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Connor Paolo

Connor Paolo
At the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Accidents Happen
Born (1990-07-11) July 11, 1990
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present

Connor Paolo (born July 11, 1990) is an American actor. He is known of 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).

Early life and education

Paolo was born in New York City, the son of Julia Mendelson, a vocal coach and classical pianist, and Colin Paolo, a writer and screenwriter.[1] 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.[2][3]


He played a preteen murderer-rapist in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[4] 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.[5] 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.

Paolo has a background in theatre and commercials. He has appeared on the Broadway stage in the hit musical The Full Monty[6] and off-Broadway in the New York public theater production of Shakespeare's Richard III. He played Bottom in an abridged production of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.

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.[7]

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.[8] He, however, returned to Gossip Girl for a brief appearance during the series finale.[9] Paolo exited Revenge in May 2013, after his character was killed in the second season finale.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Mystic River Young Sean Devine
2004 Alexander Young Alexander
2006 World Trade Center Steven McLoughlin Nominated—Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor[11]
2007 Snow Angels Warren Hardesky
2008 Favorite Son Ross
2009 Winning Season, TheThe Winning Season Damon
2010 Camp Hope Jack
2010 Stake Land Martin
2014 Outlaw Connor In post-production
2015 Friend Request Kobe In post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Zachary Connor Episode: "Juvenile"
2004 One Life to Live Travis O'Connell 16 episodes
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Teddy Winnock Episode: "Web"
2007–12 Gossip Girl Eric van der Woodsen 53 episodes
2010 Mercy Everett Cone Episode: "I Did Kill You, Didn't I?"
2011–13 Revenge Declan Porter Main cast (seasons 1–2); 43 episodes
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Bully Tom Voice
Music videos
Artist Song
The Pretty Reckless My Medicine


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