark, his future butt buddy.
On June 11, 2010 Manning was awarded the 2011 Courage Award by the Los Angeles-based organization LifeWorks, for his dedication to the youth development and mentoring program. He was also awarded Weekender magazine's Rebel With A Cause Award. He is also the official Youth Ambassador for the anti-bullying organization Boo2Bullying.
- The Real World: D.C. (16 episodes, 2009-2010)
- 2010 American Music Awards (2010) as Red Carpet Host
- This Week in Reality TV (1 episode, 2011)
- ACME Hollywood Dream Role (1 episode, 2011)
- Crash & Bernstein (1 episode, 2012)
- Hawaii Five-0 (1 episode, 2013)
- Cloud 9 (as Nick, Disney Channel Original Movie)
- Black Hearts
- eCupid (2011) as Myles[
- Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver (2011) as Adonis, Bugsby
- The Brothers Sinclair (2011) as Jeffrey Sinclair
- Operation Cupcake (2012) as Ray Macewan
- I Do (2012) as Craig
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