Paul Adelstein

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Paul Adelstein
Born(1969-04-29) April 29, 1969 (age 45)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Liza Weil (2006–present)
ChildrenJosephine Adelstein
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Paul Adelstein
Born(1969-04-29) April 29, 1969 (age 45)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Liza Weil (2006–present)
ChildrenJosephine Adelstein

Paul Adelstein (born April 29, 1969) is an American television and film actor, best known for the role of Agent Paul Kellerman in the television series Prison Break and his role as pediatrician Cooper Freedman in the series Private Practice. In addition to supporting roles in films such as Intolerable Cruelty and Memoirs of a Geisha, he is also known for his current recurring role on Scandal.

Early life[edit]

Adelstein was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1969, to a Reform Jewish family.[1] Prior to his professional acting career, Adelstein attended the progressive Francis W. Parker School, then Bowdoin College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a degree in English.[2] He began his career in theatre, working with New Crime Productions, a company founded by John Cusack, and later with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.


Making his film debut in 1990 in The Grifters, Adelstein went on to appear in several television series which include Cupid, ER, Without a Trace and Scrubs and to have a number of significant supporting roles in films such as Bedazzled (2000), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), and Be Cool (2005).

In 2005, he received his most significant role to date as a member of the regular cast of the suspenseful television series Prison Break. Interestingly, though he played the role of mysterious government operative Paul Kellerman, he had originally auditioned for the role of protagonist Lincoln Burrows. When he left the show in 2007, he joined the regular cast of medical drama Private Practice where he stayed for the show's entire six season run. After the series finale in 2013, he has more recently had a recurring role on Scandal, which he has continued into 2014.

He has been cast as Abby's husband in Bravo's first scripted show, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, to air in 2015.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Paul moved to Los Angeles in 2003 at the age of 34. "I've fallen in love with the city. I found it difficult at first, but like I said I was doing it in pretty small doses. By the time I had my own place I was pretty comfortable here, and now I love it. There's really no place in the world like Los Angeles, love it or hate it."[4] Despite hailing from Chicago, Adelstein has been a fan and supporter since childhood of the NFL's Cleveland Browns.[5]

In November 2006, Adelstein married actress Liza Weil, who played Paris Geller on Gilmore Girls. They had their first child in April 2010, a girl named Josephine Elizabeth Weil-Adelstein.[6][7] Adelstein is also lead singer and guitarist of a band called Doris. The band was started in the late nineties and Adelstein has recorded several albums with them, singing and songwriting for the group. Adelstein is also a pianist and guitarist. His musical background was the cover story in the May/June 2012 issue of Making Music Magazine.



1990The GriftersSailor - Young Paul
1997Peoria BabylonBrad Kessler
2000BedazzledBob/Roberto/Beach Jock/Sportscaster
2003Intolerable CrueltyWrigley
2004Lawrence Melm
BandwagonJoe Rice
CollateralFed #3
2005Memoirs of a GeishaLieutenant Hutchins
Be CoolHy Gordon
2009Land of the LostAstronaut (voice)
The Missing PersonDrexler Hewitt
Little Fish, Strange Pond aka. FrenemyPhillydirect-to-DVD
2010Happy Sushishort
2014Return to ZeroAaronMain Role


1998–1999CupidMikeTelevision episodes (1x01, 1x02, 1x06, 1x07, 1x09, 1x11, 1x14)
1999TurksOfficer Cliff FowlerTelevision series
ERHank LomanTelevision episode (6x09)
2002R.U.S./H.Tom EpsteinTelevision movie
ERTelevision episode (8x17)
Breaking NewsJulian KerbisTelevision series
2002–2003HackSergeant Aldo RossiTelevision episodes (1x13, 1x14, 1x20, 2x04, 2x10)
2003Law & Order: Special Victims UnitSteven KellermanTelevision episode (4x14)
Partners and CrimeTelevision movie
The Lyon's DenSnyderTelevision episode (1x09)
Without a TraceDaveTelevision episode (2x05)
2004Las VegasAlex BrooksTelevision episode (2x11)
2005MediumCraigTelevision episode (1x14)
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at LawMurroTelevision episode (3x02)
2005–2009Prison BreakPaul KellermanSeries regular
2006Nobody's WatchingJeff TuckerTelevision series
ScrubsDr. StoneTelevision episode (5x21)
2007Grey's AnatomyCooper FreedmanTelevision episodes (3x22, 3x23)
2007–2013Private PracticeCooper FreedmanSeries Regular
2010Glenn Martin DDSEarl (voice)Television episode ("Courtney's Pony")
2013-ScandalLeo BergenTelevision episodes (3x5, 3x6, 3x9, 3x10, 3x11, 3x12, 3x13, 3x14, 3x16, 3x17)


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