Happy birthday, Ian Somerhalder!
Born in Louisiana on December 8, 1978, Ian Somerhalder celebrates his 40th birthday Saturday. The actor got his start in his 20s, landing early roles in Young Americans, Life as a House, The Rules of Attraction, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Somerhalder then held a six-episode arc on Smallville as Adam Knight before joining Lost as Boone Carlyle and picking up his most well-known role to date as The Vampire Diaries‘ Damon Salvatore. He’s played the brooding vampire since 2009, earning People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards for his work along the way. In honor of the actor’s 40th birthday, see photos of him through the years, ahead.