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Paul Wesley

at PaleyFest2010's "The Vampire Diaries" night at the Saban Theatre, Los Angeles, on March 6, 2010.
Born Paul Thomas Wasilewski
July 23, 1982 (1982-07-23) (age 27)
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Other name(s) Paul Wasilewski
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

Paul Wesley (born July 23, 1982), also credited as Paul Wasilewski, is a Polish American actor, best known for his roles as Aaron Corbett in the ABC Family miniseries Fallen and Stefan Salvatore in The CW TV series The Vampire Diaries.


Life and career

Wesley was born Paul Thomas Wasilewski in New Brunswick, New Jersey and grew up in Marlboro, New Jersey. His parents, Agnieszka and Thomas Wasilewski,[1] had moved from Poland shortly before his birth.[2] He speaks fluent Polish, having spent four months every year in Poland until the age of 16.[3] He has one older sister, Monika, and two younger sisters, Julia and Leah.

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 The 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.[4][5] He graduated from there in 2000 and then started college at Rutgers University 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.[4][6]

In 2005, he began to credit himself as Paul Wesley. When asked why he changed his professional name from Paul Wasilewski to Paul Wesley, he replied: "Wasilewski was too hard to pronounce. I asked my family's permission to change it."

He has had a number of roles on shows such as Guiding Light, Smallville, The O.C., 8 Simple Rules, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Wolf Lake, Cane,American Dreams and Everwood. He also starred opposite Amber Tamblyn in CBS' The Russell Girl and had the lead role in ABC Family's Fallen Miniseries.

Wesley recently had a role on Lifetime's Army Wives as the soldier boyfriend of Emmalin Holden and as Kim Bauer's husband Stephen on 24. He is currently starring as Stefan Salvatore, one of the leads, in The Vampire Diaries which premiered September 2009 on The CW Television Network.

Recent film credits include Peaceful Warrior, Roll Bounce, and Cloud 9. In 2008, he played Jake Tanner, his first leading role, in the Killer Movie.[7]

He enjoys playing ice hockey and snowboarding.[1][8] Wesley has expressed an interest in also writing and directing.[9]



Year Film Role Notes
2004 The Last Run Seth
2005 Roll Bounce Troy
2006 Cloud 9 Jackson Fargo
Peaceful Warrior Trevor
Lenexa, 1 Mile Rick Lausier aka Full Count
2008 Killer Movie Jake Tanner
2009 Elsewhere Billy
Beneath the Blue Craig Morrison Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Another World Sean McKinnon 1 episode
1999-2001 Guiding Light Max Nickerson #2 6 episodes
2000-2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Danny Burrell/Luke Breslin Episode: "Wrong Is Right"
Episode: "Ripped"
2001 Shot in the Heart Gary (Age 15-22) TV Movie
2001-2002 Wolf Lake Luke Cates 10 episodes
2002 Young Arthur Lancelot TV Movie
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Luke Miller Episode: "Malignant"
2002-2005 American Dreams Tommy DeFelice 10 episodes
2003 The Edge Himself Television Movie
Smallville Lucas Luthor Episode: "Prodigal"
The O.C. Donnie Episode: "The Outsider"
2003-2004 8 Simple Rules Damian Episode: "Premiere"
Episode: "Opposites Attract: Part 3: Night of the Locust"
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"
Fallen Aaron Corbett TV Movie
2007 Fallen Aaron Corbett Episode: "The Time of the Redeemer"
Episode: "Mysterious Ways and All That"
Episode: "Someone Always Has to Die"
Episode: "Il Gran Rifuto"
Cane Nick Episode: "Family Business"
Episode: "Brotherhood"
Episode: "One Man Is an Island"
Shark Justin Bishop Episode: "Shaun of the Dead"
2008 The Russell Girl Evan Carroll TV Movie
Cold Case Petey Murphy '08 Episode: "Bad Reputation"
2008-2009 Army Wives Logan Atwater 6 episodes, Recurring Role
2009-2010 24 Stephen Episode: "Day 7: 2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m."
Episode: "Day 7: 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m."
Episode: "Day 8: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m."
Episode: "Day 8: 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m."
2009-Present The Vampire Diaries Stefan Salvatore Lead Role


  1. ^ a b Eng, Jeanette (February 26, 2003). "Actor's career has stops in NYC, Prague, now L.A.". Independent Press. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
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  3. ^ Lee, Luaine (January 25, 2010). "Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries' is a proud non-conformist". McClatchy-Tribune News Service. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Morton, Rebecca (September 10, 2009). "'Vampire Diaries' to give area native star turn". New Brunswick Sentinel. Retrieved October 5, 2009. 
  5. ^ Talbot, Lindsay (October 12, 2009). "New Blood". Teen Vogue. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Getting to Know: Paul Wesley". Teen Magazine. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Walsh, Dorothy (August 10, 2009). "Five Things to Know About TV's Hottest New Vampire". People.,,20297029,00.html. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  9. ^ [ "Paul and Matt: Superheroes"]. A Girl's Retrieved December 20, 2009. 

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