A mainstay on film and television screens, Paul Adelstein recently
wrapped the new series Get Shorty and is also currently starring in the new
drama, Chance, as Detective Raymond Blackstone, opposite Hugh Laurie and
Gretchen Mol. His previous series regular roles include the Girlfriends
Guide To Divorce, which he was a series regular for its first two seasons,
as well as serving as a writer and producer on the show, six seasons as Dr. Cooper
Freedman on Shonda Rhimes’ drama Private Practice, two episodes of which
he directed, and two seasons as Secret Service Agent Paul Kellerman on Prison
Break. Paul is also featured in the Prison Break event series, and
recurred on Scandal as ruthless political consultant Leo Bergen.
With Adam Brooks, Paul co-created and is serving as executive producer,
show-runner, and episodic director on the new dark comedy, Imposters.
Paul’s wide range of film roles includes Wrigley, George
Clooney’s loyal sidekick in the Coen Brothers’ Intolerable Cruelty,
fast-talking record producer Hy Gordon opposite John Travolta and Uma Thurman
in Elmore Leonard’s Be Cool, and no less than five distinct characters
in Harold Ramis’ Bedazzled. In Return to Zero, he starred
opposite Minnie Driver in her Emmy® nominated turn in a story about parents struggling
in the aftermath of losing a child to still-birth.
Paul began his professional acting career in theater at the age of 20
when he joined John Cusack’s commedia dell’arte troupe, New Crime Productions
in his native Chicago. After appearing in versions of Marat/Sade, Fear and
Loathing in Las Vegas and The Balcony, among others, he began working with the
renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he appeared in numerous
productions, including A Clockwork Orange, directed by Terry Kinney; Morning Star,
directed by Frank Galati; and A Soldier’s Tale, a co-production of Steppenwolf
Theatre and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, featuring Pinchas Zuckerman and
In addition to his acting career, Adelstein is the songwriter/singer in
the Los Angeles-based band Doris. One of Adelstein’s songs can be heard in the
Coen Brothers’ film Burn After Reading.
Adelstein attended Bowdoin College where he majored in English, minored
in Music, received high honours for his thesis on James Joyce and Samuel
Beckett and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.