• Connor Paolo is an American actor best known for his role in the Gossip Girl TV series.
• He studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and was part of the Appel Farm Arts and Music Center Summer Arts Camp.
• He has appeared in films such as Mystic River, World Trade Center, Snow Angels, and Stake Land.
• He is dating actress Grace Van Dien and enjoys sports, watching films and TV, traveling, and cycling.
• He has an estimated net worth of more than $700,000 and is active on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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FactListens to punk music, as well as hip-hop and classic rock.

Gossip Girl Star Connor Paolo Wiki Bio

Connor Paolo was born in New York City, USA, on 11 July 1990, so under the zodiac sign of Cancer and holding American nationality – he is popular for being a TV actor, mostly for his role of Eric Van der Woodsen in the “Gossip Girl” TV series.

Early life and education

Connor spent his entire childhood in New York City; he was born into a Jewish family, to parents Colin Paolo who works as a writer and screenwriter, and Julia Mendelsohn, who is a piano player and a vocal coach.

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Connor fell in love with acting at a very young age thanks to his father – he took his son onto the sets of movies, and Connor soon knew it was what he wanted to do one day. As soon as he matriculated from high school, Connor enrolled at the Professional Performing Arts School, attended by some of the most popular actors of today – Connor also attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, where he studied acting. Simultaneously, he was part of the Appel Farm Arts and Music Center Summer Arts Camp for a couple of years, and had tried studying at college, but quit after only half a year.

Career of an actor

Connor’s acting career was officially launched in 2002. when he won the role of Zachary Connor in the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” TV series – although a minor role, it helped Connor gain recognition, and be invited to act in additional TV series.

Connor could have been seen playing the young Sean Devine in the “Mystic River” movie in 2003, and the young Alexander in the movie of the same name in 2004 – he then appeared in 16 episodes of the “One Life to Live” TV series in the same year.

In 2006, Connor was nominated for the Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor Award for his performance in the “World Trade Center” movie – he made a return to the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” TV series for a single episode in the same year.

Connor was cast as Warren Hardesky in the “Snow Angels” movie shot in 2007, and then won the role of Eric van der Woodsen in the “Gossip Girl” TV series, for which he is still known today, as he held the role from 2007 to 2012, appearing in all the first four seasons, while he came back as a special guest in the sixth season.

The next couple of years saw Connor appear in several movies, including “Favorite Son” in 2008, “The Winning Season” in 2009, and “Camp Hope” and “Stake Land” in 2010 – he played Everett Cone in the “Mercy” TV series in 2010, and then became part of the main cast of the “Revenge” TV series from 2011 to 2013.

Connor took a break from acting from 2013 to 2016, when he returned in four movies – “Friend Request”, “Like Lambs”, “Outlaw”, and “Stake Land II: The Stakelander” – to date, these have been his last roles in movies. In the same year, he had a role in the “Rush Hour” TV series”, then in “The Brave” in 2017, and his latest role was in the “Electric Dreams” TV series in 2018.

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Connor also lent his voice to the Tom character in the “Bully” video game in 2006, and has appeared in The Pretty Reckless’ “My Medicine” music video.

Love life and girlfriend. Is he gay?

Connor has been very secretive regarding his love life throughout the years, but being as popular as he is, some things are still known. Of course as Connor is so secretive, rumors began circulating the internet, including that the actor is gay.

Connor hasn’t commented on the matter, but his relationship with the actress Alice Kremelberg was soon made official therefore denying the rumors. Alice and Connor met on the set of a TV series they were both working on, and began dating shortly afterwards – the relationship lasted for more than two years before the two split for unknown reasons.

After Alice, Connor began dating Grace Van Dien, another actress, and the two are still together – there are no rumors nor controversies surrounding their relationship, and it appears as the two are happy together. They are not planning on exchanging their wedding vows anytime soon, nor on starting a family.

