Paul Wesley at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International.
|Born||Paweł Tomasz Wasilewski
July 23, 1982
New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, model, director, producer|
|Notable work||The Vampire Diaries|
|Home town||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Spouse(s)||Torrey DeVitto (m. 2011–13)|
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 speaks 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, he 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 2001, he was one of the main cast members of the short lived TV series Wolf Lake, playing the role of Lucas "Luke" Cates. The show's cast also featured Tim Matheson, Sharon Lawrence, Graham Greene & Bruce McGill. The show was about a Seattle policeman John Kanin Lou Diamond Phillips proposes to his girlfriend, Ruby Wilder Mia Kirshner, and she accepts. However, as she gets into her car, she is attacked and all Kanin finds is a severed hand. He travels to her hometown of Wolf Lake to find some answers. However, his experiences there raise even more questions. What John doesn't know is that some of the inhabitants of Wolf Lake are actually werewolves. The werewolves, or the ones who survive the change, live on the "Hill" and enjoy special treatment, separated from the normal humans.
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."
He 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). Wesley began directing "The Vampire Diaries" in Season 5 and is currently directing as well as starring in the show.
He has had a number of roles on television shows such as 24, 8 Simple Rules, American Dreams, Army Wives, Cane, Everwood, Guiding Light, Smallville, The O.C.. He starred opposite Amber Tamblyn in CBS' The Russell Girl and had the lead role in the ABC Family miniseries Fallen. He also appeared in several films throughout the years including "Peaceful Warrior" and director Agnieszka Holland's "Shot in the Heart" opposite Giovanni Ribisi and Sam Shepard 
Wesley had two films released in 2015. Before I Disappear , which he produced and costarred in, went on to win the SXSW Film Festival Audience Award and competed in the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival. He also co-starred in Amira and Sam from Drafthouse Films.
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 in December 2013.
Wesley lived in Atlanta, Georgia while filming The Vampire Diaries and the rest of the time with his then-wife Torrey DeVitto in Los Angeles, California. He sold his Los Angeles-residence after his divorce at the end of 2013.
|2004||The Last Run||Seth|
|2006||Cloud 9||Jackson Fargo|
|2006||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|
|2014||Amira and Sam||Charlie|
|2016||The Late Bloomer||Filming|
|1999||Another World||Sean McKinnon|
|1999–2001||Guiding Light||Max Nickerson #2|
|2000, 2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Danny Burrell/Luke Breslin||Episodes: "Wrong is Right" and "Ripped"|
|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|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Luke Miller||Episode: "Malignant"|
|2002–2005||American Dreams||Tommy DeFelice||10 episodes|
|2003||The Edge||Himself||Television film|
|2003||Smallville||Lucas Luthor||Episode: "Prodigal"|
|2003||The O.C.||Donnie||Episode: "The Outsider"|
|2003–2004||8 Simple Rules||Damian||Episodes: "Premiere" and "Opposites Attract: Part 3: Night of the Locust"|
|2003–2004||Everwood||Tommy Callahan||9 episodes|
|2004||CSI: Miami||Jack Warner Bradford||Episode: "Legal"|
|2005||CSI: NY||Steve Samprass||Episode: "Grand Murder at Central Station"|
|2006||Crossing Jordan||Quentin Baker||Episode: "Thin Ice"|
|2006||Fallen||Aaron Corbett||Television film|
|2007||Fallen||Aaron Corbett||3 episodes|
|2007||Shark||Justin Bishop||Episode: "Shaun of the Dead"|
|2008||The Russell Girl||Evan Carroll||Television film|
|2008||Cold Case||Petey Murphy '08||Episode: "Bad Reputation"|
|2008–2009||Army Wives||Logan Atwater||6 episodes|
|2009–present||The Vampire Diaries||Stefan Salvatore
|2014||The Vampire Diaries||Episode: "Resident Evil"|
|2015||The Vampire Diaries||Episode: "Woke Up With a Monster"|
|2014||Before I Disappear|
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- "Wesley, Sarandon to star in 'Mother's Day'". deadline.com. September 25, 2014.
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- Paul Wesley at the Internet Movie Database
- "'Before I Disappear' picked up for North American distribution". variety.com. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
- "Paul Wesley makes 'Amira and Sam'". deadline.com. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
- "Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley and actress Torrey DeVitto married!". 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.
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- Chako Suzuki (2012-11-29). "Where Does Paul Wesley Live? You Ask, We Answer!". www.wetpaint.com. Retrieved 2014-10-29.
- Andrea Simpson. "Paul Wesley Sells His Hollywood Hills Panty-Dropping Palace for $1.7 Million". www.celebuzz.com. Retrieved 2014-10-29.
- "Phoebe Tonkin and Paul Wesley step out in rare public appearance together". Mail Online. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
- Yamato, Jen. "Drafthouse Acquires Martin Starr Romance ‘Amira & Sam’" (Archive). Deadline. August 28, 2014. Retrieved on January 28, 2015.
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