Paul Wesley at the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego.
July 23, 1982
New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, model, director|
|Notable work(s)||The Vampire Diaries|
|Spouse(s)||Torrey DeVitto (m. 2011–13)|
Paul Wesley (born Paweł Wasilewski; July 23, 1982) is a Polish-American actor, director, and former model best known for his roles as Stefan Salvatore, Silas and Tom Avery in The CW television drama The Vampire Diaries and as Aaron Corbett in the ABC Family miniseries Fallen.
Wesley was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to Polish parents Tomasz and Agnieszka Wasilewski, and grew up in Marlboro Township, New Jersey. He has one older sister, Monika, and two younger sisters, Julia and Leah. In addition to English, he also knows Polish, having spent four months every year in Poland until the age of 16.
Wesley attended Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey and Marlboro High School for a period during his high school years. During his junior year in high school, Wesley was cast in the soap opera Guiding Light as character Max Nickerson. He transferred from Marlboro High School to Lakewood Prep School in Howell, New Jersey because the school was able to accommodate his acting schedule. He graduated from there in 2000 and then started college at Rutgers University in New Jersey but left after one semester with his parents' support when more roles were offered to him, and he realized he could make a career out of acting.
In 2005, he began to credit himself as Paul Wesley. When asked why he changed his professional name to Paul Wesley, he replied, "My birthname is too hard to pronounce! I asked my family's permission to change it, and it really helped my career."
He has had a number of roles on shows such as 24, 8 Simple Rules, American Dreams, Army Wives, Cane, Everwood, Guiding Light, Smallville, The O.C. and Wolf Lake. He also starred opposite Amber Tamblyn in CBS' The Russell Girl and had the lead role in the miniseries Fallen.
He also had a role in Roll Bounce starring Bow Wow. Wesley is currently starring as vampire Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries which premiered in September 2009 on The CW. In the series, he plays a younger brother to Damon Salvatore (played by Ian Somerhalder) as well as the love interest of a 17 year old girl named Elena Gilbert (played by Nina Dobrev). His ex-wife, Torrey Devitto, worked alongside him in The Vampire Diaries as Meredith Fell, a doctor in Mystic Falls, in the third season of the show. He has also portrayed Silas in Seasons 4 and 5 as well as Stefan's doppelganger Tom Avery in Season 5.. In May 2011, he joined the cast of The Baytown Outlaws.
Wesley met and began dating actress Torrey DeVitto in 2007 when they acted together in Killer Movie. They married in a private ceremony in New York City in April 2011. In July 2013, it was reported that they had filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized on December 2013.
|2004||The Last Run'||Seth|
|2006||Cloud 9||Jackson Fargo|
|Lenexa, 1 Mile||Rick Lausier|
|2008||Killer Movie||Jake Tanner|
|2010||Beneath the Blue||Craig Morrison|
|2013||The Baytown Outlaws||Anthony Reese|
|2014||Before I Disappear||Gideon|
|1999||Another World||Sean McKinnon|
|1999–2001||Guiding Light||Max Nickerson #2|
|2000, 2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Danny Burrell/Luke Breslin||2 episodes|
|2001||Shot in the Heart||Gary (Age 15–22)||Television film|
|2001–2002||Wolf Lake||Luke Cates||9 episodes|
|2002||Young Arthur||Lancelot||Television film|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Luke Miller||1 episode|
|2002–2005||American Dreams||Tommy DeFelice||10 episodes|
|2003||The Edge||Himself||Television film|
|Smallville||Lucas Luthor||1 episode|
|The O.C.||Donnie||1 episode|
|2003–2004||8 Simple Rules||Damian||2 episodes|
|Everwood||Tommy Callahan||9 episodes|
|2004||CSI: Miami||Jack Warner Bradford||1 episode|
|2005||CSI: NY||Steve Samprass||1 episode|
|2006||Crossing Jordan||Quentin Baker||1 episode|
|Fallen||Aaron Corbett||Television film|
|2007||Fallen||Aaron Corbett||3 episodes|
|Shark||Justin Bishop||1 episode|
|2008||The Russell Girl||Evan Carroll||Television film|
|Cold Case||Petey Murphy '08||1 episode|
|2008–2009||Army Wives||Logan Atwater||6 episodes|
|2009–present||The Vampire Diaries||Stefan Salvatore
|2014||The Vampire Diaries||Episode: "Resident Evil"|
|2010||Young Hollywood Awards||Cast To Watch (with Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev)||The Vampire Diaries||Won|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Breakout Star Male|
|2013||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Dramatic TV Actor|
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi|
|2014||Young Hollywood Awards||Best Threesome (with Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev)||Won|
- Paul Wesley pronounces Full name in Polish
- Happy Birthday, Paul Wesley
- Wieselman, Jarrett (February 7, 2014). "Paul Wesley will make his directorial debut on "The Vampire Diaries"". Buzzfeed.com. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
- Morton, Rebecca (September 10, 2009). "'Vampire Diaries' to give area native star turn". New Brunswick Sentinel. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
- Lee, Luaine (January 27, 2010). "The 'good' vampire was a teenage bad boy". McClatchy/Tribune News (Chicago Tribune). Retrieved October 2, 2010.
- Talbot, Lindsay (October 12, 2009). "New Blood". Teen Vogue. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
- Martin, Patti (January 28, 2010). "Perhaps one of Howell's best kept secrets". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
- "Getting to Know: Paul Wesley". Teen Magazine. Retrieved December 20, 2009.
- Walsh, Dorothy. "Getting to Know: Paul Wesley". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
- Weinstein, Joshua L. (May 13, 2011). "'Vampire Diaries' Star Paul Wesley Joins Eva Longoria in 'The Baytown Disco'". TheWrap.com. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
- "Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley and actress Torrey DeVitto married! – Life and Style". Lifeandstylemag.com. 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
- "Paul Wesley and Torrey DeVitto to Divorce". People.com. 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
- "'Vampire Diaries' star Paul Wesley finalizes divorce". Toronto Sun. December 24, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
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