at PaleyFest2010's "The Vampire Diaries" night at the Saban Theatre, Los Angeles, on March 6, 2010.
|Born||Paul Thomas Wasilewski
July 23, 1982
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
|Other name(s)||Paul Wasilewski|
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.
Wesley was born Paul Thomas Wasilewski in New Brunswick, New Jersey and grew up in Marlboro, New Jersey. His parents, Agnieszka and Thomas Wasilewski, had moved from Poland shortly before his birth. He speaks fluent Polish, having spent four months every year in Poland until the age of 16. 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. 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.
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.
|2004||The Last Run||Seth|
|2006||Cloud 9||Jackson Fargo|
|Lenexa, 1 Mile||Rick Lausier||aka Full Count|
|2008||Killer Movie||Jake Tanner|
|Beneath the Blue||Craig Morrison||Post-production|
|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"
|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: "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|