Paul Adelstein

Paul Adelstein

Highest Rated: 86% Collateral (2004)

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




86% No Score Yet The Menu Ted (Character) - 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 47% Little Fish, Strange Pond Philly (Character) - 2009
67% 44% The Missing Person Drexler Hewitt (Character) $17.6K 2009
35% 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
75% 48% Intolerable Cruelty Wrigley (Character) $35.1M 2003
50% 42% Bedazzled Lincoln Aide/Jerry/Alejandro/Beach Jock (Character) $37.9M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Peoria Babylon Brad (Character) - 1997


57% 81% 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
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% 73% Scandal Leo Bergen (Guest Star) 2013-2015
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Neil Alexander (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 80% Private Practice Dr. Cooper Freedman (Character),
36% No Score Yet Glenn Martin, DDS Unknown (Guest Voice) 2010
84% 75% 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 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 84% ER Hank Loman (Guest Star) 1999
43% No Score Yet Turks Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cupid Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999