Gaelan Connell

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Gaelan Connell
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Connell at the Hall of Game Awards 2012
Gaelan Alexander Connell

(1989-05-19) May 19, 1989 (age 31)
EducationBethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Alma materNew York University
OccupationActor, director
Years active2000-present

Gaelan Alexander Draper (formerly Connell, born May 19, 1989) is an American actor and director.

Life and career[edit]

Connell was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. He has two brothers, Brendan and Shawn, and his first name is Gaelic (Irish).[1] He graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School[1] and attended the Tisch School of the Arts.[2]

Connell appeared in 2000 in Chocolat as Didi Drou and in A Dirty Shame as "Horny Kid". He also guest starred in an episode of Law & Order . He played the lead role in Bandslam - a high school outcast who becomes popular after he manages a band and discovers he doesn't have to change himself to fit in. In 2011 he appeared as Wyatt Black in Cartoon Network's TV Movie "Level Up."

In 2012, he was one of the founders of California Burrito, a quick-service restaurant chain in southern India.[3]

In addition to acting, Connell is also a film director, having directed award-winning commercials for various brands[4] as well as the independent feature film Blood, Sand and Gold,[5] which was shot in six countries on a micro-budget.[6]

In 2018, Connell married Meryl Draper, co-founder and CEO of Quirk Creative.[7][8]


Year Film/television Role Note
2000 Chocolat Didi Drou Film
2004 A Dirty Shame Horny Kid Film
2008 Law & Order Jackson 1 episode, "Betrayal"
2009 Bandslam Will Burton Film
2011 I Am Ben Arthur Film
2011 Level Up Wyatt Black TV Film
2012 Hole in the Wall Himself Guest contestant
2012-2013 Level Up Wyatt Black
2013 The Secret Lives of Dorks Peyton Film
2017 Blood, Sand, and Gold Director


  1. ^ a b Ramanathan, Lavanya (2009-08-11). "From Basement to 'Bandslam'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-08-11.
  2. ^ "Gaelan Connel to Star in a Feature Film!" (PDF). St. Paul's United Methodist Church. March 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  3. ^ The Wall Street Journal Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Quirk Creative - Leadership". Archived from the original on 2017-12-23.
  5. ^ "Blood, Sand and Gold - International Movie Database".
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