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Adrian Pasdar

Adrian Pasdar
Pasdar at ComicCon, July 2008
Born (1965-04-30) April 30, 1965
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Actor and film director
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Natalie Maines (2000–present)
Children 2

Adrian Pasdar (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 1
  • Acting career 2
  • Acting and directing 3
    • Film 3.1
    • Television 3.2
  • Personal life 4
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • Filmography (as actor) 6
  • Filmography (as director) 7
  • Audiobook narration 8
  • Further reading 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

Early years

Pasdar was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. His father, Homayoon Pasdar, was an Iranian American 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.

He has a younger sister, Anamarie "Pink" Pasdar, who is also an actor.[5]

Acting career

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


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]

Pasdar also played a role on The Lying Game as Alec Rybak, a corrupt district attorney. He currently plays the recurring role of Glenn Talbot on the Marvel TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He also starred in the one season screened Amazon Studios series The After.[10]

Personal life

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.[11] He also has a tattoo of the Chinese character for Strength, which he got while filming Shanghai 1920.[11]

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.[12]

Awards and nominations

Award Wins for Acting

  • 2009: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in Television, Heroes[13]

Award Wins for Directing

  • 2000: AngelCiti film festival: Audience Award, Cement

Other Award Wins

  • 2009 (ensemble): Hollywood Note Foundation's Change the World Awards, Humanitarian Award of Inspiration: Band From TV[14]

Filmography (as actor)

Year Title Role Director/Series creator Other notes
1986 Top Gun Lieutenant Charles "Chipper" Piper Tony Scott Guest appearance
Solarbabies Darstar Alan Johnson
Streets of Gold Timmy Boyle Joe Roth
1987 Made in U.S.A. Dar Ken Friedman
Near Dark Caleb Colton Kathryn Bigelow
1989 Cookie Vito Susan Seidelman
1990 Torn Apart Ben Arnon Jack Fisher
The Lost Capone Ricard Hart/Jimmy Capone John Gray Lead
Vital Signs Michael Chatham Marisa Silver
1991 Shanghai 1920 Dawson Cole Po-Chih Leong
Grand Isle Robert Lebrun Mary Lambert
1992 Just Like a Woman Gerald Tilson/Geraldine Christopher Monger
1993 Ghost Brigade Captain John Harling George Hickenlooper
Carlito's Way Frankie Taglialucci Brian De Palma
1994 The Last Good Time Eddie Bob Balaban
Shadows of Desire Jude Snow Sam Pillsbury
1995 Slave of Dreams Joseph Robert M. Young
A Mother's Gift William Deal Jerry London
1996 Profit Jim Profit David Greenwalt, John McNamara Lead
The Pompatus of Love Josh Richard Schenkman
1997 Feds C. Oliver Resor Recurring role
Wounded Hanaghan Richard Martin
Love in Another Town Jake Cantrell Lorraine Senna
Touched by Evil (television film) Jerry Braskin James A. Contner Co-starred with Paula Abdul
House of Frankenstein 1997 Detective Vernon Coyle Peter Werner
1998 The Outer Limits Tanner Brooks David Warry-Smith Guest appearance: 4.5 - "In the Zone"
1999 Port Chicago Mutiny (TV movie) Lt. Maravich Kevin Hooks Film is mentioned in article Port Chicago disaster. Re Pasdar's Role[15]
2000–2002 Mysterious Ways Declan Dunn Peter O'Fallon Lead
2002 The Twilight Zone Andrew Lomax Peter O'Fallon Season 1 - Episode 4 - "Dream Lover"
2003–2005 Judging Amy David McClaren Amy Brenneman, Bill D'Elia, John Tinker Recurring role (Seasons 5-6)
2003 Secondhand Lions Traveling Salesman Tim McCanlies
2005 Desperate Housewives David Bradley Marc Cherry Guest appearances: 2.4 "My Heart Belongs to Daddy",
2.5 "They Asked Me Why I Believe In You",
2.6 "
2006–2009 Heroes Nathan Petrelli (seasons 1-3)
Sylar (season 4)
Tim Kring Main cast
2008 Home Movie David Poe Christopher Denham
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show Clint Barton / Hawkeye Voice
2010 Black Panther Steve Rogers / Captain America Voice
2011 Castle Mark Fallon Andrew W. Marlowe Guest Appearance: 3.16 "Setup" & 3.17 "Countdown"
2011 Marvel Anime: Iron Man Tony Stark / Iron Man[1] Voice: English dub
2011–2013 The Lying Game Alec Rybak
2011 Young Justice Hugo Strange Voice
2012 Ultimate Spider-Man Tony Stark / Iron Man[1] Voice
2012 Political Animals President Paul Garcetti
2013–present Avengers Assemble Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice
2013 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice
2013 Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice
2013 Lego Marvel Super Heroes Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice
2013 Burn Notice Randall Burke Matt Nix Season 7 - 4 episodes
2013 Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice
2014–present Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Glenn Talbot
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Glenn Talbot Russo Brothers Voice
2014–2015 Forever Adam Matt Miller Voice
2015–present Transformers: Robots in Disguise Micronus Voice
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Tony Stark / Iron Man Avalanche Studios Video game

Filmography (as director)

Year Title Writer Producer Main cast Other notes
1999 Cement Justin Monjo D.J. Paul, Adrian Pasdar Chris Penn
Jeffrey Wrigh
Sherilyn Fenn
Anthony DeSando
Henry Czerny
Also co-producer and composer

Audiobook narration

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.[17]

Further reading

  • Bridget Byrne. "Mysterious Ways"Adrian Pasdar's television, film career working in Chicago Sun-Times. August 13, 2000.
  • Adrienne Papp. "Heroes Among Us". Westside Today. Retrieved on May 5, 2008.

See also


  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 "Mysterious Ways"Adrian Pasdar's television, film career working in 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).  
  10. ^ Amazon Not Moving Forward with Chris Carter’s The After
  11. ^ a b Bio om Adrian Pasdar
  12. ^ "Band From TV Charities". Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  13. ^ "Saturn Award Winners 2009". Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  14. ^ "Band From TV News". 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  15. ^ Variety Review
  16. ^  
  17. ^ "Listen to Queer Fish audio book read by Adrian Pasdar!". 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 

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