As an Emmy-winning actor, writer and producer, Mike Manning has demonstrated a wide range of talents as he’s forged a career working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. On television, Manning is most known for his role in Disney’s popular snowboarding movie "Cloud 9," on MTV's "Teen Wolf," as ‘The Manny’ on NBC’s popular drama series “This Is Us,” and playing bad boy ‘Charlie Dale’ on NBC's "Days of Our Lives." Manning's other TV credits include "Hawaii Five-0" on CBS, "Major Crimes" on TNT, "Crash & Bernstein" on Disney XD, Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots,” and a series regular role on the multiple Emmy-winning series "The Bay" on Amazon Prime and Peacock, for which Manning was also nominated for an Independent Series Award.
As for film, Manning has been recognized for his noteworthy performances in the civil rights feature "Son of the South" executive produced by Oscar-winner Spike Lee, and the third installment of the faith-based blockbuster "God's Not Dead." Other notable film credits include the WWII drama "D-Day: Battle of Omaha Beach," "The Call" featuring Lin Shaye and Tobin Bell, and “Slapface” which won the Cinequest Film Festival in 2021.
In addition, Mike is also a voiceover actor, working on shows like the Netflix worldwide hit "Money Heist," as the English voice of ‘Denver.’ Manning has voiced dozens of characters in other hugely-popular Netflix productions, like "Lupin, "Unstoppable," “Generation 56K” and "Spectros."
Growing up in Colorado, Manning showed an interest in stage acting at an early age, getting involved in high school productions such as "Oliver!" and "The Secret Garden." He has since performed at the Santa Monica Playhouse in productions like Lisa Visca's original "Climax" opposite Rae Dawn Chong, and later the lead role in "Raise Me Up.”
In 2014, Mike executive produced the Showtime documentary "Kidnapped for Christ" alongside Tom DeSanto from the “X-Men” and “Transformers” franchises. That year, the New York Post referred to Manning as a "young actor becoming an up-and-coming producer to remember," and after co-founding his production company Chhibber Mann Productions, he's been creating meaningful content on both sides of the camera ever since. In 2022, Manning launched Lucky Mann Productions, aiming at continuing his producing endeavors.
Mike executive produced the documentary "An Act of Love" with actress Pauley Perrette. He later produced "Lost in America," highlighting the stories of homeless youth around the country, featuring Halle Berry, Tiffany Haddish, Jewel and Rosario Dawson. Manning also helped produce "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson," directed by Oscar-nominated David France, which was a Netflix Original after premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. Other producing credits include: the SXSW thriller "M.F.A.," the Tribeca comedy "Folk Hero & Funny Guy" with Wyatt Russell and Melanie Lynskey, the SXSW award-winning drama "Jinn" (Filmmaker Magazine's "50 Most Anticipated Films of 2018”) and the Lionsgate family film “Powder Pup,” which Manning also co-wrote.
Mike has spent most of his lifetime working with non-profits that advocate for the poor, the environment, and equal rights. He is on the board of Boo2Bullying, Thirst Project, and has been an actor and mentor on behalf of the Young Storyteller's Foundation. Mike has received proclamations from the New York City Council for his cause-related leadership, and lobbied Congress on behalf of The Human Rights Campaign while he was a cast member on MTV's "The Real World" in Washington, DC in 2010.