Connor Paolo is an American actor best known for his role as the adolescent Alexander the Great in Oliver Stone's Alexander (2004), and for his role as Eric van der Woodsen on the television drama series Gossip Girl, from 2007-2012.
He currently stars as Declan Porter on the television drama series Revenge, since 2011.
A native New Yorker, Paolo was discovered at age six by theatrical director Michael Counts after he refused to leave the loft space where Counts' spectacular walk-through production of the Odyssey – Wine Blue Open Water – had just been performed. Counts asked Paolo to join his troop Gales Gates et al that night.
On the big screen, he starred as Martin in Jim Mickle's film, Stake Land. He worked with Clint Eastwood on Mystic River, did looping with Martin Scorsese on The Gangs of New York and spent two months in Morocco with Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer playing young Alexander in Oliver Stone's film of the same name.
Between 1996 and 2003, Paolo performed six shows with Gale Gates et al... everything from guerilla theatre on Wall Street to happenings on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to an interactive, multi-media extravaganza in the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria.
He also played Nathan in The Full Monty on Broadway, and appeared as Dill (the young Truman Capote) in the Ford Theatre production of To Kill a Mockingbird.
On the small screen Connor landed the recurring role of Travis on the ABC soap One Life to Live, but also took a turn to the dark side by playing Zachery Connor, a 12-year-old rapist murderer, on Law & Order: SVU.
Connor's past theatre and film work includes appearing as the Duke of York in the Public Theatre's production of Shakespeare's Richard III (with Peter Dinklage); as Jon in Stephen Belber's Tape and in the dual roles of Marshall and Percy in Morris Panych's 7 Stories (both with the Strain Theatre Company).
He also had supporting roles in Oliver Stone's World Trade Center (with Nicholas Cage), The Winning Season (with Emma Roberts) and David Gordon Green's Snow Angels (with Kate Beckinsale & Sam Rockwell); and leading roles in the independent films Favorite Son (with Pablo Schreiber) and Camp Hope (with Bruce Davison, Andrew McCarthy and Dana Delany).