This slideshow features photos of gorgeous, young, Ian Somerhalder, best known for his role as Boone Carlyle in the popular television series Lost, and for his role as Damon Salvatore on the CW hit show The Vampire Diaries. Born on December 8, 1978 in Covington, Louisiana, Somerhalder made the decision to start his acting career at age 17. He landed his first role in 2000 on the short-lived WB series Young Americans, which was a spinoff of the show Dawson’s Creek. His first role in film was in the 2002 movie Rules of Attraction along-side James Van Der Beek and Jessica Biel. He was cast for the role of Boone in Lost in 2004, and was the first major character to die in the show. He was cast for The Vampire Diaries in 2009, and won the Teen Choice Award and a People’s Choice Award for his outstanding performance on the show. He is married to Nikki Reid. Enjoy viewing these photos of sexy Ian Somerhalder when he was young.