Connor Paolo

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Connor Paolo
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Paolo at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Accidents Happen
Born (1990-07-11) July 11, 1990 (age 28)
OccupationActor
Years active2002–present

Connor Paolo (born July 11, 1990) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Eric van der Woodsen on The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl and Declan Porter on the ABC drama series Revenge . He has also appeared in two Oliver Stone films, Alexander (2004) and World Trade Center (2006).

Eric van der Woodsen

Eric van der Woodsen is a fictional character from the book series Gossip Girl and the television series of the same name, in which he is portrayed by Connor Paolo.

The CW American broadcast television network

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Personal life

Paolo was born in New York City, the son of Julia Mendelsohn, a vocal coach and classical pianist, and Colin Paolo, a writer and screenwriter. [1] Paolo is Jewish. [2]

He attended, beginning in 2006, the Professional Performing Arts School alongside Sarah Hyland, Paul Iacono and Taylor Momsen. He took acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Paolo also attended Appel Farm Arts and Music Center Summer Arts Camp located in Elmer, New Jersey for several summers. He attended New York University for one semester in fall 2008. [3] [4]

Professional Performing Arts School

The Professional Performing Arts School, colloquially known as PPAS, is a public school in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City.

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Paul Stanley Iacono is an American actor. He is best known for portraying RJ Berger in the MTV scripted series The Hard Times of RJ Berger.

He dated Adelaide Kane from April 2011 to July 2013.

Adelaide Kane Australian actress

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Career

He played a preteen murderer-rapist in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit . [5] He made his motion picture debut in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated Mystic River , playing Young Sean. In 2004, Paolo was on One Life to Live as Travis O'Connell, a recurring character. Paolo also made a return appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, playing a disturbed teenager based on the real case of Justin Berry. [6] Other films include World Trade Center for Oliver Stone in 2006; Snow Angels , directed by David Gordon Green; and Favorite Son, his first leading role.

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Clint Eastwood American actor and film director

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<i>Mystic River</i> (film) 2003 American drama film directed by Clint Eastwood

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Paolo has a background in theatre and commercials. He has appeared on the Broadway stage in the hit musical The Full Monty [7] and off-Broadway in the New York public theater production of Shakespeare's Richard III .[ citation needed ] He played Bottom in an abridged production of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream .

Theatre collaborative form of performing and fine art

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<i>The Full Monty</i> 1997 British comedy-drama film

The Full Monty is a 1997 British comedy film directed by Peter Cattaneo, starring Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber and Hugo Speer. The screenplay was written by Simon Beaufoy. The film is set in Sheffield, England and, starting off with a travelogue of the city in 1972, tells the story of six unemployed men, four of them former steel workers, who decide to form a male striptease act in order to gather enough money to get somewhere else and for the main character, Gaz, to be able to see his son. Gaz declares that their show will be better than the Chippendales dancers because they will go "the full monty"—strip all the way—hence the film's title.

From 2007 to 2011, Paolo had a supporting role on The CW's series Gossip Girl , where he played Eric van der Woodsen, the brother of lead Serena van der Woodsen's character. His last appearance was in the sixth season.

In 2010, he starred in the vampire apocalypse film Stake Land directed by Jim Mickle. [8]

In April 2011, Paolo joined the cast of ABC's dramatic series Revenge . In August 2011, Paolo stated that he would be taking on the new series Revenge full-time and his character Eric van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl would no longer appear on the show. [9] He, however, returned to Gossip Girl for a brief appearance during the series finale. [10] Paolo exited Revenge in May 2013, after his character was written off the second season finale. [11]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2003 Mystic River Young Sean Devine
2004 Alexander Young Alexander
2006 World Trade Center Steven McLoughlinNominated—Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor [12]
2007 Snow Angels Warren Hardesky
2008Favorite SonRoss
2009 The Winning Season Damon
2010 Camp Hope Jack
2010 Stake Land Martin
2016 Friend Request Kobe
2016Like LambsMick Springfield
2016OutlawConnor
2016 Stake Land II: The Stakelander Martin

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Zachary ConnorEpisode: "Juvenile"
2004 One Life to Live Travis O'Connell16 episodes
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitTeddy WinnockEpisode: "Web"
2007–2012 Gossip Girl Eric van der Woodsen Recurring (seasons 1–4); special guest (season 6)
2010 Mercy Everett ConeEpisode: "I Did Kill You, Didn't I?"
2011–2013 Revenge Declan Porter Main cast (seasons 1–2)
2016 Rush Hour HenryEpisode: "Welcome Back, Carter"
2017 The Brave NateEpisode: "Enhanced Protection"
2018 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams EthanEpisode: "Safe & Sound"

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006 Bully Tom (voice)
Music videos
ArtistSong
The Pretty Reckless My Medicine

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