Actor Paul Adelstein Replaces Superintendent Brian Kelton on 'Chicago P.D.'

'Chicago P.D.' has a new superintendent in town, meaning there's a new actor on the cast. Meet Paul Adelstein, the new superintendent.

Sara Belcher - Author

Mar. 3 2021, Updated 11:11 a.m. ET

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Chicago P.D. has a new superintendent, and his name is Jason Crawford.

The Season 7 premiere introduced the new character and picked up right where Season 6 left off. At the end of last season, we saw the current superintendent, Brian Kelton (played by John McGinley) die — meaning there was an immediate need for a replacement.

Enter Jason Crawford, who's now the interim superintendent for the Chicago P.D.

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His arrival to the show also followed the exit of Detective Antonio Dawson (played by Jon Seda) in the season 6 finale. 

Jason Crawford is played by actor Paul Adelstein and will have a recurring role on the show. Here's what you need to know about Paul.

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Paul's best known for his roles in Prison Break and Private Practice.

Police TV shows aren't a new thing for Paul, as he's previously been seen on Prison Break, where he played Paul Kellerman. Paul has also had some guest appearances and small stints on other cop shows like Law & Order, Special Victims Unit and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

You've also seen him on Grey's Anatomy, where he guest-starred for a couple of episodes as Dr. Cooper Freedman, which then led to a more permanent role in the Grey's Anatomy spinoff, Private Practice.

Other credits of his include Scandal as Leo Bergen and Chance as Raymond Blackstone.

In addition to his long list of acting credits, he also has some producer and writer credits for Imposters and Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. 

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Paul is also a Chicago native.

In probably the most fitting casting point, Paul is originally from Chicago, meaning he's returning to his hometown to shoot the show.

On Instagram, Paul shared a photo of himself in his Chicago P.D. uniform to announce his arrival to the show. "When your hometown calls... @nbcchicagopd," he captioned the photo.

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It's unclear how long Paul will be a part of the show.

Since his title is "Interim Superintendent," it's possible that Paul's role on the show will only be temporary. While he's currently cast for all of Season 7, there's a possibility that he'll make an exit from the show sooner rather than later if they introduce a new superintendent to the police department.

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But for now, it looks like Paul is here to stay. It'll be interesting to see how his character measures up to the expectations left behind by Superintendent Brian Kelton, or if his fellow detectives will get along with him.

Jon Seda said goodbye to his Chicago P.D. fam at the end of Season 6.

In a heartfelt Twitter post announcing his permanent departure from the show, Jon said "It’s been an honor portraying Det. Antonio Dawson in the #OneChicago world. To my cast #family, I’ll always treasure the time and stories we shared. To all you #chihards out there, THANK YOU for being the best of fans! We’ll Always have CHICAGO."

You can watch Chicago P.D. and see how Jason measures up to the team on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on NBC.

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