As talented as he is at portraying an undead teenager on The Vampire Diaries, Paul Wesley (Stefan) isn’t actually a sexy, blood-sucking holdout from the Civil War era. Shocking, we know.

The 30-year-old actor displayed his range on a slew of TV shows before TVD, playing everything from Lex Luthor’s half-brother to a drug dealer.

Here’s a list of the other series lucky enough to have landed Paul for at least one episode. Fun fact: Up until 2005, he went by his Polish birth name, Paul Wasilewski. Don’t even try to pronounce it.

  • Another World (1999, one episode)
  • Guiding Light (1999-2001, six episodes)
  • Law & Order: SVU (2000, one episode)
  • Wolf Lake (2001-2002, 10 episodes)
  • The Education of Max Bickford (2002, one episode)
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2002, one episode)
  • Smallville (2003, one episode)
  • The O.C. (2003, one episode)
  • 8 Simple Rules (2003-2004, two episodes)
  • Everwood (2003-2004, nine episodes)
  • CSI: Miami (2004, one episode)
  • American Dreams (2002-2005, 11 episodes)
  • CSI: NY (2005, one episode)
  • Law & Order: SVU (2005, one episode)
  • Crossing Jordan (2006, one episode)
  • Fallen (2007, four episodes of the miniseries)
  • Cane (2007, three episodes)
  • Shark (2007, one episode)
  • Cold Case (2008, one episode)
  • Army Wives (2008-2009, five episodes)
  • 24 (2009-2010, four episodes)
  • The Vampire Diaries (2009-2012, 75 episodes — and counting)

 

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