Though he began his career as an emergency room physician, Jonathan LaPaglia changed his course to become one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood. A rising star in television and film, LaPaglia stars as time traveller Frank Parker in UPN's innovative new series "Seven Days."
LaPaglia was born and raised in Adelaide, Australia, and graduated with a bachelors degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Adelaide. He spent three years as an emergency physician in Australia, and had a brief stint practicing medicine in the United Kingdom. Feeling repressed from a creative point of view, he decided to pursue an acting career, no doubt inspired by his brother, actor Anthony LaPaglia.
He shifted careers gradually, working full time as a doctor during the day while studying acting at night. Ultimately, LaPaglia quit medicine and moved to New York, where he spent two years training at the Circle in the Square Theatre School. It wasn't long after leaving the program that LaPaglia landed his first big acting job, a coveted role as a series regular in "New York Undercover." He played detective Tommy Macnamara on the hour-long crime show for a year. He also guest-starred on "Law & Order," and can be seen in the upcoming UPN disaster film "Inferno."
In addition to performing in theater productions in his native Australia, LaPaglia also performed on stage in New York in "The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui" and "Don Juan Comes Back From the War."
LaPaglia has also been busy in feature films, playing a cameraman in Woody Allen's comedy "Deconstructing Harry," a local drug lord in the independent film "Astoria Fix" and a clerk recovering from cancer in "Origin of the Species." Additional credits include "The Cure," "Poison Berries," "Rain" and the independent shorts "Screening Frogs" and "Dog Tail."
Offscreen, LaPaglia enjoys reading, mountain biking, running and snowboarding. He is single and resides in Los Angeles.
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