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      Paul Adelstein

      Paul Adelstein

      Highest Rated: 88% The Menu (2022)

      Lowest Rated: 18% Mothers and Daughters (2016)

      Birthday: Apr 29, 1969

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      Paul Adelstein was a respected Chicago theater actor before capturing the attention of television audiences as wily Secret Service Agent Paul Kellerman on the action-packed series "Prison Break" (Fox, 2005-09; 2017). The role earned him cult-TV status and eventually led to his casting on the highly-anticipated "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ) spin-off "Private Practice" (ABC, 2007-13). Born on April 29, 1969, Adelstein grew up in the Chicago area. He attended Bowdoin College in Maine and after graduating summa cum laude with a degree in English, the 20-year-old returned to Chicago and joined John Cusack's commedia dell'arte troupe, New Crime Productions, as well as took workshops at the well known Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago. After appearing in stage versions of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "The Balcony," Adelstein joined the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he appeared in numerous performances such as "A Clockwork Orange" and "A Soldier's Tale." Adelstein made the leap to the big screen in 1990, alongside longtime friend John Cusack in the crime drama "The Grifters" and made his television debut on the short-lived Chicago-set series of "Cupid" (ABC, 1998-99) starring another famous friend, Jeremy Piven. At the urging of his celebrity friends, Adelstein relocated to Los Angeles, where he landed guest spots on high profile network shows like "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (USA, 1999- ), "Medium" (NBC, 2005-11) and "Scrubs" (NBC, 2001-08). He began to bulk up his screen resume with small roles in "Intolerable Cruelty" (2003), "Collateral" (2004), and "Be Cool" (2005). The working actor finally hit "recognizable" status when he landed a regular series role portraying tough-as-nails Secret Service Agent Paul Kellerman on the gritty series, "Prison Break." The show did not garner rave reviews among critics, but had an enormous fan following around the world. Two seasons later, Adelstein left his shady government assassin persona behind, when his mysterious on-screen disappearance left fans questioning if Kellerman was really dead or alive. Adelstein resurfaced on ABC, displaying his more sensitive side as a pediatrics specialist on the "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off "Private Practice," which was unfortunately cut short during the 2007 Writers Guild Strike. In the spin-off, Adelstein played the likeable, sex-obsessed Dr. Cooper Freedman - the good doc with the screwed-up love life.

      Highest rated movies

      The Menu Collateral The Phenom Intolerable Cruelty
      The Missing Person
      Bedazzled
      Memoirs of a Geisha Be Cool

      Photos

      Paul Adelstein Paul Adelstein at arrivals for FOX''s PRISON BREAK Screening at PaleyLive LA Spring Season, The Paley Center for Media, Beverly Hills, CA March 29, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Paul Adelstein at arrivals for Hulu CHANCE Premiere, Harmony Gold Theater, Los Angeles, CA October 17, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Paul Adelstein at arrivals for Hulu CHANCE Premiere, Harmony Gold Theater, Los Angeles, CA October 17, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Paul Adelstein, Lisa Edelstein at arrivals for 2015 NBC Universal Cable Entertainment Upfront, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY May 14, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Scandal, Paul Adelstein (L), Kate Burton (R), 'More Cattle, Less Bull', Season 3, Ep. #5, 10/31/2013, ©ABC INTOLERABLE CRUELTY, Paul Adelstein, 2003, (c) Universal Private Practice, KaDee Strickland (L), Paul Adelstein (R), 09/26/2007, ©ABC Private Practice, Paul Adelstein (L), KaDee Strickland (R), 09/26/2007, ©ABC Private Practice, Paul Adelstein (L), KaDee Strickland (R), 09/26/2007, ©ABC INTOLERABLE CRUELTY, Paul Adelstein, George Clooney, 2003, (c) Universal INTOLERABLE CRUELTY, Paul Adelstein, Edward Herrmann, George Clooney, 2003, (c) Universal INTOLERABLE CRUELTY, Paul Adelstein, George Clooney, 2003, (c) Universal Scandal, Paul Adelstein (L), Kate Burton (R), 'Ride, Sally, Ride', Season 3, Ep. #11, 02/27/2014, ©ABC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Peter Scanavino (L), Paul Adelstein (C), Ice-T (R), 'Decaying Morality', Season 16, Ep. #13, 02/04/2015, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Paul Adelstein (L), Gayatri Bahl (R), 'Decaying Morality', Season 16, Ep. #13, 02/04/2015, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Paul Adelstein (L), Peter Scanavino (R), 'Decaying Morality', Season 16, Ep. #13, 02/04/2015, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Paul Adelstein, 'Decaying Morality', Season 16, Ep. #13, 02/04/2015, ©NBC Scandal, Darby Stanchfield (L), Kimrie Lewis-Davis (C), Paul Adelstein (R), 'The Price of Free and Fair Election', Season 3, Ep. #18, 04/17/2014, ©ABC Scandal, Darby Stanchfield (L), Kimrie Lewis-Davis (C), Paul Adelstein (R), 'The Price of Free and Fair Election', Season 3, Ep. #18, 04/17/2014, ©ABC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      88% 76% The Menu Ted (Character) $38.5M 2022
      No Score Yet 98% Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk Allen (Character) - 2017
      79% 38% The Phenom Borwitz (Character) - 2016
      18% 29% Mothers and Daughters Peter (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 87% Return to Zero Aaron (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Sushi Unknown (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 53% Little Fish, Strange Pond Philly (Character) - 2009
      67% 44% The Missing Person Drexler Hewitt (Character) $17.6K 2009
      36% 83% Memoirs of a Geisha Lt. Hutchins (Character) $57.0M 2005
      30% 42% Be Cool Hy Gordon (Character) $55.8M 2005
      86% 84% Collateral Fed #3 (Character) $100.0M 2004
      76% 48% Intolerable Cruelty Wrigley (Character) $35.1M 2003
      50% 43% Bedazzled Lincoln Aide/Jerry/Alejandro/Beach Jock (Character) $37.9M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Peoria Babylon Brad (Character) - 1997

      TV

      Credit
      57% 80% True Story Todd (Character) 2021
      No Score Yet 90% Chicago P.D. Jason Crawford (Guest Star) 2019-2020
      31% 69% I Feel Bad David Sweetzer (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet 46% Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Jake (Character) 2014-2018
      93% 90% Imposters Shelly Cohen (Guest Star),
      Executive Producer
      2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2018
      95% 87% Brooklyn Nine-Nine Seamus Murphy (Guest Star) 2017-2018
      61% 78% Prison Break Paul Kellerman (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2005-2007 2009 2017
      75% 86% Chance Raymond Blackstone (Character) 2016
      93% 72% Scandal Leo Bergen (Guest Star) 2013-2015
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Neil Alexander (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 81% Private Practice Dr. Cooper Freedman (Character),
      Director
      2007-2013
      36% No Score Yet Glenn Martin, DDS Unknown (Guest Voice) 2010
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      83% 86% Scrubs Dr. Stone (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 91% American Dad! Kevin Brougham (Guest Voice) 2005
      No Score Yet 75% Medium Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      20% No Score Yet Hack Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet 85% ER Hank Loman (Guest Star) 1999
      43% No Score Yet Turks Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet 33% Cupid Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999