Born on April 29, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois, Paul Adelstein was a student at Bowdoin College, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity and majored in English. After graduating with flying colors, he pursued his acting career by performing on productions of the Steppenwolf Theater Company. In 1990, he made his first big screen appearance in The Grifters, and followed that with a role on the 1997 film Peoria Babylon. His other movie credits include Collateral, Bedazzled, Memoirs of a Geisha, Intolerable Cruelty and Be Cool.
As for the small screen, Adelstein made his debut on the television series, Cupid. He then went on to guest star in shows like ER, Hack, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Lyon's Den, Without a Trace, Medium, Las Vegas, Scrubs, and the original pilot for Nobody's Watching.
In 2006, Adelstein portrayed agent Paul Kellerman on the Fox Network's hit television series, Prison Break. Simultaneously, he tied the knot with actress, , who appears as Paris Geller on the drama series, . Aside from acting, Adelstein also sings lead and plays the guitar for Doris, a band that is based in Los Angeles.
In 2007, Adelstein was announced as a main cast member for Private Practice, which is his biggest role thus far.
- He is married to actress Liza Weil.
- He has a band named "Doris" in which he serves as the lead singer and guitarist.
- He originally auditioned for the role of Lincoln Burrows on Prison Break.
- He started out in theatre, performing with New Crime Productions and later with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
2007-2011: Private Practice (TV series) - Dr. Cooper Freedman
2010: Glenn Martin DDS (TV series) - Earl
2010: Happy Sushi (short)
2009: Little Fish, Strange Pond - Philly
2009: Land of the Lost - Astronaut (voice)
2005-2009: Prison Break (TV series) - Paul Kellerman
2009: The Missing Person - Drexler Hewitt
2007: Order Up (short) - Angry Patron
2007: Grey's Anatomy (TV series) - Dr. Cooper Freedman
2006: Scrubs (TV series) - Dr. Stone
2006: Nobody's Watching (TV movie) - Jeff Tucker
2005: Memoirs of a Geisha - Lieutenant Hutchins
2005: American Dad! (TV series)
2005: Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (TV series) - Murro the Marauder/Professor Nightshade
2005: Medium (TV series) - Craig
2005: Be Cool - Hy Gordon
2004: Las Vegas (TV series) - Alex Brooks
2004: Collateral - Fed #3
2004: Bandwagon - Joe Rice
2004: Lawrence Melm
2003: Hack (TV series) - Aldo Rossi
2003: Without a Trace (TV series) - Dave
2003: The Lyon's Den (TV series) - Snyder
2003: Intolerable Cruelty - Wrigley
2003: Partners and Crime (TV movie)
2003: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) - Steven Kellerman
2002: Breaking News (TV series) - Julian Kerbis
1999-2002: ER (TV series) - Hank Loman
2002: R.U.S./H. (TV movie) - Tom Epstein
2000: Bedazzled - Bob/Roberto/Beach Jock/Bob Bob (Sportscaster #3)
1999: Turks (TV series) - Cliff
1998-1999: Cupid (TV series) - Mike
1997: Peoria Babylon - Brad Kessler
1997: My Best Friend's Wedding - Brunch Guest
1994: Missing Persons (TV series) - Phil Koppelman
1990: The Grifters - Sailor - Young Paul