Hobbies and interests

Connor is currently mostly focused on working on his acting career, but there are still a couple of other things he enjoys doing in his free time. Connor has been very sporting since he enrolled at high school, as he began participating in several sports, including football and soccer. He enjoys watching movies and TV series as much as acting in them – his favorite film of all times is “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” while his favorite TV series is “Breaking Bad”. Connor is a bit of a traveler, as he has so far visited several states in the US as this was necessary for the scenes he was part of.

He enjoys riding his bicycle and skateboard, and has a dream of going on a road trip around Europe with his friends one day. Connor is a big lover of animals, and has a pet dog whose name is not known.

Appearance and net worth

Connor is currently 29 years old. He has short black hair and brown eyes, and is 5ft 6in (1.68m) tall, while his weight is not known. According to authoritative sources, his current net worth is estimated to be more than $700,000, and is steadily rising thanks to his career as an actor.

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Social media presence

Connor can be found on several popular social media networks, as his presence on the internet is very important for his acting career.

Connor launched his Twitter account in August 2009 and has gathered more than 3,000 followers and tweeted nearly 400 times, however, it appears as his last tweet was published on 28 June 2011, so he’s no longer active on this account. His Instagram account is currently followed by close to 100,000 people, although he hasn’t uploaded any pictures onto it – he is running a Facebook page as well, which counts more than 5,500 fans.

General Info

Full NameConnor Paolo
Height1.68 m
EducationNew York University, Professional Performing Arts School


MoviesFriend Request, Stake Land, Alexander, World Trade Center, Mystic River, Snow Angels, The Winning Season, Camp Hell, Like Lambs, Favorite Son, The Stakelander
TV ShowsRevenge, Gossip Girl

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1Connor may not have had a dramatic on-screen exit, but his off-screen exit was at least a little bit shady. He left Gossip Girl (2007) with short (no?) notice for a role on Revenge (2011) and said he couldn't imagine a scenario that would have brought him back.
2Connor attended acting school with Gossip Girl (2007) co-star Taylor Momsen and Modern Family (2009)'s Sarah Hyland.
3His parents are Julia Mendelsohn and Colin Paolo. His father has also been credited under the name Colin Pahlow.
4His favorite television show is The Simpsons (1989).
5Listens to punk music, as well as hip-hop and classic rock.
6Attends a high school on the West Side of Manhattan when he isn't working.
7Attends the professional performing arts school featured in the movie Fame.
8His father is a writer and screenwriter and his mother is a classical pianist and vocal coach.




Business Doing Pleasure2017TV Series completedJason 2016
Flock of Four2017post-productionTony Pacarelli
Like Lambs2017post-productionMick Springfield
The Stakelander2016Martin
Rush Hour2016TV SeriesHenry
Friend Request2016Kobe
Revenge2011-2013TV SeriesDeclan Porter
Gossip Girl2007-2012TV SeriesEric van der Woodsen
Stake Land2010Martin
Camp Hell2010Jack
Mercy2010/IEverett Cone
Mercy2010TV SeriesEverett Cone
The Winning Season2009Damon
Favorite Son2008Ross
Snow Angels2007/IWarren Hardesky
Bully2006Video GameTom (voice, as Conor Paolo)
World Trade Center2006Steven McLoughlin
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2002-2006TV SeriesTeddy Winnock / Zachary Connor
Alexander2004Young Alexander
Mystic River2003Young Sean
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesTravis O'Connell (2004)


Revenge: The First Chapter2012TV Movie thanks
Revenge: From the Beginning2012TV Movie thanks


Stakelander: The Making of Stake Land II2017Video documentary shortHimself
The Pretty Reckless: My Medicine2012Video shortHimself (uncredited)
Exposing Gossip Girl: Making Episode 4182011Video shortHimself
Fifth Avenue Meets Gossip Girl2009Video shortHimself
Stylish Confessions: The Fashion of 'Gossip Girl'2009Video shortHimself
The Beginning, XOXO2008Video shortHimself

Archive Footage

Revenge2015TV SeriesDeclan Porter
Gossip Girl: XO XO2012TV Movie documentaryEric van der Woodsen
Revenge: The First Chapter2012TV MovieDeclan Porter


Nominated Awards

2007Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young ActorWorld Trade Center (2006)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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