Paul Wesley

Paul Wesley

American actor and director (born 1982)
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Paul Wesley was raised in the Marlboro, New Jersey. His parents immigrated from Poland, where he spent a large portion of his childhood. Many of his relatives still reside there.

During his high school years Paul was actively involved in theater studies, primarily in New York City. He attended Christian Brothers Academy, Marlboro High School, and Lakewood Prep. He was expelled from the first school for getting into fights.

Whilst his junior year he landed the role of Max in Guiding Light (1952). Due to his acting schedule, he transferred to several schools. He ultimately graduated in 2000 and went on to Rutgers University but, because he was being offered roles, decided to quit after one semester.

In 2009 he was cast in The Vampire Diaries (2009). He auditioned for both the roles of Damon, the bad vampire brother, and Stefan, the good vampire brother. It was ultimately decided he would work better as Stefan.

He resides in Los Angeles, New York City, and Atlanta, where he continues filming as well as directing 'The Vampire Diaries'.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kad

Paul Wesley (born Pawel Tomasz Wasilewski; July 23, 1982) is an American actor, director, and producer. He is known for playing "Aaron Corbett" in the TV miniseries, Fallen (2007), and "Stefan Salvatore" in The CW's supernatural drama, The Vampire Diaries (2009).

Wesley was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to Polish parents Tomasz Wasilewski 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. He was actively involved in the New York City theater scene and transferred from Marlboro High School to Lakewood Prep School in Howell, New Jersey because the school was able to better accommodate his acting schedule. During his junior year in high school, he was cast in the soap opera, Guiding Light (1952), as character "Max Nickerson". He started college at Rutgers University in New Jersey, but left after one semester when more roles were offered to him, and he realized he could make a career out of acting.

He was starring as vampire "Stefan Salvatore" in The Vampire Diaries (2009), 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 was directing, as well as starring, in the show.

In 2001 he was one of the main cast members of the short-lived TV series, Wolf Lake (2001), playing the role of Lucas "Luke" Cates. The show's cast also featured Tim Matheson, Sharon Lawrence, Graham Greene & Bruce McGill.

In 2005 he began to credit himself as Paul Wesley.

In May 2011 he joined the cast of The Baytown Outlaws (2012), opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Andre Braugher.

Wesley had two films released in 2015. Before I Disappear (2014), 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 & Sam (2014), from Drafthouse Films.

In 2014 he was cast, opposite Susan Sarandon, in the film Mother's Day (2016), and it was announced he is set to star and produce Convergence, alongside producer Adam Schroeder (The Truman Show (1998), Chronicle (2012)).

In August 2015 he joined the cast of The Late Bloomer (2016), opposite Brittany Snow and J.K. Simmons.

He has appeared in several films throughout the years, including Peaceful Warrior (2006) and director Agnieszka Holland's Shot in the Heart (2001), opposite Giovanni Ribisi and Sam Shepard. He starred opposite Amber Tamblyn in CBS' The Russell Girl (2008) and had the lead role in the ABC Family miniseries, Fallen (2007), opposite Bryan Cranston. He has had a number of roles in television shows, such as 24, 8 Simple Rules, American Dreams, Army Wives, Cane, Everwood, Guiding Light, Smallville, The O.C..

Wesley has hosted 2 fund-raising campaigns on Represent.com to raise funds for charity. For his first campaign, Wesley released a cat shirt design to raise funds for The Humane Society of the United States. The campaign sold almost 3,000 units. For his second campaign, Wesley teamed up with The Vampire Diaries co-star Ian Somerhalder to release a limited edition shirt designed by a fan, with the words "Blood Brothers Since 1864." This campaign sold almost 10,000 shirts.

Wesley met and began dating actress Torrey DeVitto in 2007, when they acted together in _Killer Movie (2008)_ qv). 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 (2009), 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.

Paul Wesley met actress Phoebe Tonkin on the set of "The Vampire Diaries" in 2012; they were a couple from September 2013 to July 2017.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Akram Braham

Spouse (1) Torrey DeVitto (16 April 2011 - 23 December 2013) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2) Spiked dark hair, Thick eyebrows

Trivia (17)

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Says if he wasn't an actor/director he would want to be an investigative journalist.

His first kiss was when he was nine years old and in a swimming pool with a girl that dared him into kissing her.

He began to credit himself as Paul Wesley in 2005 because he thought his birthname was too hard to pronounce. He asked his family's permission before changing it.

He speaks fluent Polish.

Married his longtime girlfriend, Torrey DeVitto, in a secret ceremony in New York (April 2011).

Ex-brother-in-law of Maryelle DeVitto and Devon DeVitto.

Ex-son-in-law of Liberty DeVitto and Mary Devitto.

Son of Tomasz Wasilewski and Agnieszka Wasilewska.

Best friends with Ben McKenzie.

Very close friends with Claire Holt.

Paul attended Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey and Marlboro High School for a period during his high school years.

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.

He enjoys playing ice hockey and snowboarding.

Paul is the second child of four children.

He has an older sister, Monika, who is an attorney, and two younger sisters, Julia and Leah Wasilewski.

Paul's passion was playing hockey until he was about 14 years old and was pushed into performing. Paul became interested in acting when enrolled in a summer arts program in third grade.

Was in a relationship with his past The Vampire Diaries (2009) co-star Phoebe Tonkin from September 2013 to July 2017.

Personal Quotes (6)

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I'm pretty neurotic.

I don't have television so I don't watch TV.

I played ice hockey obsessively for 14 years of my life.

I wasn't some weird loner in school, but I definitely wasn't invited to any of the cool parties.

I think any time anybody sees the bad guy show emotion and you're not hitting the audience over the head, there's always a tinge of empathy for that individual.

'Catcher in the Rye' changed my life when I was a kid. I read it as I was a boy turning into a man, and I was so fascinated by it.

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Paul Wesley was born on Friday, 23 July 1982 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. His full name at birth was Pawel Tomasz Wasilewski. He is best known as an actor. Wesley's country of citizenship (nationality) is American. Paul attended high school at Marlboro High School, Marlboro, New Jersey, USA. For university, he studied at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA (dropped out). He is considered to be politically far-left and is affiliated with the Democratic Party (USA). His religion is listed as Christian. He is 5' 11" (180 cm) tall with an athletic build. He has green eyes and light brown hair (color). His net worth is reported to be $6,000,000 US dollars. Paul Wesley is 41 years old and his zodiac star sign is Cancer.

You can find people similar to Paul Wesley by visiting our lists Marlboro High School alumni and Christian Brothers Academy (New Jersey) alumni.

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Pawel Tomasz Wasilewski
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Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries
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Date of birth
23 July 1982
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New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
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Actor | Producer | Director
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5' 11" (180 cm)
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  • Spiked Dark Hair
  • Bushy Eyebrows
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Rose Tattoo
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Greggy (dog)
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Residence
New York, USA
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Net worth
$6,000,000 USD
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High school
  • Marlboro High School, Marlboro, New Jersey, USA
  • Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey
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Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA (dropped out)
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ICM Partners
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Partner: Natalie Kuckenburg (Dating)
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Natalie Kuckenburg and Paul Wesley
  • Speaks fluent Polish and spent summers as a child in Poland with family.

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