Adrian Pasdar

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Adrian Pasdar
Adrian Pasdar.jpg
Pasdar at ComicCon, July 2008
BornAdrian Kayvan Pasdar
(1965-04-30) April 30, 1965 (age 49)
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
OccupationActor and film director
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Natalie Maines (2000–present)
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Adrian Pasdar
Adrian Pasdar.jpg
Pasdar at ComicCon, July 2008
BornAdrian Kayvan Pasdar
(1965-04-30) April 30, 1965 (age 49)
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
OccupationActor and film director
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Natalie Maines (2000–present)

Adrian Kayvan Pasdar (/ˈpæzdɑr/; Persian pronunciation: [kejˈvɒːn pɒːsˈdɒːɾ]; born April 30, 1965) is an American actor, voice artist, and film director. He is known for playing Jim Profit on the TV series Profit, for his roles in Near Dark, Carlito's Way, Mysterious Ways and as Nathan Petrelli on Heroes. Additionally, he directed the feature film Cement. Pasdar is the voice of Iron Man in Marvel Anime, as well as in the animated series, Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble.[1] He also played Alec Rybak, district attorney on The Lying Game.

Early years[edit]

Pasdar was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. His father, Homayoon Pasdar, was an Iranian immigrant and cardiac surgeon, with a practice near Philadelphia. His mother, Rosemarie (née Sbresny),[2] was born in Königsberg/Kaliningrad, a city that was part of Germany until 1945, and is now a part of Russia. She worked as a nurse before becoming an English teacher and travel agent in France.[3]

Pasdar graduated from Marple Newtown Senior High School in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, and received a football scholarship to the University of Florida to play linebacker.[4] He was badly injured in a car accident during his freshman year. The accident left his face scarred, his legs badly injured, and kept him in a wheelchair for several months, at which time he had to finish his freshman year while undergoing intensive physical therapy.

Anamarie "Pink" Pasdar is the younger sister of Adrian Pasdar. She appeared in the Mysterious Ways episode "Handshake".[5] She was the Associate Artistic Director (c. 2007-2008) at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Acting career[edit]

Pasdar turned his attention to campus stage productions and rediscovered an early interest in writing and acting. No longer able to play football, he dropped out of school and returned home, taking a job with a theater group, People's Light and Theatre Company. There he worked on sound and lighting as part of the stage crew responsible for set construction. He had a painful accident on the set, cutting off the end of his left thumb. His resulting medical compensation paid for attendance at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York.

Pasdar was also selected to play a bit part as a police officer in the Dixie Chicks video for their song, "Goodbye Earl". The music video won both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association's Video of the Year Awards in 2000.

Acting and directing[edit]


At the age of 19, he auditioned for a role in Top Gun. Director Tony Scott was so impressed that he wrote the part of "Chipper" just for him. This led to bigger roles in Solarbabies (1986), Streets of Gold (1986), and Kathryn Bigelow's cult vampire movie Near Dark (1987), with Pasdar in the lead role of Caleb Colton. Other major roles include Vital Signs (1990). Pasdar got his biggest break in movies, when he starred as a beautiful woman opposite Julie Walters in the British movie Just Like a Woman. In 1992, he left Hollywood and returned to New York, working as a cashier for room and board, while taking the occasional small part, such as Frankie in Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way (1993).

Adrian Pasdar wrote and directed the short film Beyond Belief and directed his first feature film, the art-house neo-noir Cement, a contemporary re-telling of Othello, in 1999. The $1.7 million independent feature, which won Best Picture awards on the festival circuit, starred Chris Penn, Jeffrey Wright, Sherilyn Fenn, Henry Czerny and was written by Farscape's screenwriter Justin Monjo. "I've used every ounce of energy and every drop of money I had to make Cement," Pasdar said.[6]


Pasdar's major break into television came in 1996, when he was cast as the title character on the short-lived but critically acclaimed Fox series Profit. He also guest starred in the 2 hour season finale of the fourth season of Touched by an Angel, "The Spirit of Liberty Moon". From 2000 to 2002, Pasdar played the lead role of Anthropology Professor Declan Dunn in the spooky cult drama series Mysterious Ways on PAX.

