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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 current role as pediatrician Cooper Freedman in the series Private Practice.

Life and career

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

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 Prison Break. Interestingly, though he played the role of Paul Kellerman, he had originally auditioned for the role of Lincoln Burrows. When he left the show in 2007, he joined the regular cast of Private Practice.

In November 2006, Adelstein married actress Liza Weil, who played Paris Geller on Gilmore Girls. Adelstein is also lead singer and guitarist of a band called Doris. He is related to television producer Marty Adelstein.


Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Grifters Sailor - Young Paul
1997 Peoria Babylon Brad Kessler
1998-1999 Cupid Mike Television episodes (1x01, 1x02, 1x06, 1x07, 1x09, 1x11, 1x14)
1999 Turks Officer Cliff Fowler Television series
1999 ER Hank Loman Television episode (6x09)
2000 Bedazzled Bob/Roberto/Beach Jock/Sportscaster
2002 R.U.S./H. Tom Epstein Television movie
2002 ER Television episode (8x17)
2002 Breaking News Julian Kerbis Television series
2002-2003 Hack Sergeant Aldo Rossi Television episodes (1x13, 1x14, 1x20, 2x04, 2x10)
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Steven Kellerman Television episode (4x14)
2003 Partners and Crime Television movie
2003 Intolerable Cruelty Wrigley
2003 The Lyon's Den Snyder Television episode (1x09)
2003 Without a Trace Dave Television episode (2x05)
2004 Lawrence Melm
2004 Bandwagon Joe Rice
2004 Collateral Fed #3
2004 Las Vegas Alex Brooks Television episode (2x11)
2005 Medium Craig Television episode (1x14)
2005 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Murro Television episode (3x02)
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Lieutenant Hutchins
2005 Be Cool Hy Gordon
2005-2007, 2009 Prison Break Paul Kellerman Series regular
2006 Nobody's Watching Jeff Tucker Television series
2006 Scrubs Dr. Stone Television episode (5x21)
2007 Grey's Anatomy Cooper Freedman Television episode (3x22,3x23)
2007-present Private Practice Cooper Freedman Series Regular
2009 Land of the Lost Astronaut (voice)
2009 The Missing Person Drexler Hewitt


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