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Paulo Costanzo
Paulo Costanzo
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September 21, 1978


Actor; Potrayed Ax in the TV show

Behind the scenes
First appearance

The Message

Last appearance

Changes pt 3

Paulo Costanzo played Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthill in the TV show.


Paulo Costanzo was born in Toronto, Ontario and is of Italian-Jewish descent.

Paulo grew up in Brampton, a suburb of Toronto, and attended Mayfield Secondary School for the Arts where he starred in numerous plays and musicals. He then attended one year at Ryerson University for theater, but dropped out when he started to land Toronto-based television and film roles.

His first major television role was opposite Scott Speedman and Alfred Molina in the Barbara Streisand-produced, Rescuers: Stories of Courage (1997), in which he played a Jewish teen in hiding from the Nazis in 1939 Belgium. This was significant for Paulo because both of his Jewish grandparents were holocaust survivors.

Shortly thereafter he landed the role of quirky alien Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthil on Nickelodeon's Animorphs (1998), which ran for two seasons.

When he was 21 he attended an international cattle call audition for an unnamed Dreamworks film. A week later he received a call from his agent: after seeing his tape, Todd Phillips wanted Paulo to fly to New York to screen test for Road Trip (2000). After testing for Phillips and Ivan Reitman he was offered the role of Rubin Carver. This marked the beginning of his professional career in the United States.

Costanzo played major supporting roles in several films including Josie and the Pussycats (2001) and 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), and starred opposite Woody Harrelson and Alicia Silverstone in Scorched (2002). Three months after relocating to Los Angeles he landed the coveted role of Michael Tribbiani on what was to be NBC's great white hope: Friends spinoff, Joey (2005). It was canceled after just two seasons, but Paulo remained unscathed, winning critical praise for his work on the show. He then launched into the indie world.

He headlined Douglas Coupland's Everything's Gone Green (2006), a festival darling which won numerous awards, he starred opposite Boardwalk Empire's Shea Whigam in the cult horror hit, Splinter (2008), which won 6 Scream Awards including best picture, and he starred opposite J.K Simmons, Scott Caan and Harvey Keitel in A Beginner's Guide to Endings (2010).

It was in 2008 that he won the multifaceted role of Evan R. Lawson on the USA tent pole, Royal Pains (2009-present). He relocated to New York for the show and has directed three episodes to date.

Paulo can be seen in recurring roles on Syfy's The Expanse (2015-present), and Steve Zaillian's new HBO drama, Crime (2016). Season eight of Royal Pains will air in the summer 2016.


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Ready or Not Tom DeCarlo Episode: "Second Generation"
1997 The Don's Analyst Young Vito
1998 My Date with the President's Daughter Arthur
1998 Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples Yaakov/Gaston Marie Taque segment
1998–1999 Animorphs Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthill 19 episodes
1999 Seasons of Love Unknown Role
1999 Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Tony D'Angelo Episode: "Nocturnal Cabal"
2000 Road Trip Rubin Carver
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Alexander Cabot
2001 Gypsy 83 Troy
2002 40 Days and 40 Nights Ryan
2003 Scorched Stuart 'Stu' Stein
2003 A Problem with Fear Laurie
2004 The Tao of Pong Hank Also producer
2005 50 Cent: Bulletproof Matt, the Morgue Attendant Video game; Voice
2006 Dr. Dolittle 3 Cogburn the Rooster Voice
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass Tenant #1
2004–2006 Joey Michael Tribbiani Main cast
2006 Everything's Gone Green Ryan
2007 The Day the Dead Weren't Dead Deputy Sandbrooks
2008 The More Things Change.. Nesby Phelps
2008 Splinter Seth Belzer
2009–present Royal Pains Evan R. Lawson Main cast
2010 A beginner's guide to endings Jacob 'Cob' White
2013 How to Be a Man Gary
2014 Criminal Minds Shane Wyeth Episode: The Black Queen
2015 The Expanse Shed Garvy

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Behind the Scenes
Authors K.A. Applegate | Michael Grant | List of Ghostwriters
Artists David Mattingly | Romas Kukalis | Chris Grine
Actors Shawn Ashmore | Brooke Nevin | Nadia-Leigh Nascimento | Boris Cabrera | Christopher Ralph | Paulo Costanzo