Pasdar played David McClaren in the final two seasons of the long-running CBS drama Judging Amy, from 2003 through 2005. In 2006, he had a high-profile guest role as Gabrielle Solis's sleazy lawyer in Desperate Housewives.

He starred as Nathan Petrelli in the NBC superhero drama Heroes. Pasdar based his mysterious character on "the most morally liquid characters" that he's encountered in his life. The character is not based on one particular political figure, but on a melange of different ones, both good and bad.[7] Pasdar's character was killed off in an episode that aired November 30, 2009.[8]

Pasdar voices Hawkeye in the animated series The Super Hero Squad Show and voiced Captain America in the Black Panther animated series. Having also voiced Iron Man in the English dub of the Iron Man anime series, Pasdar reprises the role in Marvel's Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-man, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..[9]

He currently[when?] plays a role on The Lying Game as Alec Rybak, a corrupt district attorney.

On March 12th, 2014 it was revealed Padsar would be playing the role of Glenn Talbot on the Marvel TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Personal life[edit]

Pasdar married Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks in June 2000. The couple first met in May 1999, with Maines as a bridesmaid to her bandmate Emily Robison and Pasdar as a groomsman to his friend singer-songwriter Charlie Robison. They were married in Las Vegas's Little White Wedding Chapel, in a $55 no-frills ceremony officiated by the chapel's "Pastor Ann". They have two children, Jackson Slade Pasdar (born March 15, 2001) and Beckett Finn Pasdar (born July 14, 2004) and live in Los Angeles, California and Austin, Texas.

He has a tattoo of an anchor on his arm. His children's names are written on it. It symbolizes that his family is his anchor and support in life.[10] He also has a tattoo of the Chinese character for Strength, which he got while filming Shanghai 1920.[10]

Pasdar is a guitarist for charity rock band Band from TV. Part of the proceeds from the band's concerts go to his nominated charity, the Rush Epilepsy Center.[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Wins for Acting

Award Wins for Directing

Other Award Wins

Filmography (as actor)[edit]

