Paul Wesley: A Succinct Profile

Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the only son of Polish immigrants, actor, producer and director Paul Wesley has over the past decade shot into public consciousness on the back of his eight-year run portraying Stefan Salvatore in the hugely popular CW series The Vampire Diaries. An actor since his high school days, Wesley won his first roles in the soap operas Another World and Guiding Light before appearing in a series of films and television series, including Smallville, The OC and 24.
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His big break came in 2009 alongside actors Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder in the form of The Vampire Diaries, a show based on L. J. Smith’s young adult book series that follows supernatural, usually vampiric, happenings in the fictional town of Mystic Falls and the inhabitants who come to be affected by them. Playing 162-year old vampire Stefan Salvatore for the entire near-decade run of the show, Wesley won acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his role. He would get his start behind the camera on the series, directing five episodes between 2014 and 2016.
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A year after the premier of The Vampire Diaries, Wesley made his production debut on the Jonathan Segal-directed drama Norman. He would go on in 2014 to produce and star in Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear, acting alongside Christensen, Emmy Rossum (Shameless) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy). The same year saw him appear in Sean Mullin’s Sam & Amira, a film set in New York City about the romantic relationship between an Italian-American military veteran and an Iraqi illegal immigrant.
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His professional theatrical debut was in Shem Bitterman’s Sensitive Skin; he would go on to star in William Francis Hoffman’s Cal in Camo alongside Katya Campbell and David Harbour (Stranger Things) as well as the off-Broadway musical Frankenstein.