Connor Paolo (born July 11, 1990) is an American actor. He is known of his roles as Eric van der Woodsen on The CW's teen drama series and Gossip Girl Declan Porter on the ABC drama series . He has also appeared in two Revenge Oliver Stone films, (2004) and Alexander (2006). World Trade Center
Early life and education [ edit ]
Paolo was born in New York City, the son of Julia Mendelson, a vocal coach and classical pianist, and Colin Paolo, a writer and screenwriter.
He attended, beginning in 2006, the [1 ] Professional Performing Arts School alongside Sarah Hyland, Paul Iacono and Taylor Momsen. He took acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Paolo also attended Appel Farm Arts and Music Center Summer Arts Camp located in Elmer, New Jersey for several summers. He attended New York University for one semester in Fall 2008. [2 ] [3 ]
He played a preteen murderer-rapist in an episode of
. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit He made his motion picture debut in [4 ] Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated , playing Young Sean. In 2004, Paolo was on Mystic River One Life to Live as Travis O'Connell, a recurring character. Paolo also made a return appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, playing a disturbed teenager based on the real case of Justin Berry. Other films include [5 ] for Oliver Stone in 2006; World Trade Center , directed by Snow Angels David Gordon Green; and Favorite Son, his first leading role.
Paolo has a background in
theatre and commercials. He has appeared on the Broadway stage in the hit musical The Full Monty and [6 ] off-Broadway in the New York public theater production of Shakespeare's . He played Bottom in an abridged production of Shakespeare's Richard III . Midsummer Night's Dream
From 2007 to 2011, Paolo had a supporting role on
The CW's series , where he played Gossip Girl Eric van der Woodsen, the brother of lead Serena van der Woodsen's character. His last appearance was in the sixth season.
In 2010, he starred in the vampire apocalypse film
directed by Stake Land Jim Mickle. [7 ]
In April 2011, Paolo joined the cast of
ABC's dramatic series . In August 2011, Paolo stated that he would be taking on the new series Revenge Revenge full-time and his character Eric van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl would no longer appear on the show. He, however, returned to [8 ] Gossip Girl for a brief appearance during the series finale. Paolo exited [9 ] Revenge in May 2013, after his character was killed in the second season finale. [10 ]
Filmography [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Connor Paolo Biography". TVLine. January 26, 2014.
^ "Connor Paolo Biography". Rotten Tomatoes. January 26, 2014.
^ "Juvenile". . Season 4. Episode 9. November 22, 2002. NBC. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
^ "Web". . Season 7. Episode 21. May 9, 2006. NBC. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
^ Behind-the-Scenes Images: Stake Land from dreadcentral.com
^ Gelman, Vlada (August 8, 2011). "Connor Paolo Confirms Gossip Exit: 'I'm Done. '" TV Line . Retrieved . 25 September 2011
^ "Taylor Momsen Returning To 'Gossip Girl' Along With Connor Paolo". . The Huffington Post AOL. October 16, 2011 . Retrieved . October 17, 2012
^ Keck, William (May 27, 2013). "Keck's Exclusives: . Revenge Isn't So Sweet" TV Guide . Retrieved . June 21, 2013
^ "28th Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations". Young Artist Awards . Retrieved . June 25, 2010
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