YearTitleRoleDirector/Series creatorOther notes
1986Top GunChipperTony ScottGuest Appearance
SolarbabiesDarstarAlan Johnson
Streets of GoldTimmy BoyleJoe Roth
1987Made in U.S.A.DarKen Friedman
Near DarkCaleb ColtonKathryn Bigelow
1989CookieVitoSusan Seidelman
1990Torn ApartBen ArnonJack Fisher
The Lost CaponeRicard Hart/Jimmy CaponeJohn GrayLead
Vital SignsMichael ChathamMarisa Silver
1991Shanghai 1920Dawson ColePo-Chih Leong
Grand IsleRobert LebrunMary Lambert
1992Just Like a WomanGerald Tilson/GeraldineChristopher Monger
1993Ghost BrigadeCaptain John HarlingGeorge Hickenlooper
Carlito's WayFrankie TaglialucciBrian De Palma
1994The Devil's Bed1994 The Last Good TimeEddieBob Balaban
Shadows of DesireJude SnowSam Pillsbury
1995Slave of DreamsJosephRobert M. Young
A Mother's GiftWilliam DealJerry London
1996ProfitJim ProfitDavid Greenwalt, John McNamaraLead
The Pompatus of LoveJoshRichard Schenkman
1997FedsC. Oliver ResorRecurring Role
WoundedHanaghanRichard Martin
Love in Another TownJake CantrellLorraine Senna
Touched by Evil (television film)Jerry BraskinJames A. ContnerCo-starred with Paula Abdul
House of Frankenstein 1997Detective Vernon CoylePeter Werner
1998The Outer LimitsTanner BrooksDavid Warry-SmithGuest appearance: 4.5 - "In the Zone"
1999Port Chicago Mutiny (TV movie)Lt. MaravichKevin HooksFilm is mentioned in article Port Chicago disaster. Re Pasdar's Role[15]
2000–2002Mysterious WaysDeclan DunnPeter O'FallonLead
2002The Twilight ZoneAndrew LomaxPeter O'FallonSeason 1 - Episode 4 - Dream Lover
2003–2005Judging AmyDavid McClarenAmy Brenneman, Bill D'Elia, John TinkerRecurring Role (Seasons 5-6)
2003Secondhand LionsTraveling SalesmanTim McCanlies
2005Desperate HousewivesDavid BradleyMarc CherryGuest Appearances: 2.4 "My Heart Belongs to Daddy",
2.5 "They Asked Me Why I Believe In You",
2.6 "I Wish I Could Forget You"
2006–2009HeroesNathan Petrelli (seasons 1-3)
Sylar (season 4)
Tim KringRecurring Role
2008Home MovieDavid PoeChristopher Denham
2009The Super Hero Squad ShowClint Barton / HawkeyeVoice
2010Black PantherSteve Rogers / Captain AmericaVoice
2011CastleMark FallonAndrew W. MarloweGuest Appearance: 3.16 "Setup" & 3.17 "Countdown"
2011Marvel Anime: Iron ManTony Stark / Iron Man[1]Voice: English dub
2011–2013The Lying GameAlec Rybak
2011Young JusticeHugo StrangeVoice
2012Ultimate Spider-ManTony Stark / Iron Man[1]Voice
2012Political AnimalsPresident Paul Garcetti
2013Avengers AssembleTony Stark / Iron ManVoice
2013Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.Tony Stark / Iron ManVoice
2013Phineas and Ferb: Mission MarvelTony Stark / Iron ManVoice
2013Lego Marvel Super HeroesTony Stark / Iron ManVoice
2013Burn NoticeRandall BurkeMatt NixSeason 7 - 4 episodes
2013Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes UnitedTony Stark / Iron ManVoice
2014Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Glenn Talbot
2014-Forever"Adam"Matt MillerVoice

Filmography (as Director)[edit]

YearTitleWriterProducerMain castOther notes
1999CementJustin MonjoD.J. Paul, Adrian PasdarChris Penn

Jeffrey Wrigh

Sherilyn Fenn

Anthony DeSando

Henry Czerny

Also co-producer and composer

Audiobook narration[edit]

In 2010 Pasdar narrated an audiobook edition of the cult novel Queer Fish in God's Waiting Room by the British writer Lee Henshaw. It was released in early 2011.[16]

Further reading[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "‘Iron Man’: ‘Heroes’ flying man Adrian Pasdar takes on anime". Hero Complex. 
  2. ^ "Pittsfield's Grammy girls". Berkshire Eagle, The. 2007-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Adrian Pasdar Biography (1965?-)". Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Adrian Pasdar Bio - Adrian Pasdar Biography - Adrian Pasdar Stories". Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  5. ^ "Anamarie Pasdar". 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  6. ^ Pasdar, quoted in "Adrian Pasdar's television, film career working in Mysterious Ways" by Bridget Byrne. Chicago Sun-Times. August 13, 2000.
  7. ^ Maddox, Dante. "Heroes Season Finale: Adrian Pasdar". Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  8. ^ Keveney, Bill (2009-11-30). "Adrian Pasdar 'never better,' 'Heroes' character never deader". Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  9. ^ "Marvel Television Announces Adrian Pasdar & Milo Ventimiglia For Iron Man & Wolverine Anime Series To Air On G4 July 2011" (Press Release). Anime News Network. 2011-04-03. 
  10. ^ a b Bio om Adrian Pasdar
  11. ^ "Band From TV Charities". Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  12. ^ "Saturn Award Winners 2009". Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  13. ^ "WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival". 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  14. ^ "Band From TV News". 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  15. ^ Variety Review
  16. ^ "Listen to Queer Fish audio book read by Adrian Pasdar!". 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 

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